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Spyder1049 04-01-2013 06:24 AM

Show me your mopar hood lock , with grill inserts
 
Thanks in advance, I did the gutter guard grill mod, removed it when I Plasti dipped the grill, looking for the best looking solution before I put it back on

bo9roadking 04-01-2013 07:59 AM

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Not the best pics of the mopar hood lock, but you get the idea of how it looks with my Rampage Black Mesh Wire Grill.

This is shortly after buying my 2012:
Attachment 230091
This is after some mods:
Attachment 230090

Spyder1049 04-01-2013 02:43 PM

its hard as hell to see that , is it circle cut or level cut underneath the rubberized lock ?
any1one else have pics?

Ltblue 04-01-2013 02:47 PM

I have the Metalcrafters mesh grill with the Mopar hood lock! Wooooooooooo :dance:

STUZZY 04-26-2013 12:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Ltblue (Post 3580177)
I have the Metalcrafters mesh grill with the Mopar hood lock! Wooooooooooo :dance:

How'd You install that puppy?

Ltblue 04-26-2013 01:08 PM

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Originally Posted by STUZZY (Post 3686161)
How'd You install that puppy?

Install the hood lock first, then the MC grill insert to the grill. Then flip the plastic cap from the hood lock up and away. Now put the grill back in place(it will be tight) after that is on, cut away at the grill insert where the key hole is.
I have a picture in my profile where you can see the part where I cut into the mesh grill insert.

Spyder1049 04-26-2013 02:11 PM

http://imageshack.us/scaled/landing/...0419171354.jpg
I ended up doing the grill mod twice, first with the gutter guard, didn't care for the flimsy crappy thinner design, then some real steel almost like bbq grill 24x24 inch sheets, came out really nice, broke out the dremmel cut and sanded, then paint.
I also like having it as one sheet going from one side to the other, oppose to 7 cut outs of I'm making sense to any 1

Spyder1049 04-26-2013 02:13 PM

First time I cut square at the bottom of the lock, so there was nothing around the lock, this time I cut out perfectly around the lock flap so there's steel above the lock too

freedomrider 04-26-2013 02:13 PM

That looks awesome

nekojku 04-26-2013 03:33 PM

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Originally Posted by bo9roadking (Post 3578621)
Not the best pics of the mopar hood lock, but you get the idea of how it looks with my Rampage Black Mesh Wire Grill.

This is shortly after buying my 2012:
Attachment 230091
This is after some mods:
Attachment 230090

Did you cut the top part of the grill mesh to fit the lock?

Or did you cut a circle? Looks good!

Spyder1049 04-26-2013 04:02 PM

Thanks, I like it too

panthermark 04-26-2013 04:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Spyder1049 (Post 3686475)
http://imageshack.us/scaled/landing/...0419171354.jpg
I ended up doing the grill mod twice, first with the gutter guard, didn't care for the flimsy crappy thinner design, then some real steel almost like bbq grill 24x24 inch sheets, came out really nice, broke out the dremmel cut and sanded, then paint.
I also like having it as one sheet going from one side to the other, oppose to 7 cut outs of I'm making sense to any 1

That looks really good!
The only thing I didn't like about the Mopar locks is that they sometimes end up looking like a "nose" sticking out of the front of the Jeep.
But yours looks really clean and subtle. :thumb:

Spyder1049 04-26-2013 07:43 PM

Ya, that picture is hard to see, I cut a nice circle around the flap, the flap is on top of my cuts as I got it super tight to the flaps looks almost factory, I'll take a better close up pic tomorrow.

Peter T 04-26-2013 07:46 PM

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Attachment 241486

Rugged Ridge with Mopar hood lock.

STUZZY 04-30-2013 05:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Spyder1049 (Post 3686475)
http://imageshack.us/scaled/landing/...0419171354.jpg
I ended up doing the grill mod twice, first with the gutter guard, didn't care for the flimsy crappy thinner design, then some real steel almost like bbq grill 24x24 inch sheets, came out really nice, broke out the dremmel cut and sanded, then paint.
I also like having it as one sheet going from one side to the other, oppose to 7 cut outs of I'm making sense to any 1

Looks great! I can't wait to get mine in this weekend. What kind of headlights are ya running? They look awesome. :punk:

Spyder1049 04-30-2013 05:38 PM

Jw speaker8700 with the tlg flicker free harness

bo9roadking 04-30-2013 07:55 PM

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Originally Posted by nekojku (Post 3686734)
Did you cut the top part of the grill mesh to fit the lock?

Or did you cut a circle? Looks good!

I cut the grill mesh to fit around the lock.

Ltblue 04-30-2013 09:51 PM

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Here's a better picture

Aeschylus 07-04-2013 09:11 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Ltblue (Post 3686238)
Install the hood lock first, then the MC grill insert to the grill. Then flip the plastic cap from the hood lock up and away. Now put the grill back in place(it will be tight) after that is on, cut away at the grill insert where the key hole is.

I did the same thing you did. I installed the Rugged Ridge mesh grill insert into the grill, which took almost very little time. Once it was in, I put the grill back onto the Jeep and made sure to flip the rubber cover for the Mopar hood lock up and out of the way of the grill. Once the grill was back in place, I used a dremel to cut away at the mesh over and around the keyhole on the lock. I trimmed away just enough to be able to get the key into the lock, and then touched up the exposed metal with some gloss black paint.

4X4Lady 07-04-2013 10:02 AM

Okay, I didn't even know that they made hood locks like this. But I doubt I'll be able to put one on mine since I have a different kind of grill inserts (see picture). Don't they make locks to replace the actual hood latches? Are they just as effective?

Aeschylus 07-04-2013 10:42 AM

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Originally Posted by 4X4Lady (Post 3927054)
Okay, I didn't even know that they made hood locks like this. But I doubt I'll be able to put one on mine since I have a different kind of grill inserts (see picture). Don't they make locks to replace the actual hood latches? Are they just as effective?

Yeah, there are replacement hood latches that lock. Number of people on the forum use them, and I am pretty sure Rugged Ridge makes one. I know other companies do, too.

2footin 07-04-2013 03:09 PM

one big plus of the mopar lock is that it uses the stock jeep key helps keep you from looking like a high school janitor with a big ring of keys...
built tough too the thing must weigh 6LBS

mallaki 09-02-2013 03:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Spyder1049 (Post 3686475)
http://imageshack.us/scaled/landing/...0419171354.jpg
I ended up doing the grill mod twice, first with the gutter guard, didn't care for the flimsy crappy thinner design, then some real steel almost like bbq grill 24x24 inch sheets, came out really nice, broke out the dremmel cut and sanded, then paint.
I also like having it as one sheet going from one side to the other, oppose to 7 cut outs of I'm making sense to any 1

very nice!
where did you get the metal mesh from?

btw, what happened to your front Poison Spyder logo??

Did you plasti dip or paint your front? how is it holding?

atreggie 09-02-2013 04:42 PM

Just curious... What prompted the need for a hood lock anyway? Is under the hood theft much of an issue? Sorry if this is a dumb question. I probably live a sheltered life. ;)

rain3d 09-02-2013 04:55 PM

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Originally Posted by atreggie (Post 4221505)
Just curious... What prompted the need for a hood lock anyway? Is under the hood theft much of an issue? Sorry if this is a dumb question. I probably live a sheltered life. ;)

Every other vehicle out there has a hood that has to be released from inside the vehicle to prevent access. I just like the added security. I ordered the MOPAR hood lock and MOPAR locking gas cap on order with my new jeep. Both will use ignition key to unlock.

atreggie 09-02-2013 05:23 PM

that makes sense. I have a story though.. Gather round. :popcorn:
Years ago I was stuck on an incline going up the backside of a mountain on the Wasatch Front in Utah. I had a spark plug wire break half way up this nasty hill with cliffs on either side. The motor wouldn't run well enough to make it up the hill without it and I had to get up this last obstacle in order to get off the mountain (everything else was downhill from there).
At the top of the hill was parked an older CJ (actually a few years newer than mine was) but the owner was no where to be found. I walked and yelled all over the top of that mountain looking for someone. Finally I did something that maybe I shouldn't have, but I sort of felt stuck between a rock and a hard place. I opened his hood and borrowed a spark plug wire. Walked down the hill put it on my jeep and finished going up the hill. When I got to the top I again opened his hood and put the wire back where I got it.
So I have to give a big "Thank you" to the man who didn't have a hood lock on his Jeep. I'm sure he doesn't even know it, but he saved my bacon that day.
I can see how I could have easily been the a-hole who just took the wire and left him stranded though. So I can also understand the added security angle. Just thought I'd share. ;)

atreggie 09-03-2013 12:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Spyder1049 (Post 3686475)
http://imageshack.us/scaled/landing/...0419171354.jpg
I ended up doing the grill mod twice, first with the gutter guard, didn't care for the flimsy crappy thinner design, then some real steel almost like bbq grill 24x24 inch sheets, came out really nice, broke out the dremmel cut and sanded, then paint.
I also like having it as one sheet going from one side to the other, oppose to 7 cut outs of I'm making sense to any 1

I gotta ask too.. What headlights are those? They look awesome!

Spyder1049 09-03-2013 06:30 AM

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Originally Posted by Spyder1049 (Post 3702691)
Jw speaker8700 with the tlg flicker free harness

Quoting myself for the win

Spyder1049 09-03-2013 06:35 AM

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Originally Posted by mallaki (Post 4220153)
very nice!
where did you get the metal mesh from?

btw, what happened to your front Poison Spyder logo??

Did you plasti dip or paint your front? how is it holding?

The mesh I got from a local hardware store, it's super thick steel, it didn't have a branded name
My license plate is covering the ps logo
I ended up taking the Plasti dip off, just to change it up but it was super easy to peel off, it held up great tho

atreggie 09-03-2013 09:30 AM

oops. I missed your previous answer about the headlights. sorry bout that..


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