Received 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL hood by mistake

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The recycling yard asked to have it back. I wanted to save it but unfortunately I'm not made of money and have an expensive wall art that would only serve as a conversation piece. I was told it's going back to FCA.


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Well I purchased what I thought was a 2014 hard rock/10a hood from and known good recycler in the Detroit area. The guy there was very helpful with sending pics before the sale so I could see what I was getting and getting it freight shipped to me in 3 days. Got the hood unpacked and went to install today only to find out the hood I bought is almost 2 inches longer than my stock hood.

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". If you've read any info at all on the new JL you'll see that they are messing around with the cowl/windshield/A pillar area so.......

This hood came as you see it, painted, stickered and outfitted, out of Detroit from a recycler and that recycler told me there location is close to the Chelsea proving grounds and they receive vehicles to part out from FCA.


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Here's the smoking gun...... JL prototype with longer hood.

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The recycling yard asked to have it back. I wanted to save it but unfortunately I'm not made of money and have an expensive wall art that would only serve as a conversation piece. I was told it's going back to FCA.
Wow that's the most telling indication that this is really something that shouldn't have been sent :) Definitely sounds more like it could be the JL hood.
 

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Nice find! If you guys remember this recent JL prototype featured a longer hood so not surprised to see that there might be longer JL hoods floating out there.


 

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Going back to FCA huh? Me thinks you were the first ever JL Wrangler (partial) owner :)
 

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I have to admit it looks nice! Gives me hope that the new Wrangler Rubicon will look more agressive!
 

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I just saw this on Jalopnik and a few other sites. They contacted Jeep and "Jeep responded with no comment on the matter" ....





Very interesting if true that it actually got Rubicon printed on it too.
 

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The rubber pads don't make sense if it's for a JL, since they're eliminating the fold down windscreen. Was it aluminum? Another qualifier for being JL. Could be for a 2017 JK with a 2" shorter cowl perhaps.
 
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I guess technically I was the first partial owner of a JL :D
 

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The rubber pads don't make sense if it's for a JL, since they're eliminating the fold down windscreen. Was it aluminum? Another qualifier for being JL. Could be for a 2017 JK with a 2" shorter cowl perhaps.
The JL prototypes running around all have the rubber pads too don't they?
 
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The rubber pads don't make sense if it's for a JL, since they're eliminating the fold down windscreen. Was it aluminum? Another qualifier for being JL. Could be for a 2017 JK with a 2" shorter cowl perhaps.

I'm sure FCA will keep them on there so all us wrangler guys don't freak out and to keep the iconic look.......no this hood was not aluminum and I wouldn't expect a preproduction part to be so.....I work at a jeep dealer and we have 20 2017s and nothing has changed other than led headlights and fog lights
 

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I'm sure FCA will keep them on there so all us wrangler guys don't freak out and to keep the iconic look.......no this hood was not aluminum and I wouldn't expect a preproduction part to be so.....I work at a jeep dealer and we have 20 2017s and nothing has changed other than led headlights and fog lights
Yep and the rubber pads are still present on the JL Wrangler prototypes too. You can see them in the pic posted earlier in this thread which had the new longer hood.


 

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Yep and the rubber pads are still present on the JL Wrangler prototypes too. You can see them in the pic posted earlier in this thread which had the new longer hood.
Good catch. So it looks like OP probably got one of the mule hoods instead of a production spec one which would explain why it's not aluminum.
 

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The rubber pads don't make sense if it's for a JL, since they're eliminating the fold down windscreen. Was it aluminum? Another qualifier for being JL. Could be for a 2017 JK with a 2" shorter cowl perhaps.
That hood also could have been installed on a mule that was mostly JK part, including the windshield.
 

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That hood also could have been installed on a mule that was mostly JK part, including the windshield.
I think you hit the nail on the head. The hood looks like a little too JK to be JL.
Actually what I meant was the fact that the hood had rubber pads doesn't necessarily mean that it's a JK hood. The rubber pads could have been added to the JL hood for purposes of being fitted on an early-stage frankenstein prototype which featured both JK and JL parts.
 
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