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Old 10-18-2011, 09:58 PM   #1
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The mopar lock

I did get a chance to install my mopar hood lock...kinda...

I need to rivet it on, but I don't have the right rivet gun for it. Right now it is being held by 2 screws & nuts...

But anyways, that's not what I wanted to say.
To anyone that has this hood lock from mopar. Did you notice that it still doesn't block the hood latch enough to prevent it from opening. This is achieved by having the grill out of the way. If you do & have the lock engage. All you have to do is still push the hood latch to the side like normal & open the hood .

So someone just needs to pull off the grill & bam! They can still get in. So... this is a waste of money.

If anyone try this, let me know if you succeed!!

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Old 10-18-2011, 11:10 PM   #2
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sure....and if they really want the rig, they'll have a modern hoist truck to lift it onto...etc. etc . etc....

and they could break in with a mere battery operated jig saw, etc etc etc....

and the sky is falling....

The point that soothes me enough is that most aren't going to rip off the grill etc etc etc.

whereas I've seen street mugs randomly pilfer under the easily accessed hood.

On the other hand.....without ripping off the grill....it's surprisingly difficult but still possible to activate the latch....

then again, there's photos archived here how someone made that not a viable method too...

research will show some pretty inventive approaches.

Then there's the locking hood latches....and the actual chain around the bumper & hole thru the hood, etc etc etc.

Good luck.

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Old 10-19-2011, 05:39 PM   #3
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Well... yea... With any car you can get to it from the bottom. I've open a few VW hoods from the bottom when the release cable didn't work from within the vehicle!

Method applies to any vehicle really!
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Old 11-05-2011, 01:55 PM   #4
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I just installed my mopar hood lock

I agree, the lock isn't 100% safe. But it is enough of a deterrent to stop someone who thought they could simply just open the hood and take the battery, damage something just to be a wise ass, etc. You can't get your fingers under the hood to undo the latch if the lock is locked. But you can get a thin shim under there to do the trick. Anyway, the rivets are 1/4", for what it's worth. I didn't have the proper size rivet gun either. But Harbor Freight had one for only $20. I normally don't by anything at that place considering how poorly made all the stuff is. But I figured I'll never need to rivet anything again most likely, so $20 is worth a shot. Worked like a charm.
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Old 11-05-2011, 02:00 PM   #5
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I agree, the lock isn't 100% safe. But it is enough of a deterrent to stop someone who thought they could simply just open the hood and take the battery, damage something just to be a wise ass, etc.
They could always just key the paint job.
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Old 11-05-2011, 02:38 PM   #6
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try driving away with the plug wires ripped out

etc
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there is a sweet spot if you slide the 'unit' to the right 9/16" and do not use the factory holes

you would have to drill new but a caution ....you don't want to go too far or you won't be able to turn the key from the front through the grill

very fine line but it works and prevents pushing down on the hood when the grill is off to slide the latch

there may be a different latch that solves the problem but this was easy enough and didn't have to wait for more parts
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Old 11-05-2011, 04:56 PM   #8
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nice trick

I saw a photo of a guy's hood latch where he drilled a hole & put in a round security lock. Pretty straight forward home fab job. It was on a TJ I think, and their latch is longer than the JK. Or maybe he did a home fabrication latch, wasn't really sure.
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Old 11-05-2011, 08:57 PM   #9
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Exactly! To be secure from just some twat walking by & ripping shit out. Or some punk causing trouble to it. Anyone can walk by a car & key it. Better to have the paint key than an engine frakked! But I rather not have ether or anything wrong.
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Old 11-06-2011, 06:28 AM   #10
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Rampage makes a set of locking hood latches.

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