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How to Install Rugged Ridge Hood Lock, for side-side hood latch on your 1997-2006 Wrangler

Tools Required
  • Basic Hand Tools Required
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Step (1)
Open hood of vehicle and prop securely. Before proceeding make sure the factory hood latch is adjusted and working properly.


Step (2)
Unscrew and discard both front screws that hold the existing latch in place. Please note, there is no need to remove or loosen the remaining screws that are located closest to the radiator. On some models a flexible weatherstrip may hinder access to the front screws. It may be necessary to pull back this flap to remove these screws. It is important that you do not cut or damage this weatherstrip.


Step (3)
With the keys and mounting screws removed from the lock fit it carefully through and upwards in the front of the grille. Make sure the locking bar fits over the OE latching lever as seen in (Fig.1). Take care that no wires form the lighting wire harness is in contact with the locking or latching assemble.


Step (4)
On some model vehicles it will be necessary to unbolt the air conditioning condenser and radiator to gain some additional working room.


Step (5)
Using the supplied hardware install the lock through the existing holes. The lock will slide to line up with the mounting holes and will allow for some adjustment. As seen in (Fig.1) the lock can be adjusted to cradle the OE latching lever. When properly installed and aligned tighten the screws and check the locks operation.


Step (6)
The OE latching levers vertical travel is set at the factory but can be adjusted. Loosen the pivot nut on the back of the assembly and move the pivot bolt up and down and then retighten.


User Guide.
Turn key to the unlocked position. Close hood and turn key to the locked position, the hood is now locked (remove key). To open turn key to the right (clockwise) and unlatch hood in the normal manner.


Warnings
NEVER drive your vehicle without properly securing all latches. This lock is not a replacement of any factory installed equipment and must be used in conjunction to avoid any damage to your persons or vehicle. NO lock has a 100% effective guarantee, use common sense when using and always park in well lit areas.


Maintenance.
Frequent lubrication of the lock face and internal components are required. A small amount of bearing grease or Vaseline should be smeared over the face of the lock to help maintain proper function over time. Monthly checks need to be made to insure a long operating life.

LIMITED 90 DAY WARRANTY
Applies to Rugged Ridge by Omix-ada Inc. Products

Rugged Ridge Off Road (the Company) warrants to the original purchaser of this product that should the product or any part thereof, under normal use and conditions, be proven defective in material or workmanship within 90 DAYS from the date of original purchase, such defect(s) will be repaired or replaced or credited at the Company’s sole option.


To obtain repair or replacement within the terms of this Warranty, the product is to be delivered with proof of warranty coverage (e.g. Dated bill of sale), specification of defect(s) to the place of purchase or, with prior approval from the Company (Return Authorization Number is required), freight pre-paid to the Company address listed below.


This warranty does not apply to any product or part thereof which, in the opinion of the Company, has suffered or been damaged through alteration, improper installation, mishandling, misuse, neglect, accident or by acts of nature. THE EXTENT OF THE COMPANY’S LIABILITY UNDER THIS WARRANTY IS LIMITED TO THE REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT PROVIDED ABOVE AND, IN NO EVENT, SHALL THE COMPANY’S LIABILITY EXCEED THE PURCHASE PRICE PAID BY PURCHASER FOR THE PRODUCT.


This Warranty is in lieu of all express warranties or liabilities. ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERHCHANTABILITY, SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE DURATION OF THIS WRITTEN WARRANTY. ANY ACTION FOR BREACH OF ANY WARRANTY HEREUNDER INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY MUST BE BROUGHT WITHIN THE PERIOD OF 90 DAYS FROM DATE OF ORIGINAL PURCHASE.


IN NO CASE SHALL THE COMPANY BE LIABLE FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES FOR BREACH OF THIS OR ANY OTHER WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WHATSOEVER. No person or representative is authorized to assume for the Company any liability other than expressed herein in connection with the sale of this product.


Some States do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts or the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damage, so the above limitations may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights, which vary from state to state.