A Guide to Your First Time Off-Roading In A Wrangler

A great read for beginners in the Jeeping world. I remember many of these experiences!

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It’s not a stretch to say that many Jeepers, myself included, are drawn to the Wrangler for its go anywhere do anything attitude—the Wrangler is the car you buy when you don’t want to conform, when you strive for more. Owning a vehicle that can be

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Product comparison: Jeep JK vented hoods

A decade into its product life cycle, there are near-limitless ways to customize a Jeep Wrangler JK. Among the most popular is the vented hood. This is more than an individual style statement; it helps keep temperatures down on the trail, when lower speeds negate some of the radiator’s cooling effects. Some owners, myself included, have opted to add louvered panels to their hoods. There are many companies producing those panels, and we’ll reserve consideration of them for a later post. There also are plenty of non-vented hoods on the market, but that kind of defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?

Today, we’ll take in a healthy dose of the aftermarket hoods themselves. As popularized by American Expedition Vehicles’ benchmark design, these hoods add tons of style and much-needed functionality to the Jeep’s engine compartment. As with so many aftermarket automotive products, you generally get what you pay for, and a manufacturer’s reticence to disclose some information can hide a potential area for concern. Let the buyer (always) beware. Here’s a quick comparison of many available options. Click the manufacturer’s name to link to the company’s relevant product page.

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AEVAmerican Expedition Vehicles

MSRP: $875

Weight: 57 lbs. (shipping weight)

Material: 23-guage stamped steel

Finish: E-coated primer

No. of vents: 3

Vented location(s): Above engine-radiator gap, sides behind hood latches

Place of manufacture: USA

Worth noting: AEV’s design incorporates a built-in access point for the company’s snorkel, which means a no-drill installation of that product. Mesh vents come standard in a black powdercoated finish; silver versions are available. Produces similar hood for Moab-edition JKs; some suppliers also claim AEV produces Mopar’s 10th Anniversary-edition hoods under a subsidiary contract for Fiat Chrysler.

 

 

Carbon AEV CloneCarbon Creations DriTech Heat-Reduction hood

MSRP: $1,299

Weight: 25 lbs. (shipping weight)

Material: Carbon fiber

Finish: 2×2 twill weave CF

No. of vents: 3

Vented location(s): Above engine-radiator gap, sides behind hood latches

Place of manufacture: N/A

Worth noting: How do you out-bling an AEV hood? An AEV-lookalike hood in carbon fiber, that’s how.

 

Cliffride VentedCliffride Lucerne vented hood

MSRP: $999

Weight: 48 lbs.

Material: Fiberglass

Finish: Unpainted

No. of vents: 2

Vented location(s): Above engine-radiator gap

Place of manufacture: N/A (Company headquartered in California)

Worth noting: Also available without vents for $950 MSRP. Company has 20 years of manufacturing experience and boasts as its owner Tony Quezada, founder of Volant Cold-Air Intakes.

 

 

Extreme Dimensions AEV CopyDuraflex Heat-Reduction hood

MSRP: $449

Weight: 57 lbs. (shipping weight)

Material: Fiberglass-reinforced plastic

Finish: “Signature black”

No. of vents: 3

Vented location(s): Above engine-radiator gap, sides behind hood latches

Place of manufacture: USA

Worth noting: Your inexpensive copy of AEV’s hood is here. Company notes “hood pins are required.”

 

ED ABRDuraflex ABR hood

MSRP: $699

Weight: N/A

Material: Fiberglass-reinforced plastic

Finish: “Signature black”

No. of vents: 2

Vented location(s): Above main engine belt

Place of manufacture: N/A

Worth noting: See also, DV8 Jeep JK hood. (And, check out that off-center washer nozzle!) Company notes “hood pins are required.”

 

DV8 Off-RoadDV8 Jeep JK Hood

MSRP: $1,088.03

Weight: N/A

Material: Fiberglass

Finish: Unpainted

No. of vents: 2

Vented location(s): Above main engine belt

Place of manufacture: N/A

Worth noting: Fiberglass hood may require sanding and final finishing prior to paint application.

 

DV8 10ADV8 10th Anniversary Hood

MSRP: $560

Weight: 35 lbs.

Material: N/A

Finish: “Comes ready to paint”

No. of vents: 2

Vented location(s): Above engine-radiator gap

Place of manufacture: N/A

Worth noting: One of a number of manufacturers offering copies of Mopar’s popular 10th Anniversary Edition hoods.

 

DV8 HeatDV8 Off-Road Heat Hood

MSRP: $560

Weight: 60 lbs.

Material: “Made with metal”

Finish: “Comes as pictured”

No. of vents: 8

Vented location(s): In power dome above longitudinal engine axis, in front of windshield cowl

Place of manufacture: N/A

Worth noting: Currently shows “sold out” on website.

 

Mopar 10AMopar 10th Anniversary/Hard Rock Edition hood

MSRP: $873

Weight: 40 lbs.

Material: Stamped steel

Finish: Primer

No. of vents: 2

Vented location(s): Above engine-radiator gap

Place of manufacture: USA

Worth noting: After debuting on the 10th Anniversary-edition Rubicons, this hood has made its way to current Rubicon Hard Rock JKs. Only available with dual washer nozzle openings. Early JKs with a single nozzle, like Smokey, will require the AEV Dual Nozzle Kit or a similar home-brew approach.

 

RK Sport ExtractorRK Sport Extractor hood

MSRP: $799.64 to $1,995.95

Weight: N/A

Material: Fiberglass

Finish: Hand-finished grey gelcoat

No. of vents: 8

Vented location(s): Above engine

Place of manufacture: USA

Worth noting: Design focuses on hot-air egress, rather than introducing cooler air to the engine bay. Available in several configurations, including carbon fiber.

 

RK Sport Ram AirRK Sport Ram Air hood

MSRP: $762.25 to $1,895.95

Weight: N/A

Material: Fiberglass

Finish: Hand-finished grey gelcoat

No. of vents: 3

Vented location(s): Leading edge (ram intake forces air into engine bay above airbox area)

Place of manufacture: USA

Worth noting: Available in several configurations, including some with carbon-fiber blister.

 

 

Rugged RidgeRugged Ridge Performance Vented Hood

MSRP: $1,220.99

Weight: 75 lbs. (shipping weight)

Material: Stamped steel

Finish: Primer

No. of vents: 8

Vented location(s): Above engine-radiator gap, in front of cowls

Place of manufacture: Taiwan

Worth noting: Optional vent appearances available for hood-top square vents; 5-year limited warranty

 

Safaripal AggressiveSafaripal Aggressive hood

MSRP: $2,000 (“Save $1,000”)

Weight: N/A

Material: N/A

Finish: N/A

No. of vents: 7

Vented location(s): Engine-radiator gap, in front of windshield cowls

Drilling required: No

Place of manufacture: N/A

Worth noting: Dr. Frankenstein, your hood is ready. “Instruction (sic) not included, professional installation is highly recommended.”

 

Safaripal RevengeSafaripal Revenge

MSRP: $720 (“Save $260”)

Weight: N/A

Material: N/A

Finish: E-coated primer

No. of vents: 8

Vented location(s): In power dome above longitudinal engine axis, in front of windshield cowl

Drilling required: No

Place of manufacture: N/A

Worth noting: Safaripal’s hoods all claim you’re saving X amount, but compared to what? DV8’s comparable hood is $560. “Instruction (sic) not included, professional installation is highly recommended.”

 

Safaripal SRT-8Safaripal SRT8 Performance hood

MSRP: $650 (“Save $70”)

Weight: N/A

Material: Stamped steel

Finish: E-coated primer

No. of vents: 8

Vented location(s): Above engine-radiator gap, in front of cowls

Drilling required: No

Place of manufacture: N/A

Worth noting: What, you thought overseas brands only copied U.S. products? Company claims versions for single- and dual-washer nozzle JKs, but no selection opportunity is provided on website.

 

Smitty SRC StingraySmittybilt SRC Stingray vented hood

MSRP: $549.99

Weight: N/A

Material: 0.8 mm steel

Finish: 0.2 mm E-coat primer

No. of vents: 2

Vented location(s): Above engine-radiator gap

Drilling required: No

Place of manufacture: China

Worth noting: The latest 10A hood clone. Includes washer nozzles and under-hood foam insulation. (By the way, did you check out the URL?)

 

TOTLTOTL Innovations Heat-Expulsion hood

MSRP: $950, plus $180 shipping

Weight: 26 lbs.

Material: Fiberglass

Finish: N/A

No. of vents: 8

Vented location(s): In power dome above longitudinal engine axis, in front of windshield cowl

Drilling required: No

Place of manufacture: USA

Worth noting: By now, you’ve seen this design a few times in this list. As far as we can tell, though, this domestic company is the originator of the design. Compatible with Avenger supercharger units.

 

NOTE: STJ is not affiliated with, nor do we receive any compensation from any of these companies. Some of the options listed are lesser-known brands. Do your due diligence before shopping at any online retailer; this listing is not to be construed as an endorsement of any product or manufacturer listed above.

 

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Dallas trip update

We got back late Monday night (Tuesday morning) from our latest trip to the Dallas area. Along the way, we had a chance to test my latest attempt to solve a recurring JK problem — with great success! 

I’ll post up a video as soon as our weather cooperates enough for me to film it!

2018 Wrangler JL leaked!

Check out this report from Extreme Terrain, including additional *unmasked* photos and full-color renderings! And, expect more here as I have it.

Early images of the 2018 Wrangler have been leaked, confirming previous rumors and backing up a lot of spy photography.

via LEAKED! First Images Of The 2018 JL Wrangler — ExtremeTerrain.com Blog