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Old 04-28-2010, 08:50 PM   #1
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Rokmen Hood Pins

For those who have done a Hi-Line(ours or anyone elses) - or those going to fiberglass or lexan hoods etc...

This is a nice alternative to re-using the factory latches.

Though Specifically designed for the TJ/LJ they will work in other applications as well.

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There is a write-up on another forum with a bunch of install pics.. I don't want to Cross Link to another forum - so I'm going to copy a little bit of it over here.

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(Copied material - I apologize in advance if I'm breaking any forum specific rules and the pics get deleted))

Yank the headlights out and mark a couple of holes on the core support.
Drill those holes out to the diameter of the hood pins. Now install the pins using the supplied hardware, it's obvious how it all goes together.
Once the pins are in you can lower the hood down onto them which will automatically mark the spots where you need to drill one of the two holes (two on each side) in the hood.
Drill the first holes into the hood around 2 5/8".
Lower the hood again to mark the next holes. These will be the holes that the poly-urethane grommets fit through.
Drill the holes out so that the poly pieces fit through them.

Here are the pics...










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Those look really nice, Dave. Nice and clean look.
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For those who have done a Hi-Line(ours or anyone elses) - or those going to fiberglass or lexan hoods etc...

This is a nice alternative to re-using the factory latches.

Though Specifically designed for the TJ/LJ they will work in other applications as well.

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There is a write-up on another forum with a bunch of install pics.. I don't want to Cross Link to another forum - so I'm going to copy a little bit of it over here.
is that the L-TJ build? man that thing is cool. y'all do some seriously nice work
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How much are those running Dave? They look very nice. I'm still waiting on that Spring hail storm to mess up my hood and fenders so I can go the HiLine route......lol......
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Yes that is the L-TJ


Pricing is on our website - I don't want to post that info here and get in trouble - for some reason my name does not have Vendor under it anymore.
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Pricing is on our website - I don't want to post that info here and get in trouble - for some reason my name does not have Vendor under it anymore.
Gotcha. I was just on your site the other day checking out A Freak Named Jake. Awesome stuff there. It's like a candy store for grown-ups!!
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Gotcha. I was just on your site the other day checking out A Freak Named Jake. Awesome stuff there. It's like a candy store for grown-ups!!
I agree...I always check their builds every couple weeks, they do some awesome work over there.
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We have a couple more builds going on now.. some smaller in scope..

The Next one that is pretty comprehensive is SkipWheat. There are some pictures of it posted - we didn't take as many detailed pictures of it to this point - But from here out we'll have more eye candy to post on it..

Thanks for the good words... We like being a candy shop...
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I use a very similar(if not exact) hood pin set up. Great quality and nice and quiet. Mine are a little inboard though. I use existing holes in the grille that the pin fits perfectly through. No need to pull the headlights that way, and makes adjustments simple.

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Similar - not really...

so you get an A for efort.. D- in fact checking and detail observation.

We've used those pins in the past - and they are a universal kit. They are pretty good for Go-fast applications to hold down fiberglass body panels - but not so good on specific applications.

Our kit is fully designed to fit the Wrangler perfectly - and all the parts are custom made by us and are very specific to using on a wrangler, hood slope, locations, sizes, stainless pins etc...
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Can you reload the photos in your second post please? All I am getting are red Xs, even tried the right click and "show picture".

I was trying to help you pimp your stuff, stating good quality, nice and quiet, etc, but obviously you did not want any help.......go figure.

Similar? I think so. Rubber grommet? Check. Same stainless hex bolts with flat washers and nylock nuts? Check. Stainless pin? Check(mine is just rounded, not coned). Yellow zinc coated Lynch pin? Check. Just did not get the cable attachment. Main reason I did not? Because the bushes/twigs catch the cable and pull it out.

So I guess you get an "A" for effort, but a "D-" in fact checking and observation.
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I've the same as lance. similar to the rokmen - maybe not exact (mine arent wicked pointy) - but they are very similar from what I'm seeing. I saw this thread a few days ago and almost commented on having the exact same thing. But I'm glad I stayed quiet because I hate being graded on what I type, especially since I've been out of school for 22+ yrs

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I've the same as lance. similar to the rokmen - maybe not exact (mine arent wicked pointy) - but they are very similar from what I'm seeing. I saw this thread a few days ago and almost commented on having the exact same thing. But I'm glad I stayed quiet because I hate being graded on what I type, especially since I've been out of school for 22+ yrs

Post up some pics!!! (I never get tired of looking at your rig, Y).....
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Those are not stainless pins, they are zinc plated - they are also much shorter, and they are not pointed which aids in locations of hood cutting - and you miss out on a few extra pieces that set the pin angle correctly to match your hood angle. And some other odds and ends..

What you have and are refering to is a universal kit - which ours is not. Ours is designed specifically so jeep owners can easily mount them with excellent results, and without any additional fabrication - all the parts are made by us, we purchase the grommet as there is no reason to make them ourselves.
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Having a quality kit designed for your vehicle, and designed for someone who has never installed hood pins before - Is a HUGE advantage to the installer rather than going with a universal kit.
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Those are not stainless pins, they are zinc plated - they are also much shorter, and they are not pointed which aids in locations of hood cutting - and you miss out on a few extra pieces that set the pin angle correctly to match your hood angle. And some other odds and ends..

What you have and are refering to is a universal kit - which ours is not. Ours is designed specifically so jeep owners can easily mount them with excellent results, and without any additional fabrication - all the parts are made by us, we purchase the grommet as there is no reason to make them ourselves.
How long do they have to be? Mine have a flat washer, lock washer and a nut on the bottom, and still have about 1" of threads below the nut.

So you made all the bolts, nuts, washers, lynch pins, etc? Besides the grommet of course.

I am not saying that you did not tweak it a little, and package it to cater to the Wrangler crowd, but come on, you made all the parts?

Again, this is a sweet design, and I am positive it is a quality kit. I LOVE mine, so this has to be great too. I get no rattle, no hood lifting, and I am sure this kit is the same way.
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Post up some pics!!! (I never get tired of looking at your rig, Y).....
thanks, not much to show really. They look identical to the photos above except mine are not pointy. Had no trouble with them and they work great. They are tight and secure with no hood rattle or vibration.

If I were in the market for new one I'd probably get the Rokmen just because of the excellent marketing
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Okay, I took a closeup photo of the pins on my jeep. i say they are similar. I'd buy the rokmen though but I don't know why he told lance they are not similar or that these do not work well for a jeep specific application. I guess I'd have to have both to do a comparison. But I did not care for Dave's reply to lance about the d- in fact checking. that was lame.
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I have the same setup as Ygohome. 15bucks from autofab. kits looks awesome guys. I would go with the rokmen kit if i had to do it again for the ease of installation.
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I think I know what you are trying to say now...

At first I thought you were saying we are just marking up someone elses product.. Which isn't the case at all. I apologize if this is not the case, as I got defensive.


The Autofab's are generally the best universal kit available. Mr. Gasket and all the ricer kits, are horrible universal kits - and everyone should stay away from them at all costs.

We put a ton of time into figuring out how to make a jeep specific kit, and that involved making some specific parts to get the job done. but, and that's a big BUT.... We wanted to make sure these would be an excellent product and mod that no-one would regret long after. Which meant making sure it was easy to install, and made with quality parts and material that will last.
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Here is another installation we just finished..

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Do you have a picture of what they look like underneath the hood? And do you think I could make them fork for a YJ? This would be a nice addition to my new tube fenders
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Funny you mention that....

We just had a customer install them on a YJ - as the hood slopes, and grille locations were pretty darn close to the TJ. Anyway - we didn't do the install but he did, and posted pictures here:

The all CHROME BLING BLING wrangler build - Page 3 - Pirate4x4.Com Bulletin Board


Again - I don't know the rules on cross posting another forums content. If the link doesn't work or gets deleted, just PM me.
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No worries getting defensive of a quality product. I realize mine are hard to see in the photo I posted, but that is all I had at the time. Mine are identical to ygohome's. The only issue I see with the Rokmen, and this is just me, I can guarantee either my dumb self, or some other guy would catch that point with a forearm or hand and I think it might hurt a bit. God knows there is enough sharp, pointy stuff on my Jeep already, don't need to add medieval spikes on my rig.

As for the product itself, for the third time, I am sure it is great and I know I love mine.
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How about using these on a stock TJ hood in conjunction with the stock hood latches? Mine tend to flap the hood a bit, and just some extra latch protection would be nice.
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You can use them on stock, nothing would be different, and they'd hold your hood down tighter than stock - and no flutter...
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thats why i did mine. I blew out my stock side mounts 2 times.... no more issues anymore
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So what kind of price you wanting for these? Not sure where they were on your site.

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