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Old 03-01-2011, 09:02 AM   #1
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Drake Custom Hood Hold Downs

Looking at these for the Rubicon - not that I care if they work better than stock or not, I just like the look

Does anyone have them? any installation or care advice? tricks? I heard they rusted but that was resolved early on - looks like a top quality product.

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Old 03-01-2011, 09:36 AM   #2
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I have been eyeballing those myself....if they were annodized black...I would probably already have them.

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Old 03-01-2011, 09:42 AM   #3
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Yea I like a little jewelry for the beast so that was a combination for me, with the black parts and deep blue hood - I read a few earlier threads on them, and the rust issue which was resolved, so I was looking for some recent experiences with them and installation. I'll report back - I wordered them just the same. They come in tomorrow.
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looks great although i'd be concerned with the wire possibly rubbing on the paint, unless it's plastic coated.
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I have had them for months in the worst part of winter on my dwb rubicon. I bought them to prevent hood flutter and because they look sweet and should hold up better than the stockers.

Install is a bit of a pain for the lower pieces but not too bad. They did fix the rusting issue. It was bad parts sourced from another vendor. They work great. Takes a little longer to close the hood but it is worth it. The cables are coated so no worries about scratches. In fact they stay where you put them pretty well anyways. They made a few runs where they anodized the turnbuckle in black but these still look great. You could do that yourself if you wanted to. Cool mod.
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i've wanted to replace the stockers after the first 18 wheeler made the hood do it's jump. my dad had a jeep and that was the first thing he cautioned me about so i was sort of prepared but anyway..

question..do you think they would hold up to powder coating? a co-worker has a small set up on the side and thought about getting these to match my hood..or black.
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Old 03-01-2011, 01:37 PM   #7
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If you want to hear something funny, 1 year and 10k miles later and the FIRST time I saw hood flutter, was Saturday - scary stuff because I thought maybe someone walking by unlatched my hood overnight. The inner latch would stop it, but it was early, I wasn't thinking that quickly lol
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it definitely gets your attention lol!!
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I got my first flutter after the bumper/winch install. There are far cheaper and easier ways to fix that. I also had seen a few busted jeep latches up here from what I assumed was the extreme cold. I hated the all metal latches and just happened upon the drake latches while looking for something else. Match made in heaven.

I also wanted all black but they really do look good on there. The heim joints can't be powdercoated to the best of my knowledge. Don't see why you couldn't powdercoat the turnbuckle any color you want.
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Looks like a paint ruiner to me
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Looks like a paint ruiner to me
The cables are coated and stiff enough that they don't really move. Not an issue
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thats good to know Not for me but most add-ons arent lol
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I got my first flutter after the bumper/winch install. There are far cheaper and easier ways to fix that. I also had seen a few busted jeep latches up here from what I assumed was the extreme cold. I hated the all metal latches and just happened upon the drake latches while looking for something else. Match made in heaven.

I also wanted all black but they really do look good on there. The heim joints can't be powdercoated to the best of my knowledge. Don't see why you couldn't powdercoat the turnbuckle any color you want.
The guy that works with me does the powder coating and I showed him the latch online. He seems to think that the coating will stick- but not sure.
So if he can get this to work then it's black for the latch and the turnbuckle is another question.
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I got my first flutter after the bumper/winch install. There are far cheaper and easier ways to fix that. I also had seen a few busted jeep latches up here from what I assumed was the extreme cold. I hated the all metal latches and just happened upon the drake latches while looking for something else. Match made in heaven.

I also wanted all black but they really do look good on there. The heim joints can't be powdercoated to the best of my knowledge. Don't see why you couldn't powdercoat the turnbuckle any color you want.
I have a 10 Rubi with an offroad bumper, winch and mopar front skid plate with no hood flutter. Did you remove your plastic air dam and not replace it with a skid? Just curious to see if that caused the flutter.
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I have a 10 Rubi with an offroad bumper, winch and mopar front skid plate with no hood flutter. Did you remove your plastic air dam and not replace it with a skid? Just curious to see if that caused the flutter.
Bingo. Never saw it before that. I'm working on making my own front skid to protect the e disco.
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The guy that works with me does the powder coating and I showed him the latch online. He seems to think that the coating will stick- but not sure.
So if he can get this to work then it's black for the latch and the turnbuckle is another question.
The only thing you can powder coat is the turnbuckle. Maybe even the jam nuts on the heim joints. The bases are glass reinforced poly. They could be painted possibly but not powder coated. I am getting all the crap together to start doing low volume powder coating. I only plan on doing the turnbuckles if I do that much.
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I think those Drake latchs are very attractive, but

I haven't heard anybody mention this yet, don't know why, but

Just remove the hood latch spring and NOMOFLUTTER, cause thats what makes the flutter, as the counter pressure to the stock latch pressure !!

It's worked on mine for over two years !!

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I think those Drake latchs are very attractive, but

I haven't heard anybody mention this yet, don't know why, but

Just remove the hood latch spring and NOMOFLUTTER, cause thats what makes the flutter, as the counter pressure to the stock latch pressure !!

It's worked on mine for over two years !!

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I didn't mention the exact fix. Gotta make em do a little work.

I did mention that there are far cheaper and easier methods if hood flutter is the main problem. Free even.
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I shoulda knowed that you were aware ofit, but


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I didn't mention the exact fix. Gotta make em do a little work.

I did mention that there are far cheaper and easier methods if hood flutter is the main problem. Free even.
I waited quite a while, before mentioning it, cause I really do like those DRAKE latchs-

My only drawback thoughts toem, is the SOMETIMES need to get the hood open in a hurry and those could hinder that emergency !!

I thought about them a long time ago, but passed so far !

Smokemifyougotem !

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I shoulda knowed that you were aware ofit, but

I waited quite a while, before mentioning it, cause I really do like those DRAKE latchs-

My only drawback thoughts toem, is the SOMETIMES need to get the hood open in a hurry and those could hinder that emergency !!

I thought about them a long time ago, but passed so far !

Smokemifyougotem !

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Funny you should mention that. I always analyze that kind of crap too. Here is the deal. I actually ditched the safety hook as well. No need for it with these latches in my opinion. I can get the hood open faster than I could stock. It's closing it that takes more time. Even if you kept the safety hook it would take roughly the same time to open.
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I have them. They look great and people love them. The lower piece installs easy if you remove the grill.
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I have them installed on my Wrangler and I think they work and look great. The wire doesn't move. No more flutter!! No regrets.
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i love the looks of them im ordering a set this week!!
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Drake Hood Hold Downs went on last night. Top two nuts popped off with a 10mm. The bottom mount is held by a single nut. You WILL need a 1/4" drive as nothing else will fit in the fender gap. They ask you to remove the rubber nibs from the stock hold downs for reuse - they pull right off - which is scary because I initially thought I ripped them off!

The kit was complete, and the new hold downs installed in about 20 minutes, both sides. The installation looks great, couldn't be happier and the hood is down solid. They certainly caught some looks at the coffee shop earlier, I recommend them highly.
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Drake Hood Hold Downs went on last night. Top two nuts popped off with a 10mm. The bottom mount is held by a single nut. You WILL need a 1/4" drive as nothing else will fit in the fender gap. They ask you to remove the rubber nibs from the stock hold downs for reuse - they pull right off - which is scary because I initially thought I ripped them off!

The kit was complete, and the new hold downs installed in about 20 minutes, both sides. The installation looks great, couldn't be happier and the hood is down solid. They certainly caught some looks at the coffee shop earlier, I recommend them highly.
i just ordered a set, the free shipping made it a little easier on the purse lol. i cant wait to get them... do you have a pic of yours installed
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Not the best pics but here you go - drivers side, and passenger side with snorkel trim detail



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Not the best pics but here you go - drivers side, and passenger side with snorkel trim detail



aww those are perrrdy the wire dosent rub the paint does it? i know its coated with plastic. just making sure it dosent flop around on the paint.
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The wire is plastic coated and fairly stiff - it doesn't flop around and it naturally stays off the paint so I am not anticipating any trouble with them. So far outside of the fact it's lifted, those little latches draw the most comments. I have to admit, they look better in person.

If you have any questions on the install, let me know - it was easy though
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i just ordered a set, the free shipping made it a little easier on the purse lol. i cant wait to get them... do you have a pic of yours installed
Where'd you order from?
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The wire is plastic coated and fairly stiff - it doesn't flop around and it naturally stays off the paint so I am not anticipating any trouble with them. So far outside of the fact it's lifted, those little latches draw the most comments. I have to admit, they look better in person.

If you have any questions on the install, let me know - it was easy though
awsome thanks a bunch!!! they are a real eye catcher. i cant wait to get them on

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