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Unread 07-01-2012, 06:31 PM   #1
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Mopar hood lock installation on 2012 JK Wrangler

Today I installed the Mopar hood lock. Instead of using rivets provided (I didn't have the unusual industrial giant rivet gun), I used a set of M5 size stainless steel button head Allen screw with self-locking nuts.

The height of the head of the Allen button head screw M5 is very similar to the Mopar rivets and does not interfere mechanically with the grille when assembled. To tighten the self-locking nuts I had to bend a small ring wrench to fit inside the top latch hole. Then, I used a piece of masking tape to hold the nuts on the wrench to avoid them dropping down inside the lock. It is not as easy as the rivets - and needs to have a lot of patience and a friend to hold the ring wrench on the position - but for those with no proper industrial rivet gun the final result is great.

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Unread 07-02-2012, 08:25 AM   #2
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Very nice! Thanks for posting. I am interested in getting the hood lock for my 2012 and my do the same substitution as you.
Where did you get the lock?
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Unread 07-02-2012, 09:56 AM   #3
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Thanks for the tip on using screws and self locking nuts.

I've never been afraid to modify a tool to make it work for me. You will find your bent wrench to be very handy in future situations.

I noticed on my hood, the MOPAR lock greatly reduced hood flutter. It just barely moves now.

In your picture, is that a barrier I see sticking up, to prevent a skinny screwdriver from being used to move the safety latch?
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Well yeah....but not everyone has THREE hands...
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Unread 07-02-2012, 03:19 PM   #5
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I bought from Quadratec.
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Very nice! Thanks for posting. I am interested in getting the hood lock for my 2012 and my do the same substitution as you.
Where did you get the lock?
It is a Mopar one and I bought it from Quadratec.
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Unread 07-02-2012, 03:29 PM   #7
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Well yeah....but not everyone has THREE hands...
The fourth one was holding the camera...
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Thanks for the tip on using screws and self locking nuts.

I've never been afraid to modify a tool to make it work for me. You will find your bent wrench to be very handy in future situations.

I noticed on my hood, the MOPAR lock greatly reduced hood flutter. It just barely moves now.

In your picture, is that a barrier I see sticking up, to prevent a skinny screwdriver from being used to move the safety latch?
You are right. That is the main purpose of it.
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Unread 07-02-2012, 04:15 PM   #9
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You are right. That is the main purpose of it.
My MOPAR hood lock is a few years old, and it didn't come with the barrier.
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My MOPAR hood lock is a few years old, and it didn't come with the barrier.
I think you can add a barrier by bending a plate and fixing it on the lock. But it is already locked anyway...So, there is no need.
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Palo - thanks for the original post. I want to use your work around.

How long were the M5 screws you used?
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Palo - thanks for the original post. I want to use your work around.

How long were the M5 screws you used?
I think they were around 7/8 inches. So, enough length to allow you screw the nut inside. Good luck on your installation.
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Great mod ! Thanks for such complete directions and pictures.

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If only my engine bay was still that clean.
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