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Old 09-24-2013, 01:55 AM   #1
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Which one: Hood lock or latch?

I just ordered a JKUSS and now prepping for added security. Should I go with a hood lock (Mopar, Tuffy) or lockable hood latches? What are the pros and cons of each?

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Old 09-24-2013, 02:24 AM   #2
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I have the tuffy hood lock. Does what it is intended to...... Not much to it. Installs in minutes.

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Old 09-24-2013, 02:41 AM   #3
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-Mopar hood lock fits to your ignition key.
-hood lock key slot is difficult to access if you dont modify a potential future grill mesh (not the most difficult mod...)
-You'll have to order latches anyway if you care about the hood moving while highway driving...
-lockable latches imply you have to open and close one extra lock each time (correct me if i'm wrong...)
- lockable latches might be bulky? Haven't seem them in person..
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Old 09-24-2013, 03:53 PM   #4
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Is hood flutter a guarantee or is it hit or miss?
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6 of one, half-dozen of the other.

I like the look and visable deterrent of the Rampage looking hood latches.

I like how the Mopar hood look is keyed to the ignition.
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Old 09-24-2013, 05:08 PM   #7
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i do a lot of small highway driving and the stock catches sucked; every time i passed a semi the hood would flutter, sometimes so high it made me nervous. Got the drake off road latches. they work awesome and look really cool. id say $40 over priced, but theyre definitely solid. check my "build" thread for pics.
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:23 PM   #8
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I would not suggest either one, honestly. If you were to, god forbid, have a fire under the hood, they could keep you from getting the fire put out.

Hood flutter isnt really a big deal. I think its kind of awesome, looks like the jeep is getting a boner going down the highway.
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:47 PM   #9
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I got the Rampage locking ones. My Company moved and now I will have to use a Public Parking Garage in a sketchy part of Town. As for the fire under the hood answer .... just leave them UNLOCKED most of the time and lock them when in SKETCHY parts of town when left unintented. They DO NOT have to be locked to stay closed. Mine are left unlocked most of the time.
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:50 PM   #10
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The Rugged Ridge hood lock is nice too and very inexpensive (about $20.00). Of course nothing will keep out people who are determined to get inside but it does make it more difficult.
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:07 PM   #11
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Very happy with my locking latches. Inexpensive, easy to install, twice as much security for a would-be thief to have to get past.
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Non locking because I'm insured and it it catches fire I'll just start over.
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Old 09-24-2013, 10:36 PM   #13
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I HAD the rampage locking ones. I now have rampage locking ones with the locks pulled out of them. The lock siezed up and wouldnt turn to open. I had to punch the locks out.
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locking latches allow you to use a full metal mesh grill cover. hood locks do not, without modification. I need the grill cover because rocks are so bad around where I live, so I got locking latches.
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I would not suggest either one, honestly. If you were to, god forbid, have a fire under the hood, they could keep you from getting the fire put out.

How many engine fires do you see on newer factory original or well maintained vehicles? Virtually none.

Engine fires on cars, light trucks, and vans are usually caused by unqualified people doing things to their fuel system that they should not have any business doing.

Stop in at any fire station and they will confirm this.
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Old 09-25-2013, 02:53 AM   #16
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Both. If it's security you're after, lock it down. I have the Mopar one since the beginning of time and I have the Rampage just sitting waiting to be installed. I also have a locking gas cap and locking gas lid. I am a special case and the more I secure my Jeep is the more they mess with it. Like others have stated the cons to a hood lock would be getting the mesh to fit but you can measure and cut around the opening of the lock. Not such a big deal. The con for the Rampage would be the lock being cheaply made although I haven't used mine yet so I can't really comment on it.
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I use the Mopar hood lock and I have a mesh insert I modified to go over it. It is not as clean as not cutting it, obviously, but it gets the job done.
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:16 AM   #18
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Mopar!

I have the Mopar hood lock and it works very well- extra "hold down" when latched- don't think I'll ever see hood flutter.

As for locked hoods and fires- standard FD practice around here is to gain access to a burning engine compartment via 2 circ saw cuts to the hood- hood is toast anyway, and cable release from passenger compt. on non-Jeeps is often compromised or inaccessible. In other words, fire is no reason not to lock up your hood. As someone stated above- a newish Jeep without heavy mods is not a likely fire target anyway- you're MUCH more likely to lose a battery to theft!
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:20 AM   #19
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Battery theft is one good reason for a hood lock. After reading about new forms of vandalism where the vandal shorts out the winch connectors after wrapping your winch cable around your Jeep or hooking to other cars/objects, I installed a high amp rated marine battery switch to cutoff power- hood lock prevents access to this as well.
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Another vote for the Mopar hood lock!

It is easy to install and I liked the fact I would not have to add another key to the mess of keys that is my girlfriends keychain.
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Old 09-25-2013, 02:53 PM   #21
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What is this required mesh insert mod that you guys keep talking about with the Mopar hood lock? Can someone attach a pic?
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I have the Rampage locking latches...I would not recommend them, like the previous post, I am also having issues with the locks not turning, the powdercoating faded after only a couple of months (my Jeep is garaged), and the two "C" clips that hold one of the pins fell out. I will eventually switch to the Mopar Hood Lock
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Odd, I've had no issue with my Rampage locks, and my Jeep is outside 99% of the time. But I shot some WD-40 in the locks the first day I got them, at the start of winter, and at the end of winter.
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What is this required mesh insert mod that you guys keep talking about with the Mopar hood lock? Can someone attach a pic?
There is nothing required; it is in reference to two separate mods.

Commonly, people will put a mesh grill insert behind the grill to protect the radiator from rocks / road debris ... or just for looks. Either way, the Mopar hood lock sits in the middle grill opening, right at the top, so it prevents most mesh inserts from resting up against the grill.

Here is a thread that shows how people get around it.
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Here you go the Mopar hood lock with rugged ridge grill insert.



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Old 09-25-2013, 05:30 PM   #26
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My vote for the Mopar unit.

Don't need the grill guards.

Hood flutter was 95% cured for 0 cost by taking out the spring. Tried the 'snubber' trick--didn't work for me.

You CAN leave the Mopar in unlocked position if you wish.

And as demonstrated to me here a couple years ago....it IS possible to defeat the Mopar style lock with a properly placed ice pick.....IF you know the direction and placement and what to do with it.

That potential remains as a very small likelihood IMHO.

There were a couple other home-built designs that seemed quite effective I might have tried if the Mopar were not available.
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They can pretty much all be defeated.

I'm pretty sure that if someone has a big flathead screwdriver and a mallet, they could hammer it into the locks hard enough to eventually break the tumblers on my Rampage latches. But if people are walking around with "tools" looking to break into Jeeps, we are pretty much screwed anyway. It is really to limit the "opportunity" theft. Hood locks, wheel locks, Tuffy Trunk enclosures, ect... None of it is "theft proof", but it does make for a nice incentive to move on to easier pickings.
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Old 09-25-2013, 05:41 PM   #28
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How is the Tuffy hood lock? Does it help with hood flutter?
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Old 09-26-2013, 04:58 AM   #29
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Mopar hood lock all the way, well built unit
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Old 09-30-2013, 02:04 PM   #30
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I went the rampage route. Only time will tell down here in south Florida how well they will hold up for me.

I am a lock a phobe :-)

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