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Q Taylor Morlock • 07/13/2020, 10:39:47 PM I baught one of these cause my oe one was broken. Apon install i noticed that its not springy like the oe one. It also doesnt latch or have movement. Is it supposed to have movement and latch, or just be like a handle? Thanks!
A 07/15/2020, 12:39:23 PM It may need to be bent slightly to match and latch your lid center console combo. The aluminum (and the lid) should have just enough spring to latch and unlatch once adjusted. Please reach out to customer service if you are having issues after adjustment.
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Alex Bogusky (CO) | August 7th, 2021
Really like JCR stuff but this latch appears to be made of aluminum. Not steel so it will bend instead of flex. There is no such thing as spring aluminum!! So it is of no use as a replacement latch. I was able to use an angle grinder to cut the latch part off and rivet that to my broken plastic latch so now I have a working latch again. But that is making lemonade from a lemon. Make it from spring steel guys and it will work.
Luke (Asheville, NC) | January 27th, 2021
I like the latch it is more heavy duty than stock, yes you have to push/bend the handle down each use but at least it latches and stays closed every time, would buy again.
Joe Butler (Stuart FL) | January 20th, 2021
I bought this latch to replace the missing plastic latch that was missing & probably had been broken for years when I bought my "97 Cherokee XJ. It is very sturdy & is great quality.
Hugh S-D (Ct) | December 30th, 2020
I broke 2 plastic ones on the first day of owning them. I was thrilled to find a metal one - disappointed to learn after install that it’s really not functional - it’s a great sturdy product regarding the build, but it doesn’t really work - the “spring” required for the latch doesn’t really work so you need to basically bend the latch each time you open it and close it for it to be a snug fit. 25 bucks would be better spent on beer and Velcro.
Tyler (Sacramento, CA) | November 10th, 2020
I was looking at yards for a replacement for a while but was never lucky enough. Glad I found this one. Its solid and easy to install. The only negative is that the metal is thinner than the plastic so the door is able to open a bit more when latched but nothing that affects the normal function of the center console.
Brian (Olive Branch, MS) | May 4th, 2020
As these plastic parts get around 20 years of age they become very brittle. Some Cherokees have a tougher life than others. For the ones that have gotten brittle and experiencing a tough life this latch will do the trick. This is a great product and would definitely buy it again.
Richard W | January 15th, 2020
After twenty years, my original plastic latch finally snapped off. This replacement does feel a little different than the original since it's metal, but it does the job, keeping the lid closed.
Anonymous | June 15th, 2018
This latch is clutch. Had my console secured with velcro for years, now it's back to normal operation. Feels a little different than the stock latch, but works the same. Now if JCR could fabricate a replacement glovebox latch, my interior would be complete.
Anonymous | February 19th, 2019
I ordered the first one but it arrived defective. However I contacted the customer service reps and they were amazing! They sent me a new one and once I received it I installed it immediately. It fit and it does its job, the only complaint is it's a little loose and gives it some wiggle space.
Nick (CA) | February 4th, 2021
The latch is good quality, and definitely beefier than the stock one that snapped. However, you constantly have to bend the latch to get it to close again after opening the center console. But it does latch so I will give it that, but for the price, I'd expect it to work flawlessly.