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Old 05-06-2008, 06:09 PM   #1
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Daystar's new JK Hood Wrangler

Those of you with the new JK's all know how the hood "flutters" when driving down the freeway. It seems that JEEP has figured out that by giving the front end a "little" rake, that the fuel milage would INCREASE about 2%. Unfourtunatly, this also makes the hood "flutter" at high speeds.

A few weeks ago, Daystar shipped me one of the new 'Hood Wrangler" kits. It was the newest addition to the Daystar line of products for the New JK Wrangler to install and test. Here is how it went. I can tell you now, it solved the problem 100%!!

Here is the complete hood wrangler kit. It includes 2 hood latch replacement pieces, 4 retainer bolts, and a tube of Loctite.



First thing to do to install these, is first remove the plastic retainer pins in the stock latch by using 2 pairs of vice grips. Grab one end with each pair of 'grips, clamp them down and TWIST!



Next, Remove the flimsy, stock rubber strap. Install the New HOOD WRANGLER piece by sliding the provided pin bolts through, and screwing the ends together. Make sure to use a drop of LOCTITE on the threads, they give it to you for a reason!!!






Do both sides and you are done in about 10 Min!! Best 10 min , 24.99 Mod you can do to your 07+ JK!!!

Check it out at www.absoluteoffroadphx.com or give Joe a call at the shop 602-248-8949

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Old 05-06-2008, 08:31 PM   #2
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Nice write up

Its even easier to just remove the spring from the front of the hood and free ta boot...Gary

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Old 05-07-2008, 06:58 PM   #3
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Nice write up

Its even easier to just remove the spring from the front of the hood and free ta boot...Gary
Wouldn't that cause the whole thing to bounce against the grill unneccesarily?
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Old 05-07-2008, 08:55 PM   #4
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Wouldn't that cause the whole thing to bounce against the grill unneccesarily?
Youd think that but its not the case

The hood bounce is really bad when ya remove the lower air dam peice and gets even worse when you raise the vehicle...

Ive removed the spring on mine a co workers and on 3-4 customers vehicles and they have not complained of the concern again....

I dont doubt that the Daystar kit will also solve the concern it certainly looks like a well done kit...

30 bucks is gas money tho
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Old 06-14-2008, 02:59 PM   #5
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I pulled the spring off mine December of '06. The hood hasn't fluttered once since then. It's free and it fixed the problem.

The only reason the hood spring is on there is to lift the hood a little to make it easier for you to unlatch and lift the hood all the way up. A JK hood isn't that heavy.
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:53 AM   #6
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My 08 doesn't seem to flutter, maybe DC fixed it, or maybe I need to go faster than 70 to see it.
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Old 06-17-2008, 10:55 AM   #7
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go faster than 70mph to see it, you'll jump the first time lol
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I removed the spring on my about a month ago and it fixed the problem and it did not cost a penny. Only about 5 minutes of labor. The wind has been blowing hard here in the Dallas area and I have not seen any movement at all!
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Old 06-20-2008, 05:49 AM   #9
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I didnt notice it yet....
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My hood hasn't fluttered yet but I'm thinking of getting same type of kit for support...
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Old 06-20-2008, 10:26 AM   #11
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The new spring on mine is very flimsy, when I unlatch the hood it does not pop up at all. I got it up to 80 yesterday and still no flutter. That's as fast as I feel comfortable going as the Rubi has such flexible tires and suspension it can be a chore to keep it in one lane, especially in a wind.

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