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post #1 of 12 Old 07-14-2014, 05:55 AM Thread Starter
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Be careful who you tell!!!!!!

So, a friend of mine installed the Pop-n-Lock tailgate actuator on his new 2014 f250 KR thinking it would make his truck more secure. He not only told everyone on a particular forum, but also showed half of the neighbors who were out that day during the installation. What he didn't realize was that he was also showing everyone how easy it is to break into a truck with this upgrade.

The next day, all his tools were stolen because some smart guy cut the wires under his truck and used a 9vt battery to trigger the unlock of his tailgate.

So, if you have this upgrade, you either need to stay hushed about it or run your wires soooo well that this can't happen easily.

This is probably true of several upgrades you may have. Including the Jimmi Jammer.


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I will certainly avoid this upgrade now. There's no reason to have a remote tailgate lock anyway. Lock your tailgate manually after every use...
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I will certainly avoid this upgrade now. There's no reason to have a remote tailgate lock anyway. Lock your tailgate manually after every use...
When I use to install alarm wires on jeeps back in the day, I would actually use either galvanized steel or electrical PVC to hide the entire run. I would then disguise the wires in a bundle of additional fake wires. I would then wrap the conduit in a rubber adhesive undercoating. If I end up running the pop n lock, I would do this same approach. Sure it will add about 2hours to the install, but it would make hacking into the wires virtually impossible or at least extremely time consuming.


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I almost bought me a set of Jimmi Jammers while back. Are they even worth a dingley hoot?
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i am pretty sure it would be easier to snap the handle off of the tailgate ?

but if he was thinking while he was running the pop n lock wire he should have added a tail gate switch for the alarm he should already have

its also handy to use with a tailgate open light so you don't drive off with it down by accident
Dan jimmy jammers just lead to more door damage before they pop your window glass IMHO
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A lock will only keep an honest person honest. If anyone has any ulterior motives, they will find a way to steal/break into what ever is being secured by a lock.

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That's true, but what I've discovered is that thieves are generally pretty nervous and time conscious while committing their hanus acts. If you can foil the original attempt to gain entry then you can usually deter them. Case in point, you are much more likely to have an unlock car broken into and a locked car. Or for that matter, a car with a window down will get robbed before one that is secured. It's low hanging fruit. All you are trying to do is make you car less accessible during a theft attempt. Create a scenario that makes a thief think he is taking too long. Easier targets are always out there.

I think the jimmi jammer is probably a great idea, it causes confusion and delay and extra time needed to access a vehicle. All of those help thieves move onto easier targets. But true, a determined theif will get in regardless. Fortunately determined and theif don't generally go in the same sentence (unless trying to get out of a building with safety glass).


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I quit shopping around for Jimmi Jammers after realizing my truck was essentially impossible to steal and I would only be adding extra protection towards a smash-n-grab job, which can be achieved without disabling the door locks. I did go with Viper security tint for my windows, but the actual effectiveness is uncertain. I tried to smash my window using a tailgate hitch in the past and I was amazed at the resilience after several attempts...
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Good luck breaking out of your truck through the window if you ever end up in the drink.


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Good luck breaking out of your truck through the window if you ever end up in the drink.
True that! I think I'd shoot it out...

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