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UNSCREW A FEW BOLTS AND YOU ARE OLD SCHOOL WINDSHIELD DOWN ModernJeepers can’t get enough info about the new 2020 Jeep Gladiator, and this... Coolest 2020 Truck Feature — Jeep Gladiator Fold Down Windshield

UNSCREW A FEW BOLTS AND YOU ARE OLD SCHOOL WINDSHIELD DOWN

ModernJeepers can’t get enough info about the new 2020 Jeep Gladiator, and this week the news is simple — a great feature reminisent of old school cool jeeps with a drop down windshield — in a truck!

From our friends at Autoblog and FourWheeler Network:

Top view Jeep Gladiator, windshield down

“The 2020 Jeep Gladiator has one of the coolest features of any truck on the market – a fold-down windshield, just like its Wrangler sibling.

To start, you remove the front roof panels. These front panels have to come off  to lower the windshield. The driver’s side front roof panel needs to come off first because of how it overlaps the other panel. Turn the clips, then unclip the frontmost one, as shown in the video. Lift off the roof panels, taking note of how the pins slip into the holes in the frame. It helps to have another person there to grab the panels as you lift them off, but it’s not strictly necessary. They not heavy, just awkward, and since they’re painted you want to be careful about where to store them, too.

Then grab the little toolkit out of the console under the armrest. It’s nice and compact, and includes everything you need for this job. There are four bolts along the top of the windshield frame. You’ll need to move the sun visors around a bit to get at all of them. Use the Torx bit on the provided ratchet, and remove them. We loosened them all before removing them just to make sure nothing got caught or stripped.

Before folding down the windshield itself, remove the wipers. Pull off the little plastic cap, and then use the provided socket and ratchet. They should come right off.

After the wipers are off and all the bolts are removed, carefully lower the windshield. It’s not damped by any sort of spring or anything, so if you drop it it’s going to slam against the hood rests. It simply is held in place by gravity, resting on the rubber stops. Surprisingly it stays in place pretty well, but we hit some big whoops at a moderate speed and the windshield started bouncing on its mounts. You may want to explore some way to lightly secure the windshield to the hood, like a bungee or the like. Or you can just be extra careful with the windshield down.

Installation is the reverse of the process. All told, it’s a simple procedure that should take you less than five minutes. We should mention that, under the rear driver’s side seat, Jeep offers a handy little storage container for all the top hardware, including the windshield bolts. It has a foam insert with little holes to organize all the bolts. Use it so your hardware doesn’t go missing.

That’s it! Enjoy your offroad driving with the windshield down!”

More about the Gladiator shipping to market here.

First Gladiator off the assembly line here.

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  • Harry

    May 1, 2019 #1 Author

    So far I’ve never lowered the windshield on my Jeep. I knew why we could lower them on the military versions while I was in the Army (so they wouldn’t get broken while shipping them) but otherwise, I really don’t want the bugs in my eyes or in my teeth. What is the advantage of lowering the windshield? What purpose does it serve? Your article is a very good explanation, but I await the reason for lowering the windshield.

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  • mc

    May 1, 2019 #2 Author

    I “get” the unique feature… and will never use it on my jeeps. Not once. Ever. Nor does any of the hundreds of wheelers in my immediate area. I’d gladly give it up for a more relaxed windshield that didn’t spider and crack at every tiny rock thrown at it.

    The “coolest” feature of this Jeep-truck, is the solid front axle, and all the Jeep running gear. Without that solid front axle, just buy a Tacoma. Cosmetically, the “coolest feature is the removable doors, and roof.

    Jeez, the stupid windshield…. 🙂

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  • Harry Palmer

    May 3, 2019 #3 Author

    MC, I agree with you. The front part of the windshield area could be strengthened and leaned back more for better air flow. Since we use our seatbelts I don’t think it will be a real issue to change the angle some. Of course, some who like to mud bog may like the ability to remove the windshield. In my location we almost never have enough water to create mud, unless you go into a water storage pond.

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