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Best Jeep Hood Latches

Written By: XT Staff

Table of Contents
  1. Jeep Hood Latches and What They Do
  2. Additional Hood Accessories

2013 2-Door Wrangler with Rugged Ridge Hood Latches

Jeep Hood Latches and What They Do

Hood latches are an integral means of ensuring your Jeep’s hood doesn’t fly up into your face and busting your windshield. The factory hood latches are a black plastic that does the job well enough, but over time becomes a faded eyesore and isn’t as secure as aftermarket options. Rather than relying on plastic, you can opt for aluminum or stainless steel. The best Jeep hood latches have a keyed lock. One disadvantage of rolling around in the best off-road rig around is anyone can come along and pop the hood. A locking hood latch will ensure no one sabotages or slinks away with any underhood mods you might have done. Other latches also feature a fail-safe in case the latches themselves fail. Much like a hot rods hood pins, these latches come with steel cabling that hold the hood in place should a latch break.

Additional Hood Accessories

One of those simple, yet easily overlooked additions is proper hood bumpers. The stock rubber is fine up until dry rot sets in, and let’s be honest, if you’re not out in the sun with your Wrangler there must be something wrong. Upgrading to polyurethane prevents the headache of dry rot, and they screw in place of your old ones. There are stainless steel options as well if you’re after maximum durability. Another addition to your Jeep’s hood comes in the form of limb risers. These are nylon coated cables that span from the top of your windshield to the front hood latches. Limb risers act as a barrier between your windshield and overhanging branches. Rather than take the brunt of a thick limb head one, let a set of limb risers effortlessly brush the threat away.

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