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Old 06-05-2006, 02:12 AM   #1
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Question Locking tailgate?

Has anyone investigated the possibility of using one of the locking mechanisms from a subaru hatch on the tailgate? Then you could wire it into the door lock circuit, which would be a lot easier than rigging a locking system for the tonneau covers.

(I just made my own cover this weekend, and after looking at my roomates impreza started wondering if I could use the same lock his hatch has in the tailgate. Would sure be nicer looking!)
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Old 06-05-2006, 07:09 AM   #2
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Can't help you on the locking thing but there is no way you are going to come on here and talk about a homemade cover and not post a pic or 2.


So get clicking....
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Old 06-05-2006, 10:26 AM   #3
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Just a note, the snuglid has an optional keyless accessory to lock/unlock the lid. the lid covers the tailgate and the tailgate won't open with the lid down.
Here is the link
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Old 06-05-2006, 02:35 PM   #4
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Can't help you on the locking thing but there is no way you are going to come on here and talk about a homemade cover and not post a pic or 2.


So get clicking....
Oh good, I get to show off my craftsmanship
It's not perfect, but I think I could knock out another one in a day and of course now that I've seen the final product I think the next one will come out nicer.








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Old 06-05-2006, 02:45 PM   #5
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almost looks like an ozz cover.... nice job
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Old 06-05-2006, 03:26 PM   #6
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almost looks like an ozz cover.... nice job
Thanks for the complement As for looking like the Ozz cover, well if you're going to put vinyl over wood with foam there aren't a lot of options really. I wanted originally to try and make it a one piece, but that would have made it a lot more complicated. The hardest part was making the template for the bed, that took me a day by itself!

Mine's a dark blue btw, to match the car. Doesn't show up well in the afternoon lighting.

To be honest I'm surprised more people aren't making these. It's not that hard.
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Old 06-05-2006, 05:53 PM   #7
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A Fiero
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Old 06-05-2006, 06:39 PM   #8
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A Fiero
Good eyes! Yeah that's my other car, 3.4L camaro engine in it with nitrous (100hp shot). Taking it off the road for a while, debating putting a 350 in it.
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Old 06-05-2006, 08:08 PM   #9
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Banner - Any chance you would be willing to create a PDF drawing of the template for those of us interested in making our own??? Sure would help us out.
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Old 06-06-2006, 01:12 AM   #10
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Good eyes! Yeah that's my other car, 3.4L camaro engine in it with nitrous (100hp shot). Taking it off the road for a while, debating putting a 350 in it.
haha cool! Ive always thought the northstar swapped Fieros were pretty sweet. there are several of those running around town over here.
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Old 06-06-2006, 01:13 AM   #11
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Banner - Any chance you would be willing to create a PDF drawing of the template for those of us interested in making our own??? Sure would help us out.
I don't know how I could do that to be honest. I mean the template is prety freaking big after all! I don't even know how you'd print it out. Also I think I need to improve on the template a little, which is why I'm debating building a second one, to see if I can get it perfect (weird I know).
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Old 06-06-2006, 01:20 AM   #12
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I wasn't thinking about a full size one, just one drawn to scale with actual dimensions noted, etc..

If that doesn't work, I live up in Red Bluff and travel to Sac almost weekly for work - maybe we can hook up sometime and I could get a copy of the one you did on butcher paper or cardboard or whatever. Lemme know....
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Old 06-06-2006, 09:07 PM   #14
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Let us know what you come up with on a locking system. I've been looking around for a 12V plunger-style actuator that I can adapt to the dead-bolt style lock on my ozz cover so I could wire it parallel with the door locks.

BTW...nice job on the DIY cover! I thought about doing my own, but since my dealer was running a killer special at $495/installed, I jumped on it.
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Old 06-07-2006, 02:04 AM   #15
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Let us know what you come up with on a locking system. I've been looking around for a 12V plunger-style actuator that I can adapt to the dead-bolt style lock on my ozz cover so I could wire it parallel with the door locks.

BTW...nice job on the DIY cover! I thought about doing my own, but since my dealer was running a killer special at $495/installed, I jumped on it.
Thanks, and yes once I figure out how I'm going to lock it, I'll make a post on the board. And I was thinking about buying the cover, but I just bought the truck the week before so I didn't have a lot of cash to shell out and I wasn't doing much last weekend so I thought I'd give it a try. The next one will be perfect If I decide to make a next one that is!
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