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Old 08-09-2010, 09:09 AM   #1
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Hood Lock - Doesn't Function?

hello all, a few weeks ago I posted a link about a hoodlock for my brand new JK Sport. Well, I ended up with the lock below and after installing it I have no idea how to function the lock.

Rugged Ridge 11252.05 - Rugged Ridge Hood Lock for 07-10 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

I recently ordered and received the Rugged Ridge Hood Lock for my 2010 Wrangler Sport. Upon installing following the manufacturers instructions I am having issues with the lock actually working. I uninstalled and reinstalled the lock to make sure I followed the instructions correctly and I am 100% confident the part is installed correctly. The issue I am having is how the lock is actually supposed to function. The instructions state to test the lock by leaving the key in a vertical position and closing the hood. Once I close the hood I am not able to turn the key clockwise to the right, in order to lock and unlock the device. I am just trying to wrap my head around exactly how the lock is supposed to function with the hood latch and can't seem to figure out its function.

Anyone else experience something like this?

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Old 08-09-2010, 09:11 AM   #2
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RTFM

"Step(7)
Test by closing hood and turning key in a counter clock wise direction with key positioned vertically. Key should be able to be removed easily. (Fig. 11-12)
If key can not be removed slightly bend tab in small adjustments (Fig. 13) until key is free."

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RTFM

"Step(7)
Test by closing hood and turning key in a counter clock wise direction with key positioned vertically. Key should be able to be removed easily. (Fig. 11-12)
If key can not be removed slightly bend tab in small adjustments (Fig. 13) until key is free."
I did, over and over again! In fact, the instructions are incorrect because if the key is left in a vertical position the lock can only be turned to the right, there is no option to go left, when in a vertical position the latch is turned all the way over and is lowered when turned to the right... and that would be CLOCKWISE lol.
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counter clockwise is to the left <- clock wise is to the right ->

if mr sinister is copying from the instructions, thats your problem.
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counter clockwise is to the left <- clock wise is to the right ->

if mr sinister is copying from the instructions, thats your problem.
must have been typing a response just before you posted... yes, I am aware of clockwise and counter! haha
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did you try bending the tab?
make sure the lock is in the right place before you bolt the bracket down. if the hood lock cylinder is anything like the gas door lock cylinder (and i'm willing to bet it is), it will spin a full 180 degrees. you may need to have is positioned correctly before installing the bracket to ensure proper operation.
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did you try bending the tab?
make sure the lock is in the right place before you bolt the bracket down. if the hood lock cylinder is anything like the gas door lock cylinder (and i'm willing to bet it is), it will spin a full 180 degrees. you may need to have is positioned correctly before installing the bracket to ensure proper operation.
I'll have to try that when I go home, that would have been useful information to have in the instructions. I was working with the lock before installing and I am 99.9% sure that the lock only had two positions, vertical key = latch is vertical, turn clockwise and latch becomes parallel to ground. I distinctly remember in a vertical position the latch is firm and cannot be turned to the left. Time to uninstall again, lol
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yeah, their instructions are suspect. the locking gas door didn't even come with any!!
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yeah, their instructions are suspect. the locking gas door didn't even come with any!!
pretty sure the last time I'm ordering anything from them, guess there is a reason why they are so much cheaper then other brands. It was only 30 bucks so I'm not expecting this to be fort knox for my hood, it was one of those things after my friend had a lot of stuff removed from his hood after he got off the commuter train from the city... thats a nice surprise.
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their stuff isn't the best, but it's cheap and still a good deterrent. it's still better than the $1xx dollar mopar cable lock. just a quick snip with a set of bolt cutters........

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