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post #46 of 50 Old 12-01-2013, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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My first jeep was a 95 YJ and never did this. My 01 TJ never did this and it still has the original hood latches. As for me the only Jeep I own that has had this was the JK. Thats what sent me looking for a fix.

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post #47 of 50 Old 12-01-2013, 01:17 PM
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The hood fluter can't be to good longterm on a hood that has the rigidity of a paper plate.On strong head winds I could feel the added drag and loss of momentum. A $20 set of Daystar hood wranglers seemed like a no brainer.

I still give credit to the OP for making his own. Nice job!
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post #48 of 50 Old 12-01-2013, 03:55 PM
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The hood fluter can't be to good longterm on a hood that has the rigidity of a paper plate.On strong head winds I could feel the added drag and loss of momentum. A $20 set of Daystar hood wranglers seemed like a no brainer.

I still give credit to the OP for making his own. Nice job!
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.
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post #49 of 50 Old 12-01-2013, 05:19 PM
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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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post #50 of 50 Old 12-01-2013, 07:00 PM
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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. Sent from AutoGuide.com App
I have one of those on the shelf. Made by a company called 4xFix. It's a piece of 3/8" square steel tubing, about 2" long that's zip tied to the secondary latch striker. I put it on & tried it, but decided it made the hood too much of a PITA to open. You could make your own with a piece of tubing and a big ziptie.

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