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Old 04-08-2012, 10:50 PM   #1
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laid down windshield now wont go back up completely!!!

i thought it was closed all the way until i tried to put the roll bar pieces back on the windshield and it was probally about 2 inches away from the windshield.no matter how hard i push and pull on the windshield i cant get it to pull closer to the bars?do i need new windshield brackets or is there something else i can do?is there something im missing?

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Old 04-08-2012, 11:08 PM   #2
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Soak the hinges with PB blaster and work the windshield back and forth. You might have to do this several times over the course of a day (or week). When you get a little closer than 2" use a couple of bolts longer than the stock Torx and some washers and thread them through the bars into the frame and slowly (and evenly) pull the windshield back to where you can start a couple of the Torx.

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Old 04-08-2012, 11:45 PM   #3
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Check the hinges to see if they bent. They bend pretty easy....
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:34 AM   #4
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What kind of shape are your dash brackets in? the ones that tie up to the windshield? If you can force a bolt into them, do so and draw the windshield back to the spreader bars. That's what I had to do after a new gasket install and it seems to work.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:04 AM   #5
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Make sure the wiper motor wires are clear of being pinched!

How do the hinge's look are they sprung?
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:26 AM   #6
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Had the same problem after replacing the windshield gasket. Just try to catch the windshield bolts on 3 threads and gently with help from a couple friends push the windshield back evenly and catch the roll bar bolts. then pull it in evenly and slowly. My friend did his and bent the bracket. The hinge is for Sh*t so it actually looked like we cut it, but it tore half way through the hinge. I just ran a weld bead down where it became thin do to the bend. Good luck thou!
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:50 PM   #7
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1 of 2 problems

You either have a hinge that is binding or you have something under the windshield that is blocking. You need to determine which one before forcing things.

If it is the hinge binding, then you need to free it or you will bend it, or break the windshield. Freeing it means soaking it with penetrant and working it back and forth. I really doubt it is binding, otherwise it would have been very difficult to get down also.

If it is something underneath you need to free it. Check the weather stripping to be sure it isn't binding.
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Old 04-09-2012, 06:32 PM   #8
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when i replace my w/s frame gasket i had the same problem. i used two ratchet tie down straps attached to the windshield frame and the roll bar. if i remember correct the measurement from the w/s frame to the rear of the tub is 75 1/8"
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:59 PM   #9
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I bent mine while folding it down ( didnt realize it untill after lol)
Bought new hinges but couldnt get bolts out !
So after breaking a couple of easy outs, I modified hinge to keep original door mount and welded them over existing hinges!
Now I wheel with windshield folded down!
Just oil hinges so they dont bind up again
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when i replace my w/s frame gasket i had the same problem. i used two ratchet tie down straps attached to the windshield frame and the roll bar. if i remember correct the measurement from the w/s frame to the rear of the tub is 75 1/8"
My suggestion exactly. That is what I had to do after replacing my windshield gasket
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.....welded them over existing hinges!
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:11 AM   #12
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There is an adjustment on the roll bar side bars. You can loosen the bolts and slide them forward.
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There is an adjustment on the roll bar side bars. You can loosen the bolts and slide them forward.
Thats not really an adjustment, they need to be tight, but ya you can loosen them nearly all the way to get the windshield closer to the roll bar. Biggest thing is to tighten everything slowly and evenly side to side so you don't crack the windshield. Like the other dude said use tie down straps or a couple friends to push it back. I did mine myself after replacing the gasket and I have to admit it made me nervous the whole time tighting it down. I was certain that I didn't bent the hinge thou. She folded down real easy. Guess I was lucky. My jeep was garage kept its entire life so that helps I'm sure.
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Old 04-10-2012, 12:21 PM   #14
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ok.ill try all that today.i havent had time to look at it since i posted this.
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Old 04-10-2012, 12:24 PM   #15
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So there are no wires in the way and you have all the bolts out? like you didnt leave one in. right?
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Make sure you didn't leave your flatheat screwdriver in the hinge

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