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Old 05-07-2012, 11:01 PM   #1
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Hood in high winds

I just bought my 2010 Wrangler Sport a few months ago. I'm loving it! I had sort of a scary moment the other day though. Was driving in high wind and twice the wind hit hard directly in the front of the hood. It popped loudly and sounded like it was going fly open. Was kind of scary. Is that normal? Is there something I can do to prevent that?

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Old 05-07-2012, 11:07 PM   #2
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Search the forum for "hood flutter."

It's not necessarily common, but it's definitely normal. Google "daystar hood wranglers" for one potential solution. You'll find others--such as cutting or zip tying your hood spring--when you search the forum for "hood flutter."

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Old 05-07-2012, 11:08 PM   #3
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Cool thanks!
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Old 05-08-2012, 03:53 AM   #4
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I been using the the Daystar hood latches. They work great.
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:31 AM   #5
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:16 AM   #6
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I installed a mopar hood lock .. it solved the problem and I like to be able to lock my hood .. it is keyed to the ignition key ..
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:43 AM   #7
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Most people unscrew the spring, It makes it much better.
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:45 AM   #8
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Daystar Hood Wranglers...problem solved. I had the same issues on a recent road trip and it doesn't move AT ALL now with the Daystars. It was a super easy install, FYI the directions say to remove the bottom latch entirely from the vehicle, this wasn't necessary at all. Maybe put a towel down on your fender to protect the paint from when you have to initially pry the stock pins out, but they snapped off in 2 seconds anyway with vise grips. Install took less than 10 minutes.
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:58 AM   #9
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most people unscrew the spring, it makes it much better.
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:01 AM   #10
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Remove the hood spring

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Old 05-08-2012, 09:35 AM   #11
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The Mopar hood lock had zero effect on my JK hood flutter.

My zip-tie the spring experiment failed.

Removing the spring has given about 98% reduction of occurring.

I sent the Daystars back because I couldn't bear the thought of purposely breaking the old hood latch pin in order to install the new ones. That was 14 months ago when I only had my JK a few months. Now I might be able to stand to do such.
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Old 05-08-2012, 12:37 PM   #12
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JeeperJake...I didn't want to break my latch pins either. But when I DID...they are PLASTIC and just have a metal sleeve inside of them. The Daystar replacements screw into each other, metal on metal (inside the rubber latch of course). So I was glad that I did replace them, especially when I went to break the factory pins, they snapped apart super easy and might have been a failure point down the road?!?! But cool your spring removal worked for ya!
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Old 05-08-2012, 01:00 PM   #13
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Drake offroad hood latch. buddy has a set. The things are solid. Going to get a set when I find $129 worth of coins under the couch cushons. Drake just came out with black anodized turnbuckles, they look sharp.
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Old 05-08-2012, 01:41 PM   #14
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<---Springless as well, MUCH better.
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Old 05-10-2012, 12:51 PM   #15
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Does the Daystar work on 2012? The box says 07-11. Are 11 and 12 hoods the same?
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Old 05-10-2012, 12:53 PM   #16
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Does the Daystar work on 2012? The box says 07-11. Are 11 and 12 hoods the same?
Yes, I have them on my '12.
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Old 05-10-2012, 03:51 PM   #17
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I was under the hood yesterday and noticed that when the dealer put in the mopar hood lock when I purchased my JK that the dealer removed the hood spring in order to install the hood lock. When I close the hood, I close it gently and then apply the hood lock and side hood latches. I have not had hood flutter.
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Old 05-10-2012, 06:08 PM   #18
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Springless, easy solution...
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Old 05-10-2012, 06:28 PM   #19
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The Drakes are sharp if you want to spend the money.
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:45 PM   #20
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I installed the Mopar lift cylinders on ours and we never notice the hood moving at highway speeds, even when it was windy enough to feel the Jeep getting blown around. Also nice not having to use the prop rod and have it be in the way right smak in the middle of the engine bay, which is why I did it to begin with.
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:58 PM   #21
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If you have the extra cash, I'd say go with Drakes for $130. They look great IMO.

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Also nice not having to use the prop rod and have it be in the way right smak in the middle of the engine bay.
I never use the prop rod when I work on my jeep, I just flip the hood all the way back against the windshield.

No flutter here (yet) but I've already removed my spring.
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Old 07-04-2012, 10:06 PM   #23
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I never use the prop rod when I work on my jeep, I just flip the hood all the way back against the windshield.

No flutter here (yet) but I've already removed my spring.
Probably a dumb question, but how does the spring come off? I'm halfway through a cross-country trip and I'm getting that hood flutter too. It's weird, I never had it happen in the two plus years I've owned mine until this trip. Anyway, I digress. Is it easy to remove? I only have minimal tools with me.
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Old 07-04-2012, 10:20 PM   #24
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I noticed my 2012 hood moving a lot in high winds last week. :/ maybe some higher grade metal is in order? LoL
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Old 07-04-2012, 10:35 PM   #25
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It's a Jeep thing.

Has anyone actually seen where a hood broke off and popped open? I'm sure there are a lot more ticking engines and fires then hoods that popped open.
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Probably a dumb question, but how does the spring come off? I'm halfway through a cross-country trip and I'm getting that hood flutter too. It's weird, I never had it happen in the two plus years I've owned mine until this trip. Anyway, I digress. Is it easy to remove? I only have minimal tools with me.
Its screwed to the hood (although i do not remember if its phillips or torx... im leaning toward phillips head.) Should take less than a minute to remove! Good luck!
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Old 07-05-2012, 09:09 AM   #27
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You can get the Drake Hood hold downs. Problem with the stock hold downs is they are rubber. And you have to remember that Jeeps, especially the Rubicons, are made to fall apart if you have an accident.
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Its screwed to the hood (although i do not remember if its phillips or torx... im leaning toward phillips head.) Should take less than a minute to remove! Good luck!
Thanks! I'll take a look today before we roll out.
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:30 AM   #29
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how does one unscrew the spring??? I noticed hood flutter a lot lately and I don't have the spare cash for the drakes at the moment so I'm looking for the easy fix...
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:34 AM   #30
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Just open the hood and use the appropriate screw driver to remove it. It should just be held onto the hood by a single screw, if I remember right, too hot here to go look at the moment.

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