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Unread 02-07-2008, 11:52 PM   #1
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Windshield Question

I have just bought my first jeep it is a 97 TJ wrangler and was wondering as to if the windshield can be laid down. If it can be how is this done?
It has a factory soft top with half doors not sure what else needs to known
any info would be of great help

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Unread 02-08-2008, 12:08 AM   #2
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A quick google search brought this up on a Yahoo! website... I didn't feel like explaining everything myself. It's referring to an '05 Rubicon, but it should be pretty similar:

"It's a little involved, but here goes.

You'll need a Torx T-40 socket, a socket wrench, and a 2" extension. A small flat screwdriver is also handy for the wiper arms. Make sure you've put your convertible top down and removed the door surrounds.

Step 1. Pull the wiper arms away from the windshield. Look at the base of the wiper arms for a small metal tab, Pull/slide the metal tab downward away from the wiper arm (use the small screwdriver to pry it). Then the wiper arms will lift right off the Jeep. Store until ready to fold the windshield back up.

Step 2. Inside the Jeep, notice a section of the sports bar above each door. They run from the top corners of the windshield to the main roll bar, along the top of the doors. At either end are two Torx bolts. Remove the two rear-most Torx bolts on each side; leave the bolts in the windshield frame for now.

Step 3. Outside the Jeep (pick a side, driver's or passenger's) on the windshield frame, just ahead of the outside mirror, you'll find a Torx bolt with a round black head. There are a few others that are flush with the Jeep and painted to match the Jeep - leave these alone. Remove the black-head Torx bolt, repeat for the other side.

Step 4. Fold the windshield forward until it rests on the hood on the two rubber bumpers. Secure it by a strap through the loop at the top-center of your windshield and through the loop on the hood. Your Jeep should have come with a small bag of straps with buckles on one end.

Step 5. Remove the two sections of the sports bar bolted to the windshield frame. Store these until ready to put the windshield back up.

Follow these steps in reverse to put it back up.

Some folks remove the two sections of the sports bar completely before folding the windshield forward. I've found that I end up scratching the paint when I do this."



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Unread 02-08-2008, 12:09 AM   #3
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Try the TJ forum...Heres a link
link- http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/
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Unread 02-08-2008, 02:47 PM   #4
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I suggest something like this_
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Unread 02-08-2008, 05:05 PM   #5
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It's fun, it's sexy, but it's just too much wind for on the road. If you are only going to be driving on backstreets or are in the country, go for it. I hope they never take this option away.
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Unread 02-08-2008, 05:31 PM   #6
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I'm pretty sure its illegal in all 50 states to drive with the windshield down on the road. It's for off-road use only. I did it too when I first bought a Jeep. Then realized there's really no point. Be careful because it probably hasn't been done before and will be hard and stiff on the hinges. Also, be careful because you might break a seal and cause water leaks when you put it back up. It actually is quite involved what with the roll bars and all. But hey, give it a shot.
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Unread 02-08-2008, 10:56 PM   #7
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I'm pretty sure its illegal in all 50 states to drive with the windshield down on the road. It's for off-road use only. I did it too when I first bought a Jeep. Then realized there's really no point. Be careful because it probably hasn't been done before and will be hard and stiff on the hinges. Also, be careful because you might break a seal and cause water leaks when you put it back up. It actually is quite involved what with the roll bars and all. But hey, give it a shot.
It probably IS illegal in CA, along with everything else fun, but not everywhere. The OP will have to check the local laws for Kansas to be sure, but I know for a fact, per the RCW's (Revised Code for Washington), that it is perfectly legal to drive with your windshield folded down in WA state. You DO have to wear eye protection, but that is the only restriction. I do it every now and then, lots of fun, and gets attention. I use my Wiley-X sunglasses/goggles that are designed specifically as motorcycle glasses, with extra impact protection. At first I thought it was nuts to ride on the freeway like that, but then I realized that I do it almost every day in the summer on my Harley, so really, what's the difference?

As for actually lowering it, it all depends on who the previous owner was. Mine had apparently already been lowered in the past, so it wasn't stuck. It just lowered down nice and easy. I used a really thick rubber band with a plastic doohickey on the end that is meant for strapping garden hose in a loop to keep it secured. It's fun, but the novelty wears off a little after a while. I put it down last summer and didn't put it back up for about 3 weeks. This is on my daily driver, with about 10 miles of freeway commute to and from work each way. I say go for it, if you don't like it, put it back up. But I definitely recommend good eye protection, and be sure to check to see if it's legal in Kansas.
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Unread 02-09-2008, 09:07 AM   #8
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It probably IS illegal in CA, along with everything else fun, but not everywhere. The OP will have to check the local laws for Kansas to be sure, but I know for a fact, per the RCW's (Revised Code for Washington), that it is perfectly legal to drive with your windshield folded down in WA state. You DO have to wear eye protection, but that is the only restriction.

Same in VA. As he said, it varies from state to state.

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Unread 02-09-2008, 04:24 PM   #9
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Now that I think about it, you're probably right. You might be able to lower it, but you would def need eye protection, follows the same set of rules as motorcycle operation. You must have a windshield, or eye protection, which makes sense.
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Unread 04-03-2009, 10:44 PM   #10
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I have and '05 tj that I thought would be great to have the windshield down for. Does anyone know if it is legal for the streets in NY. Also, was there a place for the straps to be normally located, I am the second owner, the person I got it from gave me everything, including the booklet, complete parts list, and the instuction video. I would think if he gave me all of that he would also give me the straps if he had them.
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Unread 04-03-2009, 11:14 PM   #11
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I drive here in Houston all the time with my windshield down when the weathers nice. I don't get on the freeways like that, but 35mph streets aren't a problem. I took the bars that go to the windshield off and replaced the hinge bolts with knobs so it takes me about 20 seconds to fold mine down.
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Unread 04-03-2009, 11:19 PM   #12
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I drive here in Houston all the time with my windshield down when the weathers nice. I don't get on the freeways like that, but 35mph streets aren't a problem. I took the bars that go to the windshield off and replaced the hinge bolts with knobs so it takes me about 20 seconds to fold mine down.
I had some cheap knobs from Ebay but they interfered with removing the doors. I had to remove the knobs/bolts to remove the doors. It didn't take long to lose those knobs when I forgot to put them back in and went for a drive

Have you had any problems with yours?
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Unread 04-04-2009, 08:02 AM   #13
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i drive all over with mine down unless im going on the highway. i have eye protection and mirror movers. kind of fit right in with all the hot rods around here with no windshields..
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Unread 04-30-2009, 08:26 PM   #14
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does anyone know the recomended top speed for driving with the windshield down?
i want to be able to drive to school with it down but I hit 45-50 driving there
i know the manual says 10 mph max but thats bs
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does anyone know the recomended top speed for driving with the windshield down?
i want to be able to drive to school with it down but I hit 45-50 driving there
i know the manual says 10 mph max but thats bs
i did 65 on the highway, it sucked, couldnt hear anything and you really have to watch your surroundings.
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