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The other day I posted some pictures of a Pop N’ Lock tailgate lock installation. Today I wanted to share a step by step installation video of a <a href="tailgate lock“>Bully tailgate lock on the same vehicle…

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Once again… As you can clearly see installing a tailgate lock is simple and effective. If you own a pickup… This is one accessory you shouldn’t leave home without!

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Comments (12) Posted by Bill H. on Monday, December 6th, 2010

Filed under Tailgate Locks, Tips & Tutorials

We get quite a few phone calls about our tailgate locks, most of which are people asking two things… “How hard is it to install?” and “How exactly does it work?”. Since the most popular variety of tailgate lock we carry are the Pop N’ Lock tailgate locks, and since I wanted to put one on my truck anyway, in this post we will go through the installation of a Pop N’ Lock tailgate lock on my 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. Although this installation is specifically for a Dodge the Pop N’ Lock tailgate lock installation is basically the same for most vehicles.

The thing to keep in mind with the Pop N’ Lock tailgate locks is that the lock itself is an external application. It prevents the tailgate handle from being lifted… If you think about your house door you basically have two locks. A dead bolt and a door knob lock. Think of the tailgate lock as the door knob lock… It simply prevents the door knob, or tailgate handle from turning or lifting…

An unprotected Dodge Ram tailgate handle…

An unprotected Dodge Ram tailgate handle.

Lift the handle up all the way and insert the lock assembly into the pocket under it. Tilt it up so that the two hooks slide into the cutouts for the handle arms. Push it in forcefully until the hooks snap into place.

Push the tailgate lock in forcefully until the hooks snap into place.

After the hooks have snapped into place lift the lock up slightly and peel off the backing from the adhesive tape on the underside of the lock. Then press down on the handle for at least 10 seconds to seat the lock assembly fully.

Peel off the backing from the adhesive tape on the underside of the lock. Then press down on the handle for at least 10 seconds to seat the lock assembly fully.

Protected Dodge Ram tailgate handle with a Pop N’ Lock Tailgate lock installed…

Protected Dodge Ram tailgate handle with a Pop N' Lock Tailgate lock installed

As long as it is in the locked position you will be unable to lift the tailgate handle, making it unable to open and steal!

As long as it is in the locked position you will be unable to lift the tailgate handle, making it unable to open and steal!

As you can clearly see installing a tailgate lock is simple and effective. If you own a pickup… This is one accessory you shouldn’t leave home without!

As always, thanks for your continued support of HubcapsPlus and if you have any questions or comments I’m always here!

Comments (0) Posted by Bill H. on Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Filed under Tailgate Locks, Tips & Tutorials

I got a call recently from a friend who had the tailgate stolen off his 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. He had stopped at the grocery store on the way home for a few things, he wasn’t in the store for longer than 15 minutes, and when he came out… Poof! His tailgate was long gone. I sympathized with him, because I know that is an awful feeling… But I couldn’t resist chiding him just a bit either, since I had warned him about tailgate theft when he first purchased the truck, and advised him to install one of our tailgate locks to prevent it from happening.

Tailgate theft has been a problem since 70′s when trucks became more popular in urban areas. As tailgates become damaged from use, or accidents, it is common for thieves to seek out a similar gate, remove it, and use it as their own or sell it to unscrupulous shops or yards who then resell it to honest people who just need a new gate. The tailgates make attractive targets because they can be removed in about 30 seconds, sometimes without tools, and can cost up to $500 used and $1,000 new, and rarely have vehicle identification numbers etched in them, making the stolen parts hard to trace or to identify as stolen.

Stealing a tailgate without a tailgate lock can be as simple as:

Vulnerable tailgate without a tailgate lock.
Finding a truck without a tailgate lock.

Remove retention cable.
Opening the tailgate and disengaging the retention cables on both sides.

Lift one side out of channel.
Lift the notched side out of the channel.

Lift tailgate off of vehicle.
Once notched side is free, slide the opposing side out of the channel and lift the tailgate free.

Beat a hasty retreat with a brand new tailgate.
Beat a hasty retreat.

So don’t make the same mistake my friend did. If you own a pick-up truck I urge you to install a tailgate lock. They come in many varieties including keyed tailgate locks, integrated tailgate locks and power tailgate locks.

The bottomline is any device that makes it harder to steal your tailgate would encourage a thief to move on to someone else’s truck. Be smart… Install a tailgate lock today!

If you have any questions, as always I value your feedback, you can contact me via the “Contact Us” link to the right, or if you prefer to call me directly I am here to answer your questions Monday through Friday 9 AM/CST – 5 PM/CST toll free at 1-888-482-2279!

Comments (2) Posted by Bill H. on Friday, November 5th, 2010