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Old 10-26-2010, 07:07 PM   #1
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So today I was driving to work on a two lane highway. It was kind of windy and when I passed a semi truck going the other direction, I thought my hood was going to fly open.
The gust from the truck pulled the hood up, stretching the rubber latches. I'd say it went up about an inch. It freaked me out! Anyone else have this happen?

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Old 10-26-2010, 07:15 PM   #2
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Yeah, mine does that. I heard they put on stiffer hood strap latches on the 09's. Some guys were buying the 09 latches and replacing them on the 07's and 08's.

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Old 10-26-2010, 07:16 PM   #3
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Yeah, no big deal, it won't fly up and it didn't move as much as you thought it did.
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Old 10-26-2010, 07:21 PM   #4
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Yes but it's annoying as hell watching the thing flopping around in a stiff headwind or when you meet a big truck. Change out the dogbones for DayStars and it won't wiggle around anymore.
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Old 10-26-2010, 07:40 PM   #5
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So today I was driving to work on a two lane highway. It was kind of windy and when I passed a semi truck going the other direction, I thought my hood was going to fly open.
The gust from the truck pulled the hood up, stretching the rubber latches. I'd say it went up about an inch. It freaked me out! Anyone else have this happen?
Take the spring out.
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Old 10-26-2010, 08:48 PM   #6
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My 2010 Rubicon had the same hood scare problem. I replaced them with Daystars a week later..
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Old 10-27-2010, 12:03 AM   #7
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This was the first forum topic I went looking for to see if anyone had a solution to the hood wanting to leave the vehicle due to high wind and/or oncoming trucks. After sustained winds of 40-50 with gusts of 65+ today, and forecast for another round of the same for tomorrow in SD, I didn't feel too good after seeing and hearing the hood lift up and slam down when I encountered these headwinds/crosswinds. I thought it was scary enough, as other members mentioned, when oncoming big trucks caused the hood to lift, but that was nothing compared to these kind of winds.

I see that replacing the OEM dogbone latches with "Daystar" has been recommended, but where can I locate these? I wish i knew about the problem and possible solution before tit happened.

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Old 10-27-2010, 05:02 AM   #8
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Old 10-27-2010, 05:56 AM   #9
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Same price, but save 7 bucks on free shipping!
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Old 10-27-2010, 06:08 AM   #10
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This was the first forum topic I went looking for to see if anyone had a solution to the hood wanting to leave the vehicle due to high wind and/or oncoming trucks. After sustained winds of 40-50 with gusts of 65+ today, and forecast for another round of the same for tomorrow in SD, I didn't feel too good after seeing and hearing the hood lift up and slam down when I encountered these headwinds/crosswinds. I thought it was scary enough, as other members mentioned, when oncoming big trucks caused the hood to lift, but that was nothing compared to these kind of winds.

I see that replacing the OEM dogbone latches with "Daystar" has been recommended, but where can I locate these? I wish i knew about the problem and possible solution before tit happened.

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You could just take the spring out, it takes 2 seconds and you can spend that 100 bucks on beer or something
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Old 10-27-2010, 08:00 AM   #11
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They are only 25 bucks. I prefer to keep the spring.
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Old 10-27-2010, 08:05 AM   #12
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thats cool just take the spring out? will that be trouble down the road or should i say off road?
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Old 10-27-2010, 08:31 AM   #13
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From Ruk,
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DESCRIPTION: You are purchasing a a brand new Hood Latch Kit. Stop the hood flutter! These Hood Kits are a hood latch upgrade for the 2007 and Newer Jeep Wrangler JK. The stock hood latches utilize a weak and stretch-prone rubber that allows the hood to shake and flutter at speed. The result is often unsettling, especially when passing an 18-wheeler going the other direction! A suspension lift only aggravates the problem by allowing more air to push up on the underside of the hood.

The Hood Wranglers are a direct replacement for the factory rubber used in the hood latch. Constructed of a heavy-duty polyurethane material, Hood Wranglers provide a more positive lock that keeps the hood securely shut regardless of vehicle speed. They utilize most of the factory hood latch components, so the upgrade looks factory once complete. Hood Wranglers are an inexpensive fix to an annoying problem!"

Sound familiar.... EBAY... $30
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:05 AM   #14
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I kind of like watching my hood flutter!!
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:18 AM   #15
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Just installed. Easy install. So far looks great. Will try out Friday when I drive three hours home from work. I will post before and after video of flutter.
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Daystar Hood Wranglers

I just ordered mine this morning. Mine never fluttered until I had the lift installed, which leveled it out, so now I have flutter.
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:54 AM   #17
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My 12 does it. Didn't freak me out as bad as the wife screaming the hood was coming off in the passengers seat. Geez. Lol.
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My 12 does it. Didn't freak me out as bad as the wife screaming the hood was coming off in the passengers seat. Geez. Lol.
That's what I'm afraid of.
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:08 AM   #19
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My TJ did it real bad, My JK doesn't do it at all...
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:34 AM   #20
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I noticed it when I first got my Rubicon, especially when a semi would pass me in the opposite direction. I also wasn't keen on someone being able to walk up and pop open the hood, so I installed the Mopar hood lock. They are nice because they match the lock to your ignition key, so it is one less key on your key-ring (I have far too many). It is heavy-duty, and comes from the factory in Europe. It gave me the added benefit of preventing the hood lift you are talking about because it latches right in the center of the hood. I didn't read a lot of positive reviews about hood locks from other manufacturers, though, so I would stick to the Mopar. It is a very straight-forward install, takes about 30-minutes to do.
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I noticed it when I first got my Rubicon, especially when a semi would pass me in the opposite direction. I also wasn't keen on someone being able to walk up and pop open the hood, so I installed the Mopar hood lock. They are nice because they match the lock to your ignition key, so it is one less key on your key-ring (I have far too many). It is heavy-duty, and comes from the factory in Europe. It gave me the added benefit of preventing the hood lift you are talking about because it latches right in the center of the hood. I didn't read a lot of positive reviews about hood locks from other manufacturers, though, so I would stick to the Mopar. It is a very straight-forward install, takes about 30-minutes to do.
How much did that set you back if you don't mind me asking? Been considering that now that I'm thinking about optima battery to go with winch options. Pretty happy with it, now that you've had it a while? Did you just order it from the parts department to match your key? Like you, I've got way to many now.
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How much did that set you back if you don't mind me asking? Been considering that now that I'm thinking about optima battery to go with winch options. Pretty happy with it, now that you've had it a while? Did you just order it from the parts department to match your key? Like you, I've got way to many now.

I think it was a little over $100. I bought it off eBay, there is a Jeep dealership that sells a lot of stuff there. They lock is set up that you insert your key, and it mates to your key. There is a procedure you have to follow to do it. Do a search for Mopar Hood Lock on the forum, and you can find lots of information about it, no sense in my re-posting it all here. And yes, I am very happy with it. I read about some horror stories where someone finds out some tweaker stole their battery, and to do it they just cut all the cables and wound up doing a lot of damage. ($1,000 was the amount stated, but that seems high to me).
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I think it was a little over $100. I bought it off eBay, there is a Jeep dealership that sells a lot of stuff there. They lock is set up that you insert your key, and it mates to your key. There is a procedure you have to follow to do it. Do a search for Mopar Hood Lock on the forum, and you can find lots of information about it, no sense in my re-posting it all here. And yes, I am very happy with it. I read about some horror stories where someone finds out some tweaker stole their battery, and to do it they just cut all the cables and wound up doing a lot of damage. ($1,000 was the amount stated, but that seems high to me).
Nice, Thanks for the info.

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