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Old 03-06-2012, 10:05 PM   #1
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Hood Flutter and Window Tint Qs...

Is there anything I should do to reduce the hood flutter caused by high cross winds? This sounds crazy, but it seemed like it was ready to fly off during recent winds around 40 mph. Latches verified...

Second question - '12 JKUR on order, but was told window tint of the four door windows was not an option. Can anyone confirm this?

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Old 03-06-2012, 10:09 PM   #2
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Lots of products out there for the hood. Check quadratec. They have a bunch of different ones. The windows on my 4dr jku came with factory tint. On the hard top and back doors. Its like a 35% shade.

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Is there anything I should do to reduce the hood flutter caused by high cross winds? This sounds crazy, but it seemed like it was ready to fly off during recent winds around 40 mph. Latches verified...

Second question - '12 JKUR on order, but was told window tint of the four door windows was not an option. Can anyone confirm this?
For the hood flutter, buy a pair of Daystar Hood Wranglers. Here's a link:

Daystar KJ09145BK - Daystar Hood Wranglers for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

Yes, they look just like your stock hood latches. But believe me, they'll fix the problem.

The windows in my 4-door are tinted, but I've got a soft top.
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:18 PM   #4
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Regarding the hood flutter, just unscrew the coil spring from under your hood and poof....99% less hood flutter. Free, simple, and done in under 5mns.
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I ordered both top with factory tint
I had my front side windows tinted to 35%
To match the factory rear door side windows
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:36 PM   #6
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For the hood flutter, buy a pair of Daystar Hood Wranglers. Here's a link:
Not knocking these but I could not get them to mount properly on my JK. No matter what I did they would not fit. I installed the screws from the kit and threw away the polyurethane.
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Regarding the hood flutter, just unscrew the coil spring from under your hood and poof....99% less hood flutter. Free, simple, and done in under 5mns.
X2

My hood fluttered like crazy after removal of the air dam.
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:41 PM   #8
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Not knocking these but I could not get them to mount properly on my JK. No matter what I did they would not fit. I installed the screws from the kit and threw away the polyurethane.
I'd say spring removal would be the way to go, then. So far, I haven't had any hood flutter, despite many days of 40 mph crosswinds, which is typical for a WI winter.

Only a matter of time, though. I figure I'll address it when it needs to be addressed.
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My hood fluttered like crazy after removal of the air dam.
My air dam's been gone since first week of Dec. Still no flutter. Then again, I'm still way low miles on mine.
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My air dam's been gone since first week of Dec. Still no flutter. Then again, I'm still way low miles on mine.
Mostly on the highway if anything.
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Mostly on the highway if anything.
That's what the majority of my driving is, since my crib is in bear country. Gotta take the highway to get anywhere.

Tomorrow it'll probably flutter like a shotgunned goose.
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Mine does when a rig passes the other way. I ordered the rampage locking ones should b here monday.
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Here's a pic of the Daystar vrs. stock '12 dogbone. Notice the difference in length, the Daystar is a whole lot shorter. Got these last night, and it wouldn't stretch on. It was around 55 degrees out. This morning I decided to heat one up in some very warm water and it stretched enough for it to latch. Threw the old dogbone in the tool tray in the back, along with a couple phillips screwdrivers in case it pops. About $26 delivered off Amazon.
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If you like the look and don't mind spending a little extra, you should check out Drakes hood hold downs. They may not be for everyone, but I've gotten more compliments on mine than just about any mod I've done.

PS - Your hood won't move with these on
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Here's a pic of the Daystar vrs. stock '12 dogbone. Notice the difference in length, the Daystar is a whole lot shorter. Got these last night, and it wouldn't stretch on. It was around 55 degrees out. This morning I decided to heat one up in some very warm water and it stretched enough for it to latch. Threw the old dogbone in the tool tray in the back, along with a couple phillips screwdrivers in case it pops. About $26 delivered off Amazon.
Don't worry, they won't pop.
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M5ivan --- love the look. Do you have any issues with the cables slapping the hood, damaging the paint?
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I'd thought the same thing before I bought it, but it doesn't seem to move at all at highway speeds. No worries
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I picked up a set of Daystar Hood Wranglers when I removed my Air Dam, but I don't really see any flutter at all at this point.

I'll install them anyway when it gets a little warmer out. (The package says install at 70 degrees F)
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Those Rampage locking latches are really sturdy. I was surprised they were that heavy duty. I like mine but it does give a sleeker look some folks may not care for. The locking feature doesn't hurt either.
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M5ivan --- love the look. Do you have any issues with the cables slapping the hood, damaging the paint?
Drakes rocks... if you rotate the pin to go in from the opposite side of the cable it brings the cable back over the hold down.

Zero flutter in Kansas. Love these and you CANNOT beat DRAKE customer service. A screw cross threaded when I installed... no questions asked Khris sent me a whole new set of hardware.

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