|11-03-2014 12:26 PM|
Ask away regardless of Previously Covered ground!
It could become an issue if you live in a high salt location where rust naturally starts around rivets. Partially losing one's hood latch at high speeds of 75-85 MPH could cause the hood to become a wing flap and bend up, moving the safety latch askew and blowing the hood strait up into the windshield and if you’re lucky, rip the hood off the remaining strained and damaged hood mounts before you plow into the rear of someone, let alone the consequences of a flying piece of jagged sheet metal sailing down the interstate toward other motorists. What bothers me sometimes about some sites is that some posters blow off a members question and concern like its nothing. Just because something hasn’t happened yet doesn't mean it can't happen. On the other side, the poster got excellent suggestions to deal with this issue. And yes, I have experienced this hood flutter phenomenon in all models of Jeep wranglers. I am surprised that Jeep has not looked into rectifying this issue only because there are numerous solutions to this so-called "non-issue" that has been covered a million times before. Jeep hasn't addressed this because not enough injuries or deaths if any have occurred to warrant a design fix, because that would admit a design flaw, which I think it is) and expedite some tombstone technology fix. I am new on this site, but not to Jeeps and off reading. I am not a professionally sponsored driver but I have built two wranglers from rolling frame up and 2 XJ's, so I could be hardly called a newbie! I have also built Kit Aircraft and I am a light aircraft Pilot with several hundred hours of flight time and AP/AF Certifications and Licensing I received by attending Clark University in Massachusetts. I may not be an engineer, but feel I am qualified to comment some minor engineering concerns.
In closing, if you have a question that you think will compromise your safety, go ahead and ask it. Better off said than dead.
|10-01-2013 09:32 PM|
You can pull the spring and you won't notice as much routine flutter but it will not help at all when a semi passes you at 70 mph on a rural 2 lane freeway.
Pulling the spring didn't work on my '10 , 12 or my '14 that got the spring removed this week in rural as hell Kansas/Colorado. The hood still comes up a couple inches. The Daystar latches (for about $30) do the trick nicely. I'll order another set of those tomorrow.
Helps to heat them up in very hot water to get them to initially stretch.
3700 miles in 5 days, JKUR performed well both on the freeway and mountains outside of Silverton. Wish I could say the same for my tired eyes..
|10-01-2013 09:07 PM|
|gunmn74||I pulled my hood spring 3 days ago. I have a lot less flutter but I'm in Kansas and we have wind. I travel 10 miles to and from work on I135 interstate doing 75 mph. I do like the look of the rugged ridge latches I may go that rout in the near future but for write now my wife will hunt me down if FedEx or UPS shows up again before Christmas:whistling|
|10-01-2013 08:15 PM|
Thanks for the advice will certainly try.
|10-01-2013 05:49 PM|
Wranglers have always had a similar hood design latch. Don't really hear of problems. Before you spend the money, pull the hood spring.
|10-01-2013 03:49 PM|
|pgor||Flaw to failure. I noted the the "flutter" in my 2013 Sahara Unlimited soon after purchase, but discounted as a harmless quirk. Yesterday changed that. Driving in Montana on a two lane at about 65mph, a large semi passed me going the opposite direction. Large wind blast and then my hood flutter was much increased. Pulled over to inspect and the outside latch on the passenger side had simply fractured in two. Resumed driving, but now all the flutter force was being transmitted to the driver's side outside latch even at speeds of around 50 mph. It seemed likely that another large wind blast could break the remaining outer latch, but some twisting of the hood would be probable in the process given no passenger side latch. So would that torque/twisting then be enough to disengage the inside latch and pop the hood open? Did not seem too improbable. Will definitely be buying one of the alternate latches mentioned here to replace the plastic ones that came with the vehicle. However it seems like there is potential for this design flaw to become a serious risk under typical highway speeds.|
|02-24-2013 08:47 PM|
|genesbro||I bought the Daystar latches for my 09 right after the first time I met a semi headon with the usuall wind blowing hard and I know it won't come up due to the safety latch but it sure looked like it wanted to take off. After installing the Daystars' it doesn't move at all. Very simple you just replace the rubber factory things with the stronger material from Daystar and that is it, done.|
|02-24-2013 08:40 PM|
|P51mustang||+1 for the daystar hood wranglers. Fixed my issue, I wish jeep would keep the latches and put a normal hood latch mechanism to prevent theft.|
|02-24-2013 08:32 PM|
|mariner09||I just put the DayStar latches on my 09 last week and haven't seen it since. I had it bad for the last 3 years and finally did something about it...|
|02-24-2013 08:24 PM|
|JKRONNIE||I second the Rampage! Snugs the hood up real nice, extra security is a bonus.|
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|02-24-2013 02:15 PM|
|Texas_Jeep||spend $25 and buy these Daystar KJ09145BK - Daystar Hood Wranglers for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec Easy install and will take less than 30 min.|
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|02-24-2013 01:24 PM|
|Raiderfan001||If you're on a small highway like one lane each direction and pass an oncoming semi you'll see it happen.|
|02-24-2013 01:21 PM|
|termite||Mine did not do this until I removed the air dam. I'm planning picking up the rugged ridge aluminum hood latch in the near future.|
|02-24-2013 01:04 PM|
|02-24-2013 12:59 PM|
|joeymon1||It seems that I need a pretty strong cross wind to cause it.|
|02-24-2013 12:33 PM|
Only happens in the 08 with heavy wind gusts head on
|02-24-2013 12:20 PM|
|SilverMiner||I travel to and from work 30+ miles every day on the interstate at 70 - 75 mph and have never noticed this. Is this present in most Jeeps or just a few?|
|02-24-2013 11:07 AM|
I know it won't stop a determined thief but it'll discourage any theft or vandalism, more so than not having anything at all. They apparently also have stopped any hood flutter.
|02-24-2013 09:12 AM|
I use these aftermarket latches...
Rampage Products 76336 - Rampage Products Locking Hood Catch Set in Black for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec
Of course I sometimes park my Jeep overnight in Chicago, so they give me a little extra peace of mind.
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|02-24-2013 07:07 AM|
|Mcrock||There is a slight amount of adjustment in the hood latch. The bottom mount can shift downward and increase tension. May not eliminate flutter, but it will help.|
|02-24-2013 07:00 AM|
|Uriah Jeep||One would think Jeep would have fixed this issue by 2013... That actually upsets me.|
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