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Old 01-07-2013, 10:19 AM   #31
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Gas cap lock from Mopar is great. It even uses your key, just put it in turn it and it'll always remember your key and only be unlock by YOUR key.

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Keeps dirt away from the gas cap. Locking one will keep someone from stealing your gas.
I've driven 20 years with no locking gas covers...never had gas stolen.

Here is my issue: Looking at your pic, the finish of your gas cover is different from that of your paint, which is different from the finish of your fender, so it always looks odd to me.

Now the Mopar one does match the texture of the fender, but I would have to paint the billet screws black.

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Gas cap lock from Mopar is great. It even uses your key, just put it in turn it and it'll always remember your key and only be unlock by YOUR key.
How much is it? I'd rather do this because it keeps the open look of the gas cap, which screams Jeep to me.
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:12 AM   #34
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How much is it? I'd rather do this because it keeps the open look of the gas cap, which screams Jeep to me.
I think when I bought it it was $85-90, check on ebay they probably have it for even cheaper.

Edit: oh and btw, make sure it is the one with the factory key, not the one that has the separate key(separate key is only like $20 or so)
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:45 AM   #35
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Love the Jeep stock hood lock also… all works with same key… IE 3 in the green… one key fits all locks.
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:57 AM   #36
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It was my first mod. When you take the factory installed one out, loosen the first two clips. If you are never using it again, grab the outside and pull back. It has a guide peg that can break and then the unit pulls out from the jeep without breaking your knuckles on the last two clips. I found a video on YouTube that shows this and it saved me some time and skin.
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:16 PM   #37
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Most of the vehicles on the road today have filler necks that are very difficult to run a siphone hose down into the gas tank. Thanks to the invention of the cordless drill, most thieves drill directly into the fuel tank and then insert their hose to siphone. A locking cap, while it may make you feel warm and fuzzy, is nothing more than a waste of money. Back when gas and diesel was hovering at $5 a gallon, that was the preferred method of fuel theft out here.

I like that term "gateway mod". I was laughing for a few minutes after I read it. That made my day. Thanks
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:39 PM   #38
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Thanks to the invention of the cordless drill, most thieves drill directly into the fuel tank and then insert their hose to siphone. A locking cap, while it may make you feel warm and fuzzy, is nothing more than a waste of money. Back when gas and diesel was hovering at $5 a gallon, that was the preferred method of fuel theft out here.
This ^^
Happened to two of my friends, one of them twice. Both 4x4 Dodge trucks with easy access to the tank. Quite a lot of $$$ to fix.

I, however, bought a cover, first mod, looks better to me.
It should be factory installed, not a $100 aftermarket option.
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:41 PM   #39
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Locking one will keep someone from stealing your gas.
There's a baffle where the neck meets the tank. You can't siphon gas out of the tank through the filler tube.

The only reason to have a locking gas cap is to prevent someone putting something into your gas tank, not taking something out.
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i like that term "gateway mod". I was laughing for a few minutes after i read it. That made my day. Thanks
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There's a baffle where the neck meets the tank. You can't siphon gas out of the tank through the filler tube.

The only reason to have a locking gas cap is to prevent someone putting something into your gas tank, not taking something out.
I agree with you Mike. It's to keep kids or whomever from putting any crap in there. The cap is at perfect kid height. I would prefer not to have dirt, rocks, cig. butts or anything that's not gas, in there. If someone wants gas they know that they have to get it other than siphoning. So, that's the real purpose of a locking cap. The Mopar door I think looks good and gives a good amount of protection to the lock from road salt and crud in general. It's another mod that's personal preference.
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:58 PM   #42
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I just like the look of it. Cheap and easy mod.
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:49 PM   #43
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I just like the look of it. Cheap and easy mod.
Same here. No excuses, no regrets.
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:56 PM   #44
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I won't call it cheap OR easy....but I like the way it looks.

Replacing my hood bumpers with two plugs that cost $1.00 from Lowe's was cheap and easy.

Trying to get to the tabs on the far-side SUCKED. Good thing the sheet metal is so thin (or maybe not)...I got two tabs through...got frustrated...and just yanked it out, then pushed the sheet metal back in place. Plus, I have a chrome one, and it took forever to plasti-dip in a way that didn't run or seal the door shut.
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I was on a 2 week trip once and we decided that we'd spend a night at a hotel just for a change of pace. So we went to a Days Inn in Blythe, CA on our way back home. Odd little town, but they had rooms and were dog friendly. That night, I had 2 fuel cans stolen (cut the straps holding them down), and other stuff they tried to steal.

Anyway, so much for long story short, I wondered if they couldn't score on my fuel cans, if they would have done something malicious, like put sugar in the gas tank out of anger. Now, this never happened, but I wonder now when I'm traveling in more remote areas that are shady, if now that I have things more locked down and am less trusting, that someone is going to get mad and go for the old sugar in the gas tank thing. I much rather have my Jeep keyed cause they couldn't steal something, but being stranded with engine damage would be bad!
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I'm big on security, but sugar in the gas tank isn't one of them.

snopes.com: Sugar in the Gas Tank

Sugar in Gas Tank : Car Myths : Discovery Drive : Discovery Channel

If the keyed Mopar lock were cheaper, I would get it, but most likely never actually lock it. (Unless I was leaving the vehicle exposed over night in a shady area).
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:30 PM   #47
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I won't call it cheap OR easy....but I like the way it looks.

Trying to get to the tabs on the far-side SUCKED. Good thing the sheet metal is so thin (or maybe not)...I got two tabs through...got frustrated...and just yanked it out, then pushed the sheet metal back in place. Plus, I have a chrome one, and it took forever to plasti-dip in a way that didn't run or seal the door shut.
Mine was a bit cheaper than some places, so that eased the pain somewhat. Yes, trying to get to the other two tabs did Kind of suck. I too just yanked it out. After that, piece of cake!
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:34 PM   #48
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I was able to get .2mpg boost due to improved aerodynamics.









I kid... I don't have one yet.
And 2 decibels less wind noise…
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:24 PM   #49
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I haven't had any problems with gas being stolen while parked anywhere. It seems my gas gets stolen as I drive down the road...
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:23 AM   #50
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First thing I did to mine. Ridiculous that they just dont come from the factory with them on already. Stock looks like crap. I'm used to that nonsense though. I also own a Harley.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:20 AM   #51
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I don't know if the door has any practical value but I just installed one on mine last week and I like how it looks.

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Old 01-09-2013, 08:46 AM   #52
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If someone wants gas they know that they have to get it other than siphoning.
You can make the argument that someone most likely won't know that there's an anti-siphoning device and attempt to siphon gas anyway. Most Jeep owners don't know, so it's safe to say most random Joe's don't know either. They see an exposed gas cap and will take their chances.

Granted, there are millions of cars out there without locking gas caps. Still, I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want anyone attempting to siphon my gas either, regardless of whether they actually succeed. Luckily I don't think that's an issue where I live.
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I was on a 2 week trip once and we decided that we'd spend a night at a hotel just for a change of pace. So we went to a Days Inn in Blythe, CA on our way back home. Odd little town, but they had rooms and were dog friendly. That night, I had 2 fuel cans stolen (cut the straps holding them down), and other stuff they tried to steal.

Anyway, so much for long story short, I wondered if they couldn't score on my fuel cans, if they would have done something malicious, like put sugar in the gas tank out of anger. Now, this never happened, but I wonder now when I'm traveling in more remote areas that are shady, if now that I have things more locked down and am less trusting, that someone is going to get mad and go for the old sugar in the gas tank thing. I much rather have my Jeep keyed cause they couldn't steal something, but being stranded with engine damage would be bad!
now that your gas tank is safe, what about the unlocked engine bay?
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Between the plastic windows of the soft top, the unlocked engine bay and a lack of locking gas cap, it's safe to say that if you live in a bad area you probably shouldn't get a Wrangler unless you're willing to use the hard top only and purchase a locking hood latch and locking gas cap.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:47 AM   #55
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Another fuel door benefit

Fuel door is visible in your mirror if left open- signaling that you may be driving away with gas cap hanging off!...
(not that I've ever done such a thing!)

Every pickup I've had came with fuel doors- good for the above, plus they do keep some road crud out of the fueling area (at least the big stuff). In our part of the world, volcanic cinder/sand is often applied to roads for traction- that pocket around the fuel cap can get pretty full without a door. It is tough to remove without a stick or gloved hand before fueling (which is hard on paint).
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now that your gas tank is safe, what about the unlocked engine bay?
There are hood locks
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I don't know if the door has any practical value but I just installed one on mine last week and I like how it looks.

So the Mopar one does match the bumpers and fenders. That ^^^ looks great. I do agree with the other posters that it's just a mod for "looks" but that one looks good as it matches the rest of the plastic furniture.
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Old 04-10-2013, 05:04 PM   #58
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Came standard on my COD JKU. Can't say I'd spend more than $1.95 for this mod if I were to do it myself.
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