Okay, so a buddy of mine has an 04 Rubi and he's super anal about it. One weekend he used his contractor abilities to install a pre-hung door in my garage. As a gesture of thanks I bought him a set of Smittybilt hood locks.
He came over with a mutual friend who is a car guy and mechanically able and we set forth installing these locks, piece of cake. 3 hours later we put the originals back on. To find out more read this link, it's almost exactly what happened to us.
Much of Smittybilt's stuff has turned, in my personal opinion, to junk since they started having most of what they sell made in China. I've been done using anything from Smittybilt for many years. Your post just reaffirms my opinion of Smittybilt.
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i ordered a set of there flares and well just like the hood lock JUNK! there flimsy one flew off on the highway and the list goes on and on i will never get anything from them i have a set of tube flares in the garage waiting 2 go on
I just installed the hood locks and a new top from smittybilt. Top is fine no complaints. Hood locks are a real pain. Driver side lined up fine but the passenger wont line up with out drilling another hole. Real pain in the rear.
I have a few smittybilt products on my TJ....satisfied with each one of them, EXCEPT these locking hood latches!! Seems easy enough to install, and they actually are easy, however, they don't align properly! After some painful drilling, I was finally able to align them. Problem solved, right?? Wrong! Every single time I went out wheeling, one side of the hood would ALWAYS open....To hell with that! I took em off, and put the factory ones back one....Not worth it IMO.
I find it interesting that even though things are made in China, why can they not make the products work correctly? Why can't they make a design that works, send the instructions over to China, and have a end resulting product that functions as it originally did or is supposed to? Do they ever test any of the crap they turn out over there? I hate Chinese made crap for this very reason, and it is not just hood locks that suck. It is every thing that comes from that crap hole country. Okay, my opinion only here.
Bought the black seat covers of theirs with the pockets on back... Did not come close to fitting my stock 2000 sahara seats. No hole for the loop that slidesthe seats up....didn't fit right over the top. Cup holder is only good for 1 seat as the other gets put against the door... No directions.