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Old 06-21-2009, 10:18 AM   #1
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Windshield Down On the Trail

on the last jamboree one of the trail guides said i should try going on trail rides with the windshield down. i am not crazy enough to do it down the road or at speeds above 10mph. i don't like eating bugs and my parents paid way to much for braces for me to lose my teeth. however, what he said peaked my curiosity enough for me too take of my hood rack and try it . my question is, is it any more dangerous to ride with the windshield down (on the trail only) than up? i have a full roll cage, not that in the event of a roll over the windshield would do anything any way, and a 5 point harness (to be installed). any input would be appreciated.

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Old 06-21-2009, 10:22 AM   #2
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If you have a full cage, the only thing different would be flying debris.

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Old 06-21-2009, 10:25 AM   #3
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sweet. i can handle flying debris.
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Old 06-21-2009, 10:54 AM   #4
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Watch out for flying mud.
Like if I get in front of you on the trail I might be tempted to shoot a little mud at ya, no hard feelings. lol.
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Old 06-21-2009, 11:05 AM   #5
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With a full cage really not a big deal. Make sure it is very secure on the hood. Last thing you want is a massive section of metal and glass coming at you in a roll over.
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Old 06-21-2009, 01:42 PM   #6
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With a full cage really not a big deal. Make sure it is very secure on the hood. Last thing you want is a massive section of metal and glass coming at you in a roll over.
ya i plan on strapping it down really good.
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Old 06-22-2009, 08:54 AM   #7
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Watch out for flying mud.
Like if I get in front of you on the trail I might be tempted to shoot a little mud at ya, no hard feelings. lol.
note to self...stay in front of rich.
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Old 06-22-2009, 10:39 AM   #8
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Well is it down yet? Pic's or it didn't happen.
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Old 06-22-2009, 10:41 AM   #9
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Well is it down yet? Pic's or it didn't happen.
not yet. it has been raining here for over a week. but once i put it down i'll post it. plus i'm sure i'll have some pics once we get back from our RC trip in july.
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Old 06-22-2009, 05:28 PM   #11
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So when you say a "full cage". Do you mean that your cage no longer attaches to your windshield at all?
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Old 06-22-2009, 06:44 PM   #12
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So when you say a "full cage". Do you mean that your cage no longer attaches to your windshield at all?
yes. it is the 6 point style roll cage. all one piece and the roll bars come down and in front of the windshield and bolt to the floor.

it looks like this one.
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Cool. Then by all means I would run on the trail without it. Hell it might be worth it for you to drill the hinge bolts and replace them with standard bolts so you can just take the windshield out when you get to where you're wheelin. There's always probably plenty of people with tow rigs you could stash the glass in.
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Old 06-22-2009, 11:53 PM   #14
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Old 06-23-2009, 07:33 AM   #15
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Cool. Then by all means I would run on the trail without it. Hell it might be worth it for you to drill the hinge bolts and replace them with standard bolts so you can just take the windshield out when you get to where you're wheelin. There's always probably plenty of people with tow rigs you could stash the glass in.
, maybe some of these for quick removal / installation

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have you put it down yet? if its never been down the hinges can be seized. i worked on mine for a couple months, spraying pb, heating it up, working back and forth every time i passed it. ended up cutting the hinge cuz it wouldn't move.
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dont know your environment where you wheel but in montana some of the trails are so overgrown the onlything between you and mister whiplash branch is that windshield. i wouldnt do it here but running on the beech or threw some more open terrain i would in a heart beat.
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Old 06-23-2009, 08:54 AM   #19
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have you put it down yet? if its never been down the hinges can be seized. i worked on mine for a couple months, spraying pb, heating it up, working back and forth every time i passed it. ended up cutting the hinge cuz it wouldn't move.
the hinges are new. when i got the body tub it had chrome hinges so i chucked them and got black ones. so i'm sure it will be fine.

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dont know your environment where you wheel but in montana some of the trails are so overgrown the onlything between you and mister whiplash branch is that windshield. i wouldnt do it here but running on the beech or threw some more open terrain i would in a heart beat.
we go to an off road park in PA. all of the trails are distinct and the brush is kept to a minimum.
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dont know your environment where you wheel but in montana some of the trails are so overgrown the onlything between you and mister whiplash branch is that windshield. i wouldnt do it here but running on the beech or threw some more open terrain i would in a heart beat.
X2 here in Washington State. I get whacked enough just having the doors off.
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X2 here in Washington State. I get whacked enough just having the doors off.
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at least he didnt say whacked off
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at least he didnt say whacked off
or whacked on!
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i wouldn't i thought it would be cool to give it a try and it didnt end well i got so beat up from branches but if u don't have brush to worry about then by all means go for it
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the trails i go on are pretty brush and branch free. the nice thing about my cj is that it has windshield knobs, so there are no tools required to put it up or down.

they look like these just not chrome
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Old 07-04-2009, 06:55 PM   #26
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I dont take mine down on the trail only 4 point
but around town sheild is down alot

Not fancy but works

I also use a cat collar to tie windsheild down
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