Security on a Jeep Wrangler has always been a bit of a lark. Cloth tops, zippered windows, and exterior hood latches do not make for the most theft-proof vehicles. While a hardtop and full doors can help secure the interior, the engine compartment is left open to anyone with opposable thumbs. Strattec Security Corporation has come out with a solution to that particular problem: the Breakthrough One-key Lock Technology line-up. Since all of their locks use your factory ignition key, there’s no more carrying around a 5-pound key ring. The newest addition to the line-up is a bolt-in hood lock for the Jeep Wrangler JK. It’s a very simple installation, requiring nothing more than a small flat-head screwdriver, a rivet gun, and an hour or so of your time.
Hood locks have been around for some time and can be a good investment. Aside from securing the hood, they can also help with that annoying hood flutter some Jeeps have by pulling the hood latch down tighter to the grill. Our ’11 Jeep Wrangler JK has the Daystar Hood Wranglers. Being much tighter than the stock hood hold-downs, flutter wasn’t an issue. If your hood does flutter, one possible solution would be to add a couple of thin washers under the hood lock to raise it up a hair. This would let the hood latch sit tight against it and give something solid for the hold-downs to pull against. When using this method, double check that the mounting holes all line up and re-drill if necessary. A small-diameter round-file can also be used to fine-tune the hole alignment.