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Old 05-24-2018, 07:18 PM   #31
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Don't forget the free shipping code from their video.
That's what I get for not paying attn. Could have saved myself $17 in shipping.
I got an email yesterday from them about delayed delivery. Should be back in stock in a couple of weeks.

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Old 05-24-2018, 11:12 PM   #32
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Thatís a very fair price on the JL latch kit. Beats all the aftermarket latches. Kind of a no brainer really. If there was easy access to the mounting bolts I would have to be doing this one.
It's actually not terribly difficult access. When I put the JL hinges on mine all it took was a 3-inch long 1/4" drive extension and a 1/4" drive universal joint on my socket. I didn't take out headlights or the grill to get access.

Easy peasy!
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Folks mention these latches look big. Are they looking only on the JK or on the JL hidden more and thus not out if place?
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Installed these today following the steps in the video. They look awesome and very sturdy imo.




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Is the grill cracked (passenger side headlight area, out to the edge)?
Yeah it’s cracked. A big branch hit it
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[QUOTE=Dravyss;33558705]Installed these today following the steps in the video. They look awesome and very sturdy imo.




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Looks amazing!
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Old 05-27-2018, 12:11 PM   #39
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Ordered up the kit.
PS thanks to ever mentioned the free shipping code in video.
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Ordered up the kit.
PS thanks to ever mentioned the free shipping code in video.
I'm trying to order myself a kit right now, but I can't get the code MOPFORUMZ to work...? Is that the one you used?
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I'm trying to order myself a kit right now, but I can't get the code MOPFORUMZ to work...? Is that the one you used?
Yes that is the code I used.

Discount Coupons: MOPFORUMZ: ($13.31)
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Yes that is the code I used.

Discount Coupons: MOPFORUMZ: ($13.31)
Thanks! I got the coupon to apply.

What's frustrating now is it just keeps refusing my order?
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Looks like I'll be adding this to my long list of mods...
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ordered my kit 61$
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ordered my kit 61$
Should be $56.88 with free shipping.
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Just checked the Mopar Parts Online site and they sell the upper and lower parts as a kit now as an upgrade for the JK for $56.88. Here's the link:

https://moparonlineparts.com/jeep-wr...de-p-8715.html

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This looks like a great mod! Thanks for the video and the free shipping code. That saved me $23.00! The web site did not indicate anything about a delay, but it doesn't matter anyway.
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I ordered a set as well. Thanks for link and code. Saved some funds. Yippee
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Watching closely, but is there a way to install without drilling out the holes? Just in case I would need to re-install the old ones.
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There is no drilling required. On the bottom latch use a Dremel to grind off the two locating tabs on the new lower latch as they are not needed. The latch will self align and will not rotate once bolted on. There is a pad on the top of the bottom latch that will seat to the top of the fender (the pad where the top hood latch piece rubber mates when closed.) You will then need to trim off part of the rubber pad on the the latch that bolts to the hood to adjust for proper hood gap alignment when closed. I used a file (slow method) and trimmed about half of the pad off on each top piece. I placed the file on the bench and ran the latch rubber side down over the file.I went slowly to keep checking for proper clearances and alignment turned out perfect along with proper tension for the latches. The whole installation took about an hour. I am very happy with the results and by doing it this way you can return to stock latches or any other latches at any time.
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Watching closely, but is there a way to install without drilling out the holes? Just in case I would need to re-install the old ones.


You donít have to drill, you can trim the rubber down but tbh, it isnít as big a deal as you might think. The old hardware can still go back in with the slightly larger holes no problem.

Drilling the holes out helps keep the hood lines closer to what the original latches held the hood at.


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I've seen that someone enlarged just the bottom 2 holes where plastic plugs go. He ground slightly at 7 and 5 o'clock.

Did not enlarge the hood holes nor the fender bolt hole.

Less metal removal.
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Watching closely, but is there a way to install without drilling out the holes? Just in case I would need to re-install the old ones.
I share the concern about being able to re-install the old latches. That's because there is some non-zero chance that FCA will issue a safety recall on the JK latches, and replace them with something else.

We just don't know how that scenario will play out, so I might not want to burn that bridge, yet.
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Iím waiting for awhile. Have a feeling a plug and play version will be available for the JK in the future. Till then Daystar.
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Iím waiting for awhile. Have a feeling a plug and play version will be available for the JK in the future. Till then Daystar.

I agree, waiting would be best.
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There is no drilling required. On the bottom latch use a Dremel to grind off the two locating tabs on the new lower latch as they are not needed. The latch will self align and will not rotate once bolted on. There is a pad on the top of the bottom latch that will seat to the top of the fender (the pad where the top hood latch piece rubber mates when closed.) You will then need to trim off part of the rubber pad on the the latch that bolts to the hood to adjust for proper hood gap alignment when closed. I used a file (slow method) and trimmed about half of the pad off on each top piece. I placed the file on the bench and ran the latch rubber side down over the file.I went slowly to keep checking for proper clearances and alignment turned out perfect along with proper tension for the latches. The whole installation took about an hour. I am very happy with the results and by doing it this way you can return to stock latches or any other latches at any time.
I should also mention that the body lines and hood height line up exactly as before with no drilling, just by filing down the rubber pad on the new upper latch assembly. Remove about 1/2 of the rubber pad and they fit perfectly. If you mess it up (only if you are in a hurry) the part only costs $5 to replace again. I have already installed on 2 Jeeps using this method and could not be happier with the end results. I too was concerned that they would be bulky looking but they actually sit lower than the original latch height. I would also like to thank the members who posted videos and photos of this modification for taking the time to do so and getting me motivated to install these. Remember there is no right or wrong way to install these. Just offering a way to install for those who wish not to drill any holes in their Jeep.
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I’m waiting for awhile. Have a feeling a plug and play version will be available for the JK in the future. Till then Daystar.
+1 the Rugged Ridge copycats are available everywhere and this innovative JL version hood latch is just ripe for the same treatment as the market for better latches for JKs is a no-brainer investment for these companies. I'm impressed the Mopar JL latches are available for $60
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I should also mention that the body lines and hood height line up exactly as before with no drilling, just by filing down the rubber pad on the new upper latch assembly. Remove about 1/2 of the rubber pad and they fit perfectly. If you mess it up (only if you are in a hurry) the part only costs $5 to replace again. I have already installed on 2 Jeeps using this method and could not be happier with the end results. I too was concerned that they would be bulky looking but they actually sit lower than the original latch height. I would also like to thank the members who posted videos and photos of this modification for taking the time to do so and getting me motivated to install these. Remember there is no right or wrong way to install these. Just offering a way to install for those who wish not to drill any holes in their Jeep.
Any pics of this rubber pad (before after) and part number of one screws up?
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I do not have any before and after pics as I did these several weeks ago. I am also out of town on vacation now so I can't post a modified pic at the moment. The part you are modifying is the new upper latch piece that attaches to the hood. Part # 68240951AB
The best way is to order all 4 pieces as a kit mentioned earlier in the post. I oredered mine before the kit was available.
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I do not have any before and after pics as I did these several weeks ago. I am also out of town on vacation now so I can't post a modified pic at the moment. The part you are modifying is the new upper latch piece that attaches to the hood. Part # 68240951AB
The best way is to order all 4 pieces as a kit mentioned earlier in the post. I oredered mine before the kit was available.
No worries enjoy vacation.
If you remember when back a picture that'll be great.

Cut? Grind? Rubber piece, probably make sense when i receive on back order i think.

Also I did order the kit and if i can get installed without drilling so much the better.

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