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I’m thinking of replacing my glass windshield

KickinChicken

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for something lighter like Lexon or some other type of plexiglass. How thick is the glass on a CJ?
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JEEPKEVIN

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I did my TJ and LJ buggys with Lexan, bought 1/4" thick. It is more scratch resistant than plexiglass. I then used Plexus to clean and polish them a bunch before we hit the trails and every time I cleaned it. I don't recommend using your windshield wipers at all. The Lexan would have a little flex to it at higher speeds, I did a little street driving but not much. I bought the Lexan from a local plastic supply place, busted out what was left of my windshield and made a cardboard template. I cut out using a cordless skill saw for the long straights and used a jig saw with a narrow wood blade for the corners. I taped off the middle and left 1" all the way around and painted it black to cover the adhesive when I went back and glued it in. I just used some black rtv, lasted for years and looked just like factory.

My buggy and my SXS both have Lexan windshield I made. On those I used rubber clamps to hold them to the cage.
 

ridered3

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I built a Lexan windshield for our RzR from a local glass/plastic supplier. They recommended the Lexan over Plexi for the use. Only issue I ran into was dew on the windshield for night riding.
 

jeff150

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Polycarbonate (Lexan) is less likely to shatter into shards if you rollover vs. Acrylic (Plexiglass).
It does scratch fairly easy but I have ran a sheet of Lexan for a couple of years and it has held up well. Light scratches can be removed with a heat gun by applying just enough heat to melt the outer surface. Too much heat and it will turn white.
 

RustyC

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I ran a Lexan windshield in my YJ for about 6-8 years. It gets scratches from dust/mud and limbs over time. I decided to go back to glass after not being able to see driving up v notch in the afternoon at Morris Mtn. The sun hits the scratches and creates a big glare. I only ride with the windshield frame on during the winter or a heavy rain days anyway.
 

ridered3

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Do you use a quick disconnect device? If so, please share what you’re using.

Thanks in advance.
My quick disconnect on the homemade Lexan windshield for the RzR was a bunch of reusable zip ties. Took a couple of minutes for on/off but not terrible.

If I did one again I’d use this kit from Amazon.

Cable Clamp Assortment Kit, LOKMAN 46 Pieces 304 Stainless Steel Rubber Cushion Insulated Pipe Clamps Assorted in 6 Size 1/2'' 1'' 1.25'' 1.5'' 1.75'' 2''
 

RustyC

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I have a Jeep YJ. I used a grinder to removed the windshield hinge pin. Tapped the outside part of the hinge to match the threads of a 3/4 ton gm brake caliper bolt. I use a bolt on each side. Tabs and a couple bolts at the top. 4 bolts and unplugging the wiper motor and the windshield frame off.
Threads are yellow. Caliper bolt in red.


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