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castlemore 11-04-2013 07:16 PM

Hood flapping in the wind
 
Scary thing happened the other day - driving on the highway at about 120kph (80mph) into a head wind my hood started to flap in the wind, it was bad enough that I pulled over to check that it was secure. It was but I could lift the hood myself. I installed a bug deflector a couple months ago and I think it's the root cause for the hood wanting to lift off. Has anyone encountered this and do you think the rubber in the hood latches will survive long term 'flapping' or should I change them to something more mechanical like Rugged Ridge etc?

jkjeeper06 11-04-2013 07:22 PM

I get some hood flutter in strong head wind gusts and when tractor trailers pass close by going the opposite direction. If you remove the spring under your hood that will probably fix it. I haven't gotten around to taking mine off as it doesn't happen much. The rubber hood latches will hold. Mine are 6 years old and still good

5JKs 11-04-2013 07:25 PM

It's a feature!
 
It does it whether you remove the spring or not, but removing the spring keeps it "calmer" for the most part (except on two lane highways).


Here is the solution:
07 Newer Jeep JK Wrangler DayStar Hood Wrangler's KJ09145BK | eBay

Peter T 11-04-2013 07:26 PM

Mopar hood lock. Never seen it move after that.

Raiderfan001 11-04-2013 07:27 PM

It'll do it with or without the bug deflector (though in my experience bug deflectors on a Jeep don't deflect anything at all...). I went with a set of Rampage hood locks to get rid of the flutter and also add some security.

http://www.quadratec.com/Assets/Imag.../146791-lg.jpg

tomthbomb 11-04-2013 07:33 PM

I like some macho overkill.......................

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/...psaa8ba0eb.jpg

JKjingle 11-04-2013 07:37 PM

I installed the day star hood wranglers. Problem solved.

JTPhoto JK 11-04-2013 07:54 PM

AND, the cheap way. Black zip ties.

jwilson2598 11-04-2013 07:59 PM

Hood wranglers fixed it up on my 08. So far the 13 has been doing fine, maybe it has something to do with the AEV hood?

zxsaint 11-04-2013 08:05 PM

2013 here with standard hood and i've never experienced this.

Do you have the front air dam under the bumper?

SidVicious 11-04-2013 08:20 PM

2010
 
I have the same problem, noticed more after I removed that ugly plastic lower pc when changing bumpers? guess it had a purpose besides UGLY Lol:iamhappy:

Raiderfan001 11-04-2013 08:20 PM

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Originally Posted by zxsaint (Post 5888994)
2013 here with standard hood and i've never experienced this.

Do you have the front air dam under the bumper?

Air dam won't affect it. It does it with and without it. You'll get it in a strong wind. Or on a two lane road and a big truck/van/semi passes by you.

8052949 11-04-2013 08:35 PM

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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.

Jeepsk8 11-04-2013 09:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 5JKs (Post 5888066)
It does it whether you remove the spring or not, but removing the spring keeps it "calmer" for the most part (except on two lane highways).

Here is the solution:
07 Newer Jeep JK Wrangler DayStar Hood Wrangler's KJ09145BK | eBay

I have not had any hood flutter since I removed the hood spring quite a while ago.

kromar 11-04-2013 09:44 PM

I also got the Daystar replacements. About $25.00 no more hood flap. I was tired of holding my breath with trucks going the opposite direction.

Mac2411 11-04-2013 09:51 PM

I've owned three Jeep Wranglers and they all did this. Never bothered me enough to do anything about it.

JerryJeepster 11-04-2013 10:03 PM

Yep, remove the spring and it will not flutter!

teasmeuj 11-04-2013 10:30 PM

The rubber hood latches will hold. Mine are 6 years old and still goodhttp://esmallgame.com/11g.jpg

5JKs 11-04-2013 11:07 PM

2 lane highway at 75 mph and an oncoming semi - my '10,'12, '13, and '14 all lifted up. Removed the spring on my '14 in rural Kansas about a month ago - no love. It's kind of silly that Jeep hasn't figured this one out and used a shorter dogbone like Daystar uses.

Brewbek 11-05-2013 12:02 AM

I removed the spring and it is better but not perfect, just not as often.

1Topp 11-05-2013 05:09 AM

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5513/1...9c0c5e73_z.jpg

castlemore 11-05-2013 06:03 AM

thanks for all your feed back guys, tomthbomb, where'd you get those turn buckle latches - I like over-kill!

je302 11-05-2013 10:28 AM

I installed the Rugged Ridge hood catches, and HIGHLY recommend them, prob the best upgrade ive done.

DiscoBayJoe 11-05-2013 10:32 AM

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!

jcb-memphis 11-05-2013 11:19 AM

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Originally Posted by tomthbomb (Post 5888274)
I like some macho overkill.......................

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/...psaa8ba0eb.jpg

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

JTPhoto JK 11-05-2013 03:11 PM

Zip ties for almost 6 years.

Mtonz 11-05-2013 03:23 PM

Zip ties fix everything!

supercazzola 11-05-2013 04:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 8052949 (Post 5889714)
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.

BigManAndy 11-05-2013 05:41 PM

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Originally Posted by JTPhoto JK (Post 5908082)
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!

jkjeeper06 11-05-2013 05:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by supercazzola (Post 5909385)
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


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