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Hold your Hood on with Daystar Wrangler Hood Wranglers

Posted in How To: Body Chassis on March 17, 2017
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Photographers: Freddie Blish

Did you ever notice how stock Wranglers sit with a slightly nose-down rake? It’s not by coincidence. It’s for aerodynamics, helping to transform that otherwise square body from a brick to a wedge that cuts through the air more easily. But when you add a lift or leveling kit, the factory-designed aero goes to hell in a handbag. At road speeds the air gets up and under the hood, causing flutter and cavitation that stresses and overwhelms the rubber used in the factory hood latches. And just like anything, after so many cycles the factory rubber fatigues and then fails.

Daystar has a solution. For just around $24, the company’s Hood Wranglers (PN KJ09145BK) are a heavy-duty polyurethane replacement for the spongy factory rubber isolators inside the JK Wrangler hood latches. Simply remove the factory rubber isolator from the factory buckles, and install the Daystar Hood Wrangler isolators with the supplied hardware. The Hood Wranglers still offer some give to help prevent the latch mounts from pulling out of the hood or fender material, but their higher tensile strength eliminates hood flutter once and for all.

This is what many JK owners are greeted with after living with hood flutter for any length of time. The factory rubber isolator inside the hood latch pulled an Elvis and left the building.
Notice how fatigued and stretched the surviving factory isolator on the left is. The Daystar Hood Wrangler on the right is much tougher and should last forever.
If you can man a screwdriver you can install the Hood Wranglers. Once they were installed on this Rubicon, hood flutter was eliminated.

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