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John Stewart

Life with a Jeep - Hood Latch Replacement

The 2007 and newer Jeep Wrangler stock hood latches are prone to stretching which allows movement of the hood, that strange little movement known as “hood flutter”.  That is movement is noticeable when you pass a semi on a windy day and you see your hood start to lift.  An easy fix, replace the stock rubber latches with one of the numerous aftermarket latches.

I did that replacement soon after buying my 2010 JK.  At that time, polyurethane replacements for the stock rubber hood latch were the only option.  Later, more options began appearing with billet aluminum the leading material.  My polyurethane replacement latches held for seven years before southern California sun took its toll.

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Daystar Hood Wrangler Install

Daystar Hood WranglerEvery JK owner will notice that strange little hood movement known as “hood flutter”.  That is when you pass a semi on an windy day and you see your hood start to lift.  The 2007 and newer JK Wrangler stock hood latches are prone to stretching which allows movement of the hood.  As an easy fix, Daystar Products has introduced the Hood Wrangler, polyurethane replacements for the stock rubber hood latch.  Installation is easy, less than an hour from start to finish, provided you have a the right stuff on hand.

The Daystar Products replacement kit includes necessary parts and instructions.  What the instructions don’t tell you is the size of nut holding the hood latch.  And, more important, the location of the nut provides a challenge to fit a wrench and loosen the nut.

First, it is easy to find where the nut is located.  Yes, there is plenty of room around it, but, access is tight.  To make it real easy to replace the hood latch, remove the radiator or the fenders; slightly more than a one hour job.

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