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11-09-2013 07:43 PM
zenman I took hood spring out months ago and never any flutter. I live in Kansas, the # 3 windiest state, and also 150 years back in time. I don't know what the #1 and 2 states are. Enlighten me.
11-09-2013 05:09 PM
michiganadam Why did the spring mod make it happen worse onmy jeep?
11-09-2013 03:22 PM
panthermark I have the Rampage locking latches...I like them. But I don't do a lot of hard-core off-roading that will really flex the hood. I also hit each lock with a blast of WD-40 each fall to keep the tumblers from locking up.
11-09-2013 03:17 PM
13BlackJKU I didn't like the hood flapping due to the strong winds last week, with winter coming, I install a set of Daystar Hood Wranglers today.

The wranglers are stiffer. than the OEM rubber ones... the latches are harder to latch but I'm convince that it will fix the hood flapping for good.

I'm a bit currious to know if anyone had issues with the latches themselves due the fact that they are much harder to lacth... will the plastic latches eventually beak due to the higher tension???
11-08-2013 05:33 PM
Raiderfan001
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Originally Posted by Strokerswild View Post
It looks like it's harder than it actually is. If you have socket extensions and a flex (u-joint) adapter it's not a big deal.
Even easier if you have aftermarket flat fenders and no liner. You can get to them from under lol
11-08-2013 01:54 PM
BigManAndy Springs been out a couple days now. Passed a couple big rigs going 60 in the other direction and not a hint of movement. True test is the same thing with a headwind, today was very calm.

Prior to removing the spring just going down the highway at 65-70 and hit some wind would make it flutter real bad. So far so good, I'll take it for a free 30 second mod.
11-08-2013 12:11 PM
Strokerswild
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Originally Posted by BigSkyJeep View Post
Thinking of going with the Rugged Ridge latches. I hear it's a pain to get the oem latches off due to space constraints and getting a wrench on the bolts. How much of a pain is it to swap these?
It looks like it's harder than it actually is. If you have socket extensions and a flex (u-joint) adapter it's not a big deal.
11-08-2013 12:07 PM
jcrawler93 Rampage are the ones I usually sell my clients when they come asking for that.
11-08-2013 11:46 AM
spinlock
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Originally Posted by JTPhoto JK View Post
They do what they are designed to do. Flex with the body. You can put on heavier latches but if they are too tight the hood will flex instead of the latches giving.
The airdam does make a difference with hood flutter.
Flexing and flutter have very different causes. There is no justification for flutter. The hood shouldn't flex either. It does so because it lacks structural stiffness in order to reduce weight.
11-08-2013 11:29 AM
BigSkyJeep Thinking of going with the Rugged Ridge latches. I hear it's a pain to get the oem latches off due to space constraints and getting a wrench on the bolts. How much of a pain is it to swap these?
11-08-2013 11:17 AM
castlemore
Update...

well I removed the spring and the flapping has significantly reduced - so far!
11-08-2013 05:42 AM
SoCarJeep Rampage hood locks stops flutter dead; Plus you can lock your hood at times.
11-08-2013 05:11 AM
pokey02 I did the same. The Daystar replacements solved my issue.

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Originally Posted by JKjingle View Post
I installed the day star hood wranglers. Problem solved.
11-08-2013 04:40 AM
supercazzola
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Originally Posted by JTPhoto JK View Post
Industrial Zip ties will last in the sun. Mine are 6years old.
Well, I guess if you bought the 175 Pound tensile strength ones, you'll be fine
11-07-2013 10:29 PM
5JKs Nah, they are crap. There isn't any speakable body/frame flex on a flat two lane highway and the hood will still lift 2" with an oncoming semi. Perhaps the air dam helps, but a factory setup lifts unacceptably. Removing the spring makes the hood heavier, but once it starts to lift, it moves full distance.
11-07-2013 10:08 PM
JTPhoto JK They do what they are designed to do. Flex with the body. You can put on heavier latches but if they are too tight the hood will flex instead of the latches giving.
The airdam does make a difference with hood flutter.
11-07-2013 09:20 PM
spinlock There is no excuse for this after 7 years. Hood flutter with the air dam on should have been solved years ago with a redesigned hood latch worth $0.50 more.
11-07-2013 07:57 PM
chazman Did you remove the splash shield under the front bumper? I removed ours and the hood started flopping around at highway speeds and we got 2 MPG less. I put the splash shield back on and it returned to normal. When I put the aftermarket bumper on, I put the splash shield back on.....
11-05-2013 05:32 PM
tomthbomb
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Originally Posted by jcb-memphis View Post
Does that cable end up scratching up the paint. I don't care too much about little stuff, but I do try to avoid knowlingly adding a paint removing option to things....xpel I suppose could take that issue away...

jb
As you can see from the close up photo, no scratches.
11-05-2013 05:08 PM
JTPhoto JK
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Originally Posted by supercazzola View Post
I agree. Rugged Ridge was my fix too. Zip ties sitting in sun will get brittle and fail when you need them.
Industrial Zip ties will last in the sun. Mine are 6years old.
11-05-2013 04:56 PM
jkjeeper06
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Originally Posted by supercazzola View Post
I agree. Rugged Ridge was my fix too.

Zip ties sitting in sun will get brittle and fail when you need them.
There is always the rubber latches to hold them down so you'll never really "need" them. Hood flutter isn't dangerous or damaging, it just is aesthetically disturbing to some people as they are used to traditional hood latches
11-05-2013 04:41 PM
BigManAndy
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Originally Posted by JTPhoto JK View Post
Zip ties for almost 6 years.
That's brilliant!!

Removed the spring today. You really notice how much upward force that spring is applying once you remove it. I'll see how she is with just that out, if it's still bad I'll try the zip ties. I like these free/cheap mods!
11-05-2013 03:12 PM
supercazzola
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Originally Posted by 8052949 View Post
It used to happen to me all of the time when on the desert highways. The wind had a lot to do with it and it never happened on calm days. I just got tired of it and did a quick 30 minute swap out. Now they don't move at all.
I agree. Rugged Ridge was my fix too.

Zip ties sitting in sun will get brittle and fail when you need them.
11-05-2013 02:23 PM
Mtonz Zip ties fix everything!
11-05-2013 02:11 PM
JTPhoto JK Zip ties for almost 6 years.
11-05-2013 10:19 AM
jcb-memphis
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Originally Posted by tomthbomb View Post
I like some macho overkill.......................

Does that cable end up scratching up the paint. I don't care too much about little stuff, but I do try to avoid knowlingly adding a paint removing option to things....xpel I suppose could take that issue away...

jb
11-05-2013 09:32 AM
DiscoBayJoe Hood spring will not always solve it in strong winds or on 2 lane roads with opposing semi trucks.

I've had Zip Ties on for 100K miles now, works great!
11-05-2013 09:28 AM
je302 I installed the Rugged Ridge hood catches, and HIGHLY recommend them, prob the best upgrade ive done.
11-05-2013 05:03 AM
castlemore thanks for all your feed back guys, tomthbomb, where'd you get those turn buckle latches - I like over-kill!
11-05-2013 04:09 AM
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