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What Do Tailgate Locks Do?
Several tonneau covers market the security of their designs, including keyed locked or hidden latches; however, most tonneau covers are typically only as secure as the tailgate! Without a locking tailgate, thieves can quickly drop the tailgate and gain access to your tonneau cover’s hidden latches, exposing your valuables. Luckily, if your pickup didn’t come from the factory with a tailgate lock, you aren't out of luck!
At RealTruck, we offer several premium tailgate locks that bolster the security of your pickup’s bed, preventing thieves from swiping your cargo or even the tailgate!
Tailgate Lock Types
There are two primary tailgate lock styles: manual and power. Manual tailgate locks feature either a replacement tailgate handle with an integrated key, like the Pop & Lock Manual Tailgate Lock, or a clamp with a safety screw that secures the tailgate by its hinge, like the Pop & Lock Gate Defender.
Power tailgate locks, like the Pop & Lock Power Tailgate Lock, also feature a replacement handle; however, the handle features an integrated lock actuator that ties into your vehicle’s electrical system. When you unlock the doors, the tailgate unlocks as well!
Installing Your Tailgate Locks
Tailgate locks are traditionally easy to install and require no more than conventional hand tools. While some power tailgate locks may require tapping into your vehicle’s electrical system, most feature optional plug-and-play harnesses for a splice-free installation.