I bouht a Bully Dog tailgate lock from J.C. Whitney that installs inside the
tailgate and comes with a new outside plastic bezel with a keyhole for the
lock cylinder. On a scale of 1-10 I'd give it about a 4 at best. It's only
designed to keep out honest people, and anyone who knows can easily defeat
it because the plastic bezel (both the replacemant one and the factory one)
simply pop out to reveal the guts of the latch mechanism. Unless you can
find a unit that is completely independent of the latch inside the tailgate,
then this is a weakness.
Whitney's also sell the type of tailgate lock that is freestanding and pops
onto the tailgate handle from the outside. I've never had one or even seen
one up close, but they might be better although a little more inconvenient
because it's a separate peice. The other one they offer is an internal unit
that is powered by the power door locks in your truck. More convenient but
I've not seen one first hand to know just how secure it is.
The question at this point is are you looking to secure the stuff you have
in the bed or prevent someone from stealing your tailgate? If you want to
make your tailgate harder to steal, take a stainless steel hose clamp and
put it around the bung on the right side of the tailgate where it pivots.
This is the end that you must lift up to remove the tailgate, and if there
is a clamp around the bung then you can't lift it up off the pivot. Not
impossible to overcome, but if you rotate the clamp so the screw head is not
accessible and use a small wrench to tighten it up instead of a flathead
screwdriver then it will be damn inconvenient for a thief to get your
tailgate off. He would need a small open-end wrench of exactly the right
size - an adjustable wrench or socket won't fit. I learned this trick from
my insurance agent.
Cheers - Jonathan
I put a power POP-LOCK on my 2000 Sierra first when I bought it in 2000. i
like it. It works great. I still have my gate. Not stolen "Yet". I bought it
from a local off-road shop. You can buy them on-line form any truck site.
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