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Merideth: Hey, guys. So, today we're checking out these Hood Latches in Firecracker Red fitting all 2018 and newer JL Wranglers. Now, this will be a great addition to your wrangler if you're in search of some small red accent pieces to make your Jeep stand out from the rest. Now, these will also be pretty durable, so if you're currently struggling with some wear or tear, or even a broken factory latch that may be causing a bit of hood flutter and you wanna upgrade to one that's a little bit more reliable with a little bit of a stylish touch, this is a great pick.These will add that sporty touch to the front end with the bright red appearance and multiple cutouts on the arm of the latch. Now, the latches will also be incredibly easy to use and operate if you're frequently opening the hood or just want one that has a no-fuss design compared to the factory latches. These will be made of a durable alloy construction which will hold up to the elements and won't end up cracking or breaking like the factory plastics ultimately do.And the firecracker red is also such a standout color, and this will consist of a powder coat so you can rest assured that they will keep their premium appearance for years to come. This kit will also come with all the hardware that you need for an easy bolt-on install. This kit will come in at roughly $200, putting these at a pretty average price point for a metal latch. Now, other options on the page that you'll see will most likely take a similar design approach to this but may not come in this firecracker red.Now there's also lockable options that will provide a bit of security, but if you don't necessarily need the extra security and would rather have that bold red appearance to the front end, then this is a great pick. Install will be a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, taking you about 30 minutes to get the job done with some basic hand tools. Now, speaking of the install, one of our customers here has completed this on their JL and is gonna walk you through what that process looks like step by step. So, that's gonna wrap it up for me. Let's go ahead and get into it.Man: Hello, everybody. Today we're going to replace these stock hood latches on a 2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon with some metal red hood latches from Flaming Dirt. First thing you wanna do is you want to remove the grille. Now, the main reason you want to remove the grille is if by chance you do drop something, you're gonna have to remove the grille anyway to pick up the bolt.First of all, there are six plastic pop rivets, one, two, three, four, five, six. So, you need to remove those. If you do not have a rivet removal tool, you can always use a screwdriver. I'm gonna go ahead and use both just so you can see how easy it is to do it with or without. So, we'll start with the rivet removal tool. You just want to get underneath the little clamp area, remove the rivet and then remove the base bracket. And you do that for all six, remove the rivet and the bracket.One thing to remember when you are removing your grille is there are some fasteners down at the bottom. They're stationary and they're attached to the grille itself. If you just pull one side, there is a chance you could crack your grille. So, you have to be careful. Pull the top down and then with even pressure, you're supposed to just pull out.I'm using a 13-millimeter wrench on the closed side of a box wrench and you remove the bolt. I'm going to use a ratchet and a socket wrench. This is a 10-millimeter for the top clamp just because it would be hard to get a box wrench in there on this one section right here on the back part. Once you loosen 'em, they're not very tightened, nor should you tighten them tight because if you do, you could bend your metal hood.First thing you want to do is you want to remove the base from the bracket itself. They do provide an Allen wrench for you. You just simply remove the pin. All right. So, I just found something out. You might want to put the other one in there so that you can hold both of them. Ah, that's a good little trick. So, don't remove both bolts or screws because you're gonna need to grab onto one side so that you can remove it.Let's put this down for a second, remove the back self-locking nut. Now, it's very important to make sure that you put this on the right way. You notice how this side's flat and this side has the little curve here, that that curve goes down. Okay. Make sure that you use the plastic piece that comes with it that goes up against that paint.And again, you wanna make sure that the flat side, not the beveled side at the edge goes up, this side goes down. Move it into the hole and tighten. We'll hold on to the bolt and just tighten it up. You don't wanna tighten it all the way because you will need to do a little bit of adjustment on it once it's in. Just make sure that it is snug when you latch it and use the Allen wrench onto the screw to try and connect it that way. I have big fat fingers. I gotta use my fingers as much as I can because it's really tight in there. For the top again, they have provided our Allen wrench for you to use. They have self-locking nuts on the back. And I'm going to use a 10-mil socket. First, take these off.They also provide a plastic backing so you don't scratch or mow your hood, which I think is really cool. So, we'll come in. We'll start with the top one. Again, the instructions tell you to paint it down and then attempt to close the hood. If it doesn't tighten, you have to adjust it accordingly, up or down. And if you can see over here, if you look over here, it will slide back and forth a little bit. Not much. It should cinch up a little bit once we tighten it. [inaudible 00:07:15] a little more.Sorry about that, everybody. I'm gonna tighten it till it's snug and then I'm gonna go ahead and tighten the bottom one down a little bit, just to make sure I get it in the right position. No need to monkey these things down too tight, just need to make sure that they're tight and snug. And we'll go on to the other side.First thing you're gonna do is remove the clamp from the base. Again, you don't want to remove it completely so that you have something to hold onto because the center will spin on you. Now, remember when you're putting it in, it goes like this. This goes to the bottom, flat side to the top. What you wanna do now is you wanna remove the stock bracket or clamp from the other side. Start with the top with the 10-millimeter. Gonna go ahead and use the box on this side, twist it to the bottom.I'm gonna take the 13-millimeter. Okay. Again, just like the other side, you want to remove the latch from the base. You wanna make sure that when you're installing it, this side right over here goes down, this goes up. And then self-locking screw, a washer, a self-locking nut and tighten.So, you want to use the Allen wrench that they provided in the kit, stick it in there and just tighten up. Make sure you get a little even just like the other one was. Perfect. So, you wanna do the other side first so you have something to hold on to and keep it tight or be able to grab onto it around the other side. Take the Allen wrench that was provided, the smallest one that's in there nicely. You can use that to guide it in.Looks like what I did was I tightened the other side on accident while I was screwing that side in. So, I'm gonna loosen it a little bit so I have room to take this one in. Take it out with my fingers and hold it with the Allen wrench. Seems to be like the right thing to do. Okay. I have to admit this is not the easiest thing to do. But again, with a little exercise in patience and a little tenacity we're gonna get there.And we're gonna use the 10-mil socket and the provided Allen wrench. Take the bolts off first. Sorry, take the nuts off first and [inaudible 00:10:14]. Again, you don't wanna tighten it all the way because you are going to want to...more than likely you're gonna want to adjust for tightness. 10-mil socket. I'm gonna do the bottom first.I'm gonna put the grille back on and you can adjust from there. Putting the grille back on's pretty easy. You wanna make sure you line up your bottom brackets first before you start pushing in and then pushing 'em in. Make sure they snap like that and put your plastic fasteners back on. In a perfect world, it's gonna close and work. We're gonna push down, there. Beautiful. And I'll adjust the other side. Yay, and it clamps. There you go, ladies and gentlemen. Brand new red latches in your hood.Merideth: So, that's gonna wrap up my review and the install of these Hood Latches in Firecracker Red put in all 2018 and newer JL Wranglers. And remember, for all things Jeep, keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Added Functional Style. If you start to experience hood flutter and other issues with this area of your Wrangler, it’s time to consider replacing your latches with these Firecracker Red Hood Latches. Hood flutter, besides being really annoying, can potentially lead to more serious issues if you don’t deal with it right away. These hood latches are the perfect replacement choice courtesy of their heavy-duty construction. More importantly, these latch assemblies feature an updated style and an awesome Firecracker Red color scheme. This way, you not only make sure your hood is securely fastened, but you get to add a bit more style to your ride.
Heavy-Duty Build Quality. These hood latches feature a high-grade alloy construction to offer excellent durability, as well as reliable performance. These latch assemblies are then precision-machined to give you an accurate fit when installed. Wrapping up their construction is a wear-resistant Firecracker Red powder-coat finish for added corrosion protection as well as eye-catching looks that will last for years.
Uncomplicated Install Procedure. These hood latches are designed to mount onto your Jeep’s using factory locations. No drilling or other modifications to our vehicle are necessary. What’s more, installation requires just standard hand tools to complete.
Application. These Firecracker Red Hood Latches fit all 2018-2023 Jeep Wrangler JL models.
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(approx) 30 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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