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Brettucks 06-05-2011 08:42 AM

Hood latch woes.....
 
I've been having trouble with hood latches on my 98 TJ.

Last month the passenger side latch suddenly broke going down the freeway at about 70 mph. Managed to limp to a store for some rope to tie it down. Safety catch had worked.

Tried to install some smittybilt locks but never got the pins to line up right even after grinding one of the holes a bit larger. I figured the jeep was 13 yrs old so the original ones may have just gotten rotted. I got another pair of stock type latches ( not jeep brand though) and replaced both. Yesterday going down a trail at 15 mph the drivers side broke (1 month old). Dummy me never brought the spare but still had the rope and limped home again.

Of all the things that could break this is small potatos but it's getting annoying.
Any suggestions? Can you fit the older metal type instead?
Thanks-
-Brett

monkeee2002 06-05-2011 09:27 AM

Did you just break the rubber part?
I put on the Daystar Hood Wranglers last fall, to fix the 'hood flutter', and love them.

http://www.quadratec.com/Assets/Imag.../122585-lg.jpg

Brettucks 06-05-2011 09:31 AM

Yeah just the rubber parts. The daystars look the same. Are they any better? Never had any flutter problems. Possible mine were too tight?

monkeee2002 06-05-2011 10:36 AM

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Originally Posted by Brettucks (Post 1281993)
Yeah just the rubber parts. The daystars look the same. Are they any better? Never had any flutter problems. Possible mine were too tight?

I was under the impression that there's no way to adjust them.

When I got my Jeep, the hood would flap like crazy when I passed big rigs on the highway. All the info I read said it was safe, but it was unnerving. :eek:

The hood wranglers are a lot stiffer than the OEM ones, and now I can pass semi's doing 75, and my hood doesn't move. It's one of my most useful mods to date :thumb:

They go on quick & easy, I did mine at work during a break.

Brettucks 06-05-2011 10:39 AM

I didn't think they were adjustable either. The new set was tight compared to the older ones but I figured that may have been due to the older ones being stretchedover time.

jameslee97206 06-05-2011 11:07 AM

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Originally Posted by Brettucks (Post 1281919)
I've been having trouble with hood latches on my 98 TJ.

Last month the passenger side latch suddenly broke going down the freeway at about 70 mph. Managed to limp to a store for some rope to tie it down. Safety catch had worked.

Tried to install some smittybilt locks but never got the pins to line up right even after grinding one of the holes a bit larger. I figured the jeep was 13 yrs old so the original ones may have just gotten rotted. I got another pair of stock type latches ( not jeep brand though) and replaced both. Yesterday going down a trail at 15 mph the drivers side broke (1 month old). Dummy me never brought the spare but still had the rope and limped home again.

Of all the things that could break this is small potatos but it's getting annoying.
Any suggestions? Can you fit the older metal type instead?
Thanks-
-Brett

I bought smitty bilt hood locks for my red TJ. What a waste of money. I got them to line up right but they don't stay locked. I had one side break loose at 60 on the highway,. On my new jeep I roll with the stock latches. I bought 10 feet of thick wire rope. Ran it throught the holes in the center of the underside of the hood from front to back. Then ran the cables down the passenger side of engine and wraped them around the frame several times and put a good padlock with a mud guard on it. Hood will not fly open and it's a pain for a theif to get it open. I can take pics if you want to see.

TJBruiser 06-05-2011 11:15 AM

pics are always welcome

Rawkon 06-05-2011 11:25 AM

i broke so many hood latches i said screw it and did hood pins
http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot...9_683225_n.jpg

jameslee97206 06-05-2011 11:39 AM

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/t...newjeep010.jpg

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/t...newjeep011.jpg

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/t...newjeep012.jpg

jameslee97206 06-05-2011 11:42 AM

If you go the route I went. In the bottom pic you can see the metal hoops for the lock. Install one side then route wire through the hood then install other end as the hoops wont fit through the hood. Works great and it cost under 30 bucks at home depot

Brettucks 06-05-2011 01:24 PM

Thanks for the suggestions! Think I will try to
Make the rubber doggone out of aluminum at my job. If that doesn't work I had a set of hood pins I forgot about and will use those. Just seems like a lot of problems with the standard ones. I saw where the others are made of polyurethane and that would work better I'm sure but I like the idea of metal doing the job.

jeepers29 06-05-2011 01:57 PM

There are some made by Drake as well. 4WD parts sells them. Mice, but pricey.

TXST8tj 06-05-2011 02:05 PM

I have been through three latches on mine. If the hood is not perfectly lined up, the latch will not center correctly. That was my problem. It caused them to rub and eventually the rubber tears.

Drake has a nice option.
Rokmen has some really nice hood pins
PolyPerformance has some nice hood pins that are less expensive than the Rokmen's but not as nice.

Otherwise, the Daystar product will hold up better being polyurethane instead of rubber.

TJe0454 06-05-2011 03:22 PM

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Originally Posted by jameslee97206 (Post 1282116)
I bought smitty bilt hood locks for my red TJ. What a waste of money. I got them to line up right but they don't stay locked. I had one side break loose at 60 on the highway,. On my new jeep I roll with the stock latches. I bought 10 feet of thick wire rope. Ran it throught the holes in the center of the underside of the hood from front to back. Then ran the cables down the passenger side of engine and wraped them around the frame several times and put a good padlock with a mud guard on it. Hood will not fly open and it's a pain for a theif to get it open. I can take pics if you want to see.

so nobody steals your hood? sounds like you are asking for the cable to get wrapped around something bad in your engine bay.

jameslee97206 06-05-2011 03:28 PM

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Originally Posted by TJe0454 (Post 1282503)
so nobody steals your hood? sounds like you are asking for the cable to get wrapped around something bad in your engine bay.

No, it's to keep hood down in the event a latch brakes and to keep people from opening the hood as I don't live in the best area. I ran it down the passenger side, not much there for it to get wrapped around. :doh:

Rawkon 06-05-2011 08:10 PM

if your already have a hood pin set, i really recoment grinding the correct angle on the nut before welding it to the plate on the radiator core support. if you do that its easy money for the install. if you dont its a really tight fit with the angle the hood has.


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