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Rugged Ridge Hood Catch and Bracket Kit (97-06 Jeep Wrangler TJ)

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      Review & Installation Video

      Ryan: This Rugged Ridge hood catch kit is for those of you that have a 1997 to 2006 TJ that are looking to replace your factory hood catches with a factory style one that's just a little bit less expensive than going directly to Mopar or your dealership to get a replacement. This is still going to look and function just like a factory hood catch. This is going to be a nice, easy one-out-of-three wrench installation. Simply unbolt your factory catches and bolt these in place. But we'll talk more about that in just a second. So, whether your hood catches are faded, whether the rubber piece in the center here has dry-rotted and broken on you, whatever the reason is that you're looking to replace your hood catches, this is going to be a factory-like option at a very fair price. As for construction, these are going to be built just like a factory set of hood catches. There are all types of aftermarket ones that you can get that are metal, or aluminum, they're powder-coated, they're different colors, they latch in different ways, they're adjustable. These aren't going to be any of that. These are going to be a very factory-style replacement set of hood catches. For a pair of these hood catches, you're only going to have to spend $35. I think that's a very fair price for what you're getting here. If you're looking to replace your catches, this is going to be a great buy. Now, I'll have a member of the install team show you how you get these bolted up. Man: Today, I'll be showing you guys how to install the Rugged Ridge hood catch kit for your '97 to 2006 Jeep Wrangler. First thing we're going to do to get this install started is open up our hood. Next thing we're going to do, using a 15-millimeter socket and ratchet, is remove the hood catch portion that is attached to the fender of the Jeep. We're going to do the same thing on the other side now. I have a 13-millimeter socket. Next, we're going to remove the portion of the hood catch that's attached to our hood. I have a 10-millimeter socket on my impact gun and we're using a pry bar to hold our hood up here because the factory hood prop is not present on this Jeep. We're going to do the same thing on the other side now. Again, I have a 10-millimeter socket on my impact gun. And we'll pull this out. We can now install our new hood catch kit. And we have a 10-millimeter socket on our impact gun here. And we're going to do the same thing on the other side now for the hood portion of our hood catch. We'll get our nuts on here. Again, these are 10-millimeter. One thing I do want to mention here before we install the lower portion of our hood catch is, if you're installing these on a Jeep with stock fenders, you have to line up your two indexing pins with the holes in the fender. If you're installing these on a Jeep with aftermarket fenders like we are, you have to simply cut your indexing pins off with a pair of pliers because there are no holes for them in our aftermarket fenders here. We can now install the lower portion of the hood catch onto our fender. I'll say this again. If you're installing this hood catch kit on a Jeep with aftermarket fenders, there's a good chance that there will not be holes for these indexing pins, so what we're going to do is just snip them off with a pair of pliers. And they are plastic, so they do cut off pretty easily. We can now close our hood and latch the hood down with our new hood catches. That's going to wrap up our review and install of the Rugged Ridge hood catch kit. Be sure to check out more at

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • Hood Catch Kit
      • Durable Rubber & Plastic Construction
      • OE Fit & Finish
      • Includes All Necessary Hardware
      • Fits 1997 - 2006 Wrangler TJ Models


      Specs. Rugged Ridge's exterior hood catch kit is the perfect replacement for your TJ's damaged or worn out factory catches. Designed as a direct replacement, this kit will make upgrading sun bleached latches a quick and painless process. This hood catch kit will keep your Jeep's hood in place despite the bumps and jarring nature of off-roading.

      Application. This Hood Catch Kit is designed for installation on 1997 - 2006 Wrangler TJ models.

      Fitment: 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Details

      MPN# 11210.09

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      Customer Reviews (69)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.5 out of 5 overall rating from 69 customers

      • February 19, 2020

        5 2006 Wrangler - Kruger31

        Couldn't be happier

        Seems to be of good quality and fit was perfect. Less than 10min install

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      • February 13, 2020

        5 2004 Wrangler - Harpsterra

        Does what it is meant to do

        Can't complain. Needed to replace my catch due to broken prong. Quick easy, does what it should.

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      • January 14, 2020

        1 2003 Wrangler - SuaSponte

        Poor Quality Control

        They are an exact replacement for stock, however there are some significant quality control issues. While installing, the bolt on the fender mounted portion broke free. The bolt spins free and now unit cannot be tightened. This occurred while simply tighten the nut and not due to an over-torque issue. Poor quality control. The driver side went on without a problem, however. Disappointing. I would recommend looking at another product.

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      • October 29, 2019

        1 2004 Wrangler - RayL

        Look Great But Weak

        Don’t waist your money. Needed to replace the left side only. That side of the hood jumps while driving. Need to find another option.

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      • September 12, 2019

        5 2006 Wrangler Unlimited - JeepingTJ

        Hoods Down

        Perfect fit and simple to install. Then the price was great.

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      • August 23, 2019

        2 2001 Wrangler - Jeepme

        Hood latch

        Latches are great looking but weak and hood bounces all over. Taking them off and Tossing them in the garbage. I wouldn’t even try and resell them.

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      • July 13, 2019

        5 1998 Wrangler - Powerhouse


        Good price, good product. Direct fit. Works as expected.

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      • May 22, 2019

        5 2002 Wrangler - robert

        Fresh clean look

        Just redid body work and paint helps giving clean look

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      • May 13, 2019

        5 1999 Wrangler - Uglyjeep

        Perfect Replacement

        This is a complete replacement kit for both sides of the hood. It includeds all harware. These hood catches feel and work as the OEM latches do. I am very pleased with this purchase,

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      • January 30, 2019

        5 2003 Rubicon - CaseyS


        Simple good design easy dress up item works good and secure

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      Questions & Answers (1 answers)

      1 Top Rated Question

      Does the $33 kit include one or two latches?

      • The Rugged Ridge Hood Catch Kit includes (2) Black Hood Catches.

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      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (2) Black Hood Catches

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