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Colton123 09-29-2013 09:59 PM

Windshield Quick Drop
 
Was wondering if anyone has come across any quick means of dropping the front windshield with a quick disconnect system. I've searched the internet with no success. I use my jeep to drive daily and also to shoot squirrels, so dropping the windshield seems to be a common occurrence. The stock bolts obviously are taking a beating and I've thought about switching them to a hardened bolt, but a quick release would be ideal. Any ideas? Any products out there? Help is appreciated.

Norcal_chris 09-29-2013 10:18 PM

You can buy studs with knobs on the ends of them

http://www.mcmaster.com/#machine-com...-knobs/=oq679w

jred 09-29-2013 10:19 PM

I was thinking studs with wingnuts.

crackedcornish 09-29-2013 10:28 PM

CJ's had big plastic knobs instead of torx bolts for holding down the windshield brackets. they are easy to remove with no tools

http://www.quadratec.com/Assets/Imag...7/74517-lg.jpg
http://www.quadratec.com/products/14002_02.htm

HaskiE 09-30-2013 06:30 AM

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Originally Posted by crackedcornish (Post 16426809)
CJ's had big plastic knobs instead of torx bolts for holding down the windshield brackets. they are easy to remove with no tools

http://www.quadratec.com/Assets/Imag...7/74517-lg.jpg
http://www.quadratec.com/products/14002_02.htm

I use these and drop my windshield all the time! just leave the roll-bar spreader bars at home :thumbsup:

remember to buckle it down to the hood... ask me how I know...

Rproject 09-30-2013 06:36 AM

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Originally Posted by HaskiE (Post 16429961)

remember to buckle it down to the hood... ask me how I know...

LOL, I have a buddy who did the same thing. Took off from a light and the windshield came flying up at him. Just about had to change his shorts right then and there. LOL


I drop my windshield all the time and keep a 3/8" socket with a torx bit in it in my center console at all times.

HaskiE 09-30-2013 06:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Rproject (Post 16430081)
LOL, I have a buddy who did the same thing. Took off from a light and the windshield came flying up at him. Just about had to change his shorts right then and there. LOL


I drop my windshield all the time and keep a 3/8" socket with a torx bit in it in my center console at all times.

haha ouch!

I thought because the hinges were so stiff, I didn't need to worry about it...then I got on the highway... hit a pot hole, and WHAM! it slapped up so hard it unrolled the hinges a bit, so there was about a 1" gap between the windshield and the body when it was up, and sat at a crazy angle - me and my buddy were thanking GOD that it didn't hit us in the face.

kids, always buckle it down to the hood! :thumbsup:

but for the quick drop, yeah, I'd say the CJ knobs are the best bet - I found mine by chance at a junkyard, and low and behold it's the same thread.

I'm still looking for some kind of buckle, because I'd like to add a front cage someday, but I'm not giving up my easy fold windshield!!

Rproject 09-30-2013 06:48 AM

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Originally Posted by HaskiE (Post 16430177)

I'm still looking for some kind of buckle, because I'd like to add a front cage someday, but I'm not giving up my easy fold windshield!!

I use a cloth strap with a plastic cinch on it, similar to the cinch used on bikini tops, etc. The strap is 1" wide. Locks down solid. Have been upwards of 65mph (short distance) with the windshield down with no vibration.

HaskiE 09-30-2013 07:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Rproject (Post 16430265)
I use a cloth strap with a plastic cinch on it, similar to the cinch used on bikini tops, etc. The strap is 1" wide. Locks down solid. Have been upwards of 65mph (short distance) with the windshield down with no vibration.

sorry wrong words, my bad. I meant a draw latch to replace the knob/torx bolts. if installed, a front roll-cage add-in would be in the way, preventing the use of the knob - some kits either take the place of the 3-bolt plate, or tell you to weld to it...

yeah, I use the same thing to hold the windshield down - a 1" strap with a metal buckle, like you'd see on a backpack; I always buckle it down now! :thumbsup:

HaskiE 09-30-2013 07:30 AM

here's a shot of the knob installed on a CJ - I actualy dont have any pics of mine lol, I'll take some tonight

http://i757.photobucket.com/albums/x...pse45b900a.jpg

crackedcornish 09-30-2013 08:08 AM

I use one of these as my tie down...safer than a plastic buckle

http://www.amazon.com/Omix-Ada-11825.../dp/B003AOI654

ddferdt 09-30-2013 09:10 AM

Just a question, I've only dropped my windshield once. That was only to replace my speakers. Doesn't it look kinda strange with the rollbars just kinda flailing around not attached?

Rproject 09-30-2013 09:30 AM

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Originally Posted by ddferdt (Post 16433361)
Just a question, I've only dropped my windshield once. That was only to replace my speakers. Doesn't it look kinda strange with the rollbars just kinda flailing around not attached?

Most certainly, but the spreader bars are only attached with 1 bolt at the roll bar. Easy enough to remove.

HaskiE 09-30-2013 09:31 AM

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Originally Posted by ddferdt (Post 16433361)
Just a question, I've only dropped my windshield once. That was only to replace my speakers. Doesn't it look kinda strange with the rollbars just kinda flailing around not attached?

lol newb! :hahaha: that would be dangerous, definitely take the roll bar spreader bars off. :thumbsup:

http://i757.photobucket.com/albums/x...ps2923b615.jpg

CrawlingForward 09-30-2013 09:33 AM

I've got the RockHard4x4 sports cage (good investment if you have the windshield down often and daily drive it)

I swapped the stock bolts for grade-8 head head and only leave one on each corner in.

A ratchet with a 1/2" socket and 4 bolts and it's down!

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto..._6420204_n.jpg

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto..._6464297_n.jpg


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