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Can Wrangler still drop its glass?

by David Zatz on

The Jeep Wrangler may be the only open-roof car that sells in large numbers within North America. The ability to fold down the window, though, runs counter to pressures to cut weight (by tying the sides of the body together, overhead), increase safety, and add rigidity for rattle reduction and reliability.

Wrangler windshield

How to preserve the removable windshield? Maybe by having the frame stay fixed, while the glass itself folds down. That’s “Ruptured Duck’s” theory, which he’s illustrated above.  He added that the grab handles would likely stay attached to the A-pillars.

He explained,

The patent showed a windshield that slid down and onto the top of the hood. It allowed the windshield to lay across the hood and match the shape a little better than it does now. My guess we might see that in the next Wrangler version but not this one.

The windshield [in the JL] probably folds down the same way it does now, but now there is a A-pillar frame that stays in place. Only the outer glass and frame can be lowered. It should be easier to lower than the current design, but give much better roll-over protection.

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