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Old 04-16-2019, 09:59 PM
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Hood coming up?! Need better latches?

Driving down the highway today into a pretty stiff wind and my hood was dancing all over everywhere. I wondered if it was about to jump up and slam into the windshield (fun!). I've read a bunch of posts here about replacing hood latches. Is that just an automatic change everyone knows to do or yoiu get the slammed windshield? Best hood latches to get?

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Driving down the highway today into a pretty stiff wind and my hood was dancing all over everywhere. I wondered if it was about to jump up and slam into the windshield (fun!). I've read a bunch of posts here about replacing hood latches. Is that just an automatic change everyone knows to do or yoiu get the slammed windshield? Best hood latches to get?


I saw that somewhere online but didnít pay much attention to it since I donít have this issue, but I did buy some stainless steel hood latches with a key but never installed them. I picked them up on amazon. There is a bunch of different cool hood latches if you look.


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Old 04-16-2019, 11:16 PM   #3
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The JL latches fixed it for me and look great. I believe they were $45 on Amazon.

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Bought the bolt hood lock and daystar hood wranglers from Quadratec. Never have had the hood move since.
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Daystar makes the inserts that dont stretch as much as the oem. Holds the hood in place. I use them and never had an issue. The JL hood latches look nicer tho.
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I don't know that I have read or seen where the factory latches have failed and allowed the hood to fly open going down the road, but the rubber does stretch and allow hood flutter at speed. I replaced mine with Rugged Ridge latches. Certainly not the cheapest option, but I like the look of them. Will probably try to get a set of JL latches for my daughter's Jeep.

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https://www.wranglerforum.com/f274/j...s-2283538.html

^^ stickied thread at the top of this section
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I have Bolt hood lock and it is not really stopping the hood from moving with strong wind. it wont let it slam in to windshield though.
If security is not an issue I would go with JL latches.
At list this is what I'm intending to do, probably Bolt+JL latches will be the perfect combination.
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A couple of properly placed zip ties can help in the interim. But high head winds coupled with high speeds are what got me to put the zip ties on in the first place. Replaced the latched last year.
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We upgraded to aftermarket latches. Our hood did the bouncing, but never actually came up all the way. Others were not as lucky. Upgrading to the Daystar rubbers, JL latches, or any number of aftermarket options is a good idea. Pick which way you want to go. But I would do one of them.
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There are higher end solutions, like Drake and the JL conversion but...

Took me 10 minutes to change to the Daystars that have been installed on two vehicles for a decent price. Hood does not budge at all.
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Man mine does it and it is nerve racking with bad winds. I’ll order the JL latches today!
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I installed Rugged Ridge latches last year. I love the look, and no more hood flutter.

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I don't know that I have read or seen where the factory latches have failed and allowed the hood to fly open going down the road, but the rubber does stretch and allow hood flutter at speed. I replaced mine with Rugged Ridge latches. Certainly not the cheapest option, but I like the look of them. Will probably try to get a set of JL latches for my daughter's Jeep.

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I just went with a hood lock. No one will try to steal the engine, but they could ruin your day in other ways....
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Daystars here too. Super simple install, and hood is held down tight as a drum. Had them on my 08, and now on my 12.

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I bought my Jeep 27 July 17. First week or two in August I took my first road trip in it. Driving across NM, on a 2 lane highway, I met a semi coming from the other direction. My hood danced to the point I thought I had failed to latch it. I don't think I had the Bolt yet, but I installed one fairly soon after I got the Jeep. It never kept the hood flutter down to the level I was comfortable with. Once the JLs hit the market I decided I'd try those latches. My hood is now locked down like a drum! No regrets!

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A couple of properly placed zip ties can help in the interim. But high head winds coupled with high speeds are what got me to put the zip ties on in the first place. Replaced the latched last year.
where'd you put these zip ties?
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Simplest cheapest solution is to remove the hood spring. Eliminates 80 to 90% of hood flutter. Costs you nothing....

That said, I really like the JL latches.
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I put the Mopar hood lock on my Wrangler within a week of driving it off the lot.

After reading about hood flutter on this Forum, which I had never experienced, I went with the Rugged Ridge latches pictured above just to be safe. Looks much better than the OEM rubber bands. No hood flutter in 2+ years and no regrets.
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Drake Chinese knock-offs here and love them, almost zero flutter and only $40 bucks. And they look very cool too!
They come for the newer model Jeeps too.
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I installed the Rugged Ridge hood latches because I just like the look of them much better than the stock plastic and rubber latches.
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Bought the bolt hood lock and daystar hood wranglers from Quadratec. Never have had the hood move since.
Same... I have the bolt and the daystar rubber.. Never an issue...

I've seen the JL latches on a JK and thought they were fugly....
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I have never had hood flutter. But will replace my latches with the JT latches when they become available (they have the Jeep Easter egg).
I installed the Mopar hood lock last year because I thought a locking hood was a good idea. Plus I keyed it to my ignition key so no extra key on the ring.
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Simplest cheapest solution is to remove the hood spring. Eliminates 80 to 90% of hood flutter. Costs you nothing....

That said, I really like the JL latches.

Exactly! I removed mine and never had flutter again.
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Exactly! I removed mine and never had flutter again.
That may stop the flutter, but I am not sure it will stop the hood from flying open while driving down the highway.
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I added the Mopar hood lock a while back

I had read about hood flutter and hadn't really noticed it until one day I was driving down the highway and it was REALLY bad!
I pulled-over and found that one of my latches was not on. At the time, I was certain it was someone messing with it that got interrupted (I usually park on the street) before they took off with my battery or whatever. Given the state of my memory though, I am now not so sure it wasn't just me forgetting to connect both after checking something. In either case, I was worried about it enough that I got the hood lock for peace of mind.

As far as replacing the latches, I really like the non-rubber-band type ones. I didn't realize the JL style ones could be used on a JK though...is that relatively easy to swap out or is it something that requires cutting and drilling the body and/or hood?
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You gotta love the verbage on Ebay. "Fasten the vehicle hood and prevent engine hood from falling off in an emergency effectively, make your driving a little more safer". https://www.ebay.com/itm/Hood-Lock-L...r=472316692319
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I installed Rugged Ridge latches last year. I love the look, and no more hood flutter.

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^^^^ What he said. Just do it and forget it.
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I had read about hood flutter and hadn't really noticed it until one day I was driving down the highway and it was REALLY bad!
I pulled-over and found that one of my latches was not on. At the time, I was certain it was someone messing with it that got interrupted (I usually park on the street) before they took off with my battery or whatever. Given the state of my memory though, I am now not so sure it wasn't just me forgetting to connect both after checking something. In either case, I was worried about it enough that I got the hood lock for peace of mind.

As far as replacing the latches, I really like the non-rubber-band type ones. I didn't realize the JL style ones could be used on a JK though...is that relatively easy to swap out or is it something that requires cutting and drilling the body and/or hood?
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Took less than an hour to swap them on mine. No drilling of the hood or fender.
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