-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..
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.
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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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.
Due to the recent price increases in ammo, don't expect any warning shots. Times are hard.
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!
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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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
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.
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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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.