How to Install a New Windscreen
People tend to take the jeep windscreen or windjammer (not to be confused with the windshield)for granted until it's damaged. It seems to always be present when you drive and for the most part doesn't cause trouble. However, once it gets damaged, you'll quickly realize the importance of this car component. With that said, here are the things you need to keep in mind when installing a new dual-layer, poly-cotton vinyl windscreen.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
What You'll Need
- New windscreen or windjammer
- 5-inch Z channel
- 17-inch Z channel
- ?-inch drill
- Philips screwdriver
Step 1: Fold the front seats of your jeep forward. Look for the three Z channel pieces on your windjammer kit. Install the z channel pieces on the riser's vertical face between the rear and front floors.
Step 2: The 17-inch piece should be centered in the flat area at the middle of the jeep. Meanwhile, the two 5-inch pieces should be installed on the sides of the curve.
Step 3: The channel pieces' top edges should be about ¼-inch down from the top of the riser and the bottom edges should be 1½-inches down from the top of the riser as well.
Step 4: The holes of the channel pieces will guide you for marking. Drill ?-inch holes from those markers then install the Z channel pieces with pan head screws from your parts kit.
Step 5: Towards your jeep's rear, place your windscreen with the window toward the top and with its vinyl side out. Thread each strap end through each buckle starting from the topmost straps and working your way down then loosely tie them around the sports bar.
Step 6: Pull down the windscreen fabric and slip the plastic strip sewn on the bottom into all the Z channel pieces you've installed in the earlier steps.
Step 7: After the plastic strip is in place within the Z channel pieces, then you can tighten up all straps. Open your jeep windscreen's center flap using the tab on the side of it.
Step 8: Remember to pull the fabric down gently to release the plastic strip from the Z channel. Roll the flap up, wrap the strap around the flap, and snap it into the stud of the windscreen's vinyl side, under the rear flap.
Step 9: If you're using a bikini with your windscreen, locate the snap bikini's three reinforced areas on its top and rear. Cut through reach reinforcement's center part, thread the snap flaps on the bikini through the center opening, and snap the flaps to the double snaps of your windscreen.
Step 10: As for the corners of the windscreen, feed the rear straps through their openings and attach them to the vehicle's interior handles.
In a nutshell, you're supposed to lace in your windscreen by its channels, inflate it, and then close your tailgate. That's how simple windscreen or windjammer installation is. At any rate, while the windscreen is mostly an appearance enhance for any given jeep, it also serves the important function of shielding yourself and your passengers from inclement weather conditions on an otherwise open-air automobile.