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Old 02-18-2014, 11:42 AM   #1
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2014 rubicon x hood flutter

So I took a quick Weekend trip From Lubbock, TX to Fort Worth, TX and noticed at highway speeds the hood on the Rubi X flutters quite a bit. Mild winds and passing Semi's caused the hood to react quite violently. Does any one have any suggestions of a fix. I'm thinking about installing new hood catches. I just wanted to see if anyone else had experienced this and if new hood catches were my best bet.

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Old 02-18-2014, 11:47 AM   #2
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Rubber shims Maybe?

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Daystar hood latches work well.
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Might just check to make sure everything is tight per factory install and your latches look good... my jkur 14 has no flutter at interstate/highway speeds... at least not enough to notice.

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Old 02-18-2014, 12:44 PM   #7
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I went with drake on my 10A, the rugged ridge latches seem to interfere with the hood on the 10A/X
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Daystar hood latches work well.
X3 - cheap and easy to install

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Old 02-18-2014, 12:47 PM   #9
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I'm running the rampage locking hood latches. Holds it down mega tight, and I can lock it! Only run about 80$ or so
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Any other ideas out there?
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Old 02-18-2014, 04:19 PM   #11
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Love my Rugged Ridge latches.....
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Old 02-18-2014, 04:23 PM   #12
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Might just check to make sure everything is tight per factory install and your latches look good... my jkur 14 has no flutter at interstate/highway speeds... at least not enough to notice.

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You probably just haven't experienced it yet. Try passing by a semi on a 1 lane highway. Heck here in the midwest the wind gets bad enough sometimes to make the hood flutter without passing a truck. It's just the way all Wranglers are if they have the stock rubber latches.

I have the locking Rampage latches and like them. Install was a little bit of a pita but not too bad. Had to drill out the holes a little bit to make them work right.
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Old 02-18-2014, 04:24 PM   #13
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I'm running the rampage locking hood latches. Holds it down mega tight, and I can lock it! Only run about 80$ or so
I did this as well because I like the security of 2 locking points on my hood. But if not interested in changing the latches, you can remove the hood spring and that should eliminate the shudder as well.
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Old 02-18-2014, 05:03 PM   #14
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I guess I have been lucky, my 2013 JKU has no hood flutter at all.
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Part of it is because many of our highways in Texas are 85mph! Mine only does it on 2 lanes when a big rig comes by me.
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Old 02-18-2014, 05:16 PM   #16
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I installed the Rugged Ridge black powder coated aluminum hood latches just last week...Hood flutter is long gone now



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Old 02-18-2014, 05:24 PM   #17
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I live in TX too and the first place I experienced the flutter was headed north from Abilene on 83. Passing a semi @ 80 almost made me poo. Since installing the daystars, the hood hasn't budged. The nice thing about them is you don't have to try to remove and reinstall the half of the latch attached to the body. I've heard from a co-worker that it's a PITA.
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Old 02-18-2014, 05:27 PM   #18
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I guess I have been lucky, my 2013 JKU has no hood flutter at all.

Mine doesn't flutter either.
Some are now experiencing the flutter, because they have removed their Air dam, which just increases the issue! I have not experienced this myself, because my Air Dam is still on. But there have been other Threads discussing hood flutter, and Air Dam removal as a contributing factor!
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I live in TX too and the first place I experienced the flutter was headed north from Abilene on 83. Passing a semi @ 80 almost made me poo. Since installing the daystars, the hood hasn't budged. The nice thing about them is you don't have to try to remove and reinstall the half of the latch attached to the body. I've heard from a co-worker that it's a PITA.
Not hard at all took me less then 30 mins to install mine. The main thing is to get rid of the plastic and rubber from the stock ones...very weak.
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Old 02-18-2014, 05:29 PM   #20
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when I pulled my air dam off from my 2013 the first time and got up to 80mph scared the crap out of me I thought my hood was going to fly open. I could not believe how much it would lift when meeting semi's on 2 lanes at 65mph. On my 2014 I put on one of those steel skid plates up front and have not noticed the flutter nearly as bad as my last one was.
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Even though, I don't have the flutter issue, I really like the looks of the Rugged Ridge latches, and plan on getting a set!
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Old 02-18-2014, 05:43 PM   #22
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I'm surprised Chrysler did not use something a little sturdier as many remove the air dam for after market bumpers, larger tires etc. It really does seem like the hood is going to fly open when a large truck passes head on at high speed, but I can guarantee that the hood won't budge with the Rugged Ridge hood latches regardless of speed or wind.
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I really like the rugged ridge latch but it says it won't fit the 10 A which it assume means it won't fit the rubicon X either
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:15 PM   #24
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Check out the Daystar Hood Wranglers. They are a harder material than the factory rubber straps and hold the hood down much firmer. They're only $20 too.
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Don't see why they wouldn't fit, the factory 10A latches are the exact same as all the other JK's
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I installed the Rugged Ridge black powder coated aluminum hood latches just last week...Hood flutter is long gone now
Any idea if these would work on a yj?
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Any idea if these would work on a yj?
I know they make them for a TJ, but not sure about a YJ sorry.
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:38 PM   #28
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Don't see why they wouldn't fit, the factory 10A latches are the exact same as all the other JK's
I am not sure - spacing looks the same. But here the screen shot from rugged ridge??
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Yeah that's weird...i was just looking at pics of 10a JK's and the placement looks exactly the same as any other JK, unless for some reason they attached them differently.
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It's worth a call to find out. I really like the look of them though. I don't have my jeep yet for another month yet anyhow so I am not in a hurry.

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