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Old 11-26-2011, 01:55 PM   #1
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Hood lock / security

Got my fully loaded 2012 Rubicon in September, the last Forest Green left! It's with leather tan interior. Super excited. I waited all year to get the 2012 because of the new pentastar engine - but they forgot to put a hood lock on the car. What do you all do for hood security? There is no lock on the hood (only those two clips) and the lock the dealer wanted to sell me was $900 with installation. That’s a lot of money. What do you all do to prevent some ass from opening the hood and causing undue stress?
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Old 11-26-2011, 02:11 PM   #2
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Rugged Ridge makes one that sells one for $20 @ Morris 4X4.
Hood Lock 11252.05

Not sure how it works but the Rugged Ridge site describes it as: "Special design virtually disappears into the grill. Cam lock design keeps people out of the engine compartment of your Jeep. These clever applications install in minutes. An upgraded internal lock cover keeps ice and debris from fouling the lock mechanism."

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Old 11-26-2011, 02:11 PM   #3
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I've never been than concerned about it but rugged ridge sells one for $20. Don't know anything about it, just did a quick search.
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- but they forgot to put a hood lock on the car.
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$900?!? That dealer must think you're either insane or insanely gullible.

I got the Mopar hood lock installed on mine for about $225 total including the lock, installation charge, and sales tax, and I'm happy with it. I had the hood stolen off my '91 YJ many years ago and haven't been without a hood lock since.
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Old 11-26-2011, 05:28 PM   #6
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I bought the mopar part from the dealer, I think it was around $150 and put it on myself.
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The lock you get from Mopar - Does it need a separate key or can they modify it to make your ignition key fit it?
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The lock you get from Mopar - Does it need a separate key or can they modify it to make your ignition key fit it?
It uses your factory key. The tumblers are set to your key the first time you use it.
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:47 PM   #9
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Try the Rampage. Plus hood flutter gone!
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This is a great forum - got terrific replies. Thanks for the help!
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Old 11-27-2011, 10:16 PM   #12
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I fitted the Rampage bonnet latches to my JKU a couple of months ago. Apart from the security, the Rampage latches stop the bonnet from fluttering when you pass big rigs.

The replacement latches are a bit fiddly to fit and a wife with delicate but strong fingers is handy.

One of the issues that steered me away from the behind grill locks is tales of jammed locks that can't be accessed. If a Rampage bonnet latch stuffs up, it can be cut off without too much trouble.
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Is that a snorkel in the left of your photo?
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Yes, that's an AEV snorkel; one of the most common mods here. Apart from water crossings, the snorkel means that the diesel is breathing cooler, cleaner air.
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Old 11-27-2011, 11:18 PM   #15
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Thought that's what it was. Love the AEV stuff. And the diesel...
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Old 11-28-2011, 05:52 AM   #16
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I really like the look of the Rampage latches. What does the key look like? I'm guessing it is pretty small considering the depth of the latch. This seems to be a better alternative to the lock that goes behind the grill if you want to add a grill insert. I may have to look into this.
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It's a small, simple key, around 2-3cm in length.

I only lock mine if I'm going to leave the JK parked in the street for a while.
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Well, just ordered a set of the rampages for $87.99 with free shipping plus a free jeep hat for ordering over $75. I hope I like them!!!
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I hope you don't mind me adding this to the thread but the only problem I found is that my hood and fender were paint to paint in the very front where they met. I solved this problem by using the factor spacer piece from the original hold down. It slide right off and did the trick! Look at the very front of my rampage locks to see where to position them.
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Here are some installation photos. Got the lock for 118 on Bonneville parts. Took 20 minutes to install however you need to get a riviter to bolt on the lock. Also, check with mopar as the lock product number is different for the 2012 since it has the new (finally) engine.
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Just order the rampage myself. Didn't like the other options as I have grill inserts and didn't feel like cutting one to allow access to the lock.

I'll let you know how it goes.
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I find it funny that 4 wheel parts told me that nobody likes the security latches and if I ordered them I own them. No returns. I will be ordering from quadratec.
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Wow thanks for bumping this thread. I didn't even realize they made locking hood latches. I had debated buying one of the ones that goes in the grill but I think those Rampage ones are going to be what I end up with. I don't mind the extra key, and might not lock them all the time anyway, but it will be good to have the option.
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Wow thanks for bumping this thread. I didn't even realize they made locking hood latches. I had debated buying one of the ones that goes in the grill but I think those Rampage ones are going to be what I end up with. I don't mind the extra key, and might not lock them all the time anyway, but it will be good to have the option.
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Old 01-25-2012, 11:34 PM   #27
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Got my fully loaded 2012 Rubicon in September, the last Forest Green left! It's with leather tan interior. Super excited. I waited all year to get the 2012 because of the new pentastar engine - but they forgot to put a hood lock on the car. What do you all do for hood security? There is no lock on the hood (only those two clips) and the lock the dealer wanted to sell me was $900 with installation. That’s a lot of money. What do you all do to prevent some ass from opening the hood and causing undue stress?
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$900 I hope that includes the hood!
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Has anyone tried the tuffy hood lock. Its similar to the mopar hood lock but does not need any drilling or riveting and uses a tuffy key that can be keyed to match your other tuffy items.
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I saw those hood latch locks. Wasn't sure about them. And I was looking at the hood lock from RR as well. I ended up getting the one from mopar instead. I get it at cost so I was like why the hell not.

The dealer is trying to rape you on that. It doesn't cost 900 bucks for that shit. The lock it's self is 150.00 list. And they'll charge about half an hour to an hour of labor.

Only problem is, if you do it your self, are the rivets. They are bigger size, so you'll need a rivet gun that works for them. I have a rivet gun, but it is for those size. So I had to use nuts & bolts. That was fun getting them in there. I also apply red lock tight on them.
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Who has free shipping for the Rampage hood locks....Thanks

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