The bear-claw latch is just like a door latch. It has two positions and is easy to open and close. The latch itself is adjustable, as is the striker pin mounted in the swing arm. Make your adjustments after your tire and Hi-Lift are mounted. The opening in the bumper for the latch is precise enough that pulling the Hi- Lift off the bumper can affect the ease of closing. Adjusted properly, you can just slam the swing-arm closed like any other door on your Jeep.