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There are several great options. Most agree the two most cost effective are just using the Daystar urethane replacements for the OEM rubber straps or installing latches from a new JL Wrangler. Drake and Rugged Ridge also make good replacement latches.
 

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My vote is the search button.....
 
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Search button is a great Idea! I've just seen so much different stuff out there with so many different prices. I travel on the Gulf Coast a lot and when I'm crossing bays on high bridges my hood hops like crazy. I want to eliminate hood hop or at least minimize it.
 

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There are a lot of posts on this subject, but the four most popular responses are:

Daystar: basically a better rubber band, but very cost effective.

JL latch: What comes standard with the new JL Jeeps. Retrofitable and very good from all reports.

Rugged Ridge: Very good. Probably the latch of choice prior to the release of the JL latches. I have the RR latch in textured black and I'm very happy with them.

Drake: Good looking. They have the cable and pin system reminiscent of the '70s muscle cars.
 

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JL latches
 

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I bought the Kentrol latches from Quadratec, and while I love their design... They faded extremely quick. Kind of disappointing for latches I paid $130 for.

If I was doing it again, I'd go JL latches.

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Interesting this guy didn’t even drill or trim the plastic piece on the jl latches.

 

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I still like the look of those.
I like them too. They’re made of aluminum and stainless steel. You can also adjust them perfectly. However after two winters in Canada the paint started to disintegrate. So I sand blasted them (it cost me pretty much the same as the new set) and now I’m planning to paint them again. We’ll see how it goes.

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I like the JL latches as well. Will pick up a set soon to replace my faded ones.

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Interesting this guy didn’t even drill or trim the plastic piece on the jl latches.

https://youtu.be/PPF_jw30mv4
Yeah, forcing the tabs back into the product while you crank down on the bolt? Nah, I'll stick by my suggestion of cutting off the tabs. Cutting them off is reasonably easy- it's just plastic. Use heavy duty scissors, diagonal wire cutters, etc... The top part of the fender assembly will help keep alignment with the fender to ensure it's on correctly.
 
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