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Old 03-26-2010, 04:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Old 03-29-2010, 11:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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What does the zip tie end up doing?


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What does the zip tie end up doing?
It keeps the rubber latch strap from stretching, which in turn keeps the hood tight and prevents the fluttering.


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Great info!!!!!! Not many know about that one.


Here is a Funny When I first got a wrangler in the dealership (I have never been close to one before) I did not even know how to open the hood. I took about 2 minutes looking for a hood release in the cab.


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Nice idea. I will diffenently have to remember that.


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FYI, to future JK owners...

They fixed the hood flutter about half way through 08 IIRC. Went to a stronger rubber.

My 07 has the AEV hood, and I've never had an issue with the hood lifting at highway speed.


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Yeah, they may have "fixed" it, but mine still dances around alot, especially when you meet a semi or a strong gust of wind hits it right.


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FYI, to future JK owners...

They fixed the hood flutter about half way through 08 IIRC. Went to a stronger rubber.

My 07 has the AEV hood, and I've never had an issue with the hood lifting at highway speed.
Chrysler came out with a TSB or recall, I forget which, for the 09's and up. They replaced the latch with a stronger one... wrong. I bought a pair from the dealer for about $9.00. They worked for a month or two and it's back doing the same thing as before. The newer latches stretched just as the old ones did. Many folks on the JK forums also have reported the new latches did not fix the hood fluttter.

There are a few fixes and it's not the OEM part....

- buy the DayStar latches for about $25.00 plus shipping

- do the ghetto fix with the zip tie

- do the ghetto fix AND remove the hood latch spring

You have to play with the zip tie... make it too loose and it won't work, too tight and it breaks easy. Even with the right tension it will eventually break, so I put new ones on every so often.

Just a note... while the experience of passing a big semi on a two lane road and the hood dancing around as it goes by can be scary, it is really nothing to worry about. The metal hood latch under the hood AND the rubber latches would both have to fail and that's highly unlikely. The hood flutter looks worse than it really is.

Hope this helps....






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Yeah, it freaked me out a tad the first time it happened. Now Im pretty used to it.


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I finally got tired of carrying and replacing zip ties every time one broke. I bought the Daystar replacement latches for $24.95 and couldn't be happier. They're easy to install, less than 15 minutes. They are a little tight at first, but loosen up after a few days. No more hood flutter for me....



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