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Old December 15th, 2006, 02:32 AM
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Hood latches

I, just like so many others, have nothing but problems with the stock hood release mechanism. I`ve replaced the cable (twice), tried tri flow and all other sorts of lubes, but it always just gets stuck, so, I am done with it. I decided to get Series style hood latches. Ordered them from Rovers North. Part numbers MRC 5314 and 300693.

Anyways, these things are built like crap, and are built out of some shitty pot metal. I was wondering if anyone has any experience with these things though. I`m debating putting them on my truck. I just don`t want to dril 5 holes in my truck and then find out that they dont hold that well and that the pot metal wears through really quickly.
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Old December 15th, 2006, 06:41 AM
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have a look at this thread. Use the early 90/110 hood release as suggested. It does away witht he need for the cable altogether and there is no need to drill any holes etc

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ead.php?t=3667
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Old December 15th, 2006, 08:59 AM
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I have the military series latches on the defender, they work very well, just ensure that you install them so that they pull out (not up) and that you measure it out carefully so that when closed they have a good amount of tension on them. It's not difficult and a worthy upgrade.

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Old December 15th, 2006, 09:32 AM
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Yes, early 90/110 latch.

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Old December 15th, 2006, 10:30 AM
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Old December 15th, 2006, 12:23 PM
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Or get a set of camel trophy style hood pins like I did. Only I sourced them from a local racing shop.
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Old December 15th, 2006, 02:19 PM
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I have the military series latches on the defender, they work very well, just ensure that you install them so that they pull out (not up) and that you measure it out carefully so that when closed they have a good amount of tension on them. It's not difficult and a worthy upgrade.

Good luck,

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I don`t suppose you have photos of that set up by chance, do you?
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I think I do at home, if not I'll try to remember to take one for you this weekend.
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There's always these pins.
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Old December 15th, 2006, 03:03 PM
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I got tired of replacing cables on a 110 I had so I just ran a short wire off of the latch release mechanism to the left side of the grill. This did away with the need for the cable inside but did give access to anyone keen enough to pull the cable to open the hood. I never had an issue with it bc I would hide the external cable behind the grill. I also added a metal key ring to the end of the cable to pull on. Good luck with yours tho...

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Old December 15th, 2006, 03:19 PM
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There's always these pins.
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I don`t suppose you have photos of that set up by chance, do you?
here ya go.
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Old December 15th, 2006, 07:33 PM
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here ya go.
Looks like a CJ hood strap?????
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Old December 15th, 2006, 08:05 PM
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here ya go.

Those are the ones I just got from Rovers North. How are they holding up for you? Also, how did you measure where to put them?
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CJ ones don't seem to work. I just got a set of military ones from the UK that are nice and are galvanized. I had family in the UK get them for me but I believe they came from Dunsfold Land Rover. I've had good luck finding things and getting advice from them.

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Those are the ones I just got from Rovers North. How are they holding up for you? Also, how did you measure where to put them?
Holding up fine, been on for about 2 years now. As for measuring, I eyeballed where they looked good, made sure they were even on each side and bolted them on, again, just making sure that they were installed so that once latched there was good tension on them.
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