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Old 02-10-2013, 01:13 PM   #1
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2013 Hood Lock Install

After putting in my cold air intake to suck money out of my wallet, I decided to protect my investment with a hood lock. I chose the Mopar for a couple of reasons: factory fit (the holes are already there!) and most importantly, it uses the ignition key so I don't have a another key to keep track of.

I got mine on eBay for a little over $100 and, as you'll see in the attached write up, the magic tool to install it cost a whopping $20.
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:23 PM   #2
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I remember the first time I used a rivet tool to attach a CB antenna bracket on one of my trucks. I didn't know what the hell I was doing and putting in the first one was a little "traumatic" but then it was fun! Nice write up.

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Old 02-10-2013, 02:29 PM   #3
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What size are the shanks on the supplied rivets? Trying to figure out if my rivet tool will work. Thanks
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If you have grill inserts, I wonder if you can modify somehow to install this hood lock.
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What size are the shanks on the supplied rivets? Trying to figure out if my rivet tool will work. Thanks
The rivets are 1/4" and near as I can tell are not measured by the inner shaft part. The difference between these and the ones I found at Home Depot is that the ones that came with the lock are steel shaft versus aluminum. I had a rivet tool that looks like a staple driver (you squeeze it with one hand) and it will hold the 1/4" rivet but there was no way it was going to cut the steel shaft of the Mopar kit rivet.
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I got the mopar one as well & couldn't use the rivets due to them being bigger. I used screws & nuts with red thread lock! Kind of tricky to use but able to do it.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:56 PM   #7
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Mopar lock

Just did the same mod last week...
I had to rent an automotive riveter to install the steel-shanked 1/4" rivets that came with the lock. It was worth the $15 rental, as those are incredibly stout rivets. Aluminum rivets did not look like a good substitute for this application, and that is all that department-store riveters will handle (by shank diameter as well as strength).
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:54 PM   #8
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If you have grill inserts, I wonder if you can modify somehow to install this hood lock.
You can but the thought of cutting a hole in my $289 Metalcrafters grill insert made me return the Mopar lock and buy a set of Rampage hood locks.
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I installed mine last month and used some screws, nuts, and lock washers. I wasn't gonna shell out the extra money for that rivet gun that I'll probably never use again.
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Nice write up! This was the first real mod I did to my own JK. I borrowed my mechanic shop's pro riveter for free.

The lock has given me good service over the last 2 years with no trouble and a moderate peace of mind.

And yes, they CAN be defeated with 1) an ice pick; and 2)IF you know exactly where/what angle to use. My bet is the bad guy won't be ready with either.
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After putting in my cold air intake to suck money out of my wallet, I decided to protect my investment with a hood lock. I chose the Mopar for a couple of reasons: factory fit (the holes are already there!) and most importantly, it uses the ignition key so I don't have a another key to keep track of.

I got mine on eBay for a little over $100 and, as you'll see in the attached write up, the magic tool to install it cost a whopping $20.
Carver, Great Writeup this needs to be a sticky! Just ordered the hood lock and fuel door from quadratec because they price match.
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:24 AM   #12
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mine came with one from the dealership. works very well, solidly built, feels just like opening my door locks. rubber cover keeps out mud well.
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If you have grill inserts, I wonder if you can modify somehow to install this hood lock.
I installed the Rugged Ridge grill insert. Used a dremal tool to cut out for my Mopar hood lock. Worked great.

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Old 02-11-2013, 07:27 PM   #14
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I installed the Rugged Ridge grill insert. Used a dremal tool to cut out for my Mopar hood lock. Worked great.

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Thanks Peter. I was just thinking I need both of these!
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I installed the Rugged Ridge grill insert. Used a dremal tool to cut out for my Mopar hood lock. Worked great.
Thanks for the info.
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Nice! Can u provide install directions n video/photos?
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:37 PM   #18
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Nice! Can u provide install directions n video/photos?
Look at.post 1 in this thread the op.pretty much covers it all
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Look at.post 1 in this thread the op.pretty much covers it all
The drake grill insert i stole.the idea admiring kramers.cg jeep and modified the piece to fit with a dremel.tool
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Old 08-10-2013, 06:26 PM   #20
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Epic write up and directions. My concerns: calmed. THANK YOU OP!
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:11 PM   #21
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Successfully installed p/n 82213051AB on my 2014 JKUR. Had a hell of a time using that stupid POS rivet gun though. Here's what I used. The rivet gun is going back to amazon. I had to break one of the posts off myself since the gripping teeth kept slipping.


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Old 08-13-2013, 10:30 PM   #22
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The rivet gun is going back to amazon. I had to break one of the posts off myself since the gripping teeth kept slipping.
I had the same problem. On closer inspection I found the gun had been used and returned. I finished the job. Took the rivet gun back and showed them what I had found. Took a brand new one off the shelf still sitting in the box in the garage
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I had the same problem. On closer inspection I found the gun had been used and returned. I finished the job. Took the rivet gun back and showed them what I had found. Took a brand new one off the shelf still sitting in the box in the garage
You know I think mine had been returned too. What a load of crap! I was panicking that I wasn't going to be able to finish the job. That's what I get for buying a tool made in china. Horrible.
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Just out of curiosity, prior to the lock assembly install, have any of you had parts stolen off your engine? I rode around for a long time with the rear deck lid removed from my '72 VW Bug. The only time I was ever worried about it was at Bug Jams. Is popping Jeep hoods and stealing parts something that happens? One time would be one too many, so I'm just curious if anyone has experienced it or are just taking precautions to prevent from happening at all?
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Just out of curiosity, prior to the lock assembly install, have any of you had parts stolen off your engine? I rode around for a long time with the rear deck lid removed from my '72 VW Bug. The only time I was ever worried about it was at Bug Jams. Is popping Jeep hoods and stealing parts something that happens? One time would be one too many, so I'm just curious if anyone has experienced it or are just taking precautions to prevent from happening at all?
I have Rampage hood locks...and it was one of the first items I installed.
I wanted to be able to lock to hood so that the battery (thus the alarm) could not be disconnected.

Also, it means my hood can't easily be removed.

Jeep's are pretty unsecure vehicles....anyone at anytime can open your hood and remove your battery or whatever....
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In college I remember waking up one morning and seeing the cops and a wrangler owner writing up a report. Out of the 400+ car lot, all 5 wranglers had their hoods popped and stuff stolen. Hopefully it was something easy to replace like the battery, but it still sucks
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Think of it like this: a hood lock is a very cheap lifetime insurance policy...or at least a worthwhile deterrent.
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I have Rampage hood locks...and it was one of the first items I installed.
I wanted to be able to lock to hood so that the battery (thus the alarm) could not be disconnected.

Also, it means my hood can't easily be removed.

Jeep's are pretty unsecure vehicles....anyone at anytime can open your hood and remove your battery or whatever....

How difficult are the Rampage hood locks to install? I looked at the instructions and attaching the screws from inside the engine compartment looks like it may be tight. Thanks.
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I've read a thread on this forum where the poster had his battery stolen....but more costly than that was the twerp cut just about every cable under the hood in his stoned/hurried attempt to steal the battery. Ended up costing thousands to fix it.
So yeah, I have a Mopar hood lock as well. Was pretty much the first accessory I installed on my jeep.
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How difficult are the Rampage hood locks to install? I looked at the instructions and attaching the screws from inside the engine compartment looks like it may be tight. Thanks.
You are correct about it being tight.

I found it to be a hassle. Not really hard, just real annoying to deal with.

Others had no problems.

Probably depends on the size and dexterity of your hands and fingers.

I like how the Mopar one is keyed to the ignition....but I like how the Rampage one is a more visable deterrent.

No matter what brand you get, as someone mentioned, it is cheap insurance.

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