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Old 12-23-2010, 04:32 PM   #1
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Hood flutter

What Is the best thing to do to stop the hood from moving in high winds. It annoys me.

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Old 12-23-2010, 04:45 PM   #2
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Removing the spring will cure most of the problem.

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removing the spring will cure most of the problem.
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Instead of annoying you it could act as an early warning system. When mine does that, knowing that it is so aerodynamically shaped like a brick and based on my previous experience of getting blown all over the highway in gusty wind just after noticing the hood flutter, yah convert that annoyance to shizzle, I better slow down.
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Old 01-03-2011, 02:46 PM   #6
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I believe I saw a service bulletin on different hood latches, you may want to look into that..
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:07 PM   #7
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Here's the solution: Search Results - Quadratec
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:51 PM   #8
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One other suggestion I read was to remove the hood spring. I removed mine & it made a big difference.
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There's also the Woods JK Hood Hold Down Kit.
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Old 01-03-2011, 09:35 PM   #10
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It's a 3 yr old suggestion and costs NOTHING and works 99.9% in heavy draft/wind/farts--

I've driven hiwy 58, Mojave, with 50mph crosswind and oncoming trucks--NO HOOD MOVEMENT, so

If you're a groupee, buy a new set of Daystar/Mopar latchs, causes it's Kewler !!

If you just want to fixit-remove spring !!

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After reading here about taking the spring off, I thought I would give it a try. I removed the spring and was looking at it and thought about cutting it in half to see if less tension would help and still retain the spring. Rather than cutting it, I decided to pull some of the tension out by attaching two zip ties, one on each side, through the top spring and the coil about halfway down. I pulled them tight and re-installed the spring. I will give it a try later this week on the highway and report the results.

I like having the spring when opening the hood but would like to eliminate some of the hood flutter. I hope this does the trick.
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Old 01-04-2011, 10:02 AM   #13
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not to hi-jack the thread but other than being annoying is the hood ever going to actually fly up going down the road? reason i ask is recently drove my 2010 2dr sahara to chicago(windy as heck) to drop my daughter off at o'hare and the hood "fluttered" a lot. doesn't bother me much but was praying the factory knew what they were doing when they used bunji cords and plastic brackets to hold the hood down.

oh ya, i'm a new owner been lurking since 2007 finally bit the bullet.

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After reading here about taking the spring off, I thought I would give it a try. I removed the spring and was looking at it and thought about cutting it in half to see if less tension would help and still retain the spring. Rather than cutting it, I decided to pull some of the tension out by attaching two zip ties, one on each side, through the top spring and the coil about halfway down. I pulled them tight and re-installed the spring. I will give it a try later this week on the highway and report the results.

I like having the spring when opening the hood but would like to eliminate some of the hood flutter. I hope this does the trick.
The "UP" spring pressure is what causes the "flutter", the spring is already helping the hood lift, if you reduce the spring pressure, you're reducing the incident of flutter, but the hood will still flutter because of the counteraction between the spring and the latchs=

Nothing wrong with trying, but I just took my spring-out-2 yrs ago and the hood never moves now-

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I drove up to Oklahoma and back this morning. That's about a 100 miles round trip at highway speeds and the hood remained still and calm. I usually get hood flutter when passing 18 wheelers and did not get any today. I will continue to monitor the situation and report after I have driven a few more miles on days that have more wind than I experienced today.

So far, so good for my compressed spring test!
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Old 01-04-2011, 11:32 AM   #16
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i've only gotten noticable hood flutter when driving into a head wind at 70 mph with 20-30 mph gusts. it was extremely noticable though as i was being thrown all around, but other than that 1 time i haven't had any issues
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I got used it and kind of like it now. I may remove the spring. I assume that many new Jeep owners did what I did when the opned the hood. You let it go like a foot or two up thinking is was a car and that it would nicely latch into place. Instead, I watched it awkwardly bounce and settle into nothingness. Guess what the spring did - nothing - it bottomed out. So not sure of the purpose in the end anyway.
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Old 01-04-2011, 08:15 PM   #18
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I know if jimbox said removing the spring works then it works.

I took a more expensive route. I got the drake offroad hood hold downs from quadratec.

They look great and function great. No hood flutter because there is no play in the hold downs. Besides I always wanted hood pins and this is kind of the same thing.

I also after having them for a bit removed the "safety" hook. For two reasons. It was coming a bit too close to some auxiliary wiring I had running up there and it just seemed like a damn child lock on a cabinet or something. One bolt and off it came. This aint some kids toy. I am so glad it is gone.
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Heh Heh, thanx ColdSRT-are those the latchs with the safety wire and pins ??


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I know if jimbox said removing the spring works then it works.

I took a more expensive route. I got the drake offroad hood hold downs from quadratec.

They look great and function great. No hood flutter because there is no play in the hold downs. Besides I always wanted hood pins and this is kind of the same thing.

I also after having them for a bit removed the "safety" hook. For two reasons. It was coming a bit too close to some auxiliary wiring I had running up there and it just seemed like a damn child lock on a cabinet or something. One bolt and off it came. This aint some kids toy. I am so glad it is gone.
Those are so kewl and I had similar ones on my "cuda", but thought-for now- I'
ll just shitcan the spring, but

If I do any more powertrain mods I may get those latchs

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Heh Heh, thanx ColdSRT-are those the latchs with the safety wire and pins ??

Those are so kewl and I had similar ones on my "cuda", but thought-for now- I'
ll just shitcan the spring, but

If I do any more powertrain mods I may get those latchs

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I didn't have the balls to drill my new challenger hood but I'm putting real hood pins on the 70 I am restoring.

It's the mod that gets the most talk.

I like the price of your solution but I happened upon the drakes and I knew I had to have it. I think they are right around $125.
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Just as a followup to my trial on tie wrapping the hood spring to lower the tension. I have now put about 1500 miles on my JK after putting two tie wraps on the hood spring to compress the spring and lower the tension but not taking the spring off altogether and and happy to report that, even in very windy conditions, I have not experienced any hood flutter even once.
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I really didn't think that wimpy lil spring could make that big of a difference...apparently it does.
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i know when you put a lift on any jeep it does that if you have the money like 30-50 dollars there are adjustable hood latches on a few jeep part sites of can be ordered at a local 4 wheel parts store
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....great.....this thread pops up an hour after I order the hard poly straps.....
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....great.....this thread pops up an hour after I order the hard poly straps.....

What are the "hard poly straps?" I bought and installed the Daystar Hood Wranglers and am very pleased with them.
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...thought that was what the co. called them....maybe not..got 'em off a link above in here somewhere...
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That was Daggo's link. Same thing. I'll prolly get some of those too. Can't stand the flutter, but I like the little lift that the spring gives when I go to open the hood.
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Removed the spring, no flutter. Hood opens just fine without the spring. can't see any reason for spring. Chrysler should drop the spring and save money. If you didn't know the spring was there in the first place you wouldn't miss it.
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the daystar hood wranglers did the trick for me, 2 years and no hood flutter.
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It wasn't Chryslers idea, but over 40 years ago the hood springs were added for women drivers fingernail savers !!

Mine's had no flutter either, for 2˝ yrs-spring removal--FREE-


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