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12-29-2013 03:30 PM
brian d 15 months, 21000 miles, on the original windshield. Had this thrown on for free at the dealer: http://www.dfisolutions.com/ . I have herd rocks hit pretty hard too. I just stroll in the dealer every 4 months and they "reapply" the stuff. I have never used rainx, as I never have had the need.
12-29-2013 10:03 AM
redbilly I will tempt karma by adding that I have had my 2011 JK for three years and not replaced a windshield. I have a very small scuff that was caused by being behind a dump truck while entering a highway ramp. I watched the rock hurdle towards me in near slow-motion. That was over a year ago, and it has not cracked or run.

My father-in-law has been through four in his 2011. The windshield is so flat that the impact has no place to go but straight across the glass surface. If you drive on the highway with frequency, there is a good chance that you'll take a hit.
12-29-2013 09:47 AM
JKPaul
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Originally Posted by tomthbomb View Post
2007 JKU: original windshield

2012 JKU: original windshield

What are you guys doing?
Doing? Well, I came off some back roads, gravel, hit the pavement, and was chucking to myself as I heard the rocks flying out from tires only to see one from the front tires coming back at me and put a large star on the windshield that spread right across the windshield from side to side by the time I got back to town. I was the only one on the road for miles.
'95 YJ-3 in 10 years
'10 JK-1 in 1 year
'12 JK......none in a year and a half but, that being said I know that I just jinxed myself!
12-29-2013 09:06 AM
WaltA
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Originally Posted by Numbercruncher View Post
Is it true that the flat glass of the Wrangler windshield means replacements are a lot less money than a typical curved windshield?
I thought that is also why the windshields get damaged so easily. They take the full impact point-blank, instead of as a glancing blow.

I went thru a few windshields on my '87 YJ. And from that, I know it doesn't take much; just a small pebble or salt crystal will be enough.
12-29-2013 08:58 AM
That Jeep Guy
2 Jeeps 2 replacements

Because of rock chips, I replaced the windshield on my 2010 twice before trading for a 2013. 8 months now without one.
Of course. now is the time of year they happen because of the sand/grit that is spread onto some roads.
I don't drive motorways and high traffic roads and would have to drive a long way just to find one.
I do not tailgate.
I am not sure it is the verticality of the windshield either as I had just as many chips and cracks when I owned various Land Rovers previous to switching to Jeeps. (The new ones got way more expensive while Jeeps remained about the same price, but I digress)
ALL of the rock chips that I have gotten have come from oncoming traffic except one which I got as I drove under a bridge that was for another road (overpass, I think its called).
I am also unsure if we can blame our Jeeps glass quality since I have not really had more windshield replacements than anyone else here with any other vehicle.
If insurance is available for the glass - get it.
Here when a windshield is replaced or repaired one normally gets a free one year doesn't-matter-how-it-happened warranty from the place that installed it; so better to replace it after 11 months than 13 months!
12-29-2013 07:16 AM
SweenHo I replaced a few windshields each on the last couple of Jeeps I've owned. But so far on my 2014 (2000 mi), no issues. This is the first one I've put a wind deflector on, maybe it's making a difference on the highway.
12-29-2013 02:17 AM
Lusus_Naturae Still on the first windshield, holding nicely now with three chips and a crack across the bottom.
12-28-2013 03:57 PM
tomthbomb 2007 JKU: original windshield

2012 JKU: original windshield

What are you guys doing?
12-28-2013 02:02 PM
PecosRiver On my 2010 I've had 6, not including the original.

On my 2013 I'm still using the original and while not pristine, it has no cracks yet.
12-28-2013 01:57 PM
TTaM Do you have glass coverage on your policy? If the chips can be seen from the driver's seat, they will likely be covered by your insurance.

I started this thread exactly 1 year ago today, and I'd like to note I just cracked another windshield, so that is 4 in 1 year.

Thank goodness for zero deductible glass coverage.
12-06-2013 07:24 PM
Y-Guy Bumping this one up since there is a lot of discussion about pitted windshields. I've got 3 good size chips but all 3 are in the passenger side no in my direct line of sight so I don't think I'll have a claim there... yet. However, my windshield is horribly pitted, enough that I feel it's unsafe driving in the rain. Has anyone had any luck with this aspect of an insurance claim?
09-04-2013 11:11 AM
n3tfury
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Originally Posted by ArcticGrrl View Post
I've had my Arctic Edition less than a year and I can barely see thru the windshield when the sun hits due to pitting. It's just from normal everyday driving. If I replace it, will I lose the Jeep symbols on the new one?
As mentioned ask for an OEM replacement. All the quality glass companies have/can get them. Before they change it out, look at it yourself.
09-04-2013 10:23 AM
ArcticGrrl I got it with 2, 000 miles on it and it was already pitted up. I'm at 14, 000 now and I've about had it with the obstruction. I always seem to be driving directly into sun up or sun down. I will look into the warranty aspect of replacing it. Thanks for all your input. Sadly I'm glad I'm not alone in this pitted mess. Lol
09-04-2013 10:12 AM
tcunningham1979 Mine was pitted real bad by 10k. They replaced it under warranty. The new one was also pitted before I hit 20k. I decided to just live with it.
09-04-2013 09:58 AM
jwilson2598
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Originally Posted by ArcticGrrl View Post
I've had my Arctic Edition less than a year and I can barely see thru the windshield when the sun hits due to pitting. It's just from normal everyday driving. If I replace it, will I lose the Jeep symbols on the new one?
No, just have the glass people replace it with OEM glass from Mopar. That's what I'm having them do on mine this week.
09-04-2013 09:37 AM
tomthbomb
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Originally Posted by ArcticGrrl View Post

I've had my Arctic Edition less than a year and I can barely see thru the windshield when the sun hits due to pitting. It's just from normal everyday driving. If I replace it, will I lose the Jeep symbols on the new one?
Same with my two year old 2012.
Do you use drive through car washes with rotating brushes?
09-04-2013 09:18 AM
ArcticGrrl
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Originally Posted by tomthbomb View Post
My 2012 is 13 months old. When I drive west close to sundown my windshield is so pitted it looks like I drove through a sand storm on I-10 in Arizona.
I've had my Arctic Edition less than a year and I can barely see thru the windshield when the sun hits due to pitting. It's just from normal everyday driving. If I replace it, will I lose the Jeep symbols on the new one?
02-07-2013 08:53 PM
oOoYTSEJAMoOo Just replaced my first!
02-07-2013 04:28 PM
SURGE Got my 2013 on Dec 1. Already has a couple chips and a rapidly expanding crack. I will try to make it until April if I can or I am bound to just have to replace the replacement with all the grit on the roads...
02-07-2013 03:24 PM
BLK2012 3 windshields and 3 repairs in 5 years of Wranglers.
02-07-2013 03:18 PM
RaiderRUBICON I wish Jeep would just put a higher quality windshield on the vehicle once and for all.

They could put a better tempered glass, than those thin sheets.I think we all need to complain harder.
02-07-2013 03:02 PM
darkred My second. Have 5700 miles on it.
02-07-2013 02:58 PM
n3tfury
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Originally Posted by J33P3RS View Post
Lol. I hear ya. On our 3rd since may 2012. Us Arizonans get a nice high 1" rock quotient on the roads. Smack, smack, crack. When I saw you had 4 in a year, figured you had to be in Az.
Ah, you're out in QC. Yep, we know how it is here
02-07-2013 02:54 PM
J33P3RS
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Originally Posted by n3tfury
I'm on my 4th and have owned my 2012 JKU since last May.
Lol. I hear ya. On our 3rd since may 2012. Us Arizonans get a nice high 1" rock quotient on the roads. Smack, smack, crack. When I saw you had 4 in a year, figured you had to be in Az.
02-07-2013 02:38 PM
BigManAndy None, still rocking the factory on my 2012 jk with 12k.
02-07-2013 02:32 PM
n3tfury I'm on my 4th and have owned my 2012 JKU since last May.
02-07-2013 02:32 PM
rics1997 None on 2010 with 38K. Knock on wood
02-07-2013 02:28 PM
TTaM Here we are 1 month later, 1000 miles and another crack. At this rate I'll be getting a new windshield on a monthly basis.
01-02-2013 12:45 AM
Walker14 03 SE in the White Mountains of Arizona. Bought new in 03 and average a new windshield every Spring.
If it ain't broken, it's sandblasted.
12-30-2012 10:35 AM
JTPhoto JK
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Originally Posted by Numbercruncher
Is it true that the flat glass of the Wrangler windshield means replacements are a lot less money than a typical curved windshield?

NC
Yes, but do realize the cheap Taiwan windshields will not take a hit like the factory or factory approved replacement. Any of the major windshield replacement companies usually can give you a choice of cheap or better quality.
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