Yeah, it's pretty normal. There are a few solutions but I removed the spring on the hood and haven't seen any significant movement since. Last week I was driving into a 40 mph headwind @ 80 mph and there was some movement when I passed big trucks, but nothing to worry about. Some people have upgraded their hood latches, there are many choices.
Do a search for "Hood Flutter".
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Hi, I have a 2013 wrangler Sahara and I noticed when I go 70+ and its a little windy out I can see my hood move up a little when the wind blows hard. Is this normal?
One of the first things I added to our 2013 Sahara when we brought it home was a pair of Rampage locking hood latches. I didn't buy them for the hood flutter issue I'd read about but for the security. I couldn't believe that anyone could just walk up to it and raise the hood.
I know it won't stop a determined thief but it'll discourage any theft or vandalism, more so than not having anything at all. They apparently also have stopped any hood flutter.
I travel to and from work 30+ miles every day on the interstate at 70 - 75 mph and have never noticed this. Is this present in most Jeeps or just a few?
It depends. My 10 has never done it. I've read the above about an adjustment. It probably depends upon how the install was at the factory. If mine starts to do it I'll go aftermarket, but for now there's no problem.
I bought the Daystar latches for my 09 right after the first time I met a semi headon with the usuall wind blowing hard and I know it won't come up due to the safety latch but it sure looked like it wanted to take off. After installing the Daystars' it doesn't move at all. Very simple you just replace the rubber factory things with the stronger material from Daystar and that is it, done.
Flaw to failure. I noted the the "flutter" in my 2013 Sahara Unlimited soon after purchase, but discounted as a harmless quirk. Yesterday changed that. Driving in Montana on a two lane at about 65mph, a large semi passed me going the opposite direction. Large wind blast and then my hood flutter was much increased. Pulled over to inspect and the outside latch on the passenger side had simply fractured in two. Resumed driving, but now all the flutter force was being transmitted to the driver's side outside latch even at speeds of around 50 mph. It seemed likely that another large wind blast could break the remaining outer latch, but some twisting of the hood would be probable in the process given no passenger side latch. So would that torque/twisting then be enough to disengage the inside latch and pop the hood open? Did not seem too improbable. Will definitely be buying one of the alternate latches mentioned here to replace the plastic ones that came with the vehicle. However it seems like there is potential for this design flaw to become a serious risk under typical highway speeds.