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post #1 of 32 Old 02-07-2013, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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Hood latch stability

I noticed that at any speed over 80 km/h (50 mph) the hood bounces around when it's catching wind. Now I am afraid somehow that the hood will release and cause some serious danger/damage. They're tight but obviously not tight enough if its moving around.

It has the skinny hood latches from the earlier model YJs. I know there are thicker ones because thy were on before but rusted out.

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post #2 of 32 Old 02-08-2013, 12:00 AM
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As long as the center is locked it should be just fine. Have you considered changing out to the rugged ridge replacement side latches? How are the rubber standoffs that the hood sits on?

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post #3 of 32 Old 02-08-2013, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
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Well the center lock release before when the hood latch failed and caused all the damage to the hood. I have not looked into other replacement latches yet but am considering it now. The standoffs are are all in good shape.

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post #4 of 32 Old 02-08-2013, 02:42 AM
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You need to replace the center latch, and I'll bet the rubber bumpers on top of the radiator support (that's what Anticanman was talking about) are less than half the original thickness. After replacing mine, I have to push down a bit on the center of the hood in order to get the center latch to move. They're cheap too like two bucks each or something.

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post #5 of 32 Old 02-08-2013, 06:17 AM Thread Starter
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You are right because the centre hood latch grabs and holds but is loose. The hooks hold it down but it still moves like a inch or less. Basically watching your good dance at 65 mph is not fun at all... Lol

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post #6 of 32 Old 02-08-2013, 08:35 AM
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When I get to 75mph crazy things happen the hood dances and the speedo broke so now it has to be driven under 75 because I think that is where it will stay together. I notice mine dances a lot after the trucks pass but other than that it is OK. Maybe an adjustment I have never looked at the center mechanism closley.

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100+ mph in mine, only problem at that speed is the wipers lift off the windshield! Hood stays put
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100+ mph in mine, only problem at that speed is the wipers lift off the windshield! Hood stays put
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100+ mph in mine, only problem at that speed is the wipers lift off the windshield! Hood stays put
I'd like to call BS on this one. I've never seen a Jeep, much less a YJ, go over 100mph with stock components and since the poster doesn't have an info listed about their vehicle. I'm calling it ----- BS.


My hood used to bounce until I replaced the rubber feet that cushion the hood to the fenders.

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My jeep can easily cruise 85 on a good flat road. But I have the 32RH.

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post #11 of 32 Old 02-08-2013, 11:27 AM
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I'd like to call BS on this one. I've never seen a Jeep, much less a YJ, go over 100mph with stock components and since the poster doesn't have an info listed about their vehicle. I'm calling it ----- BS.


My hood used to bounce until I replaced the rubber feet that cushion the hood to the fenders.
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post #12 of 32 Old 02-08-2013, 12:33 PM
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Put some vents in your hood like I did to relieve the pressure:


Even lets some heat out.
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Put some vents in your hood like I did to relieve the pressure:


Even lets some heat out.
those vents look just like mine, I mounted them farther back tho. picked them up at a junk yard off a 280z. they do let a lot of heat out.

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I'd like to call BS on this one. I've never seen a Jeep, much less a YJ, go over 100mph with stock components and since the poster doesn't have an info listed about their vehicle. I'm calling it ----- BS.

My hood used to bounce until I replaced the rubber feet that cushion the hood to the fenders.
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those vents look just like mine, I mounted them farther back tho. picked them up at a junk yard off a 280z. they do let a lot of heat out.
These are the Pontiac Grand Prix vents, bet those Z vents look sweet! Post some pics.

I moved them forward on mine since I was more concerned about hood lift than heat. They have completely eliminated any hood flutter and I like the way they look towards the front following the lines of the raised hood section.
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