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Old 03-15-2014, 03:57 PM   #1
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High Crosswind Driving

As a fun time driving down I65 a few days ago with 25-30 mph crosswinds. I must say that is not fun in the jeep. Anyone else have this kind of fun?

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Old 03-15-2014, 03:58 PM   #2
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Sorry...though I posted this in the general section. My bad.

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Old 03-15-2014, 04:00 PM   #3
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Yeah the other day same thing, drove 100+ miles in same kind of winds. I had my foot pressing on the pedal a lot harder all the way just to keep up speed. It has also made me order the rugged ridge hood latches, I swear that hood was going to break those rubber bands.
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First time I saw the hood flutter. Will get a hood lock soon. Trying to keep it straight was not hard, but a constant chore!
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The hood flutter has long existed and it's interesting that Jeep engineers continue to ignore it. It's not a matter of keeping tradition because my MB did not have hood flutter but then again it probably just couldn't go fast enough.

Cross winds are definitely noticeably in a JK but they are worse with lift kits. The amount of lift they generate above 70 MPH can even make the steering feel lighter. The only benefit is that bigger lifts usually have bigger tires with larger footprints.
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Old 03-15-2014, 06:21 PM   #6
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Sorry...though I posted this in the general section. My bad.
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Part of the reason is your driving a brick on wheels. Another, rather low factory caster angle (3.7-4.7)

Shouldn't be scary. Make sure toe is in soec and tires inflated to the proper PSI. If lifted caster corrected.
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Old 03-15-2014, 06:48 PM   #7
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I have some very high winds in my area, but I never really got the big deal with "hood flutter". I mean, I guess I have seen it move a little, once in a GREAT while, what's the big deal? Has anyone *ever* had their hood actually come up? I think it's one of those solutions looking for a "problem", lol. I agree with the Jeep engineers on this one.
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Old 03-15-2014, 07:24 PM   #8
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I was driving through Wyoming earlier this year and hit 65 mph crosswinds. I was just waiting for my hood to fly up and hit my windshield. The flutter turned into slamming and I could feel every hit through my steering wheel. Never again!
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I have some very high winds in my area, but I never really got the big deal with "hood flutter". I mean, I guess I have seen it move a little, once in a GREAT while, what's the big deal? Has anyone *ever* had their hood actually come up? I think it's one of those solutions looking for a "problem", lol. I agree with the Jeep engineers on this one.
You never experience real hood flutter than. It will leave a stain in your underwear, especially the first time. I just expect it now when I see a semi coming towards me in a two lane.
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I guess not then, I drive at 75 on the highway every day to work, 30 minutes each way, pass trucks and vice versa all the time. Also have really hard crosswinds to where the Jeep is all you can do to stay between the lines. I just can't imagine that something that hasn't happened once to me in two years is a systemic issue with the hood latches. I have seen the hood bobble a little, but as I said, not a big deal to me, nor would I expect the hood latches were anywhere near the breaking point.

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You never experience real hood flutter than. It will leave a stain in your underwear, especially the first time. I just expect it now when I see a semi coming towards me in a two lane.
Just about every Jeeper on the planet has experience "real" hood flutter unless they only drive around the mall. I have yet to see a post where the hood actually flew open due to this, although I may have happened.

It may be unnerving at first but after while it just becomes distracting and annoying. The fix is simple and can be low cost.
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Drove my 2012 cross country twice....never even a hint of hood flutter. Hoping I don't get it on my 14.
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My rubber latches are so weak that you feel the actual metal hood latch maxing out smaking up against the metal stop.
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Old 03-15-2014, 10:42 PM   #15
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Drove to Washington state from New York a couple weeks ago. All was fine until I got on I-90 through South Dakota. Had I let go of the wheel I would have been in a ditch. Here's a short video I took. 65mph had my RPMs at 3000. I've never drove with wind like that.

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I found a way to deal with high winds no roof and no doors= less flat surface to catch the wind. Just done expect your hair to look decent at your destination
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37's + 4" of lift + North Texas = not fun at all
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i must have got the best damn jeep on the planet. bout 18 months/ 15k miles & no ticking head, no noises, no leaks, no dealer issues, no weird dash lights, no hood flutter, no heater sand issues, no mpg issues, no engine power issues.


yeah it does get pushed by the wind pretty bad & i don't get 80 miles a gallon but compared to that 76 buick starfire i had when i was 17 this is like driving a 100k$ rolles royce. i just don't get all the problems that are supposed to be inherent to wranglers. i'm feeling kinda left out....
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Yep same for me. Driving from Virginia to Alaska. I-90 Across South Dakota was terrible. Especially for MPG's. I was getting 13-14 on the highway because of the wind. Couldn't take my hands off the wheel, had to fight it most of the way across..
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We drive to Colorado 2-3 times a year. Every time we go thru west Texas, you get very strong cross winds. Milage sucks and makes for very tiring driving, but we are still in a Jeep.
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i must have got the best damn jeep on the planet. bout 18 months/ 15k miles & no ticking head, no noises, no leaks, no dealer issues, no weird dash lights, no hood flutter, no heater sand issues, no mpg issues, no engine power issues.


yeah it does get pushed by the wind pretty bad & i don't get 80 miles a gallon but compared to that 76 buick starfire i had when i was 17 this is like driving a 100k$ rolles royce. i just don't get all the problems that are supposed to be inherent to wranglers. i'm feeling kinda left out....
Well I have a 2014 with 5K on it and I have had cluster issues and TPMS light problems, hood flutter is a blast and I have some annoying vibration sound that appears to be coming from behind the radio or dash area at cold start up. Why? Because Jeep. LOL

All seriousness aside, I love it and won't be getting rid of it anytime soon.
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i must have got the best damn jeep on the planet. bout 18 months/ 15k miles & no ticking head, no noises, no leaks, no dealer issues, no weird dash lights, no hood flutter, no heater sand issues, no mpg issues, no engine power issues.


yeah it does get pushed by the wind pretty bad & i don't get 80 miles a gallon but compared to that 76 buick starfire i had when i was 17 this is like driving a 100k$ rolles royce. i just don't get all the problems that are supposed to be inherent to wranglers. i'm feeling kinda left out....
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I been around here for a little while and all that means I have seen more posts, and stories. about 3 (or maybe more) years ago there were 2 different threads/ posts about people who had their hood latches fail with the "Pics or it didn't happen proof". Considering what the latches are made of common sense tells ya eventually they will get weak wear out and break. The members who had that problem were driving TJs, but lets face it, considering the design it could happen...not likely but could.

I replaced my stock hood latches on the TJ around that same time as I was driving on the highway a lot, about 300 miles a week, and it helped the "flutter" some but the design again it is going to be there...unless you go Hot Rod style with pins or maybe the locking hood latch.

It is not that hard to swap out, when you decide it is time...the question is WHEN is it TIME???
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I haven't seen this issue yet, but wouldn't a stronger hood spring solve the issue? Do they make one?
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I haven't seen this issue yet, but wouldn't a stronger hood spring solve the issue? Do they make one?
Actually a lot of the people's fix is to remove the hood spring....I never tried it as I thought it needed to be there...or Jeep would have left them off...I mean figure out the cost per spring per Jeep and that is some serious cash savings really easy.....but some people feel that is the "fix" remove the spring.

Bottom line a "stronger" spring might/ could reduce hood flutter if it pushed up with enough force to hold the hood tight against the rubber latches....(Not sure that would be best idea).....but IMO it is a part of the design as mentioned before, and short of hood pins IDK how to "correctly" fix it......
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Maybe it's because mine is brand new but I have yet to see this mysterious "hood flutter" even driving on the highway yesterday with some pretty good wind. I think my Lexus had more hood play than the Jeep does
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JP, where in the Fort do you live? I get the hood flutter everyday almost driving on I-69

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JP, where in the Fort do you live? I get the hood flutter everyday almost driving on I-69

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I drove a '00 TJ for 8 years, saw a lot of hood flutter. The '13JKUR is a lot better in wind, and with hood-flutter, but I did get it back around Christmas driving across eastern Montana in a blizzard, 40-45mph side-winds. It didn't worry me as I was used to it from the TJ. And handling the longer wheel-base Jeep was a lot easier too.

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