Hood Lock Install For A YJ Jeep Wrangler

Unfortunately I had to do this project due to the fact someone graciously though it was time I bought a new battery. Therefore they took the 3 year old Optima I had in my Wranger. Not wanting this to happen I installed a hood lock (if you click the previous link you will notice Rugged Ridge has modified the design slightly. I am working on confirming that it uses the same 2 factory screw for install.) before putting in the new battery.

Complexity: 1

Estimated Time: 10 – 15 minutes

Tools Needed:

  • T-30 Torx
  • Flat Head Screwdriver

Installation:

  • When the locking mechanism is unpacked everything needed for the installation is assembled in one piece.

 

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Unpacked lock mechanism and instructions

Unpacked lock mechanism and instructions

 

  • First thing to do is remove the bolts and washers from the unpacked lock assembly using a flat head screwdriver.

 

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Jeep Hood Lock Assembly Preparation

Jeep Hood Lock Assembly Preparation

 

  • Unscrew the latch bolts using the T-30 torx screwdriver or bit.

 

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Latch Bolts

Latch Bolts

 

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Latch Bolts Removed

Latch Bolts Removed

 

  • Position the lock mechanism in place.

 

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Lock Placement Area In Front Of of the Radiator

Lock Placement Area In Front Of of the Radiator

 

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Hood Lock Placement

Hood Lock Placement

 

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Holding Hood Lock In Place For Next Step

Holding Hood Lock In Place For Next Step

 

  • Using the bolts and washers supplied with the kit, place the bolts with washers through the latch bolt holes and lightly tighten into the lock mechanism body. Note: The supplied bolts are slightly smaller than the latch bolt holes.

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Hood Lock Screw

Hood Lock Screw

 

  • Adjust the locking mechanism by pushing it back and forth. The key is to not have the lock arm rub the latch, so it doesn’t wear off the rubber, but is firmly in place not allow movement in the latch.

 

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Jeep Hood Lock Adjustment

Jeep Hood Lock Adjustment

 

  • Once the adjustment if finished tighten the bolts down, and the job is finished.

 

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Installation of Jeep Hood Lock Finished

Installation of Jeep Hood Lock Finished

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3 thoughts on “Hood Lock Install For A YJ Jeep Wrangler”

  1. This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I enjoy seeing websites that understand the value of providing a prime resource for free. I truly loved reading your post. Thanks!

  2. Thanks, can you believe I googled how to do this and nothing came up. I came across this page by finding a picture of what looked like I needed. Thanks for taking the time. Some of us just need a little help! Appreciate it!

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