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04-26-2013 05:45 PM
Tooney
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Originally Posted by Drummerboy View Post
Has anyone here ever put their windshield down? Pros? Cons? I would think that it would ruin your painted bolt heads......?

this pic makes me terrified to think how this truck could buckle if in a serious accident. really makes me wonder about installing a roll cage
04-26-2013 04:56 PM
JKBrad Someone in the aftermarket needs to develop a flatter windshield/frame combo.
04-26-2013 09:47 AM
Bomberboyd i used to lower the windshield on my old CJ frequently (that was just 2 flip-clips and then down; I used to lower it at stoplights using a short rope tied to the lash hook on the inside of the windshield - actually, that is shown in my Avatar picture, sitting in "Cape traffic" on rte 3 in MA) and I lowered the windshield on my TJ (when I lived in LA) all the time.

In LA, there was something great about cruising to work on the 10 and 405 with no windshield... there are no bugs in LA, really, so that helps; it was tougher when I lived in DC. To make life easier, I always kept the forward roll cage supports OFF and stored in the garage -- that way it was only the corner windshield bolts that needed to be removed so it only took a couple minutes to drop the windshield.

The addition of that plate on the JK makes this much more complicated and annoying and increases the likelihood of scratching paint... but STILL... I'm definitely going to do it this summer.

Honestly, it's just a few bolts - it's nothing! Jeeps are meant to be toyed with! We all have the #40 Torx handy anyway!

If you have never driven your Jeep with the doors off and the windshield down, IMO you're missing out on one of the core Jeep experiences!
01-27-2013 08:16 PM
BigMike47172
Excellent video

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Originally Posted by Beastmaster View Post
Good luck getting pics on this. Not many people do because it is such a pain:

How to fold The Windshield of a Jeep Wrangler JK - YouTube
That video completely convinced me to NEVER do that
01-10-2013 07:16 AM
goodysgotacuda
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Originally Posted by ScubaSigGuy View Post
^ Ouch, I'm not sure that's what the OP had in mind pluke. I hope nobody was hurt.
I'm sure Teraflex didn't have that in mind either!
01-10-2013 07:07 AM
dukedallas I would do it if I lived out in Moab or if I used my rig soley for a off road buggy. I did it a few times with my YJ and it was actually really easy and cool for the moment did a few laps around my apt. complex etc....but no way would I drive on a highway like that. It all buttoned up and sealed up pretty nice, functionally offered really 0 for me but hey I tried it ...LOL
01-10-2013 05:13 AM
Sjeupie
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Originally Posted by Sorbs View Post
I pulled this from the CJ-8 forum on the history of why military vehicles have fold down windshields. There is some good reasons for it other than reducing vehicle height on the trail.

History of Fold Down Windshield...

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That's a great tread Never imagined all those uses!
01-10-2013 12:26 AM
ScubaSigGuy ^ Ouch, I'm not sure that's what the OP had in mind pluke. I hope nobody was hurt.
01-10-2013 12:22 AM
JKralph oh pluke...close enough
01-10-2013 12:05 AM
Sorbs I pulled this from the CJ-8 forum on the history of why military vehicles have fold down windshields. There is some good reasons for it other than reducing vehicle height on the trail.

History of Fold Down Windshield...

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images...jeepstack.jpg/
01-09-2013 07:20 PM
Drummerboy It looks like it would ruin your line of site and make it hard to see over the hood.

It would be fun though to do to your wife's Jeep late one night and see the look on face before she has to leave for work one cold winter morning.
01-09-2013 07:12 PM
goodysgotacuda I hate the process of putting it down, plus it looks pretty awful on a JK

01-09-2013 06:06 PM
Irongrave After I started wheeling with the window removed I wont go back. It really opens up your field of vision on the trail coupled with a good front cage and dash bar no worries about safety.
01-09-2013 05:00 PM
JKCliffDiver Hmm, I'll bite.

I really don't see me doing this one too often. That being said, I will go ahead and try this one once it gets nice again. Mostly just to say I have done it. Then there will probably be a light mount put there to keep me from trying it again
01-09-2013 04:16 PM
yellowtailfan
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Originally Posted by CampThree1982 View Post
I have two motorcycles that give me all the wind in my face that I could ever ask for. No way would I ever consider lowering mine, I just can't see when this would be advantageous.

^^^ what this dude said!

I also have a Harley, 2006 HD FLHXI, and there is a "no helmet law" in Texas. Now that's serious windage. I mean, if you're into that sorta thing. Which I am My 2013 JK windshield will remain in place - upright! That was a heck of a lot of work - but it was very nice of that dude to record it all and share it.
01-09-2013 03:54 PM
Strange246
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Originally Posted by Moabite View Post
I've been in "folding windshield" threads before and have found it to be aggravating and pretty much a waste of time. Regardless, I'll make one short post in this one and will not come back. One of the first things I do when I hit most trailheads is drop the windshield. My '03 TJ was modified so I could drop the windshield in less than a minute. I told Jeep reps at the Safari every year since the JK was introduced that I would never buy one because they had made it so hard to drop the windshield. Well...I bought one and, as soon as it warms up, I will be doing some modifications to make it less of a hassle to fold the windshield. Anyone who does not see the advantage to dropping the windshield on the trail has simply never done it...and that includes the jeep engineers who decided to significantly lower the fun factor of the Wrangler.
Amen! Be sure to post what you come up with, I used to put the windshield down on my 84 CJ-7 all the time, especially off road...
01-09-2013 03:46 PM
Sjeupie Hmm...the whole idea of the dropping windshield was to make a jeep lower in oder to cross certain obstacles. This is also why you see on certain Willies a 'pole' in the front of the Jeep: to cut on the road tensioned wires and therefore protect the driver.
With the windshield down on a JK but the rollbar being in its original place, this main advantage is gone.
I have indeed never lowered the windshield on a trail and it may indeed be very handy and fun. But, on a trail I have got an increased probability to have a rollover as well and in that case I definitely prefer to have the windshield up...!
01-09-2013 02:59 PM
Moabite I've been in "folding windshield" threads before and have found it to be aggravating and pretty much a waste of time. Regardless, I'll make one short post in this one and will not come back. One of the first things I do when I hit most trailheads is drop the windshield. My '03 TJ was modified so I could drop the windshield in less than a minute. I told Jeep reps at the Safari every year since the JK was introduced that I would never buy one because they had made it so hard to drop the windshield. Well...I bought one and, as soon as it warms up, I will be doing some modifications to make it less of a hassle to fold the windshield. Anyone who does not see the advantage to dropping the windshield on the trail has simply never done it...and that includes the jeep engineers who decided to significantly lower the fun factor of the Wrangler.
01-09-2013 02:32 PM
CampThree1982
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Originally Posted by lee indy View Post
no desire to ever do this. something about getting hit in the face with road debris doesnt appeal to me. and i prefer being under the roll bar.
I have two motorcycles that give me all the wind in my face that I could ever ask for. No way would I ever consider lowering mine, I just can't see when this would be advantageous.
01-09-2013 01:17 PM
2five22 Electronical? Heh, heh.
01-09-2013 01:12 PM
2five22 Used to do it occasionally, but I used to ride motorcycles, so road debris, bugs, cigarette butts, etc. are nothing new.
01-09-2013 12:36 PM
Mcrock
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Originally Posted by ztman
Wow, what a pain. I wouldnt go through the effort. I had an old CJ once that you could lower the windshield in about ten seconds. Only did it once, thought it was cool until i started picking bugs out of my teeth
Oh yah. It's been so long I forgot about the bug thing. Add that to my post
01-09-2013 12:32 PM
ztman Wow, what a pain. I wouldnt go through the effort. I had an old CJ once that you could lower the windshield in about ten seconds. Only did it once, thought it was cool until i started picking bugs out of my teeth
01-09-2013 12:22 PM
Mcrock Many years ago I did it once in my CJ7. I emphasize once!!!
If not properly lashed to the hood and/or your hood hold downs have any give at all, say goodby to the windshield.
How do I know?

Not to mention the ass ache of raising and lowering

But go for it. Learn by doing
01-09-2013 11:30 AM
Lotrat If no one puts down their windsheild, then how do you know it will leak when you put it back up? I think it's just Jeep urban legend.
01-09-2013 11:28 AM
JKralph
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Originally Posted by Blackpony04
I have to admit that I do not see the point considering what you get for the effort. What a pain and the Jeep kind of looks a little demented too.
It looks better with a full roll cage installed, but i agree, looks kinda strange
01-09-2013 11:22 AM
cozmo2312
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Originally Posted by lee indy View Post
have one of those. but i wear a helmet. jeep + helmet = GAY
lol, this.
01-09-2013 11:21 AM
Blackpony04 I have to admit that I do not see the point considering what you get for the effort. What a pain and the Jeep kind of looks a little demented too.
01-09-2013 11:11 AM
lee indy
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Originally Posted by sparky View Post
No different than riding a bike.
have one of those. but i wear a helmet. jeep + helmet = GAY
01-09-2013 11:07 AM
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