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Question New Hood Latches

Hi all, Noob here!
A question for all of you. I just installed new Daystar hood latches on my '08 JK Sahara 4 door. They went on easy, and really do stop the hood from flapping! Now for the question: has anyone had the plastic anchor or latch actually break? There is definatly more tension in those parts, and I'm concerned that they may fail. I am a believer in Murphys Law, and was planning on throwing a spare set in the war bag just in case. Any info would be appreciated!

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Ive had mine since they first came out and no problems.

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i just ttok the hood spring out and VIOLA no hood lift and best of all it was free

i now have the aev hood and im still hood lift free

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Mine loosed up a bit with time. Not enough for the hood flutter to come back (over a year now with the hoodwranglers on) but enough to where Im not worried about loosing a finger when latching the hood anymore.

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Mine loosed up a bit with time. Not enough for the hood flutter to come back (over a year now with the hoodwranglers on) but enough to where Im not worried about loosing a finger when latching the hood anymore.
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Thanks for th input!
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I put mine on last week. I was nervous too about the tightness but the next time I opened the hood, probably three or four days later, they had stretched out a little and were noticeably looser.

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Ive had mine since they first came out and no problems.
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They do loosen up a little, but continue to work well.

I'd tried all the other things like removing the spring, adding rubber, etc, and the only thing that actually worked apart from the Daystar latches was zip ties around the factory ones.
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I dont get why you guys would put money into something that you do not need to.

As for the hood flying off...I say let it! Then you can sue the manufacturer....but in all seriousness they are not going to break or loosen with normal use because if they did then Chrysler would have one hell of a lawsuit.

As for removing the spring, I figured the manufacturer designed it this way, should the hood clips fail for some reason I dont want Chrysler saying I voided the warranty by altering the factory configuration.

That is my $.02 and if you dont like it I understand but we all have our own opinions.
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I dont get why you guys would put money into something that you do not need to.

As for the hood flying off...I say let it! Then you can sue the manufacturer....but in all seriousness they are not going to break or loosen with normal use because if they did then Chrysler would have one hell of a lawsuit.

As for removing the spring, I figured the manufacturer designed it this way, should the hood clips fail for some reason I dont want Chrysler saying I voided the warranty by altering the factory configuration.

That is my $.02 and if you dont like it I understand but we all have our own opinions.
Because my hood flopping up and down driving down the road was annoying as hell and its easily fixed for 25 bucks.

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Have you modified anything on your jeep? Chrysler obviously designed everything the best way possible so why modify anything at all.
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Have you modified anything on your jeep? Chrysler obviously designed everything the best way possible so why modify anything at all.
That's why I kept my stock, apart from the Daystar hood wrangler mod that is
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Maybe i am special, But i never had this flutter everyone gets... Maybe it's because i drive below 65 all the time?

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Id get it @ 65mph. Next time you're on the freeway, passing a big rig, watch your hood. I got used to it b4 I bought the hood wranglers, but everyone that rode with me was like WTF?!?! is your hood supposed to do that? A few times it would flutter so bad I could hear it BANG BANG on the latch. As far as hoping to get a settlement by waiting for it to fail. . . . Id rather be safe, spend 25 bucks and not deal with a hood flying up, breaking my windshield and blinding me on the highway so I can get hurt or hurt others. Im pretty sure it has happened too, didnt do a search (is lazy today) but I seem to remember someone on here posting about their hood flying up.

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Maybe i am special, But i never had this flutter everyone gets... Maybe it's because i drive below 65 all the time?
Big A, I hope you are special. But next time you happen to drive with a combination of driving into the wind and having semi's heading towards you, you'll see what some of us have experienced. It can scare the crap out of you.

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As for the hood flying off...I say let it! Then you can sue the manufacturer....but in all seriousness they are not going to break or loosen with normal use because if they did then Chrysler would have one hell of a lawsuit.

That is my $.02 and if you dont like it I understand but we all have our own opinions.[/QUOTE]

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How about some J8 style latches http://www.aev-conversions.com/J8/AEV_J8_Milspec_8.jpg

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I also removed the spring and no flutter, I couldnt believe that it worked as it was so simple and free to do

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After a trip through NM winds Oct '07, the safety catch had beat the receiver enough to dent it. I removed the hood spring and added a hood lock in the center. No problems since.

It may never be an issue, but I figure over time the plastic is bound to get old and brittle. I've seen billet aluminum replacements somewhere, seems like quadratech sells them but pricey. I'm still waiting for a reasonably priced solution.
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I dont get why you guys would put money into something that you do not need to.

As for the hood flying off...I say let it! Then you can sue the manufacturer....but in all seriousness they are not going to break or loosen with normal use because if they did then Chrysler would have one hell of a lawsuit.

As for removing the spring, I figured the manufacturer designed it this way, should the hood clips fail for some reason I dont want Chrysler saying I voided the warranty by altering the factory configuration.

That is my $.02 and if you dont like it I understand but we all have our own opinions.
Wow, you must have never been in a vehicle when the hood flew up. I was the passenger of a Ford pickup when it happened to a friend of mine. Besides the sudden shock of it and the cracked windshield, it also instantly blinds you. Luckily we were only going 35 or 40mph and he was able to react and pull off the road with his head out the window as fast as possible.

That was about 20 years ago and I still remember it like it was yesterday. I say no thanks to round two.

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