FOLDING WINDSHIELD DIY instructions write-up (with video)

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JL WRANGLER FOLDING WINDSHIELD

Tools Needed

  • Torx #T40 Bit
  • 15mm socket
  • Ratchet

FOLDING AND RAISING WINDSHIELD

1. Lower your soft top or remove the hard top.

2. Remove (using your hands) the protective caps over the windshield wiper hex bolts shown in the photo below.

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3. Use a 15mm socket to remove the two hex bolts underneath the caps shown in the photo above and remove the windshield wipers.

4. Lower both sun visors.

5. Use a #40 Torx bit to remove the four Torx screws located along the interior of the windshield shown in the photo below (remove screws from the same locations on the driver's side).

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NOTE: Remember to store all the mounting bolts in their original threaded holes and tighten so they are not lost.

6. Lower the windshield until it contacts the foot-man loop bumpers (if equipped) on the hood shown in the photo below.

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NOTE: If desired, the entire windshield can be removed by simply removing two more bolts located at the hinge at the base of the windshield (bolt location shown in photo below)

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7. Secure the windshield by passing a cinch strap through the footman loops on both sides of the hood and on the windshield frame (in the areas indicated by arrows below). Tighten the strap to secure the windshield.

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To raise and reinstall the windshield, reverse the steps above.


VIDEO OVERVIEW

This video we put together from the JL Wrangler LA Auto Show debut provides an overview look at the process.






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Thanks.
Step 6: footman loops (if equipped)? Why wouldn't they be? All models will have a fold down windshield? Right?
Step 7: no pics of the cinch strap secured. No footman loop on windshield frame leaves some ambiguity how it attaches. Looks to me a cinch strap should have a hook or some type of attachment to insert into those holes you depict with yellow arrows.

Kind of sucks, but understandable that the top need to come down or off. But at least you can just remove freedom panels on hard top or flip back front of sunrider top.
 
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Once we get our hands on the Mopar cinch strap we'll update.
 

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Why is there a bunch of black play-doh in the bottom corner of the A-frame when he lets the window down?
 

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Why is there a bunch of black play-doh in the bottom corner of the A-frame when he lets the window down?
So it doesn't leak when put back into place?
 

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So it doesn't leak when put back into place?
But why use a bunch of ugly sticky gum that collects dirt and can't be easily worn away? that is my point.
 

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I’m calling it now. I bet the next generation/redesign will have locking latches for the windshield where once the windshield falls onto the hood, it automatically clicks into 2 latches.
 

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I’m calling it now. I bet the next generation/redesign will have locking latches for the windshield where once the windshield falls onto the hood, it automatically clicks into 2 latches.
My guess is that the next generation Wrangler’s hood will be hinged at the front, and you’ll be able to open the hood, fold down the windshield and stow it in the engine bay. This will all be accomplished via electric actuators.
 

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My guess is that the next generation Wrangler’s hood will be hinged at the front, and you’ll be able to open the hood, fold down the windshield and stow it in the engine bay. This will all be accomplished via electric actuators.
And the hardtop will automatically fold inside the trunk :cwl:
 

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Anybody experience issues with the wiper not coming off easily after removal of the bolt? I removed both bolts but wiper arm seems stuck and won’t remove easily.
 
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Any body experience issues with the wiper not coming off easily after removal of the bolt? I removed both bolts but wiper arm seems stuck and won’t remove easily.
It was tough the first time I tried it, but got easier after that. You have to fold up the wiper and rock it back and forth and side to side while pulling firmly at the base of the wiper. Putting a little rotational force on it helps, as well. When putting them back on, no need to push them all the way on, just get them lined up and use the hex nuts do the work of seating the wipers. Good luck!
 
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