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Old 08-22-2013, 02:14 PM   #1
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Hood Flutter Solved

Kudos to the guys at Ultimate Truck Accessories in Omaha, Nebraska hooked me up with Daystar latches. Driving from Illinois to Utah and at 90 mph no flutter.
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Has there been a single documented case where a jk hood has come open due to a latch failure? I guess I am not sold on this being an issue at all. I am not saying the hood doesn't float at times. I dunno.
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We didnt have any of the clearance issues or any other problem. As with most products some people dont have any luck with them some do.
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Old 08-22-2013, 04:32 PM   #6
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Has there been a single documented case where a jk hood has come open due to a latch failure? I guess I am not sold on this being an issue at all. I am not saying the hood doesn't float at times. I dunno.
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Yes, but I dont know how common it is.

Jeep Wrangler Hood Latch Problems

#6 - Hood Latch problem of the 2008 Jeep Wrangler
Consumer has a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that the hood latches fractured and caused the hood to fly open and strike the windshield while driving. The contact stated there was an emergency latch to prevent the failure but the emergency latch also fractured. Whenever the vehicle was driven in windy weather, the hood would shake abnormally. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that there was no coverage for the latches on the vehicle and the vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 38,000 and the current mileage was 50,000. This hood latch issue occurred Thursday, March 3, 2011.
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Old 08-22-2013, 04:33 PM   #7
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I just took off the hood spring

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Old 08-22-2013, 04:45 PM   #8
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I havent noticed any hood flutter since my lift. The rampage latches we put on a jeep that the owner felt uneasy with hood flutter and it worried her everytime she drove it on the freeway.

Would it have ever been an issue? Who knows but it was a cheap price for piece of mind.
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I have the Rampage locks as well. I never had a problem with rubbing or bending....however I DID NOT tighten down the bolts on the hood part of the latch until after I had closed and latched the hood and made sure I had maximum room.

The hardest part was installing the bottom part of the latches if you didn't have the perfect ratchet. My ratched curves a little bit, but it was just enough of a curve the screw up the use of an extension.

No hood flutter for me. But to be honest, I didn't have it before....I just wanted the visable locks on the hood and to prevent any flutter.
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Remove The Hood Spring = Life Is Simple.

1 minute job and then NO hood dancing at all.
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Yes, but I dont know how common it is.

Jeep Wrangler Hood Latch Problems

#6 - Hood Latch problem of the 2008 Jeep Wrangler
Consumer has a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that the hood latches fractured and caused the hood to fly open and strike the windshield while driving. The contact stated there was an emergency latch to prevent the failure but the emergency latch also fractured. Whenever the vehicle was driven in windy weather, the hood would shake abnormally. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that there was no coverage for the latches on the vehicle and the vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 38,000 and the current mileage was 50,000. This hood latch issue occurred Thursday, March 3, 2011.
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Guess there is one. Pretty sure the only one!
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I removed the hood spring a month ago and it didn't resolve the problem. However the Daystar latches have stopped the hood flutter.
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Great experience with the Daystar Hood Latches.
When traveling on the flat Canadian prairie particularly through the wind farms of Alberta, it was common for the hood to flutter. When traveling at 110 km/h into the wind, meeting a semi, the hood flutter was more of a slam. At some point there has got to be some damage to the latches.
Purchased the Daystar latches. After watching YouTube I swapped the latches out in less than 10 minutes.
Within days they were put to the test. Not one hint of flutter. For me it was piece of mind.
Well worth the $25.
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:19 AM   #14
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I should qualify my post by saying that I simply replaced the rubber bands of the latch. The latches still have the factory look with no flutter.

http://www.daystarweb.com/productdet...?productID=382
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:53 AM   #15
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I have seen these threads on hood flutter in the past, but have never experienced this problem.
I had a 2003 TJ, and now have a 2013 Rubicon, which get's driven at speeds of up too 80 mph, mountain driving, and no flutter. I wonder why some do it, and some don't???
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80? 90mph??!! In a Wrangler?? Slow down and enjoy the relaxed top off/doors off experience you can only get in one of these. Seems that I'm never in a rush anymore.
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I normally drive the speed limit, but have had it up as high as 80 with no hood flutter. or movement.
I also do my share of off road rock crawling, with top and doors off!
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I put these on 9 months ago. I do lot of driving at highway speeds and haven't had a single issue since. Wouldn't trade them.
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I've wondered about this too. We have a 2013 JKU and I haven't noticed any hood flutter. None. On the highway, next to 18 wheelers etc. Is hood flutter on older jeeps or higher mileage jeeps?
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Easiest and quickest. Zip Ties. They don't over stress your hood latch mounts.
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I've wondered about this too. We have a 2013 JKU and I haven't noticed any hood flutter. None. On the highway, next to 18 wheelers etc. Is hood flutter on older jeeps or higher mileage jeeps?


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My hood flutter WAS on a 2008 model. Currently it has 85,000 Kms (53,000 miles). I've only owned it for three months but the hood flutter seemed to be constant. Maybe it is age of the latch and the elastic deteriorates over time. Maybe Jeep has modified newer latches.

Seriously though, that flutter when hitting a sudden force of wind, when the hood slams up hitting the internal hood latch scared the crap outta me. I kept thinking there would be a time when the internal latch would give way. Maybe it never would but it was hard not to think of the possibilities.
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Hood flutter will happen at very high speeds when you encounter strong head or cross winds. Our 2004 tj and 13 jku have both done it since new. It really does not happen very often so I think I will try the zip tie on the hold downs and see how it works. I really don't want to spend money on aftermarket hood latches to prevent it.
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I put these on 9 months ago. I do lot of driving at highway speeds and haven't had a single issue since. Wouldn't trade them.
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Hood flutter will happen at very high speeds when you encounter strong head or cross winds. Our 2004 tj and 13 jku have both done it since new. It really does not happen very often so I think I will try the zip tie on the hold downs and see how it works. I really don't want to spend money on aftermarket hood latches to prevent it.
I just did the zip ties and will be driving home on highway today and it's a pretty windy day so I should get some good feedback. It looks like it might work because it was definitely a lot tighter trying to latch the hood down.
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Drove home 30 miles at 70mph and no hood flutter. I did make one of the zip ties too tight and it broke so for a pack of 8 @ $3 and having replacements it is a great solution. I will just keep an eye on if they broke or not or maybe get some of the thicker ones, but I saved many dollars using the zip ties.
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Springs been out for a few weeks now. Not a hint of movement driving 70 into headwinds or a semi passing me on a 2 lane highway. A complete success for a free mod.
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Springs been out for a few weeks now. Not a hint of movement driving 70 into headwinds or a semi passing me on a 2 lane highway. A complete success for a free mod.
Removing springs worked for me. I have a 10A so this hood may be different than the regular hood. However, I live in Kansas and it blows like stink here. I can't even walk straight today but never any hood flutter now, even around the big rigs.

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