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Old 09-25-2012, 05:04 PM   #1
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Help with hood latches?

I bought a 98 TJ about 6 weeks ago. At highway speed, my hood bounces. Kinda worried it may fly open one day. Is this common? Are the rubber latches needing replacing?

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Old 09-25-2012, 05:08 PM   #2
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They all do it and it's normal. Yes I know it can be a little alarming at times. Don't forget there is a middle steel safety catch there too.

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Old 09-25-2012, 05:22 PM   #3
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Double check for the safety catch in case the PO removed it because it annoyed him.
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Old 09-25-2012, 05:35 PM   #4
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Ya...the middle latch is still there. Guess I should check its integrity and make sure it will hold.
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:38 PM   #5
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It's common but I don't think it's "normal". They sell replacement latches fairly cheap and that should help calm the nerves on a windy day. I'm getting ready to help my daughter drive her jeep across the country and she just replaced hers. At 65 mph into a strong wind the hood would really get bouncing! I'd hate to have one snap out in the middle of nowhere.
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:46 PM   #6
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Since it has been brought up, I am curious if installing hood vents might minimize this flutter. Has anyone out there with hood vents noticed a difference?
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:51 PM   #7
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wow ive had my TJ for a year and its never done this on the highway, even driving into the wind. I have been looking for some cj/yj style hood clamps, my yj and cj never did anything like that and the latches seemed much more secure. they make them like that but ive only seen them in chrome. I hate chrome personally and want black so the hunt continues.
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:01 PM   #8
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wow ive had my TJ for a year and its never done this on the highway, even driving into the wind. I have been looking for some cj/yj style hood clamps, my yj and cj never did anything like that and the latches seemed much more secure. they make them like that but ive only seen them in chrome. I hate chrome personally and want black so the hunt continues.
my 06 tj doesnt either. I wouldnt care if its common, theyd get replaced. that sounds unsafe, or at the very least distracting.
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:55 PM   #9
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Mine 06 did this as well. Last weekend I removed the latches to paint them and after I reinstalled them and latched the hood I noticed it was a little tighter when latching and zero play in the hood now. Maybe try loosening them and adjusting the position SLIGHTLY so the clamp is a little tighter.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:17 AM   #10
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Since it has been brought up, I am curious if installing hood vents might minimize this flutter. Has anyone out there with hood vents noticed a difference?
Unfortunately hood vents don't stop hood flutter.

For those who haven't experienced 'hood flutter' yet, I'm guessing the right set of circumstances haven't unfolded for you yet.

I only ever notice it at highway speed when passing an on-coming big rigs.
On out and back trips, I've only noticed it in one direction, so wind direction must be a factor as well.

If you search 'hood flutter' you'll find plenty of fixes.
The only fix I can vouch for (because I did it) is these Drake Offroad hood latches. You can dial in the tension and the hood is solid as a rock.
On a recent trip my hood didn't budge while my brothers JK hood (with stock latches) was dancing all over the place - same time, same stretch of highway and plenty of big rigs.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:39 AM   #11
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My 98 had a spring in the center and when i removed it the fluttering stopped! Hope it helps
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:01 AM   #12
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Daystar Poly Hood Latches to replace the rubber. My hood doesn't budge anymore. You can find them on ebay all day long.
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:23 PM   #13
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I like the turnbuckle idea...I wonder if a guy can replace the rubber part of the stock latch with a turnbuckle. I think I may try sometimg like this.

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