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Old 01-21-2013, 03:57 PM   #1
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New Rugged Ridge Aluminum Hood Catches With Installation Pictures, Write-Up & Review

Well after a few months of waiting for these to be released I ordered them last week, I picked them up at the UPS hub this morning and completed the install. I figured I would take pictures along the way and give an overall review of them since there is not much info out there on these.

Upon receiving the package my first thought was that these were heavier then expected, these defiantly have some heft to them!

Here is a picture of them how they come shipped:



Now I will get onto the install, First a list of required tools:

Flat blade screw driver
12mm open end wrench
13mm open end wrench
10mm deep socket
3/8" & 1/4" ratchet
5mm driver bits x2 - Important to have 2 of these in order to properly loosen and re-tighten the hardwear on the new latches.
4mm driver bit
driver or socket adapter for bits
16mm open end wrench

Just about all required tools can be found in the average tool kit but I had to go to my larger wrench assortment for the 16mm wrench since this size in not usually included in the basic wrench sets. This is a "required" wrench since you need it to tighten the jam nuts on the latches during the final steps of the install.

** I found it easier to complete the install with the Grille removed, it is held in place by a few push clips and only takes a few minutes to remove. With this out of the way its gives you access to the nuts that are otherwise hidden**

Dis-assembly of the factory hood catches:

Step 1: Using a flat blade screwdriver carefully pry one of the end caps off of the retainer pin (on my '12 this cap was on the backside of the pin, towards the windshield) A little wiggling and it should pop off.



Step 2: Remove the bottom portion of the hood catch, This is done by removing the nut on the inside of the fender, it is 13mm nut and really the only way to remove this is with a wrench.



** IMPORTANT NOTE** Once that Is removed there is a flexible piece of rubber attached to the tab seen in the above pic, You need to carefully remove this piece as it will be reused on the new lower section.

Once that is removed you will have this:




Step 3: Install the lower catch this has a rubber "washer" that goes between the catch and the hood, the assembly is held in place with the flat top bolt, flat washer, and nylon lock nut, this is a 12mm nut and should be tightened with an open end wrench from the inside while being held with a 5mm bit, I would advise against turning the bolt in the latch as this can cause the black powdercoat to scratch off under the bolt head, once tightened you will now push the rubber bumper pad onto the tab and you will have this:




Step 4: Remove the top factory catch by removing the 2 10mm nuts on the inside of the hood and remove the top latch. You will now have this:




Step 5: Install the new upper hood catch, again this has a rubber gasket that goes between the catch and the hood, It is held in place with 2 flat top bolts, flat washers and nylon lock nuts. Use caution during this step and line-up the gasket with the catch before tightening all the way. It will now look like this and the "hard" part of the install is done.




Close the hood and you will have the top and bottom portion of the new catches installed, even at this stage these look better then the factory plastic parts, With the hood closed it will look like this: notice the rubber piece that is between the two parts, This is the reused pad from the factory catches.




Step 6: Take the hinged portion of the hood catch and put the longer pin through and line up the other side, thread the short pin into the longer one and tighten it down snug, this is where you will need the (2) 5mm bits since both sides are the same and they need to be held firmly while one side is tightened.




Step 7: Flip the latch up into place, I noticed that the hood catches came adjusted pretty close to the correct spacing, however the catch would not latch and needed to be fine tuned




Now with the jam-nuts already loose I un-threaded the catch one full turn on the bottom and one full turn on the top, This allowed the catch to then latch firmly with a slight bit of downward pressure on the hood, If you don't want to have to push the hood down then you can adjust them a little further out, I wanted a nice tight fit so I made it so I have to push down on the hood in order to latch them.

After all adjustments have been made and the hood catch latches firmly you will have this:




Step 8: Once you are happy with how the new catches latch you can tighten the jam-nuts to secure the adjustments made, This is where you need the 16mm wrench:




I only took pictures of one side but obviously the install is the same on the other side.

Below will be my review on these.

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As for my review of these here it goes:


Overall I am really happy with these new hood catches, I am glad I waited for them to be released and if anyone is considering these as a new option I highly recommend them. The overall quality of these are top notch, the powdercoat is perfect with no flaws and I'm expecting them to last a long time since there are no parts that can "wear out" All of the hardware is stainless which is nice because they wont rust.

Rugged Ridge did a really good job on these and I think once the word get's out on the forum's and such these will become a highly recommended set of hood catches. These are visually pleasing and they are "rugged" as my wife said when I sent her a picture of them.

The absolute BEST part of installing these new hood catches is that they completely eliminated any and all hood flutter!

Just about everytime I drove my Jeep I had multiple pucker moments with the amount of movement the factory rubber catches allowed. Also with having one of my factory catches let go while on the highway and the one corner of the hood slamming up and down violently until I could pull over to latch I knew a new set of hood catches were required.

I know this thread is lengthy but I wanted to share with everyone the install and review.

I guess I should also conclude with the following statement so I don't have issues with any forum moderators:

I am in no way affiliated with Rugged Ridge (Omix-ada) and I did not benefit in any way by posting this thread. This thread was posted voluntarily as a way to share my experience and opinion on a new product.

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Very nice

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Old 01-21-2013, 04:05 PM   #4
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i put these on my jeep last week. they are well worth the money and the heft to them surprised me also.
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i put these on my jeep last week. they are well worth the money and the heft to them surprised me also.
I'm was told by Rugged Ridge Tech Dept that there has only been 9 sets of these sold so far and most of them were for distributor stock. That's pretty cool that 2 sets of these wound up on WF members Jeeps. These catches were just released on 1/11/13 so these are defiantly brand new to the market.

I hope you are as happy with your set as I am with mine. If there is anything you can add about the install of these please post up!
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i put these on my jeep last week. they are well worth the money and the heft to them surprised me also.
How much do they cost?
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I'm got them from the jeep hut in GA for around $72. they have a website. They extra girth to them looks great on the jeep. makes the stock ones look like rubber bands.
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You got them for a great price! They are going for anywhere between $79 to $99 plus shipping on various websites.

@ Morgan was that a brick and mortar store that you bought yours from? Just curious because shipping will raise the price on these for most members higher then buying them at a local store...

I cant go into alot of detail yet but it's very possible I will have atleast one set if not a few sets available for sale in the near future.
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it is but a little ways away from me so I had to pay shipping. but with shipping and GA tax it still came out cheaper than any place I could find them at. A lot of people don't have them yet. If you're outside of GA id assume you would not pay any tax.
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I'm in Baltimore, MD but I cant figure out how you got them for $72 including shipping...

I am happy with what I paid but maybe share a link for others who might be interested in these.
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no that didn't include shipping.
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Nice write up! They look like they would come from the factory. Definitely better looking than the rubber bands. Will have to pu these in my queue.
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Thanks for the review...just bought some on ebay...$98.90 including USPS shipping. Quadratec wanted $99 plus another $20 for shipping. I think I'll like them better than the Drake's I had on the TJ. Those looked great but were a pain to use.
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As for my review of these here it goes:


Overall I am really happy with these new hood catches, I am glad I waited for them to be released and if anyone is considering these as a new option I highly recommend them. The overall quality of these are top notch, the powdercoat is perfect with no flaws and I'm expecting them to last a long time since there are no parts that can "wear out" All of the hardware is stainless which is nice because they wont rust.

Rugged Ridge did a really good job on these and I think once the word get's out on the forum's and such these will become a highly recommended set of hood catches. These are visually pleasing and they are "rugged" as my wife said when I sent her a picture of them.

The absolute BEST part of installing these new hood catches is that they completely eliminated any and all hood flutter!

Just about everytime I drove my Jeep I had multiple pucker moments with the amount of movement the factory rubber catches allowed. Also with having one of my factory catches let go while on the highway and the one corner of the hood slamming up and down violently until I could pull over to latch I knew a new set of hood catches were required.

I know this thread is lengthy but I wanted to share with everyone the install and review.

I guess I should also conclude with the following statement so I don't have issues with any forum moderators:

I am in no way affiliated with Rugged Ridge (Omix-ada) and I did not benefit in any way by posting this thread. This thread was posted voluntarily as a way to share my experience and opinion on a new product.

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Very well Done Sir!
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Beautiful, been looking at these. They are definitely on my short list now. Thanks for the great write up!
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Great write up and info
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very nice i installed the kentrol SS black powder coated ones back in october and there a very well made hardware pulls the hood tight and no more fading on the plastic
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I'm was told by Rugged Ridge Tech Dept that there has only been 9 sets of these sold so far and most of them were for distributor stock. That's pretty cool that 2 sets of these wound up on WF members Jeeps. These catches were just released on 1/11/13 so these are defiantly brand new to the market.

I hope you are as happy with your set as I am with mine. If there is anything you can add about the install of these please post up!
Haven't these been out a few months?

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That is one of the few post's found about these via a Google search... One of which I read a few month's ago. It's also just a press release which is in other words the first showing of a new item to the public. These were shown by Rugged Ridge at SEMA as a "coming soon" item and they were released to be sold and shipped by retailers on 1/11/13

Just wanted to clear up any confusion there might have been about these being new to the market.
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Ah ok. Your pics are blocked here. Had to google what they looked like and came across that.
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Excellent write up. Nice looking latches. Might consider them myself
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Thanks for the write up, I am seriously considering these but want to see how much hood movement I see on a new jeep.
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Nice write up and pics. Definitely considering these.
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Well, I went ahead and ordered mine. I plan a cross state trip in the Summer and this will give me the peace of mind in not having any hood flutter or worse.
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Thanks for posting this. I was wondering about this just last week. I think this has moved to the top of my to do list now.
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These look SWWEEET!!!

Noticed my driver side latch (2011 JK Sport S) was tearing slightly so I just ordered a pair of these from Morris4x4
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I just told the wife I was done adding things to the Jeep for a while. I guess I was wrong.
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For anyone interested in these, I have a brand new sealed set that I want to sell, I had set up a preorder for these with a vendor and then the good old trusty PM system didn't work when I wanted to cancel that preorder.

So UPS just delivered this second set and since I have these installed I don't need this second set. If your looking for a set of these. I can probably get them to you close if not cheaper then what most retailers are selling them for.

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Installed the RR aluminum hood latches in about 30 minutes total....looks terrific compared to the OEM rubber ones (that had started streching/tearing/fading.......)
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Anyone know if these are designed in such a was as to allow hood movement in 4wheeling situations?

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