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Old 06-11-2018, 10:23 PM   #1
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Swapping 1998 Tailgate Handle to a locking version

I have just installed a BAKFlip MX4 Tonneau cover on my 1998 Extended Cab Silverado.

I want to swap out the tailgate handle for a locking version. Other than getting a tailgate handle with the lock cylinder and most likely a new bezel, are there any other internal parts needed?

Or is the locking feature integrated into the new latch assembly and I simply bolt it in and connect the clips to the latch rods?
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Re: Swapping 1998 Tailgate Handle to a locking version

No the latch should have the built in lock assembly. All it does is limit the upward movement of the handle so it can't move far enough to unlatch.
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Re: Swapping 1998 Tailgate Handle to a locking version

I had a gaylord's tonneau on my 93 chevy c10, I reversed the latch to the inside and welded filler plate outside for security and clean look..

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Re: Swapping 1998 Tailgate Handle to a locking version

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No the latch should have the built in lock assembly. All it does is limit the upward movement of the handle so it can't move far enough to unlatch.
Cool. . . so a '98 keyed latch swap will be all that's needed. All the aftermarket conversions leave a lot to be desired. A used OEM, if I can find one, would be best.

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Cool. . . so a '98 keyed latch swap will be all that's needed. All the aftermarket conversions leave a lot to be desired. A used OEM, if I can find one, would be best.

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Yeah you don't even need the bezel unless like me you broke the old one. They are very brittle.

I don't think there was a locking one from the factory. I think, not sure, I bought this one from LMC.

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Re: Swapping 1998 Tailgate Handle to a locking version

BTW never get chrome plated parts from LMC unless they are inside and you don't touch them often. Otherwise they are crap.
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BTW never get chrome plated parts from LMC unless they are inside and you don't touch them often. Otherwise they are crap.
Thanks for the heads up!
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Yeah you don't even need the bezel unless like me you broke the old one. They are very brittle.

I don't think there was a locking one from the factory. I think, not sure, I bought this one from LMC.
That explains why I can't find one on Ebay or any of the various forum classifieds.

Looks like LMC it is.

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Re: Swapping 1998 Tailgate Handle to a locking version

Looks like you're gonna have to get a pop&lock version from either realtruck or autoanything.

LMC doesn't seem to have locking versions
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Looks like you're gonna have to get a pop&lock version from either realtruck or autoanything.

LMC doesn't seem to have locking versions
Bummer.

Pilot Automotive's LH-002 was one I was looking for but they no longer make it. They said they are working on a revised version.
http://www.pilotautomotive.com/tailg...002_GMC_1.html
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