whiteyj said:Waaaaay tooooo much work for me! Rather drive around with the top and doors off!
Not that hard to lower the windsheild on a new vehicle, just some bolts that need to come out and the bars above the doors (or door openings), on YJ's and TJ's, and the windsheild will fold down. As far as keeping your hinges protected from salt... Don't drive in the snow? Other than that, make sure you keep them oiled and use them. Fold the windsheild down as soon as the snow melts in the spring and re-oil. Have fun!Jack said:How hard is it to lower the windshield? Also, as I live in the North, how do I prevent salt damage to the windshild hinges (or don't bother?)
It takes about 10-15 minutes ones you know which screws/bolts come out and have the tools handy. The only way to keep the hinges from rusting is to make sure to oil often and use them (fold the windsheild down) frequently. After 2-3 years in the salt they will be seized and you will most likely need to replace them for them to be functional.Jack said:You might want to put it down if your wife won't let you get a Harley. How hard is it? How long does it take? How to you keep the hinges from rusting? (I live up north).
About 4 months ago I got ran off of the road on my bike. After removing my bike from the ditch I got myself back on the bike and headed down the road (just a few scratches on the bike, and no the driver didn't stop. I was badly bruised up though). I was so mad, that I had the face mask up on my helmet to get some air. After riding for about 10 more minutes I had some sort of bug fly in the helmet, hit me on the cheek, and get lodged between my helmet and my cheek. A took my hand and tried to get the bug out of my helmet. Luck would have it that it was a bee. It stung me on the cheek needless to say, and seeing as how Im allergic to bees, I swelled up like a balloon. That was a bad day. Actually, it was on July 4th.Deverhart said:stop lying kyle, there is nothing free, or open about taking a bee to the forehead at 40 mph.... you just think it looks cool... Thats like saying you like to play football with no pads because its more open and unconfined and raw and you can smack your head against someone elses!!!
I don't know about "cruizin" with the windshield down, but I know when you are out on tight/steep/off-camber trails, it is an advantage to have the windshield down because of the extra clearance you get and the extra visibility. The other bonus is that if/when you flop your junk, it's one less thing for the body shop to replace!hmenker said:I'm with Deverhart and US Marine LJ; I don't understand why anyone would want to drive with the windshield down. Where I live the bugs can be most challenging in the summer months (especially yellowjackets, hornets, and bumblebees) and, just with the doors off and the top down you can get still get smacked pretty well driving on the asphalt. I can't begin to imagine crusin' with the windshield down. I vote to take the doors off, put the top down, and enjoy but clean the bugs off the glass and not the face.