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post #1 of 26 Old 01-21-2012, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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So I was driving home the other night (interstate about 70-75 mph) and noticed the front of the hood was bouncing around… I have read about people using a zip tie, but that's not happening.. I also read about people using daystar latches… and just found locking hood latches by Rampage.


Anyone else have this problem and or use these products ?
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So I was driving home the other night (interstate about 70-75 mph) and noticed the front of the hood was bouncing around… I have read about people using a zip tie, but that's not happening.. I also read about people using daystar latches… and just found locking hood latches by Rampage.


Anyone else have this problem and or use these products ?
I have the Daystar Urethane and they work really well, especially for a whopping 23 bucks. I have heard that removing the tension spring helps too, but with the Daystar it doesn't matter. I recommend using those to eliminate the hood flop.

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I've got an easy fix for you....costs nothing! Take a ratchet and a socket, and remove the hood spring. Works like a charm! The hood is heavy enough on its own to keep it down. I pulled mine off and haven't had ANY flutter since!

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I've got an easy fix for you....costs nothing! Take a ratchet and a socket, and remove the hood spring. Works like a charm! The hood is heavy enough on its own to keep it down. I pulled mine off and haven't had ANY flutter since!
Yep.

I did this back in 2008.... zero flutter and zero issues.
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I've got an easy fix for you....costs nothing! Take a ratchet and a socket, and remove the hood spring. Works like a charm! The hood is heavy enough on its own to keep it down. I pulled mine off and haven't had ANY flutter since!
So it wont rattle when I'm going fast over speed bumps at a the mall without the spring? Seriously though I would think it would rattle while wheeling.

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Daystar latches do work. Extremely tight as in you hear sheet metal cracking the first time you latch them. The holes in the body do not have any play for adjustment. I have had mine on since summer '09 and they still snap shut with effort. Seems like they would make them a hair longer but oh well.

The only thing I really do not like about the daystar is the body line between the hood and fender is messed with. One thing for damn sure the hood does not flutter any more.

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So it wont rattle when I'm going fast over speed bumps at a the mall without the spring? Seriously though I would think it would rattle while wheeling.
Nope... no rattles. On the highway at 80 or crawling on the trail.
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So it wont rattle when I'm going fast over speed bumps at a the mall without the spring? Seriously though I would think it would rattle while wheeling.
No. The stock latches on the side hold down the hood well without the spring, along with the weight of the hood. The spring is what pushes up on the hood and makes it flutter when it catches wind. You just cant slam your hood down with no spring, but since its a Jeep and not a car, there is no need.

Try it, then wheel it. If you dont like it then put it back on. Its free and its only 1 bolt! But no, it doesnt rattle.
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No. The stock latches on the side hold down the hood well without the spring, along with the weight of the hood. The spring is what pushes up on the hood and makes it flutter when it catches wind. You just cant slam your hood down with no spring, but since its a Jeep and not a car, there is no need.

Try it, then wheel it. If you dont like it then put it back on. Its free and its only 1 bolt! But no, it doesnt rattle.
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I've got an easy fix for you....costs nothing! Take a ratchet and a socket, and remove the hood spring. Works like a charm! The hood is heavy enough on its own to keep it down. I pulled mine off and haven't had ANY flutter since!
This is what I did, been fine for several months now.
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I used the zip tie method. So far, so good. We've had winds of 35+ recently, along with highway driving and It sits still like it should now.


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no spring, 1.5 yrs now. no rattle or flutter and as stated it's free

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remove the spring. works. costs nothing. keep it in case you want to trade you can put it back on....

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daystar, no problems since but they need to be installed in warm weather or in a heated garage or else they may not stretch the first time.

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I have a 2" long 1/2" by 1/2" piece of box tube zip tied for the latch to catch on. Woods was sending the out with any order you placed with him. I had a 1/2" piece of stainless instrument tubing before that, both work. This won't work if you have those goofy grill inserts though.
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I'm with the no spring crowd. About a year and no rattles and such and pretty much gets rid of the flutter.

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So I was driving home the other night (interstate about 70-75 mph) and noticed the front of the hood was bouncing around… I have read about people using a zip tie, but that's not happening.. I also read about people using daystar latches… and just found locking hood latches by Rampage.


Anyone else have this problem and or use these products ?
I just changed mine to the daystar latchs. Fot $25 it was not worth fighting the dealer over it.

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Removed my spring without removing the bolt. Just spin it out of the bracket. Takes 10 sec. and no more hood

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Spring has been in a box under the seat for four years. $20.00 hood lock for a little added peace of mind and no more hood flutter.

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Drake has a solid turnbuckle kit release for either side as a $129 alternative if you are going for show points.

Do something...the hood bouncing wears the paint through at the rubber isolators.

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