I tossed my folded up pair of aviators up there once, and they fell in just like your key did. I took off the panels by the steering wheel and was able to find them. Phew!!!
So it's funny because I used the exact pipe insulation for that method. However, I kept a 4 inch gap in the center open to allow air flow and a place to keep my ez-pass. It fits perfectly up there in the gap!!
Does the pipe insulation block any airflow, either for defrost, or the intake for recirculate?
I doubt it, but it would be easy to test.
From what I know, the gap is to allow for the windshield to fold. I am not going to try that because the only jeeper I know that folded a JK windshield earned himself some wind noise and a new leak. Plus it is curved and looks stupid down, IMO.
The is really no sense in folding it anyway. Not since the permanent rollbars became standard.
Originally, the folding windshield and flat fenders allowed for stacking the jeeps for rail transport. Here is a photo of the train car you wish was pulling up to your house: ORIGIN OF THE TERM JEEP
Thanks to 2jk1cjtj for suggesting on letting the windshield down, that’s exactly what I did. Once down I was able to get the key out, but not before almost pushing into no-mans land. Anyhow, here are some pics for those that are not quite sure how to go about it. I didn’t spend a lot of time composing my pics because it was so hot in my garage. By the time it was all said and done my tee shirt didn’t have a dry spot on it. Oh, also forgive the dirty pics, I hadn’t had a chance to clean my Jeep yet. Did lots of off-roading this past week.
After removing the top panels if you have a hard top is to remove the visor. #20 torx
Next remove the trim screw and push-nut on the top pillar and then yank the trim piece off. Be very careful and make sure you put some rags over the gap before you start. This pic shows the screw removed already.
Then remove these three bolts. They are 13mm.
This bracket will need to be removed also. Just remove all the screws and lift off. Use #40 torx
Here it is removed.
To remove the wiper arms you’ll first need to remove this cover. Just grab it and pull off. It’s not hard at all.
Remove this nut and pull the arm straight off. The arm was stuck on mine so be very careful when pulling or prying off. Remember, the sheet metal on our Jeeps is very thin. Once it starts to move it will slip of easily. 13mm
At this point the windshield is ready to go down, kinda. Your supposed to remove the entire roll bar to windshield tube brace but since my window was going back up as soon as I was done and the fact that the hard top would have to be lifted I choose not too. With that said you’ll need to pry up a bit so the windshield frame will clear the visor nuts.