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Old 06-25-2009, 02:28 PM
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Default Plastic Tail Gate handles...grr

So I went to go load my bike and my Dad's bike in the truck yesterday. I have a tail gate lock (do not get one unless you get an electric one, they keyed ones are horrible) so I always have a little trouble opening the tail gate whether locked or unlocked, so I usually have to give a good pull, well I guess after so many pulls the plastic finally gave out on me and snap. Would not have been a big deal if it weren't for having a shell on my truck so had to pull the shell real quick take out the bedrug and get goin. Bought a metal tailgate handle today, so hopefully have that sometime next week and not have to worry about this crap ever again. Also taking off that pop-n-lock crap. Well there is my rant for the day. Upgrade your crappy plastic handle before its too late!
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Old 06-25-2009, 02:40 PM
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was thinking about getting one of those pop n lock things, sounds like its junk
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Old 06-25-2009, 04:09 PM
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It could have been designed a lot better. It only latches one side of the handle so one side still pulls up really easily. If you have power locks you can get an electric one, they are really nice.
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Old 06-25-2009, 04:12 PM
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I got the key pop lock and I have never had trouble with it (knock on wood)

I wanna get a electric one but dunno if it will work with my aftermarket power locks
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Old 06-25-2009, 04:33 PM
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Should work, it would work just like a 3rd door. Run a power wire to the actuator and ground, and BAM!
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Old 06-25-2009, 05:09 PM
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could you just connect power wire from existing aftermarket actuator

My key fob has a truck feature since I dont have a trunk couldnt I use that wire if I found it
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Old 06-25-2009, 09:52 PM
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I do not see why not. That would be even better!
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Little thread necrophilia here, but my cheap-ass plastic handle just broke off too. I guess seven years of SC sunshine wore it out, because when I looked closer the surface was grey instead of black and looked like driftwood.

Guess I'm in the market for a power lock one too......
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Old 12-01-2009, 12:27 PM
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The power lock should work with a metal handle (if you decide to replace the broken with a metal one)...but not 100%.
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Sold:2005 XLT 4x4 Ext. Cab. 4.0 Mods: ProComp lights w/ HID swap on tabs, 32x11.5 on 15x8s, CB/PA, black out heads/corners, lil sound system, cranked t-bars, flow 40 dumped, line-x, shell, bed rug, 06+ tails, metal tail gate handle since plastic one shattered, OHC, Mustang Dome.
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