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Old 07-09-2012, 01:46 PM   #1
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hood lock vs locking hood latches

After only owning my new 2012 Jeep Wrangler for two weeks, someone cut the battery out and did over $2000 in damages under the hood.

This has compelled me to add some sort of locking mechanism to my hood to help to deter this in the future.

I am hoping to receive advise on whether to install the locking hood latches or a hood lock behind the grill. It will be a DIY job.
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Old 07-09-2012, 01:49 PM   #2
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The Mopar hood lock looks pretty sweet....it codes to your ignition key so you don't have to carry another key around. It rivets to existing holes as well, so no drilling is supposed to be necessary. Sorry to hear about the theft/damage....hope the dirt bag gets the same done to him down the road.

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Old 07-09-2012, 02:38 PM   #3
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BTW....I just now ordered a Mopar hood lock from the dealership in this thread. http://www.wranglerforum.com/f7/disc...ts-172383.html
His price, including shipping to my home, was less than I could get it for on Amazon. And now we have to pay sales tax on Amazon purchases in TX....so it's really a significant savings.
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:01 PM   #4
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Thank you for information. I really appreciate it.
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Old 07-09-2012, 05:12 PM   #5
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I installed the mopar hood lock. Just for that reason. Better safe than sorry. 1/4" rivet gun needed. Easy mod.
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Old 07-09-2012, 05:50 PM   #6
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Deep Forrest Green 2012 Rubicon, I checked out both hood latch locks and the Mopar hood lock. I liked the mopar better. I bargained with the dealer to install it for $25.
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:18 PM   #8
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Here is a link to my hood lock install

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/loc...ch-169785.html
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this mod is constantly in the back of my mind. I'm always paranoid of where I park. folks out here will not hesitate to walk off with your battery.

How did you get $2000 in damages? Did they cut some belts? steal your alternator? pour sugar in your oil filler?
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Sorry you had to deal with crap like this. Where were you when this happened? Sounds like a bad part of town.
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I had 2 fuel injector wires and the wires to my one of the sensors on my intake cut. Cost me about $60 for new plugs because they cut them flush and I couldn't splice any wire on.

Any kind of cutting under the hood can add up quick...
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They have to replace two wiring harnesses, the battery mount itself, the battery of course, one more item I can't recall right now and charged 8 hours of labor. I did have it taken to a dealership.

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