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Old 08-18-2012, 07:46 PM   #1
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Functional Keyed Hood Lock

Has anyone come up with a functional keyed hood locking mechanism that doesn't look like crap?

I found this one on the internet, but there was only ONE review, and it wasn't favorable.

Black Locking Hood Latch 7691

Herre was that ONE review ...

"For as much as these were, they fail to meet expectations. During initial install, very difficult to fit correctly. Even after much playing around, they still never lined up correctly. Although in the beginning they lock very tight, after about four months they became very loose, causing the hood to have play. Seem like they would be very easy to defeat by simply unscrewing the retaining nut from underneath. Not pleased overall, and wish I had gone a different route."
(Posted on 7/7/12)

When I finally do get my TJ, I intend to install an alarm.
But, I don't want someone to be able to just open the hood, and disconnect the battery, thereby disarming the alarm. (And I was hoping to not have to install an additional battery system for the alarm.)

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Old 08-18-2012, 08:26 PM   #2
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According to Tuffy, theirs is "the only reasonably priced TJ and LJ hood lock on the market that actually works!"

I have one on my jeep, but haven't used it yet.

http://www.quadratec.com/products/13103_1011.htm

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Old 08-18-2012, 09:10 PM   #3
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Looks like a sturdy lock.
Thanks.
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:36 PM   #4
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Have Morris one's on mine, mine wouldn't line up was twisting hood, so I put one side on so they couldn't get to the battery works good...
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:38 PM   #5
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I ordered this one but returned it after seeing it. The lock is exposed in the back and might freeze in the winter. I hate to have trouble getting the hood open if I needed a jump or something? You can't see the back of the Tuffy in the pictures. I wonder if the Tuffy lock is actually sealed from the elements or the same as the one below?

Midwest Specialties HL-4 - Hood Lock Kit for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited with Forward Latch Pull - Quadratec
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:06 PM   #6
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Go tuffy or smitty. They're both two good lock systems.
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:20 PM   #7
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... I wonder if the Tuffy lock is actually sealed from the elements or the same as the one below? ...
It appears that the Tuffy lock is facing the front of the vehicle, through the grille. If that's so, then I would think that the lock would NOT be protected from the elements.

Just my 2˘.
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:31 PM   #8
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The midwest specialties is the one I have. Although it will stop the convenience thief, it can be pried off with a screwdriver. I have going to get the tuffy soon.
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Old 08-18-2012, 11:59 PM   #9
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It appears that the Tuffy lock is facing the front of the vehicle, through the grille. If that's so, then I would think that the lock would NOT be protected from the elements.

Just my 2˘.
I wonder? Something that would freeze or rust is no good.
Too bad no one makes one like the Mopar hood lock like on the JK.
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Old 08-19-2012, 12:58 PM   #10
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It appears that the Tuffy lock is facing the front of the vehicle, through the grille. If that's so, then I would think that the lock would NOT be protected from the elements.

Just my 2˘.
You can optionally buy a dust cover for the lock, but IIRC it requires modification to fit (it's a generic cover for all their locks). I'm waiting on that to be fixed before I buy one.
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Old 08-19-2012, 04:47 PM   #11
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I read about a very easy solution for a hood lock a long time ago. Drill a hole through the hook that goes down and install a small weather-proof pad lock. I found this video.

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I put on a Tuffy, visited their factory last week to swap key tumblers. Nice place I have a hood lock, trunk and console from them. Happy with all.
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Old 08-23-2012, 04:22 PM   #13
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i also have the tuffy since i have the glove box & drawers. best thing is everything is keyed alike so i only have the 2 keys on my key ring.
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The midwest specialties is the one I have. Although it will stop the convenience thief, it can be pried off with a screwdriver. I have going to get the tuffy soon.
Have this one as well. For the price, it is enough to deter your average joe from helping himself to your battery, but isn't enough to keep out someone who is determined. The good news, this one is difficult enough to get off that by the time a would be perp was done fiddling with it, he would have hopefully raised the attention of someone else. I remember the first time after I had installed this that I took it to get inspected, the inspector was redfaced by the time he finally got it off. Fortunately, he still passed me.
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It appears that the Tuffy lock is facing the front of the vehicle, through the grille. If that's so, then I would think that the lock would NOT be protected from the elements.

Just my 2˘.
I guess you didn't see the cover that snaps onto the key hole in picture 4 ?
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It appears that the Tuffy lock is facing the front of the vehicle, through the grille. If that's so, then I would think that the lock would NOT be protected from the elements.
Neither are the locks on your doors or your tailgate. They last forever in the weather.
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tuffy has dust covers if you are concerned about the key opening exposed to the elements. i have one on my hood lock.
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You can optionally buy a dust cover for the lock, but IIRC it requires modification to fit (it's a generic cover for all their locks). I'm waiting on that to be fixed before I buy one.
What do you have to modify to make the dust cover work?
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Neither are the locks on your doors or your tailgate. They last forever in the weather.
The doors and tailgate locks are inside the doors protected from the elements. The Midwest lock is fully exposed in the back and is prone to rust and freezing.
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The doors and tailgate locks are inside the doors protected from the elements. The Midwest lock is fully exposed in the back and is prone to rust and freezing.
He wasn't talking about the Midwest lock. He was talking about the Tuffy lock.

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