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post #1 of 9 Old 08-21-2006, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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Windshield question

Can the TJ have the windshield up but have the rollbar sections removed to allow the window to go up and down? Is the window stable enough with the support bars removed for on road driving?

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It would be stable enough for running on the street, though nailing the brakes would cause a pretty nasty flop forward with nothing to retain it and there would be no protection in the event of a roll.

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Can the TJ have the windshield up but have the rollbar sections removed to allow the window to go up and down? Is the window stable enough with the support bars removed for on road driving?
Yes! Think about all the aftermarket cages that do away with those bars

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It would be stable enough for running on the street, though nailing the brakes would cause a pretty nasty flop forward with nothing to retain it and there would be no protection in the event of a roll.
What do you mean nothing to retain it? Aren't there covers on the outside and something on the inside to retain it?
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This is a very, very bad idea. No way would I ride in your jeep with any part of the stock safety systems disabled.

FWIW my ORFab cage ties into the windshield in the stock locations.

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What do you mean nothing to retain it? Aren't there covers on the outside and something on the inside to retain it?
The bars between the main cage hoop and the windshield are what keeps it from folding. If you undo the two bolts on each of these bars at the windshield frame, the windshield is then free to move forward assuming you have pulled your wipers and the small positioning screw on the sides. Regardless, I agree that it's not a good idea to run without this stuff, but it's just my .02

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You could do it. The bolts that go in the side of the frame would be enough to hold it in place while you were driving, but it's risky in the case of an accident. I rolled my Jeep earlier this year only going about 20mph and WITH those bars installed it crushed the driver's side corner of the windshield frame down by about 3 inches. I'm pretty sure that if those bars hadn't been there the entire windshield frame would've given way right into my face.

So, before you do it, keep in mind that on surface streets, doing only 20 mph, those bars probably saved my life.

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So was the CJ's setup much sturdier than the Wranglers?
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post #9 of 9 Old 08-21-2006, 02:43 PM
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Guys, there is a good size bolt in both of the windshield hinges that prevents the windshield from laying down even if the side rollbars are removed. That bolt in both hinges must be removed before the windshield can be layed down flat. I can tell how many here have actually folded their windshields down and who are guess.

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