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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-04-2008, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
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Windshield Adjustment

I bought a new soft top and need to adjust the windshield for a proper fit. The distance requirements from top of windshield to rear of CJ are too short. Are shims the way to go? if so, do I put them under the Torx bolts attached to the windshield? Any suggestions from others who have had to make this adjustment in terms of methodology? things to look out for? Thanks.

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How good are the body to frame mounts?
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Good. But I am confused on why that applies here.
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How short is your measurement? In other words, you need to move the top of the windshield to the front of the Jeep?

If it's not that far off, you should be able to just loosen the 2 bolts on the top of each clamping plate (4 bolts total) and push slightly forward. I think those holes are slotted slightly, IIRC.

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3/4 inch. Good point, I will try that tonight. However, if not enough play, have you had experience using shims there? I don't want to risk structural integrity. Thanks for the info.
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I think "structural integrity" in this case is somewhat relative -- the entire windshield is held in place with the hinge and those 4 small bolts, and the 2 brackets. That's it.

Given that the bolts in question are very close to the pivot point, and the top of the windshield is relatively far away, you may be able to make up all the dimension you need. I do not have any first-hand experience putting a spacer shim behind those brackets, but I don't think you'd be compromising too much strength if you did so.

What I'd probably do is get the measurement as close as you can with the given slot width, and try the top. In this case I don't think you need to be 'exactly' spot on. If you don't like the way the top fits, try a spacer.

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Good. But I am confused on why that applies here.
If the body mounts are in bad shape, the tub can be racked (twisted) and that makes windshield frame, top (hard or soft) and door alignment difficult. In other words, it's only as good as the foundation. I prefer to start from a known good starting point. The use of shims, etc., just hide and mask problems that are still there. IMHO, it's best to find out what the elemental cause of the problem is and fix it.
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It should be easy to get 3/4" from the slots in the clamp plates - that's what they're there for. I don't see how shims between the clamp plates and the windshield frame would accomplish anything.

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Having done it a couple of times...the 4 bolts on the plates is the proper way to addjust.

With the plates firmly anchored to the dash with the windshield knobs (that's those 2 big black knobs), loosen the 4 bolts...now adjust....don't forget to do both sides.

Once you have it adjusted, tighten them down.

NOW look at your windshield to hard door alignment...make sure you don't have a big gap between the windshiled and the top of the door window frame. If you do, you may have to adjust the doors.

Be aware that when you put on the soft top and get it all tightend up, it will pull the windshield down towards the back a little.

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