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Old 09-08-2010, 10:46 PM   #31
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But if its your own land or you have permission to go flat out, by all means....git er dun

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Old 09-09-2010, 06:52 AM   #32
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I only drive on my own land, or ask permission from owners of other land. And I follow the designated roads. There's an elderly couple who own this awesome trail which is an old logging road and at the top, there is a huge pond that only them, me and a few others know about. Great weekend getaway.

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Old 09-09-2010, 07:40 AM   #33
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Lexan can easily be obtained from places like McMaster Carr or similar industrial supply places.

As far as Jeep windshields, Never had a problem with mine cracking due to heat or cold. Usually there has to be a weak point before a crack begins. I've got a ding on my new windshield and I'm waiting for it to spread. The jeep windshields are relatively flat so anything hitting it is almost a guarantee crack or pit.

The windshields they are replaced with also makes a difference. There are different grades, and usually the insurance company will opt for the cheapest install.

for example, my original windshield had the smokey area at the top. My replacement windshield didn't. I didn't notice until after it was replaced. after calling them to complain, they stated they are obligated to replace the windshield, but not with an OEM type, just the cheapest aftermarket ones.

Also keep in mind that it's not all hot and cold but how many times you bang it around, and we all know how rough a Jeep rides. so a cracked windshield in a Jeep is a guarantee that it's going to split further.
not completely off topic but. . .
by "smokey area at the top" do you mean that blue area gradient they sometimes put at the top? i cant imaging ever putting that on a jeep when the windshield is only like 2 feet wide already.
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Old 09-09-2010, 08:08 AM   #34
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not completely off topic but. . .
by "smokey area at the top" do you mean that blue area gradient they sometimes put at the top? i cant imaging ever putting that on a jeep when the windshield is only like 2 feet wide already.
To me, it made a big difference. I liked the little tinted area, it helped keep the glare out.
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:11 PM   #35
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Sorry about the "tread lightly" remark but only in light of the fact that it concerns your own land. The overall theory of "Tread Lightly" on public land still applies if people care about having places to wheel in the future. The land closure people are looking for any excuse. As far as putting it in this thread it was the only place where "I make my own trails" appears and therefore the only place where people would see it as verses buried somewhere else on this forum.
oh trust me im quite aware of the "tread lightly" theory, Im an eagle scout. so Im used to the concept, but here in Rhode Island there are no public areas to wheel that i know of so all the wheeling i do is on my own land or at my friends houses, therefore its alot of bashing through the woods and swampy areas.
Butttt back on topic, the whole lexan idea, whats the cost on something like that, does anyone know?
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:20 PM   #36
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Old 09-13-2010, 10:32 PM   #37
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so this past winter my windshield cracked on my jeep out of no where. i was told that it was because the heater in the tj's are too powerful for the car so when you use the defroster when its really cold out it cracks the windshield. has anyone else had this issue and if so what can i do other than not use the defroster when its really cold out?
not unless you have a wood burning stove that blows flames out of your defroster duct as a heater the windshield should not break .( 1) water may have seeped into the gasket , froze , chipped or stressed your windshield and when you turned the heat on THEN your windshield cracked (2) a flaw from the factory . windsheilds are made of tempered glass and that means they are made to endure expansion during the the heating or cooling process . look at the windshield it has it etched near the brand name (tempered ) if you do some research you can find a (new ) one for 52.00 bucks. water at mach 3 can cut 6" stainless steel
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Old 09-13-2010, 11:34 PM   #38
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I have put 5 in my Jeep since I picked it up in 2002, something about a big flat piece of glass and running through the woods just doesn't mix I usually get a chip or crack and wait for it to get to where it affects my vision. I think like some others you probably had a small chip or other defect and the change in temperature just caused it to get bigger.

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