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Old 05-25-2013, 08:15 PM   #1
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Almost blew the hood off....Enter Drake Latches

So we are 60% thru the NJ to moab run, 20 hours in. You can bet that we were fried and just wanted to get there. Cruising thru Nebraska about about 85. Left lane of course. Wouldnt you know it? Snowstorm. Super windy conditions. Snow not really sticking on the ground, but it was ugly driving.

Each time we would pass a rig in the middle lane our hood would flutter in a very troublesome fashion. I've seen it flutter on the highway before, but this was different, it was cause for concern.

I wanted a better option. Just installed all metal Drake Latches.

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Old 05-25-2013, 08:31 PM   #3
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My hood flops all the time. I ignore it. The hold downs allow for the wiggle. The hood latch will stop the travel if it ever reaches that far. I've never heard it connect with the latch in five years. Extreme winds at times and no issues.
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I myself and most of my buddies just remove the hood spring.....2 minute job. 99.9% of the dance is now gone.
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:34 PM   #5
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I myself and most of my buddies just remove the hood spring.....2 minute job. 99.9% of the dance is now gone.
Yah, I considered doing this but then my high wind warning would be gone so I might not be forewarned that a gust could take me over a half a lane if I didn't slow down. So that is why I have left it stock.
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My hood flops all the time. I ignore it. The hold downs allow for the wiggle. The hood latch will stop the travel if it ever reaches that far. I've never heard it connect with the latch in five years. Extreme winds at times and no issues.
What we delt with in Nebraska was not normal "flops" or "wiggle". It was alarming. I haven't seen those conditions before or since. But if I get caught in a tornado, the hood is not a concern.

And the latches make the truck look mean. 70s muscle car mean.
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Old 05-25-2013, 10:17 PM   #7
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I really like the look of them, but I wish they locked.
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I myself and most of my buddies just remove the hood spring.....2 minute job. 99.9% of the dance is now gone.
Yup, clears up most of the issues. I do like the look of some of these replacement hinges though.
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What we delt with in Nebraska was not normal "flops" or "wiggle". It was alarming. I haven't seen those conditions before or since. But if I get caught in a tornado, the hood is not a concern.

And the latches make the truck look mean. 70s muscle car mean.
In six years of driving mine, I have encountered many instances of just such wind. I have no issues with the stock hood latches. I have heard no stories of wind blowing anybody's hood open. It is a non issue. For me it a wind gust warning device not found on any other vehicle that I am aware of. It is a jeep thing....I think.
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Non issue for me too. The Drakes are good looking though.
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Non issue for me too. The Drakes are good looking though.
I like the slow down warning as well but those Drakes look sooooo cool
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Old 05-25-2013, 11:32 PM   #12
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X3 on the cool factor.
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:01 AM   #13
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Yup...the Drakes look cool. I had them on my '03 Rubicon. They were a pain in the ass to close. I put the Rugged Ridge aluminum latches on the JK and am MUCH happier with them.
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Each time we would pass a rig in the middle lane our hood would flutter in a very troublesome fashion. I've seen it flutter on the highway before, but this was different, it was cause for concern.
Scary ain't it? Went through the same thing traveling from WY to OK.

Hood flutter I could deal with but the vortex coming off the truck would lift it by what seemed like a couple of inches (probably considerably less though).

On one of those trips, I had a bird stike on the passenger side hood strap. Scared the shit out of me as I was running 80 when it happened. The strap came through with no scratches. The bird, not so lucky.

Did end up putting Drakes on though. I don't care what kind of engineering tests or real world tests the stock straps go through, I just feel better with metal being the anchor for the hood.

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