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Old 12-07-2013, 07:59 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I've been lurking for a while and just now decided to join. I don't own a jeep yet, but I am buying one this spring. I love everything about jeeps except for the security, so I am already looking at stuff to buy for that. First, I need help choosing between these two hood locks:
Rugged Ridge 11252.05 - Rugged Ridge Hood Lock for 07-14 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec
Tuffy 292-01 - Tuffy Security Products Hood Lock for 07-14 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

Normally I would buy the more expensive one, because it is worth paying extra for a lock, but the cheaper one looks less noticeable. Any preferences?

Also, do you guys like the wheel lock kits? I remembering reading that some of you didn't like them for various reasons, but what is the overall consensus?

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I am kind of in the same boat....I think that given the choice, I would take the tuffy lock. It looks to be engineered better.

It would be nice to hear from those who may actually own the locks.

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most of this really depends on where you live.

I live in a rural area just outside of a small mountain town, and while theft in town is an issue, we haven't had much issue out here at the house. And my work is fairly secure, so I leave my jeep open, with nothing of value inside. As far as wheel locks, nada. they are a pain, the keyed lugs can strip off, and generally are a pain in the a$$.

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most of this really depends on where you live.

I live in a rural area just outside of a small mountain town, and while theft in town is an issue, we haven't had much issue out here at the house. And my work is fairly secure, so I leave my jeep open, with nothing of value inside. As far as wheel locks, nada. they are a pain, the keyed lugs can strip off, and generally are a pain in the a$$.

This bumper syicker + CCW

is worth a lot.
Lol, I like that bumper sticker. Theft isn't bad in my town, but I live near a big city, where i go occasionally, but my main concern is the high school parking lot everyday. I don't think any kids would do anything but they might.
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I went with the Rampage hood locks that replace the factory latches. I like having a lock in each side of the hood. Have to jimmy 2 locks instead if one with this setup.

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Do yourself a favor and get the MOPAR hood lock. Keyed to your ignition, mounts hidden under the grill, don't need to re-lock it after closing the hood (remove key and shut the hood), uses 4 HUGE rivets to mount and is heavy duty. Plus a rubber cover that keeps moisture/dirt out.

I love mine. Looks factory and the security of knowing it is there is priceless. I personally hate extra keys. I love that my hood lock and gas cap lock are both the Jeep ignition key. To me that is worth every penny.

If you are somewhat OCD like I am, the MOPAR lock is dead center in the middle. Not off center like the Tuffy.
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Not my pup or Jeep but you get the point.

I do have two shepherds at home though =)
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I have the rugged ridge one. It's crap. Even with it locked i can still open the hood. Stay away from this one.
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I have the rugged ridge one. It's crap. Even with it locked i can still open the hood. Stay away from this one.
Thanks for the advice, I definetley won't get that one!
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Hey guys, I've been lurking for a while and just now decided to join. I don't own a jeep yet, but I am buying one this spring. I love everything about jeeps except for the security, so I am already looking at stuff to buy for that. First, I need help choosing between these two hood locks:
Rugged Ridge 11252.05 - Rugged Ridge Hood Lock for 07-14 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec
Tuffy 292-01 - Tuffy Security Products Hood Lock for 07-14 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

Normally I would buy the more expensive one, because it is worth paying extra for a lock, but the cheaper one looks less noticeable. Any preferences?

Also, do you guys like the wheel lock kits? I remembering reading that some of you didn't like them for various reasons, but what is the overall consensus?

Thanks in advance guys, I look forward to posting here more!

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I don't use hood locks, but I think I may get some...

You don't need wheel locks anymore because they don't do the job (they will get your wheels if they really want them), plus they strip, like others mentioned. I would, however, get a wheel lock just for the spare because stealing the spare is almost too easy otherwise. I went with Gorilla brand.
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Rampage hood locks and Gorilla wheels locks for us. I added those two things the first day we drove Rosie home.



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X2 on the Mopar hood lock, just put ours in, heavy and solid. The wife liked the lock keyed the same as the ignition so win/win for me.
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I don't use hood locks, but I think I may get some...

You don't need wheel locks anymore because they don't do the job (they will get your wheels if they really want them), plus they strip, like others mentioned. I would, however, get a wheel lock just for the spare because stealing the spare is almost too easy otherwise. I went with Gorilla brand.
Thanks, that's a really good idea. Can you buy one by itself or will i have to pay for all five?
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Rampage hood locks and Gorilla wheels locks for us. I added those two things the first day we drove Rosie home.



I have the exact same hood locks and wheel locks. Also some of the earlier "mods" I added.
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Thanks, that's a really good idea. Can you buy one by itself or will i have to pay for all five?
I had to buy the 5-lug kit, which comes with 1 key lug, but it's not too much money...
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I had to buy the 5-lug kit, which comes with 1 key lug, but it's not too much money...
That is what i figured, but I figured it was worth asking as my search efforts were fruitless. Thanks!
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Been kicking the idea of a hood lock around since I purchased in June. Can I ask how much the Mopar hood lock is ? I think one less key sounds good, especially if it's also a real solid set-up.
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most of this really depends on where you live.

I live in a rural area just outside of a small mountain town, and while theft in town is an issue, we haven't had much issue out here at the house. And my work is fairly secure, so I leave my jeep open, with nothing of value inside. As far as wheel locks, nada. they are a pain, the keyed lugs can strip off, and generally are a pain in the a$$.

This bumper syicker + CCW

is worth a lot.

LOVE that bumper sticker, and completely agree about the CCW !!!
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Been kicking the idea of a hood lock around since I purchased in June. Can I ask how much the Mopar hood lock is ? I think one less key sounds good, especially if it's also a real solid set-up.
Qtec has it for $160
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I went back and forth on Mopar lock vs the Rampage locks.

Both have thier pros and cons....

I really liked the idea of not carrying another key, and I like the plastic cover over the lock. But I didn't like how the Mopar version looked like "a nose on the Jeep", and that I would have to cut up a new (at the time) mesh grill guard.

I like how the Rampage ones look, but I hate having to carry an extra key.


I'll probably order a Tuffy combination lock to replace the keyed lock in my underseat lockbox. That way I can leave my hood key locked up in the Jeep, and I stop carrying both the Tuffy key AND the Rampage key.
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Thanks, and I agree the Mopar doesn't look very appealing. Guess maybe Rampage ones are the way to go for me.
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Thanks, and I agree the Mopar doesn't look very appealing. Guess maybe Rampage ones are the way to go for me.
If you do some searching you can buy the Mopar hood lock setup for alot less than what Qtec does.
I recently purchased that same part for $122.99 plus FREE shipping and no tax from a dealership in Texas.
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Not sure is anyone posted it yet but when I first got my jeep I had best but install a viper alarm with a proximity sensor in it. With the top down and all 4 doors off if someone reached anywhere in my jeep it would beep. They also installed a sensor under the hood, by the time both hood latches are unbuckled the alarm would beep. I highly suggest a proximity sensor in all jeeps.
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Rampage hood locks and Gorilla wheels locks for us. I added those two things the first day we drove Rosie home.

I have these same wheel locks on my boat trailer with 18s & low profile tires (I know, stupid, but their 8 yrs old & still working fine).

The guy at the tire shop told me the wheel locks are worthless. I guess if they want the rims, they put a socket on it & smack it with a 5 lb hammer, which breaks the stud. Seems like it would be loud & eventful, and hasn't happened to me. I imagine it does deter half the thieves & it's just another step for the persistent ones.
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Not sure is anyone posted it yet but when I first got my jeep I had best but install a viper alarm with a proximity sensor in it. With the top down and all 4 doors off if someone reached anywhere in my jeep it would beep. They also installed a sensor under the hood, by the time both hood latches are unbuckled the alarm would beep. I highly suggest a proximity sensor in all jeeps.
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I have these same wheel locks on my boat trailer with 18s & low profile tires (I know, stupid, but their 8 yrs old & still working fine).

The guy at the tire shop told me the wheel locks are worthless. I guess if they want the rims, they put a socket on it & smack it with a 5 lb hammer, which breaks the stud. Seems like it would be loud & eventful, and hasn't happened to me. I imagine it does deter half the thieves & it's just another step for the persistent ones.
I hate it when people say that. Yes, if someone wants the wheels bad enough, they can get them. If they want it bad enough, they will just take the whole Jeep.

The whole point is to weed out the "opportunity thief" from easily walking away with my spare.

Unless your wheels are worth $1,000 each, very few thieves are going to spend time with a hammer and a socket breaking off studs. Unless the Jeep is parked overnight in an unlit parking lot at a train station....such a method would make too much noise and draw too much attention. If this is in someone's driveway...after about the 4th smack, the thieves would be shielding their eyes from my flashlight while just being able to make out the business end of my pistola.....all while the wife calls the police to let them know a couple of thieves had been shot because they came after me with a hammer....and the police would be wondering why they are just now hearing the self-defense shots in the background.
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For what it is worth, I have the Tuffy hood lock. It is VERY well made and a simple install. I understand wanting the lock keyed alike, but for the price difference between it and the mopar, I just could not justify handing mopar more money. I also liked you didn't need a rivet gun to self install the Tuffy. Was the first thing I did when I got my Wrangler.

Also added the Gorilla wheel locks. Got the set of 5. I agree, that wheel locks can be broke, etc. But like most things a thief does not like, they present a hindrance and most thieves would rather move on.
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I went back and forth on Mopar lock vs the Rampage locks.

Both have thier pros and cons....

I really liked the idea of not carrying another key, and I like the plastic cover over the lock. But I didn't like how the Mopar version looked like "a nose on the Jeep", and that I would have to cut up a new (at the time) mesh grill guard.

I like how the Rampage ones look, but I hate having to carry an extra key.


I'll probably order a Tuffy combination lock to replace the keyed lock in my underseat lockbox. That way I can leave my hood key locked up in the Jeep, and I stop carrying both the Tuffy key AND the Rampage key.
The Rampage one sucks. Doesn't work at all. Totally cheap. I had one and got rid of it. Get the Mopar one http://my.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...&gbh=1&guest=1
You can get it on Ebay for $129.

You should consider a 5 lug lock from McGard or Gorilla for your wheels. I also have locks for my hinges on my doors.
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Please forgive my ignorance here, but why hood locks? What are people looking to steal from under hood? Batteries?
I have been looking at the underseat box, locking cargo box and a couple other ones inside...I guess I was thinking that's where theives would go.
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The Rampage one sucks. Doesn't work at all. Totally cheap. I had one and got rid of it. Get the Mopar one http://my.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...&gbh=1&guest=1
You can get it on Ebay for $129.

You should consider a 5 lug lock from McGard or Gorilla for your wheels. I also have locks for my hinges on my doors.
Mine have been perfect.
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I've had the Mopar on my hood for nearly 3 years with no complaints. It was my very first 'mod' and I still like it.

Rather than 'battery theft' my primary motivator was to lower the ease of random simple mischief/messing up stuff under the hood.

Cost around $110 back then. With no grill mesh to worry about, install was a snap and helped understand some other mechanical questions I had. I had to borrow a proper steel-rivet tool from my mechanic.

I like the rubber lock cover. One guy asked what it was, told him it was the plug in for my electric vehicle recharge socket. He about crapped.

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