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Old 11-28-2013, 10:29 PM   #1
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Hood Locks

I just bought a 2014 JK 2 door. I have to park it on the street what is the best way to lock the hood? I've seen the locks for the safety latch and also seen the locks that replace the latches. Any pros or cons on these?

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Old 11-29-2013, 01:11 AM   #2
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I have the locking hood latches. Works great. Only thing is a extra key and really locks the hood down.
Others like the hood lock that can use their jeep key. All up to you if you wanna show the lock or not.

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Old 11-29-2013, 06:52 AM   #3
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I installed the Mopar hood lock. Same key as the jeep. Have had no problems.
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:04 AM   #4
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I looked into these also & figured the Mopar lock was the way to go
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^^^^^. +1. Mopar easy and uses your key
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Old 11-29-2013, 09:51 AM   #6
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Yep, when they tow your Jeep off it takes theives an extra 3 minutes to get under the hood!
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Old 11-30-2013, 12:31 AM   #7
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It depends on if you are planning on adding a grill insert. For me, I have a pricey Metalcrafters grill insert and I did not want to cut a hole in it. I returned my Mopar hood lock and bought a set of Rampage locks.

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I installed the rugged ridge grill guard. Used a dremmel tool to cut out around the lock.
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Old 12-01-2013, 11:53 PM   #9
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Thanks for the info guys. I went with the latch locks simply because anybody walking by it can see the locks.
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I have never heard of anyone doing this with a Jeep. I guess living in a city maybe you have to adapt to a different surrounding. What exactly gets ripped off usually?
Just curious?
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I have never heard of anyone doing this with a Jeep. I guess living in a city maybe you have to adapt to a different surrounding. What exactly gets ripped off usually?
Just curious?
Battery theft and vandalism to the engine area.

Why, just because they can and it's easy.

I went the Rampage hood locks route myself. I am a Lockaholic.
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Hood locks should come standard by now. Hello mopar. I went with the Tuffy hood lock. It's a heck of a lot cheaper than the $250 mopar version. An extra key is a small price to pay vs the cost of a battery, or engine repairs. Ever hear of idiots putting sugar in someone's gas tank? That's why they make locking gas caps. Oh wait hello again mopar, gas caps should be standard too in the 21st century.
On a work site a while back we had some kids vandalize an excavator. They broke every piece of glass and poured sand in every orface possible. It spent moths at a dealer getting stripped down and cleaned. We knew it was kids by their little foot prints and proximity to a middle school. I mention this because if your Jeep can be messed with then it will be messed with.
You might not realize that you cut off angry Joe who waits until you go inside a store so that he can mess up your day. I also got a nice billet locking gas cap. All 3 keys are minimal including the 4th key I have for my locked bolted in steal toolbox.
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Old 12-02-2013, 01:21 AM   #13
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lNew Thief Trick -Power locks must read

just posted this on the other page. Thieves seem to be getting smarter...
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Old 12-02-2013, 06:51 AM   #14
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I went with Rampage hood locks. Many go with Mopar.

Yeah, they should be standard.
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X2 on Rampage. They work great, no hood flutter, and I installed the latch lights and mount at same time. Keeps honest ppl honest, makes it more difficult to cut the alarm wires, and with a sensor, it should go off. Im also a lockaholic after having crap stolen from me. Tire locks, tuffy radio console lock, tuffy underseat lock, masterlock hitch lock, home made trunk. Sensor alarm, hood locks. I think thats all....
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The only thing I do with my Rampage Hood Lock is when I go wheeling, I UNLOCK them first. I have heard they might lock or jam up when wheeling, much easier if they are unlocked if this happens.

One thing I have learned in all my years of owning anything, is, lock it. but locking it only keeps honest people honest. If you leave something valuable in plain sight, consider it gone, locked or not. Glass breaks real easy too.
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:31 AM   #17
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I have rampage locking hood catches as well, see my post on what I had to do to get them to work so they are easy to lock/unlock. (08 JKU).

rampage locking hook latch hard to lock- fully resolved
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Ex Girlfriend had a YJ back in the day. Came out one morning and her hood was open and someone had tried to steal her battery overnight. Luckily they couldn't get both sides of the battery tie down off. That being said, I went with the rampage hood latches and saved some money over the Mopar.
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Old 12-03-2013, 08:45 PM   #19
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Here's my question: forget about the appearance of each lock system and forget about having the same key as the ignition, which is a better lock system and nothing more? Which is more secure at keeping the hood from being opened?
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Once latched and locked down, I don't think the rampage latches can be undone by hand. With a screwdriver or pry bar, then who knows. Also heard that the rampages help with hood flutter? I never experienced hood flutter, even at 90mph on the interstate so can't chime in on that.
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...which is a better lock system and nothing more? Which is more secure at keeping the hood from being opened?
Excellent question. I have wondered that myself.
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Old 12-04-2013, 12:17 AM   #23
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No hood flutter on mine with the Rampage locking latches. (Been up to 90 MPH so far) They seem well built. Keys are kind of chinsy though. My hood is tight and secure. And they look good too.

But anything locked can be broken into. It's just how determined the thief is at the time. And how much damage he is willing to do to get under that hood.

All I can tell you is I am happy with my purchase and installation of them on my Jeep. I highly recommend them to anyone who would listen too

As for more secure, The rampage locks are placed in two corners. The through the grill lock is only in the center. So you decided which is stronger.
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I'd guess the Rampage locks because there are two locks instead of one. But I'm sure a crow bar or a really big screw driver and mallet could make short work of them.

Honestly, the thing I like most about the Rampage latches is that they are visible from a distance. A thief can see from 100 feet away that you have hood locks....so move on.
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Honestly, the thing I like most about the Rampage latches is that they are visible from a distance. A thief can see from 100 feet away that you have hood locks....so move on.
Exactly. Even though hood locks are not 100% guaranteed to keep someone with tools from opening the hood, they certainly are a deterrent and if there's another Jeep nearby with just rubber bands holding the hood down a thief is more likely to choose the easier target.
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Personally, I don't bother. I don't keep anything of value in the Jeep, and have an awesome insurance policy that covers the Jeep, the mods, and the DIFFERENCE it will take to buy a brand new jeep. I also drive the wife's ride when we are going to areas that are suspicious.
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Personally, I don't bother. I don't keep anything of value in the Jeep, and have an awesome insurance policy that covers the Jeep, the mods, and the DIFFERENCE it will take to buy a brand new jeep. I also drive the wife's ride when we are going to areas that are suspicious.
The Jeep itself has value and I would not rely on my "awesome insurance policy" to protect me alone. Thieves are lazy so any added deterrents like hood locks just make them move to the next car. Besides, once you have a claim or two on your policy from thieves cutting the battery out of your Jeep your "awesome insurance policy" is suddenly very expensive because you are now a high risk. You probably haven't had your Jeep broken into yet but when it happens, and I do mean when not if, you will change your mind very quickly. I have had my vehicles broken into 3 times in my 30 years of driving and I can tell you that the damage done and the feeling you have afterward will make you very angry. You will wish you had taken steps to protect yourself sooner.
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The Jeep itself has value and I would not rely on my "awesome insurance policy" to protect me alone. Thieves are lazy so any added deterrents like hood locks just make them move to the next car. Besides, once you have a claim or two on your policy from thieves cutting the battery out of your Jeep your "awesome insurance policy" is suddenly very expensive because you are now a high risk. You probably haven't had your Jeep broken into yet but when it happens, and I do mean when not if, you will change your mind very quickly. I have had my vehicles broken into 3 times in my 30 years of driving and I can tell you that the damage done and the feeling you have afterward will make you very angry. You will wish you had taken steps to protect yourself sooner.
Exactly. Thieves are lazy. You're not going to find someone with who wants your ipod wasting their time with the battery. They will simply either slice the top or smash the hardtop window (since they know its not connected to any alarms) and grab whatever they want. Anyone that knows wranglers well enough to jump circuitry is not "the average thief" and would be classified as a pro, and if you think that a tiny little lock is going to stop a pro then you're in denial. The guy this happened to was obviously being specifically targeted, since it happened 3 times, and 3 times he left valuable items in the vehicle (not to mention a pistol). I've parked my jeep all over the country, and never once did I have any issues with my LED bars being stolen, my winch, etc. Car theft is big business, so they go where the money is...Honda Accords, civics, Toyota Camrys, etc. The idiot punks smashing windows for ipods and sunglasses aren't going to be jumping circuits.

Oh, and sorry to rain on everyone's parade...you guys do realize that even if you lock the hood with the mopar lock or the hood latch locks, all you need to do is undo the hood hinge bolts and peel the hood back like a tin can right? Hoodlocks are like the TSA...they give you a warm fuzzy feeling of the ILLUSION of security.

You would be much wiser if you simply bought a hoodpin, and wire it on a relay to the stock horn, so that if the hood is opened without the ignition being on, the horn blares like crazy.
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Exactly. Thieves are lazy. You're not going to find someone with who wants your ipod wasting their time with the battery. They will simply either slice the top or smash the hardtop window (since they know its not connected to any alarms) and grab whatever they want. Anyone that knows wranglers well enough to jump circuitry is not "the average thief" and would be classified as a pro, and if you think that a tiny little lock is going to stop a pro then you're in denial. The guy this happened to was obviously being specifically targeted, since it happened 3 times, and 3 times he left valuable items in the vehicle (not to mention a pistol). I've parked my jeep all over the country, and never once did I have any issues with my LED bars being stolen, my winch, etc. Car theft is big business, so they go where the money is...Honda Accords, civics, Toyota Camrys, etc. The idiot punks smashing windows for ipods and sunglasses aren't going to be jumping circuits.

Oh, and sorry to rain on everyone's parade...you guys do realize that even if you lock the hood with the mopar lock or the hood latch locks, all you need to do is undo the hood hinge bolts and peel the hood back like a tin can right? Hoodlocks are like the TSA...they give you a warm fuzzy feeling of the ILLUSION of security.

You would be much wiser if you simply bought a hoodpin, and wire it on a relay to the stock horn, so that if the hood is opened without the ignition being on, the horn blares like crazy.
You would have to climb on the jeep with tools, unscrew 6 bolts (3 on each side) then still have to literally RIP the hood off if you have the rampage locks, might as well just crow bar it. As many say, thieves want easy stuff. Unless they Know you have great stuff under your hood, they will usually pick an easier target. Its too bad we dont do what some countries do, amputate an arm and a leg if you are caught stealing. I bet alot of these A HOLES would think twice when they have a buddy with fake limbs... I also like the flame thrower car jacking system that they legalized in south africa, burn baby burn!!
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I don't keep much of value in my Jeep...and I have insurance....and I still prefer the locks.

They certainly don't hurt.

Your average street thief isn't walking around with a T-50 looking to undo your hood to get to your battery.

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