(approx) 30 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
- How to Install a Rugged Ridge Black Aluminum Hood Catch Kit on your 2007-2014 Wrangler JK
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I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com, and this is my review of the Rugged Ridge aluminum hood catch kit fitting all 2007 to 2016 JKs. This is available in the gloss black that you see here, but it's also available in a textured black and a silver finish, so you can get whichever one works with your build. These are for those of you who want to add a little custom touch to the hood area of your Jeep but also want to add some function. Jeeps, especially the JKs, are known for hood flutter at highway speed. There are a couple of different ways to fix that, from pulling out the factory hood spring to adding a stiffer rubber in your factory hood catches. But something like this that completely eliminates the rubber in the hood catch and replaces it with an all aluminum catch will definitely keep that hood held down solid, and you won't have any flutter. These are made of a really high quality material so they're going to hold up really well, and they're moderately priced. The high quality aluminum that these are made of is really important, especially for a component that's going to be up on the front of the Jeep and out in the weather all the time. These are going to hold up really well and they're not going to rust even if you do end up getting a chip in the finish like a steel part would. As I mentioned, these are available in three different finishes, which allows you to really customize the look of your Jeep. These come with everything that you need to get them installed, including a rubber gasket to put between the aluminum piece and your painted surface on your Jeep. That's just going to help protect your painted surfaces. One of the big functional parts of this hood catch kit is the fact that they do eliminate that hood flutter we talked about. That's due to the adjustable mechanism that's built right in. Getting these installed on your Jeep is really easy. These actually come right out of the box as you see them here. There's no guessing as far as which part goes where or how they get put together. The first step in the installation is to unbolt your factory hood catches from both the hood and the fender and remove a little plastic catch off of the factory piece to reinstall on the new ones. From there, it's just a matter of installing the new hood catches on the hood and the fender using all the included hardware and getting them adjusted properly. The whole installation process shouldn't take you more than 30 minutes and you won't need any specialty tools, just a socket set. I think this hood catch kit is really accurately priced. Of course, there are more expensive catches out there on the market and less expensive as is the case with most components, but I think these do a really nice job of balancing both price and value. You get the high quality aluminum with a really nice finish and you get the adjustability, so you have the function built right in, but they're not at that top tier price tag. Whether you're looking to change up the look of the front of your Jeep by adding these aluminum black hood catches or you're looking to eliminate hood flutter by getting rid of the rubber part of your factory hood catch, these are a really nice option that are built of high quality materials and moderately priced. That's my review of the Rugged Ridge aluminum hood catch kit available for all 2007 to 2016 JKs that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Functional Style. The Rugged Ridge Aluminum Hood Catch Kit in is the smart way to upgrade the look of your rig and prevent the obnoxious hood flutter commonly found with highway driving. This kit includes two adjustable and uniquely aggressive hood catches that install easily to factory locations for a functional, yet stylish upgrade.
Rugged Construction. Each Hood Catch is crafted from durable aluminum for extreme strength without weighing you down. They're finished in a tough, black finish to prevent wear and provide a stylish accent for your after market bumper and accessories.
Installation and Warranty. This Wrangler Hood Catch Kit includes everything you'll need for installation and is a direct fit to factory mounting holes for a painless installation. Rugged Ridge backs their kit with a 5 year limited warranty for peace of mind and full security.
Application. The Rugged Ridge Aluminum Hood Catch Kit in Black is specifically designed for use on 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK and JK Unlimited models including Rubicons.
Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details
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January 23, 2020
Awesome look !
I absolutely love the look of these hood latches! They really change the look of the Jeep and you don’t have to worry about the ugly fade the stock latches slowly get over time . Highly recommend!!Helpful (0)
January 21, 2020
Just what she wanted
I ordered this for my wife's 2018 Wrangler JK for a Christmas present. The rubber straps had started to fade and she wanted the metal instead or more rubber replacements. They went on the hood easily but was more difficult to get on the fender edge. I found that it was easier to get to by taking the grille loose at the top and reaching in with a ratcheting wrench instead of following the directions that I found online. It took about 45 min to install but looks good installed.Helpful (0)
January 20, 2020
Hood latch upgrade
This was easy to install. I took the grill off since I was upgrading the headlights. There was plenty of room to work. They are much stronger and look better.Helpful (0)
January 18, 2020
These should be standard on all Wranglers. They look great and they’ll keep your hood down in a tornado.Helpful (0)
January 13, 2020
Solid lock up and no more flutter
Just got a JK and on first trip out, the hood would flutter on a windy day, especially passing semis, on the freeway. This catch has completely eliminated all that. It was easy to install and looks far better too.Helpful (2)
January 11, 2020
Awesome hood clamps!
Works like a charm and looks even better! Took the hood flutter away and locked my hood down! HIGHLY recommended!Helpful (1)
December 24, 2019
Quality hood latch
These things are very well made especially for the price. May be a little heavier than I expected but now I dont break them off while on the trail. When I snap the latch shut I know my hood isn't going anywhere.Helpful (1)
December 19, 2019
Not that easy to install, but worth the effort. Much better than OEMHelpful (1)
December 06, 2019
Not much to it. It was relatively easy to install. It is fairly durable. It eliminates the good rattle. It also looks pretty good.Helpful (1)
December 05, 2019
Rugged Ridge Aluminum Hood Catch
Love it, Love it, Love it, Love it, Love it, Love it,Helpful (1)
Is this all black or is there some silver in it?
The Rugged Ridge Aluminum Hood Catch Kit will be all black, including the nuts and threaded rod.
Does this fit the Power Dome hood?
This is a direct fit replacement for the factory hood catches, and will be compatible with most hoods that are compatible with factory hood catches. We just haven't tested these with that particular hood and are unable to guarantee this.
Will these eliminate hood fluter or does the drake off road do a better job?
The Rugged Ridge Aluminum Hood Catch Kit are adjustable to help eliminate hood flutter.
Some of the customer photos show the catch and all other hardware (screws, threads) in ALL black and other photos have the screws and threads in silver. Which one do I order if I want ALL black? Which one do I order if I want the silver?
The Rugged Ridge Aluminum Hood Catch Kit will include black hardware. Stainless hardware can be purchased from a local hardware store if you desire the black/stainless look.
Are these Compatible with a 2017 JK Recon Hood ?
The Rugged Ridge Aluminum Hood Catch Kit works with the Wrangler "Recon" Edition Hoods.
Hello, yes, the Rugged Ridge Aluminum Hood Catch Kit, Textured Black (07-17 Wrangler JK) will fit the 2015 Rubicon Hard Rock model hood.
This is sold as a pair, one for each side.
It wouldn't be necessarily impossible, however the safety snap is a feature for a reason.
These will have a silver finish applied.
These hood latches will most likely not work on the Bushwacker Wide Fenders.
You will need two pieces from your factory hood latches which can be seen in the install guide, linked below: https://lib.extremeterrain.com/guides/J20404_Guide.pdf
Limb Risers would not be a direct bolt on to this latch.
These latches would be much easier then the factory and all you would do is pull from the top correct.
Unfortunately the Rugged Ridge Aluminum Hood Catch Kit is only sold as a complete unit. For parts we recommend contacting Rugged Ridge.
We have not yet test fit this combination as we do not currently carry the avenger hood.
(approx) 30 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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