Originally Posted by brianjw
Yes. I could actually feel the drag a few times as well on very windy days. It isn't hard to imagine a good strong gust breaking those plastic fasteners.
I do like the OPs work too.
But not to go too far with this I have 2 thoughts.
1) I don't think they will break as the secondary latch will stop the hood before it moves far enough to break them. If not, some would have broken by now, and someone on some forum would be complaining.
2) I submit the drag you feel (call it sudden loss of forward speed) is from a wind gust or semi truck, and the hood lifting is a symptom, not the cause of the sudden change in speed. These brick shaped Jeeps have so much aero drag that the hood lifting a little is a drop in the bucket.
Either way, we all like to mod our Jeeps, and the OP did a great job with very few dollars. Looks good too. I may do it for just that reason.
One vendor sells what amounts to a 1" square tube that you wire tie under the secondary latch surface making the latch come into play after just a little movement, eliminating the hood lift "problem" for about $0.50.
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