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How do you guys feel about hood locks?

has anyone personally had anything stolen from under the hood?

I don't daily drive any Jeep I've ever had so I undertsand my view is skewed.

My real world experience with hood locks was not postive.

Out wheeling. Buddy has hood locks. I never paid attention and didn't even notice they were there. He had a line/hose get severed on his remote resevoir shocks. Shock fluid sprays under the hood and bursts into flames. The smoke was whitish so we thought it was the cooling system. Run over to open the hood and it's locked. Key is on the same key ring as the ignion key. By the time he shuts it down tosses us the keys, we find something to insulate our hands, unlock BOTH sides and open the hood, it's burning pretty good. We got the fire out and there was not too much damage, but w/o the locks things would have gone much quicker.
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Howdy!!! I've got hood locks on all my vehicles. Living near the Mexican border, batteries have a tendency to magically disappear while your eating Menudo at ones favorite taqueria.
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Howdy!!! I've got hood locks on all my vehicles. Living near the Mexican border, batteries have a tendency to magically disappear while your eating Menudo at ones favorite taqueria.
I guess that would be a reason NOT to get a sPOD. On my TJ, I had so much stuff conencted to my battery (lights, winch, cb) that it was a 2 man job to remove/replace it!! One to hold everything out of the way and one to remove the battery.
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I've put a hood lock on mine... I did the Chrysler lock... made a slug and it's attached to the frame... easy to get at, just have to know where it is.

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I got this $20 hood lock. It offers a little security and eliminates hood flutter.

http://www.quadratec.com/products/13103_100.htm





A couple squirts of WD-40 per year and it's been good for four years now. Not as nice as the Mopar one but it gets the job done.

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<snip> under the hood and bursts into flames. <snip>
Well, that is a concern. I have had an under hood fire from a ruptured power steering hose (not my JK, but an old Nissan Maxima) and quick application of a water bottle's contents on the manifold to generate steam extinguished it....

Having said that I am more concerned with the battery just walking away than I am an under hood fire. I just figure the lock is an extra bit of insurance to prevent/slow the casual opportunist thief from stealing the battery.

Here's my hood lock:



This fulfills my needs for the "casual thief" deterrent factor. A more determined individual with a couple of wrenches could defeat the lock with a few minutes work on each side by backing off the nuts an twisting the turnbuckle.

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I have no desire to lock my hood.

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I have no desire to lock my hood.
X2 has anyone actually had something stolen from under their hood???

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I got this $20 hood lock. It offers a little security and eliminates hood flutter.

http://www.quadratec.com/products/13103_100.htm





A couple squirts of WD-40 per year and it's been good for four years now. Not as nice as the Mopar one but it gets the job done.
had the same one on for about a year, never used it once so took it off when I made some grille inserts. useless in my opinion. if something actually was stolen from my underhood, I might think about reinstalling it but I dont see it happening anytime soon

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ive lived in virginia or ohio all of my life - never heard of anyone having anything stolen from under their hood. im sure it happens in some places. but i dont know who would want stock jeep engine parts. im sure they could be sold on ebay... id be more worried about someone stealing a soft top or doors personally. ive heard a few people having their doors stolen.

does anyone know of locking nuts for the door bolts?

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i have yet to lock mine... but have always planned to come up with something. my concern is not theft of under-hood components, but rather the ease of disabling the alarm by disconnecting the battery.

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ive lived in virginia or ohio all of my life - never heard of anyone having anything stolen from under their hood. im sure it happens in some places. but i dont know who would want stock jeep engine parts. im sure they could be sold on ebay... id be more worried about someone stealing a soft top or doors personally. ive heard a few people having their doors stolen.

does anyone know of locking nuts for the door bolts?
I know I've seen them somewhere..............tuffy maybe?

You would have to be a well prepared criminal to carry a set of torx with you.
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Yeah.. no hood lock here.. more worried about stolen stereo and interior contents than a battery.

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Haven't had a hood lock for six years now, haven't had anything stolen, I'm not worrying about it. Like Gotlime I'm more worried about getting under my hood quickly if something goes wrong under there than about something getting stolen from under there. Having the OEM battery stolen would just give me a good excuse to put a Sears Platinum under there anyhow .
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I had that piece of shit Rugged Ridge lock and threw it away. The holes were not drilled properly and the alignment was off making it almost impossible to get the key out when it was locked. I fucked with it for a while and got fed up and tossed it.


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I have the Mopar lock and it works great, no hood flutter either, but I hardly ever lock it, for some reason.

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I just thought about something................

The new JKU has an AEV hood on it. Maybe I should lock the hood to protect the hood!
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no point to a hood lock for me. all my expensive shit is bolted to the outside or underneath.

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In NJ there's no need to lock the hood, we have the best Cops in the nation here....................







Oh and also in NJ, they don't waste the time to seal parts they lift your whole damn ride and then part it out later.............f'ers!!!!!!!!:t hefinger:

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There's a $400 reason to use a hood lock when have dual batteries. I now use a wire cable through the stock hood latch, around the lower frame and locked with a medium sized padlock in front of the radiator. Like BigMike I junked the POS Rugged Ridge hood lock.

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In NJ there's no need to lock the hood, we have the best Cops in the nation here....................
Or rather, the best paid (by auto thieves passing out a portion of their take) cops, right?
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Had a battery stolen out of my CJ-7 a few years back, and WAY back when a buddy of mine also had a battery stolen out of his.

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