|04-26-2013 05:45 PM|
|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|
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|
|01-10-2013 07:16 AM|
|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|
|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|
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...
|01-09-2013 07:20 PM|
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|
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|
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|
^^^ 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|
|01-09-2013 03:46 PM|
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|
|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|
|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|
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|
|01-09-2013 11:22 AM|
|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|
|01-09-2013 11:07 AM|
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