Jeep Owner Orders Parts from Scrapyard, Receives What Could be JL Wrangler Hood
Leaked Part May Have Belonged to a Test Mule
One Jeep owner got a surprise when he ordered a 2014 Hard Rock hood for his Wrangler JK and was sent what might be a hood from the upcoming 2018 Wrangler JL.
JL Wrangler Forums user Redrockjk posted about the incident on the website, detailing that he’d ordered the hood from a well-regarded parts recycler in the Detroit area, but when the hood arrived, it was almost 2 inches longer than expected. In photos appearing on the forum, the user shows the difference between his stock hood and the Hard Rock hood is limited to length alone, as they both feature the same grille contour, similar hood latches, and similar sculpting. To be fair, the Hard Rock hood is vented, but not in a way that’s different from the JK equivalent.
In Redrockjk’s own words, taken from his forum post, “There are no VIN stickers or Mopar stamped part numbers on this hood (which is not the norm for Jeep/Mopar). The place I purchased from is near Chelsea proving grounds, and the guy there thinks there ‘might have been a mix up.’” The user also says the recycler occasionally receives vehicles from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to part out.
The near-identical match to the JK Wrangler makes us think this isn’t a production-intent JL hood. More likely, it probably came from one of the JL’s earlier development mules, which used mocked-up JK bodies to camouflage new running gear and technology. Those vehicles had longer hoods (ostensibly to create room for turbocharged powertrains and eight-speed automatic transmissions), but the hoods were shaped almost identically to regular JK hoods.
It’s curious that such a body part would end up in someone’s hands, and it’s also strange the hood would have JK-spec venting, paint, and stickers, so this forum post just raises all kinds of questions. The user says the recycling yard asked to have the hood back, and he was told it would be going back to the automaker.
Image and Information Source: JL Wrangler Forums