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Old 03-29-2013, 08:09 AM   #1
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Daystar JK Hood Latch Upgrade - Silly Instructions

Remove the latches...what, what the hell for?
Use 2 vise grips to clamp the 2 ends of the plastic pins...good luck with that! Just tore them up, very little to grasp on.

Here is how I did it.
Take a utility knife and cut the rubber away.
Take a pair of bull snips and crack the plastic housing on the pins.
Pull the pins and install the new straps and bolts.
Took all of 5 minutes.
These are nice and tight, highly doubt there will be any hood flutter anymore.
$25 from Quadratec with free shipping.

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Old 03-29-2013, 07:23 PM   #2
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Just purchased the kit online for $24.99 and read the online instructions...
Decided that drilling out the end of the pin then remove the cap from the pin (similar to drilling out a pop rivet) would be better than their recommendations.

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Old 03-29-2013, 08:29 PM   #3
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Hood is nice and tight now. Test drove today, works great!
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I just did mine today. I used a 1/4 drill bit and drilled a hole in the middle of both endcaps exposing the metal pin in the center. Then I used a smaller drill bit to push the pin out - you could use anything smaller than the hole. The pin slides out easy.

After that I took a pair of all-purpose nippers and snipped the plastic casing right next the the rubber on the inside of the housing. Pull both plastic ends out and the rubber falls out too.

There's no damage to the plastic clips you keep doing it this way.
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:29 PM   #5
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I used vice grips. Locked one sidelocked the other and pried, not twisted one side and the end came off like a cap. Slid out pin. Did it 4 times.

Hard part was using two screwdrivers to make the screws lock. Thought I was going scrape fender paint by the last two.

Works like a champ when going 75 to 80 MPH with cross winds or semi-truck passings.
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Old 06-22-2013, 12:22 AM   #6
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Remove the latches...what, what the hell for?
Use 2 vise grips to clamp the 2 ends of the plastic pins...good luck with that! Just tore them up, very little to grasp on.

Here is how I did it.
Take a utility knife and cut the rubber away.
Take a pair of bull snips and crack the plastic housing on the pins.
Pull the pins and install the new straps and bolts.
Took all of 5 minutes.
These are nice and tight, highly doubt there will be any hood flutter anymore.
$25 from Quadratec with free shipping.
These instructions were invaluable on my 2012 JKU. Thank you! Of course I tried the vice-grip route first to no avail... wish I'd read this first. Driver side took 30 minutes, passenger side 2!
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