Review & Install Video
Hey, what's up, guys? Ryan here from ExtremeTerrain, and today I'm here with the Hauk Off-Road Hood Jack Mount, fitting your 2018 and up Jeep Wrangler JL. Now, these are going to be for those of you off-roading enthusiasts that are looking for a convenient and easy way to mount your jack when you're going out there on those trails. There's not many places to mount a jack, and, of course, you can throw it in the back of your Jeep. But that's just gonna take up extra space. The hood is a great place to mount your jack. It's gonna make it convenient to access it, and, of course, it's gonna keep it out of your way.These are comin' in right around $70, making them your most affordable option, and not only that, but they are made by an American-made company. Now, Hauk Off-Road is an aftermarket company that deals with off-roading accessories and parts, and they make all their stuff right in-house here in Pennsylvania. These are pretty basic as far as brackets go. These are gonna mount directly to your hood hinges, and they come with brand new hardware. So there's no drilling or modification required to get these installed. Now, these brackets are a pretty heavy-duty design when compared to other brackets that I've come across. These measure out almost 3/16ths of an inch, making it them very sturdy and very strong. These are coated in a textured black powder coating, and that's gonna add to that corrosion protection. It's gonna keep them safe from premature rust. You never know what you're gonna come across when you're on the trails, might have a branch drag across these or a stone chip, and that's gonna protect them from that premature rust. One thing to keep in mind when mounting a jack on your hood. You have your windshield washers right here, and, of course, that might deflect some of that water from getting to your windshield. But if you're just taking your jack with you while you're off-roading, you're not gonna drive around with your jack all the time, you're really not gonna have an issue with those squirters, not something that you need to worry about. Now, like I said, these are American-made product. They're made right here in Pennsylvania. Hauk Off-Road designs, engineers, and manufactures all their parts in-house, so you're getting an American-made product that's made in the U.S.A. And they even back these up with a 6-month warranty to give you some additional peace of mind.Now, like I said, these are very easy to install. They come with brand new hardware. They bolt right to your hood hinges. So I'm gonna give them a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, as you can get both of these installed in under an hour and you just need basic hand tools. So with that being said, let's hop into our install.Tools we used for this install: 3/8ths drive impact, 19-millimeter wrench, 5-millimeter Allen, T50 Torx. So to get these jack brackets installed, what we're gonna have to do, we're gonna have to take out our factory bolts from our hood hinges. You're gonna have two bolts right here, and we're gonna use a T50 Torx to get those out. And we're only gonna do one hinge at a time. That way, our hood doesn't drop too far and come out of alignment. So we're just gonna take that Torx on an impact. We'll crack those bolts free. So now that we have both these bolts out, we're gonna install our bracket. Now, you are gonna have an offset. This is the hole for the actual bolt that holds our jack. So what you wanna do is just face that towards the outside. We're gonna lay that over top. Now, you're gonna get these little M8 bolts. These are the black bolts that have a hex head up top for an Allen. Each one's gonna get a flat washer, and what we're gonna do is drop these through the holes and get them started in the hood. So when putting these bolts in, it would be a good idea to put some Loctite on, whether you wanna put red or blue Loctite, because we don't want these to loosen up after we tighten them down. Once you get those in, we're gonna take a 5-millimeter Allen, and I'm actually gonna use one with a swivel uni-ball end. That way, I can get to this tricky one on the back side. So I'm gonna pull this bracket up in the air and get that one to thread down. Once I get that one all the way in, we'll go ahead and tighten this front one up. All right, so now that we got this one done, we're gonna go to the other side and do that same exact thing. Same thing, T55 Torx, and we'll get those factory bolts out. Drop these bolts down through. Same thing, M8 with flat washers. Go ahead and get these started by hand. Remember, you do wanna put Loctite on there, so they don't come back out. All right, guys, so now that we have the brackets installed, that's gonna wrap it up for the installation of those brackets. Now, of course, at this point in time, you're ready to install your jack. And while a jack doesn't come with these brackets, it does come with hardware to mount the jack to these brackets. Now, of course, when installing this on your hood, I would recommend grabbing another set of hands. That way, someone can hold it on the opposite side while you get this hardware installed. That way, it doesn't roll off the brackets and damage your hood. So I'm gonna go grab a friend. I got my jack right here. I'll show you how to get this installed in just a second.Go. All right, so what you wanna do, you wanna place your jack on top of these brackets. And what you get in this kit, you're gonna get this rather large bolt. You're gonna get a lock washer, a flat washer, and a wing nut. So what we're gonna do, we're gonna go from underneath, and you're gonna go straight up through the hole. After you pass through the bracket and your jack, you're gonna do the flat washer, the lock washer, and then you're gonna do the wing nut. Now, of course, when you get this on, you wanna make sure that your jack isn't touching your hood, especially this baseplate here, because that could scratch your paint. Now, to tighten these up, we do have that lock washer on top. What that's gonna do is that's gonna hold that wing nut in place when we get it cranked down. You can use a 19-millimeter wrench to hold that bolt still, and all you wanna do is just tighten that up. If you wanted to, you can grab a pair of pliers and tighten it up a little bit more, but that should be fine. Go over to the other side, do the same thing, tighten that down, and that should be all good to go. And that is going to wrap it up for my review and install. 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