MILWAUKEE, Wis. – STRATTEC(r) Security Corporation introduces a GM Replacement Handle Assembly designed to allow truck owners to quickly switch from a non-locking to a locking tailgate using the BOLT(r) Breakthrough One-Key Lock technology.

Available for 2007-current model year Chevrolet and GMC trucks, the replacement handle assembly delivers one-key convenience to the entire truck thanks to BOLT’s patented technology, which permanently programs the lock to the specific vehicle’s ignition key.  Simply insert the truck’s ignition key into the new tailgate lock, turn it once and the lock learns the key.

“If truck owners are using a cap or tonneau cover to protect their gear, they also need to ensure their tailgate has a durable lock,” said Sales Manager Erika Garcia.  “Our replacement handle assembly is ideal because it features an automotive-grade lock for added security and it simplifies access to the truck by utilizing the existing ignition key.”

The GM Replacement Handle Assembly can be purchased and installed through your local truck accessory store.  Visit to locate a store near you.  The product also comes with detailed instructions that are easy for knowledgeable do-it-yourselfers to follow.

In addition to the replacement handle assembly, BOLT offers a variety of locks such as padlocks, receiver locks, cable locks and spare tire locks.  For more information, visit
STRATTEC Security Corporation is the world’s largest manufacturer of automotive locks, keys and related access control products, and is the primary lock supplier to Ford, GM and Chrysler.  STRATTEC’s history in the automotive business spans 100 years.  For more information, write to 3333 West Good Hope Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53209; call 877.251.8798; or visit


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Doughboy12 says:

I installed the electric pop-lock on my tailgate. It operates with the remote by tapping into the driver door electrics. It is kind of noisy when it locks and unlocks. The maintenance guy at my work wanted to put a table in the back of my truck and before I could get out there to unlock it he had managed to “manhandle” it open. This was a month after I had installed it. Needless to say, I was not impressed. I like the fact that it is operated by the remote, but it is far from “locked” because all it does is slide a blocker bar in the way of the lock linkage. Not truly a lock in my opinion. I wish I would have seen this first as I don’t really like the kind that is removable. Two of the things that GM needs to step up to on their trucks/cars, locking tailgate and keypad entry.

Doughboy12 says:

Just as a side note; when you go to remove your factory cover plate, they use locking tabs AND double sided tape to hold it on. I broke the tabs because i pushed them too far, not knowing it was the tape that was holding it on.

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