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RaiderRed 07-14-2013 07:23 PM

Hood Latch Question
 
I've just found the forum and very glad to be here. I've been a jeep owner for the past 25 years. Currently have a 2010 Rubicon and love my ride! I have a question that I'm sure has been dealt with before, but will post again. Please indulge me. I recently was moving down the highway at a pretty good clip when one of the rubber hood latches broke off. Surprised me to say the least and felt like I might have the hood in the front seat with me. In the moment I forgot the hood had an actual latch under the hood. Has anyone else had this issue and is there a better fix than just replacing the factory latch? Thanks for the indulgence. :-)

gregaf3 07-14-2013 07:26 PM

Crazy, I have never heard of one just breaking. Check out the Drake hold downs. I have had zero hood fludder since installing them.

RaiderRed 07-14-2013 07:31 PM

Thanks!! I will do exactly that. Hood fludder is definitely why it snapped. I've been wanting to stop that.

TRAUMAhead 07-14-2013 07:41 PM

Another option is the Daystar latches, replaced mine a couple weeks ago. The stock piece was pretty much a rubber band.

jk'n 07-14-2013 08:05 PM

This is the first instance of one that I have heard that broke. I like to keep my jeep stock unless there is a universal compelling reason to change it. Many mods are aimed at improving a very specific characteristic that is needed for an intended purpose. The hood latch mods are cosmetic.

If my hood latch rubber hold down were to break I would replace it with the stock part. My main reason is that in the 6 years that I have been driving a JK the hood hold down has served me well to remind me in a severe head wind especially one coming at an a slight angle that if the hood starts flapping it is my reminder to slow down for safety. I have been in many situations where this has happened traveling from Florida to Maine from Massachusetts. I have been pushed sideways on occasion from stiff winds. When I see the hood flopping it is my reminder that just such a wind is upon me and that I should be aware of what is happening. It causes me to rethink how I am handling the jeep. I tend to slow down and steer more deliberately. I find this an advantage to having the rubber tie downs. There is no safety issue in the stock tie downs. The cool factor of having a rock solid hold down for the hood does not meet the criteria of a reason for modification for me.

RaiderRed 07-14-2013 08:20 PM

Thank you! The hood movement in the past has reminded me to be a little more on my guard. One reason for the question is that I had read on other web sites that the rubber latches might be a recall item. I have seen nothing other than a suggestion. Any information on that?

jk'n 07-14-2013 08:41 PM

First time that I have heard of that as well. I think a lot of people worry about them needlessly. It is all mindset. My son runs a 92 and you should see the hood hold downs on that. Spring loaded but the same effect. That one gets blown around even more than the 08 so I welcome the hood flutter on that one even more. That one has a solid hook latch with a spring that you have to pull against to hook it. The spring flexes in the wind. They both have hood latches that prevent the hood from springing up if the latch were to come unhooked. Even with a loose latch on the 92 it has never come unlatched. It does make me wonder under what circumstances the rubber would become brittle though. Sun? Cold? Rubber does get brittle in extreme cold. Anyway, mine breaks and it gets a new one same as stock.

RaiderRed 07-14-2013 09:38 PM

Thanks, again!

RKracing 07-14-2013 10:26 PM

I myself have removed the hood springs on all of our Jeeps.... No more hood flutter. Takes 2 minutes to do. :whistling:

jk'n 07-14-2013 10:30 PM

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Originally Posted by RKracing (Post 3962592)
I myself have removed the hood springs on all of our Jeeps.... No more hood flutter. Takes 2 minutes to do. :whistling:

No hood flutter but also no high wind warning either. I have seen this mod on the forum before in threads that talk about hood flutter. It has been pretty much verified if you want the hood to sit and behave nice nice. I like mine to sing to me a warning.

RoadiJeff 07-14-2013 11:14 PM

I replaced the original latches with a set of Rampage latches the first day we brought it home. I like them because they have a locking feature. No hood flutter, either.

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...e/P1010382.jpg

Chris M 07-14-2013 11:33 PM

I've done two things to prevent that from happening. I took the hood spring out and also installed Daystar latches. Hood is down tight.

TRAUMAhead 07-15-2013 05:35 AM

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Originally Posted by jk'n (Post 3962001)
This is the first instance of one that I have heard that broke. I like to keep my jeep stock unless there is a universal compelling reason to change it. Many mods are aimed at improving a very specific characteristic that is needed for an intended purpose. The hood latch mods are cosmetic.

Had hood flutter plenty of times going slower than the speed limit, especially on 2 lane highways with truckers going in the opposite direction. When I was heading home on a trip, I was crawling on the highway at about 30-40 mph because of sleet/snow and high winds, the hood was bouncing all over the place because of headwind. :eek: The Daystar just replaces the middle rubber piece, so it looks cosmetically the say.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chris M (Post 3962880)
I've done two things to prevent that from happening. I took the hood spring out and also installed Daystar latches. Hood is down tight.

Took the spring out, wasn't enough. After installing the Daystar latch, I reinstalled the hood spring.

Neral22 07-15-2013 07:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RoadiJeff (Post 3962804)
I replaced the original latches with a set of Rampage latches the first day we brought it home. I like them because they have a locking feature. No hood flutter, either.

I have these as well. I love them :) nice and tight and secure!


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