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Old 10-04-2012, 09:03 PM   #31
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A local fabricator friend did it for me. He has built similar cages in dozens of other TJs (he used to own his own 4x4 shop, in fact). He doesn't use anyone's kit; he just buys lots of DOM tubing and starts bending.

I'm very pleased with it.
It's one of my favorite cages I've seen. A lot of cages is see look like they went a bit overboard in my opinion, too many bars and all. This one looks great though.

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Old 10-04-2012, 10:39 PM   #32
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assuming that yours isnt painted shut like every torx bolt on my jeep. Have to strip the dam things to get them out.
There's a trick to that.
Put the torx bit in the bolt head, whack it with a hammer to crack any paint that may have seeped in and then spray it with penetrating oil. Wait a few minutes then remove.

So far I have no issue removing any painted over torx using this method.

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Old 10-04-2012, 10:47 PM   #33
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It's one of my favorite cages I've seen. A lot of cages is see look like they went a bit overboard in my opinion, too many bars and all. This one looks great though.
Check with the guys over at Searchers 4WD in Prarieville.
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:44 AM   #34
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not as much fun as it seems.
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:09 PM   #35
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My neighbor has an old pretty beat up jeep from the 80's. He's got his windshield down all the time. He drives around with aviator shades on.

My other neighbor has a brand new Arctic Edition. The one with the Abominable Snowman all over it. He tells me the windshield hinge if fake, and that it does not fold.

I'm not a big fan of the new jeeps. I think they're too modernized, and it diminishes the idea of a classic Jeep. I get in his and it's fully padded and appointed inside, with full power windows and locks, electronics, hardly any exposed metal. It even has navigation. But they did away with the real utilitarian stuff like a full gauge pack.

When I got my jeep, I actually wanted to go pre 96. With the old dash, leaf springs and so-on. Couldn't find anything decent though, so I got a 98.
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:13 PM   #36
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I foldet the windshield on my old YJ, when he was about a half year old and then had to drive 20 !!!! years around with wet feet, when it was raining (i am living in the rainforest since 10 years) the dashbord was rotten away after a few years and I had a hole bucked of electrical problems, not to menshion all the radios I f....d up and so on...
Really not worth it!
With my new TJ I´ll keep the windshield up because I don´t want to know wether the sealings are much better now as they where on my old one.

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Old 10-05-2012, 03:28 PM   #37
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My '70 CJ5 windshield folded easy and the hinges were slotted so the windshield came off after folding it about half way forward. Same with hood and tailgate.
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:53 AM   #38
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It looks like it would be fun,especially on a trail, but I never see anyone do it.
WELL YEAH!, but not since I installed hood mount hilift jack and windshield mount Dayliters....Who cares if everyone else does it?.....Once they do, they'll love it!

Just make sure to have full coverage sunglasses and keep your smile to a grin to keep bugs off your teeth

I've been riding Harleys all my old life and trust me, an open top Jeep with no doors and windshield folded down is about as close as you'll get to heaven without a Hog

And if your gal complains she can't use the mirror or it messes up her hair, ditch her cause her empty seat will soon fill up, promise
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:51 AM   #39
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Hmm?

First time I've seen this thread, I think.

Personally,
Wouldn't even consider having window folded down.

I could see how it would be cool, but just not for me.
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:30 AM   #40
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Hmm?

First time I've seen this thread, I think.

Personally,
Wouldn't even consider having window folded down.

I could see how it would be cool, but just not for me.
Ummm, sounds curable
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:36 PM   #41
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I did it this weekend, and it's all kinds of fun! I drove a few miles at 50+mph and I highly recommend some glasses at those speeds lol. It really is somethin every Jeeper should try at least once!
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:11 PM   #42
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I did it this weekend, and it's all kinds of fun! I drove a few miles at 50+mph and I highly recommend some glasses at those speeds lol. It really is somethin every Jeeper should try at least once!
I remember thinking how my jeep felt like more like a 4 wheeler on steroids or than a car/truck/4x4 when I went doorless for the first time. I bet that just feels that much better.
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:51 PM   #43
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I didn't even know it was legal to drive with our windshields down? I know at least in MN I need one mirror.
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:25 AM   #44
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I remember thinking how my jeep felt like more like a 4 wheeler on steroids or than a car/truck/4x4 when I went doorless for the first time. I bet that just feels that much better.
It does!! Give it a try sometime, you wont regret it!!

And even if ya do you can still say ya did it once!!
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My other neighbor has a brand new Arctic Edition. The one with the Abominable Snowman all over it. He tells me the windshield hinge if fake, and that it does not fold.
I've seen plenty of pics of the JKs with the windshield folded down...
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:04 AM   #46
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I didn't even know it was legal to drive with our windshields down? I know at least in MN I need one mirror.
Get mirror relocation brackets to mount the side mirrors on the windshield hinge. Just wear sunglasses and make sure it's tied down nice and good and it's legal in some states. You'd have to check your state though.
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It does!! Give it a try sometime, you wont regret it!!

And even if ya do you can still say ya did it once!!
I plan on trying it soon, maybe on my next camping trip.
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I do it all the time, and this is probably the one gadget I love the most about a Jeep. ONE THING FOR SURE.... if you have not lowered the Windshield in a while, PLEASE, I MEAN, YOU GOT TO BE really carefull to make shure that the hinges are not stuck, if they are, you will end up breaking the hinges and thats a major repair. Also, make sure you do a good tie to the hood or the w.s. can jump up while riding and it will be very damaging and VERY SCARY... believe me, I have seen people "fly" the w.s. while driving, and is not a pretty picture !!!
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:28 AM   #49
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I do it all the time, and this is probably the one gadget I love the most about a Jeep. ONE THING FOR SURE.... if you have not lowered the Windshield in a while, PLEASE, I MEAN, YOU GOT TO BE really carefull to make shure that the hinges are not stuck, if they are, you will end up breaking the hinges and thats a major repair. Also, make sure you do a good tie to the hood or the w.s. can jump up while riding and it will be very damaging and VERY SCARY... believe me, I have seen people "fly" the w.s. while driving, and is not a pretty picture !!!
Break the hinges? They look pretty tough, would they really break that easy?
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DSJ, they look tough, but they are definitely NOT if they are stuck ( frozen ) and you try to lower the Windshield, they hinges WILL break at the pivot area. The thickness of the hinge metal is about 1/8" of an inch, NOT MUCH. If you want to lower the Windshield and you are not sure if they are loosen and free to rotate, you watch one hinge, and have another person watch the other hinge as you VERY SLOWLY try to lower the windshield, if the hinge does not rotate ( the center pivot point of the hinge moves with the windshield, the other two on each side are still with the body ) you have to loosen them with thin oil and give it time to sip into the pivots. I used Corrosion-X brand on mine yesterday, and after about 30-40 minutes of soaking the hinges with it, it just barely started to come loose, and eventually free and smooth. Later, I covered the hinge pivots with vaseline to prevent water from getting in the pivots again.
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DSJ, they look tough, but they are definitely NOT if they are stuck ( frozen ) and you try to lower the Windshield, they hinges WILL break at the pivot area. The thickness of the hinge metal is about 1/8" of an inch, NOT MUCH. If you want to lower the Windshield and you are not sure if they are loosen and free to rotate, you watch one hinge, and have another person watch the other hinge as you VERY SLOWLY try to lower the windshield, if the hinge does not rotate ( the center pivot point of the hinge moves with the windshield, the other two on each side are still with the body ) you have to loosen them with thin oil and give it time to sip into the pivots. I used Corrosion-X brand on mine yesterday, and after about 30-40 minutes of soaking the hinges with it, it just barely started to come loose, and eventually free and smooth. Later, I covered the hinge pivots with vaseline to prevent water from getting in the pivots again.
Ok, thanks for the heads up man! I'll remember that when I try it.
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I've had my windshield down a couple times, It is kind of a pita, and it does look awkward... but I had a blast and will definitely do it again. I think all jeepers should try it at least once.

Interesting fact: along with the normal Jeep waves, with the windshield down, bikes and vets also wave

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I think it would look nice just taking the front "roll bars" off and still have window up. It would look like a cj roll bar
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FYI - If you are ever on a super dusty road or trail, then folding the window down will help prevent the dust from rolling in from the back....prevents that vortex/cyclone.
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Ive been wanting to try this.......
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I think it would look nice just taking the front "roll bars" off and still have window up. It would look like a cj roll bar
I take my sport bars off all summer! It's awesome but I do put them on for winter... I figure I have about double the chance of rolling it in the icy roads than on a sunny summer afternoon lol.
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I think it would look nice just taking the front "roll bars" off and still have window up. It would look like a cj roll bar
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I take my sport bars off all summer! It's awesome but I do put them on for winter... I figure I have about double the chance of rolling it in the icy roads than on a sunny summer afternoon lol.
I was really tempted to leave those off but am paranoid about it allowing the windshield to flex and break the glass. How sturdy is it without them?
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:23 PM   #58
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I was really tempted to leave those off but am paranoid about it allowing the windshield to flex and break the glass. How sturdy is it without them?
I've always wanted to take those out (being 6'1 they tend to get in the way) but was worried about the windshield being unstable.
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I was really tempted to leave those off but am paranoid about it allowing the windshield to flex and break the glass. How sturdy is it without them?
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I've always wanted to take those out (being 6'1 they tend to get in the way) but was worried about the windshield being unstable.
Sounds like we are all in the same boat
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Sounds like we are all in the same boat
Haha yea looks like it

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