How to: Power Tailgate Lock - Chevy Colorado & GMC Canyon
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How to: Power Tailgate Lock

I used the Pop & lock kit PL8140, found here:




1. Remove the tailgate lock panel cover using hex bit
2. Remove retainer clip on top of the OEM cam. Use a small screwdriver to pull up the tiny tab on the retainer clip, then slide the clip off. Remove the OEM cam.
3. Replace original cam with cam from pop-lock, and secure with pop-lock retainer clip
4. Mount pop-lock unit by removing the bolt on the right and then replacing once pop-lock actuator is installed
5. Run wire from under tailgate to the pop-lock unit
6. Run the wire down the truck frame rail
7. Remove the driver side sill panel by pulling up on the edges and then rotate out/up
8. Drill 1/4 hole into plastic cover under driver foot well
9. Pull wire through and insert wire into wire tray at the front
10. Find the larger solid gray wire, and the larger tan with yellow stripe wire
11. Use red crimp connectors to join the pop-lock blue wire to the solid grey wire, and the pop-lock green wire to the tan/yellow stripe wire. Note: tan/yellow may appear tan/green-ish due to lighting conditions.
12. Test locking/unlocking to verify expected results


If any questions you can refer to this video, or ask me questions. Enjoy!

Edit: Corrected step 11 to reference tan/yellow wire instead of tan/green.
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Here's what the kit comes with. I found that I needed about 15 more zip ties then what they provided. So make sure to grab those before you start.
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Man I think I just found the next thing I want to put on my truck... Didn't realize this existed in the aftermarket.

I see that you used the one for the Silverado / Sierra. Is there any fitment issues when you put the cover plate back?
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Well written. My install was exactly the same as yours.

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I see that you used the one for the Silverado / Sierra. Is there any fitment issues when you put the cover plate back?
No fitment issues at all. Pop & Lock verified this as well.
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Thank You for this great write up. My mod list just keeps getting longer lol.
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Sweet! Thanks for the how-to write up.
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I don"t think this could be done if someone had the spray in bedliner?
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I don"t think this could be done if someone had the spray in bedliner?
If they sprayed over the rear panel you would have to cut around it to remove it. Mine has a spray in liner, but the installer removed the panel and sprayed it separately so that it was easily removable.
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^^That's awesome . Was yours done by the factory?
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^^That's awesome . Was yours done by the factory?
No, mine is a Line X thrown in by the dealer. They sprayed over the Gear-on plugs, but not the stake pocket plugs or the tailgate service hatch.
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i think there should be a grommet for the through hole in the sheet metal.
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i think there should be a grommet for the through hole in the sheet metal.
The drilled hole is through a plastic plug, not sheet metal. I used silicone around the wire on mine, but from the pictures I can't imagine very much water getting through (very tight to the wire).
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The drilled hole is through a plastic plug, not sheet metal. I used silicone around the wire on mine, but from the pictures I can't imagine very much water getting through (very tight to the wire).

My fault. i didnt read the write up, just looked at the pictures.
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Just looked at some with the factory spray in bed liner and I see they left access to remove the panel.
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Just looked at some with the factory spray in bed liner and I see they left access to remove the panel.
I hope that's the case. I'm not home so I can't confirm. Once I get back, I'll be checking and if it's open I'll be ordering this in a heartbeat.

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Very cool. Definitely going to order one. Do you have a photo of where you tapped the wires?

Thanks for a great install guide!
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I have owned my truck since Feb but I've never locked the tailgate. This thread got me thinking about it and so I just went out to lock it and found out that when I had the bed Linex'ed that they removed the tailgate access cover but ended up spraying the entire lock assembly covering to the point the key will barely turn the lock and it will not turn enough to lock the tailgate. So I guess I'll be stopping by the Linex shop so they can order me another lock assembly. Then the Pop & Lock I just ordered will work. Darn!
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Very cool. Definitely going to order one. Do you have a photo of where you tapped the wires?

Thanks for a great install guide!
Just ordered. Thanks for the write up!
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If they sprayed over the rear panel you would have to cut around it to remove it. Mine has a spray in liner, but the installer removed the panel and sprayed it separately so that it was easily removable.
hpfontenot, how does the panel fit with the additional thickness of the spray liner, any issues there? Photo maybe?

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hpfontenot, how does the panel fit with the additional thickness of the spray liner, any issues there? Photo maybe?

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No issues. Even with the extra thickness the screws are long enough to thread properly.

Raining pretty hard right now, so no pictures yet.
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