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Old 05-16-2010, 08:55 PM
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Starting this as a place to put anything I do to my truck - see below...
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Old 05-16-2010, 10:16 PM
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Installed a Pop & Lock PL8200 power tailgate lock today. My BakFlip HD bed cover latches shut and requires opening the tailgate to access the bed. With a tailgate lock, the bed is fairly secure (unless forced open, of course.)

Package contents


Removing access panel on tailgate


Access panel removed


Scissor mechanism


Rod end released


Handle and mechanism removed


The next step was to wire it up for testing. Unfortunately the included instructions were incorrect - they had me hunting for wire colors I didn't have for a while. My Helm reference CD paid off, however, because the wiring diagram showed me what colors I needed and what connectors they went through. I chose the connector on the wiring harness coming from the passenger door and attached the taps on the female side of that connector (closest to door.) That way it's easy to disconnect without messing with the fragile taps, and I know the tailgate lock will behave the same as the passenger door locks.

The colors are Grey-Violet and White-Violet. With the pins on the connector I tapped into numbered as such:

4 8 12 16
3 7 11 15
2 6 10 14
1 5 09 13

they are connected to 3 and 14 respectively.

Taps on disconnected connector


Reconnected to male side


Hooked up for testing


After testing, everything was taken apart again and lock, scissors and handle were installed


Short wiring 'harness' (two wires through a split plastic sheath) connected, connections crimped with handy-dandy SOG multitool


Short wiring harness passed through passenger-side tailgate drain hole and down between bed and bumper


Long wiring harness passed through convenient hole in passenger floorboard after rubber/plastic plug is removed


Bottom side of plug modified to accommodate harness


Top side of modified plug


Plug in place


Floor covering back in place, green and brown wires fed up through empty plastic clip and connected to taps


After that, I ran the long wiring harness back along the rocker panels and up over the wheel wells, tied up the excess, and connected into the short harness. I checked that it functioned and put the tailgate access panel back on. Everything works, however there's a little more play in the handle than I like, and the thing makes a bit of a clank when it locks and unlocks. I might look at tightening things up in there, and I'll also add some sealant to that floor plug up front, but I'm basically satisfied with the results.
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Old 09-21-2010, 06:49 PM
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Can I ask you what the colors of the wires you connected to are? I have a 2008 and I'm having trouble finding the wires in the directions. Thanks
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Old 09-22-2010, 10:44 AM
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Can I ask you what the colors of the wires you connected to are? I have a 2008 and I'm having trouble finding the wires in the directions. Thanks
Sorry, I didn't see your post until now, but saw in your other thread that you figured it out. Lousy instructions...
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Old 09-22-2010, 07:49 PM
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cant wait to see how it comes a long. whats the next thing your doing to it?
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Old 09-23-2010, 09:26 AM
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Not sure, but probably a dual battery and high-output alternator. I have some high power consumption mods in mind, and want to set the stage for them.
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Old 09-23-2010, 09:32 AM
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Thanks for getting back to me. I love the bak flip cover and the tailgate lock. It is a little noisey but I plan to wrap padded tape on the end of the lever to remove the play. It looks like we basically have the same truck. My truck is the two tone dark yellow and grey. I'll post pictures soon.
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Old 09-23-2010, 09:39 AM
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Thanks for getting back to me. I love the bak flip cover and the tailgate lock. It is a little noisey but I plan to wrap padded tape on the end of the lever to remove the play. It looks like we basically have the same truck. My truck is the two tone dark yellow and grey. I'll post pictures soon.
Oh, I ended up removing the play by adjusting the position of the threaded rods where you snap them in under those yellow tabs.
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Old 09-23-2010, 09:39 AM
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sweet i might look into that for my hard top cover how do u like it so far? and whats next on the list man?
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Old 09-23-2010, 12:19 PM
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sweet i might look into that for my hard top cover how do u like it so far?
How do I like the BakFlip? Here's what I posted in an old thread about it (then see below that for follow-up comments):

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To follow up: I installed my BakFlip HD. I have pics and plan to do a review eventually, but the highlights:

- all the parts were there and packed very well
- instructions were vague but install fairly straightforward (it seemed)
- there are no drain holes in my bed, and I wasn't prepared to drill them yet, so the drain hoses are not installed yet
- fit (parts to each other, cover on truck) seemed OK, not great, but OK (more in a bit)
- looks good on the truck to me, but may not be some people's cup of tea
- seems very sturdy, I was able to stand on it with little flexing
- normal operation works very well: latching/unlatching, folding/unfolding, securing up against cab, etc., I drove with it closed as well as completely open, but I didn't try securing partly open

Although I haven't installed the drain hoses yet, I did connect them, put the ends in plastic bottles, and ran through a brushless car wash. The main reason I'm waiting to write my review (other than not having installed the drain hoses), is that there were fairly significant leaks that appear to be unrelated to the drain hoses. My next steps are going to be 1) look things over to make sure I've got everything installed correctly, 2) put some large sheets of brown paper in the bed and run through the car wash again to try to pinpoint the leaks, and 3) fix the leaks (if any remain after step 1), calling manufacturer's support if necessary.

So ultimately, everything was looking good, but I'm disappointed with the leaks right now, however I'm reserving judgment until I've completed troubleshooting.
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I have more unpacking, install and finished photos for my review, but here's an example:
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Other than the leaks, it's great! Easy to use, quality feel, and secure. I've used it fully open and fully closed - I need to get some bungee cords to use it partially open. Turns out the manufacturer doesn't recommend you stand on the top side like I did, but rather flip up at least one panel and stand on the now up-facing bottom side (though I don't really see myself standing on it much, if at all.) This is both for added strength and to avoid damaging the top side finish, though I didn't hurt mine any. I'm just glad my hunch was right - I've used my bed twice since I got the BakFlip for loads that wouldn't have fit under a shell, and one of those times, I was away from home and would've had nowhere to stash a shell even if it had been removed.
Since then, I removed it and reinstalled it very carefully, positioning it slightly differently with respect to my bedrails and the BedRug I have installed, and then I installed the drain hoses. The leak situation was much improved after that - when we went away to get married, I was comfortable enough to put our luggage, my tux and her wedding dress, and the cake back there It's basically like a huge-ass trunk when I want it to be, and an open bed when I want it to be.

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and whats next on the list man?
Like I mentioned in a post above, I think a dual battery setup and a high-output alternator are next. I'm looking at several power hungry applications and that will get me ready for them.
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Old 09-23-2010, 12:22 PM
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sweet and sounds like a plan man. any hints on the power hungry mods u are getting? lol
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