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Unread 12-22-2014, 11:24 PM   #1
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Jeep Hood Latches

Just purchased a new 2015 Jeep Wrangler, which was a life long wish. Anyway when I was driving home it was very windy and a large truck went by me going in the opposite direction. The hood raised up a little and I thought one of the latches had come undone. Well, I was completely faked out by the fact the rubber on the OEM latches had stretched. I got on one of the sites that sells a zillion Jeep parts and started looking for a latch that would hold the hood in place and not be effected by the wind or large trucks. I found two that interested me as they both had adjustments on the latches. One was a Drake Off Road Hold down for $129.99 and the Rugged Ridge Aluminum Hold down for $$99.99.
I liked them both very much. I had one small concern about the Drake Hold down as there is a coated wire that connects the two pieces and was wondering if the coated wires would wear on the paint. I am annal about how my unit looks. I did not see locks as necessary.
I would appreciate any feedback if anyone has either of the units and how they look and operate.
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Unread 12-22-2014, 11:26 PM   #2
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I have the Rugged Ridge adjustable alloy catches on my JK, and I'm very happy with them. Easy to fit and adjust, hood never moves.
Just be careful to lay the latch onto the fender flare when you open the hood, if you have painted fenders.....don't be dropping them, lol.
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Unread 12-22-2014, 11:34 PM   #3
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Daystar make a set for $25 that should cure 95% of the hood lift issues.

I don't have them but several jeepers I know say they helped.
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Unread 12-23-2014, 12:27 AM   #4
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Just be glad you don’t have an earlier ’07 – ’08, those latches were really bad. The hoods on those would have you flinching with strong winds and trucks like you mentioned. In ’09 they improved on them although when side by side there were no noticeable differences.

As far as the Drakes go, there’s no need to worry about the cable and paint. When they first came out that was a concern of mine too but soon found out it was a non-issue. Drake is just a few minutes from my house and I was invited to see them mounted on one of their Jeeps. On the ones I observed there was no way the cable would make contact. The pics are very deceiving and appear to rub but not so in real life.

I like the looks of the RR ones the best but I have neither one of them on my Jeep.
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Unread 12-23-2014, 12:35 AM   #5
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I'm not a Ruged Ridge fan as the quality is not to my standards especially the CJ parts...but for what it's worth the hood hold downs are the best looking and provide the no stretch hood flutter I was looking for...

Easy to install and no more hood flutter....
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Unread 12-23-2014, 12:42 AM   #6
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Rugged Ridge

I just went through the section of the forum that lists the things that are a total waste of money. Rugged Ridge Hood latches did NOT get good reviews from a couple of Jeep owners. the Days for $25 are starting to look like the way to go. Simple, low cost, work and easy to install.
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Unread 12-23-2014, 12:50 AM   #7
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Why are these hold downs bad, as I stated I'm not a fan of Rugged Ridge, but I can't see what is wrong with them. They are solid (for rugged ridge), and can't see anywhere where this product could have problems.

Just curious as to the 2 bad reviews issues...can you post this link?

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Unread 12-23-2014, 01:02 AM   #8
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Rugged Ridge

The information I viewed concerning Rugged Ridge was under Frequently Asked Questions and then scroll down to the bottom and click on, Things that were installed that were not worth the money. Great place for a newb to go and get some valuable information. Based on your statement the "Quality not up to my standards" and what I read I will pass of Rugged Ridge. Like I said, sometimes simple and low priced can be the way to go.
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Unread 12-23-2014, 01:24 AM   #9
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Got it...but for what it's worth these hold downs are the best on the market and I am very satisfied with them.

I hope this helps...

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Unread 12-23-2014, 05:23 AM   #10
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Just purchased a new 2015 Jeep Wrangler, which was a life long wish. Anyway when I was driving home it was very windy and a large truck went by me going in the opposite direction. The hood raised up a little and I thought one of the latches had come undone. Well, I was completely faked out by the fact the rubber on the OEM latches had stretched. I got on one of the sites that sells a zillion Jeep parts and started looking for a latch that would hold the hood in place and not be effected by the wind or large trucks. I found two that interested me as they both had adjustments on the latches. One was a Drake Off Road Hold down for $129.99 and the Rugged Ridge Aluminum Hold down for $$99.99.
I liked them both very much. I had one small concern about the Drake Hold down as there is a coated wire that connects the two pieces and was wondering if the coated wires would wear on the paint. I am annal about how my unit looks. I did not see locks as necessary.
I would appreciate any feedback if anyone has either of the units and how they look and operate.
Thanks.
I have the Rampage locking ones on both mine and my wife's Jeeps. They solve the hood flutter and also provide added security. I'm very happy with them.

http://www.quadratec.com/products/13...FeZj7AodgBIAhQ
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Unread 12-23-2014, 06:59 AM   #11
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I was looking at the Rugged ridge ones as well but it said they did not fit the 2013 Jeeps. I see Leigh has a 2013, steve what year is yours? I'd like to order them but just want to confirmt hat they will in fact fit.
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Unread 12-23-2014, 08:53 AM   #12
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I still have the stockers on mine-

No Flutter-

You can buy anything, or fixit yourself--FREE=

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Unread 12-23-2014, 09:13 AM   #13
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Daystar make a set for $25 that should cure 95% of the hood lift issues.

I don't have them but several jeepers I know say they helped.

I've put these on my last 2 JK's and they work great!
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Unread 12-23-2014, 09:28 AM   #14
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This simple mode only cost a couple bucks and works perfectly. 1/2 inch square tubing and a couple zip ties. Easy peasy and no hood hop.
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Unread 12-23-2014, 09:44 AM   #15
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I bought locking hood latches. Solves the flutter and keeps things safe underneath.

You might expand your thoughts to getting locking ones as well.
Not sure of the brand I bought I can look at it when i get home. I think Rampage comes to mind.

I have a 2015 JKu
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