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How to Install Rugged Ridge Hood Lock on your 2007-2013 Wrangler

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

Step (2)
Locate the (6) plastic screws that attach the front grille to the upper body support (Fig. 1).


unscrew the plastic screws using a Phillips head screw driver.

Note: the plastic screws can be pulled out by hand after they have been loosened. (Fig. 2) If screws do not want to back out a small flat head screwdriver can be used to pry
the screws upward.

Step (3)
With the screws removed pop out the black retainer clip. (Fig. 3)


Step (4)
Gently pull the grille forward (fig. 4). If desired the grille can be removed by disconnecting the two front turn signal bulbs and gently popping the grille from its lower retaining clips. (Fig. 5 – 6)


Step (5)
Insert the backing plate through the lower opening of the top grill support (Fig. 7)
Note: The backing plate’s safety tab should point towards the motor. (Fig. 8)


Step (6)
Secure the front lock plate with the two screws supplied. Align the inner plate and secure one side of the lock plate (do not tighten). Align the inner plate’s second mounting hole and install second screw. Tighten securely. (Fig. 9 -10)


Step (7)
Test by closing hood and turning key in a counter clockwise direction with key positioned vertically. Key should be able to be removed easily. (Fig. 11-12)
If the key cannot be removed, slightly bend tab in small adjustments (Fig. 13) until key is free.


Step (8)
Reinstall grille in the reverse as described in Steps 2-4.

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 light 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.

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