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Old 07-05-2013, 09:26 AM   #1
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I *gasp* put down the windshield

It was the 4th after all. I would only be in town riding around already had the doors and top off and thought.... now is the time!! 8 bolts later, down she lay. 2 bolts on each side of the top windshield to hold it to the roll bars, 1 bolt each side to hold the roll bar forward parts on (looks really stupid if you leave those on and the stupid security pin isn't fun to try to drill out), and 1 bolt each side in the hinge.

Doesn't look like its ever been dropped before. the seal looked good all be it dirty as hell. So I cleaned that up with some armor all cleaning wipes and away I went




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Old 07-05-2013, 09:31 AM   #2
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:54 AM   #3
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Way to go! Wish I had the energy to drill out the safety pins on mine (or buy the right torx key) this is the way to JEEP!
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:06 PM   #4
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Something you don't see very often!
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:10 PM   #5
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Just knowing it can be done is good enough for me. haha

Where are you in Indiana?
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:13 PM   #6
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I think that looks sick! I've been wanting to drop mine for the last few weeks but it's rained literally every day since... it needs to clear up already!!
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:49 PM   #7
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That's great looking! I wanted to try that the other day then looked up the codes in IL and found that vehicles must have at least 1 rear mirror and already have the doors off so....
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Old 07-05-2013, 01:38 PM   #8
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Thanks!!
I did it because it isn't seen often at all and I hadn't seen one down in person. Figured if no one was going to show me, I'd just show myself LOL.

In IN we have to have at least one rear facing mirror as well, but like I said I didn't plan to go out of my little town so I wasn't really worried. Now though I have it at work with me and have a surprise DR appointment later today. hhmmmm. Not positive if I'll put it up or just chance it. Probably put it up, bugs hurt at 55MPH!

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Old 07-05-2013, 01:54 PM   #9
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Yea, Looks good. JKs with the windshield down looks a bit dorky because its concave.
Just don't smile too much riding down the road on a buggy evening.
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Old 07-05-2013, 03:08 PM   #10
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there is ajeep around here that runs like that, i just can grasp why lol
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Old 07-05-2013, 04:28 PM   #11
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Nice!

I put mine down when I first bought my Jeep years ago. I liked it, but did not like having to go through removing the overhead bars and everything that goes with it. Especially those stupid lock-pin Torx bolts. So, I never did it again until this spring.

Last winter, I threw on an Or-Fab Sport Cage. All I have to do now is unbolt the two bolts at the windshield hinge, and two bolts for the windshield support at the top of the cage. Much easier. Don't have any good pictures yet, but I think it looks better than being all open up front. I will probably run some trails with it down this summer.

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Has anyone thought to just turn the mirror so that it faces the back while windshield is laid down?
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How did you manage windshield bounce? Did you tie it with some braided nylon cord? I broke mine in half about seven years ago when my knot came undone at the wrong time, and have not lowered the thing since.

Additionally, I disliked the look with the cage on, so I removed it, too. Now THAT looked great. But Mr. Dipstick forgot to take photos. The windshield cracked quickly and I just wanted to get it back home. It also looks really great with it up and the cage gone.

Of course, that means that you probably ought not choose that moment to roll it over... HAHAHA!!!

I seriously miss the CJ bar with diagonal stays. Those looked really good. I understand why the TJ cage is shaped the way it is, but I do not even have a back seat in mine. I wonder if I could get a CJ-like bar fabbed up to fit my TJ's attachment points. Hmmmmm... Christmas *is* just six months away...

Looks great, though. I hope you did not eat too many bugs. Mountain biker shades will do you wonders, as will old aviator goggles. And the chicks dig goggles. True story. ;-)
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:09 PM   #14
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Has anyone thought to just turn the mirror so that it faces the back while windshield is laid down?
Thought about it, tried it, it doesn't work

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How did you manage windshield bounce? Did you tie it with some braided nylon cord? I broke mine in half about seven years ago when my knot came undone at the wrong time, and have not lowered the thing since.
ZipTies FTW
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:20 PM   #15
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Has anyone thought to just turn the mirror so that it faces the back while windshield is laid down?
When folded down your angle is thrown off so all you see is the front side of the dash. Once I put my new cage in (Just pulled my OR-Fab and getting ready to install a Gen-Right) I will weld a tab in the middle so I can put the mirror on the cross bar. I actually got lucky and the rear view fell off the windshield last month so that will help with the moving.
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How did you manage windshield bounce? Did you tie it with some braided nylon cord? I broke mine in half about seven years ago when my knot came undone at the wrong time, and have not lowered the thing since.

Additionally, I disliked the look with the cage on, so I removed it, too. Now THAT looked great. But Mr. Dipstick forgot to take photos. The windshield cracked quickly and I just wanted to get it back home. It also looks really great with it up and the cage gone.

Of course, that means that you probably ought not choose that moment to roll it over... HAHAHA!!!

I seriously miss the CJ bar with diagonal stays. Those looked really good. I understand why the TJ cage is shaped the way it is, but I do not even have a back seat in mine. I wonder if I could get a CJ-like bar fabbed up to fit my TJ's attachment points. Hmmmmm... Christmas *is* just six months away...

Looks great, though. I hope you did not eat too many bugs. Mountain biker shades will do you wonders, as will old aviator goggles. And the chicks dig goggles. True story. ;-)
I actually use a spare grab handle from my cage. The velcro hasn't moved or let go even doing 70+ down the highway or off road.



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I'd watch using Armour All. I have had problems with it doing more damage than good.
It made my dash become sort of tacky after a while. When I went to clean it off, it was like a layer of plastic wipes off also. My brother in law accidentally used it on the bed cover for my father in laws truck and it started to come apart. The manufacturer said it voided the warranty and they explicitly say not to use it on their products.
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Old 07-08-2013, 08:51 PM   #17
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Dropped mine for the first time today. It was awesome!! I really need a front part to my cage. It would be so much easier to fold down and up.

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Old 07-08-2013, 09:08 PM   #18
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I put mine down every once in a while as well! I get waves from everybody when I do, not just Jeeps!
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Old 07-08-2013, 09:15 PM   #19
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Any advice on get mine safely secured when down. My light bar would be in to way.
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I've been dying to do this but its been non stop raining for the past 16 days here in Gastonia....
The first day of no rain that windshield is coming down!!
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I've been dying to do this but its been non stop raining for the past 16 days here in Gastonia....
The first day of no rain that windshield is coming down!!
Today was our first pretty clear day haha. It drizzled a few times though but I didn't care haha.
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Old 07-09-2013, 07:35 PM   #22
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Way to go! Wish I had the energy to drill out the safety pins on mine (or buy the right torx key) this is the way to JEEP!
You don't need to drill out the safety torx, you're supposed to remove the 2 bolts on each end if the bar. The safety torx is there to help the windshield and the door surround line up right.
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:21 PM   #23
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JGood - I'm a little north of Lafayette.
Brookston? And for what it's worth in Indiana you HAVE to have a windshield, but I doubt anybody would actually write you for that one
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Brookston? And for what it's worth in Indiana you HAVE to have a windshield, but I doubt anybody would actually write you for that one
Well technically we all have windshields... just not in the erect position.
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I've personally been caught in the rain with no top. I've heard of people getting caught with no doors also. Has anyone here been through a storm with the windshield down?
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I've personally been caught in the rain with no top. I've heard of people getting caught with no doors also. Has anyone here been through a storm with the windshield down?
Yes it hurts like hell. Next time you are driving down the road in the rain, stick your face out the window.
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I'm waiting til I get my trail cage in, like TJ dave. I think it looks better and would want some protection, especially on the trails. I haven't dropped it in a year or two now. Hopefully next summer.
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Brookston? And for what it's worth in Indiana you HAVE to have a windshield, but I doubt anybody would actually write you for that one
If no windshield then you just need approved safety glasses
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You don't need to drill out the safety torx, you're supposed to remove the 2 bolts on each end if the bar. The safety torx is there to help the windshield and the door surround line up right.
To remove the forward part of the roll cage that connects to the windshield you DO have to remove these two (one on each side) safety torx. I guess you could just leave the roll bars sticking forward hooked to nothing but it certainly looks stupid this way.

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Brookston? And for what it's worth in Indiana you HAVE to have a windshield, but I doubt anybody would actually write you for that one
Remington. No one said anything the couple of days I kept it that way. Small town charm I'm sure.
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Aren't any of you worried about a catching a rock in the face?

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