*This article was originally created by Adrian G. All the photos and content are authorized by Adrian. Many thanks to @392jeep392 for sharing such great content with us!
Welcome back to the Lasfit Off-Road Column.🥳
What bothers most Jeep owners is the fact that there is no hood lock from the factory, which makes "stealing," "tampering," and "hood flutter" the norm. Adrian is one of them! We had the pleasure of receiving a feedback email from Adrian about his first usage experience with the Lasfit Smart Jeep Hood Lock. Let's find out more about whether his troubles have been resolved below! 👇👇
Hi guys! It's Adrian here!🧐
First I think it's extremely necessary for Jeep owners to install a lock to secure the hood. I'll be totally honest. Before I wrote this article, I had no idea who Lasfit was or what products they have on the market. I'm always thinking about the security of my 392 and looking for something to address the vulnerabilities of the Jeep JL design(without a hood lock from the factory).
Before buying a hood lock, I was considering the Bolt and Mopar Locks. But my needs were not met as I was not interested in carrying more keys nor was I interested in losing my front-facing camera. I wanted to leave my camera where it was and still be able to lock my hood. The locks for the hinges were not really secure and many people that have had them complained about their rust and or paint fading.
Until one day, I stumbled across the Lasfit Stealth Hood Lock on Youtube, it's different from the Bolt and Mopar Locks I've known before, it claims to be "smart", "stealth" and "anti-theft", won't affect the front camera, and doesn't require me to carry extra keys...isn't that what I've been looking for? 🤔 I decided to give it a go!
(Here're some photos I downloaded from the Lasfit product page.)
Installation is essential for this hood lock. It took me about 1-2 hours to complete the installation. For the 392, the clips for the grill on the outer edges were deeper inside the plastic that surrounds them. I used my special clip remover to remove them. The circle that is drilled to get the hoses through and into the cabin is screwed on, you just need to unscrew it from the hood (counter-clockwise).
(The tightness differences of the hood when the lock is ON and OFF.)
Finally the installation is complete! ✌️My expectation was not in vain, and it seems that my attempt was definitely worth it!
I was thrilled I did not need to change anything about my front-facing camera. It works great!
I was excited not to have to carry any additional keys and the key fob is the same as before the installation of the hood lock.
I haven't experienced any flutter when driving my Jeep on uneven trails with the hood lock installed so I am happy with the lock. I still use the locks on the sides of the hood.
(The front camera is not affected and works normally.)
I'm very happy with this purchase and I highly recommend this Lasfit Jeep Hood Lock to anyone who cares about the safety of their 392 as much as I do.
The top reasons are, no need for an additional key, ease of use (convenience), and continued use of the OEM front off-road camera. The critical thing is the backup for if the battery dies. That is a very critical component that would have prevented me from buying it if it didn't exist.
*Hopefully, this helps you out if you're in the market for some new hood locks/latches and/or are curious about the LASFIT Stealth Anti-Theft Hood Lock. As always, feel free to reach out with any questions or comments.
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