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Polyshields Windshield Upgrade
 
The windshield that came with the rig when I bought it had been on the Jeep for quite some time. The glass was almost reverting back to its original silica state. The windshield frame was also on its last legs in that it was rusting all around the bottom sill where it sat in the rubber gasket. The decision was to get a new windshield frame as well as some new glass.
 
 
I had seen in the Quadratec catalog that there were other alternatives to glass. Although not DOT approved, there were windshields that were not made out of glass and withstood impacts a lot better on the trail. I had been in one too many Jeeps that had spider cracks in the glass from a little rock or something that kicked up on the street or trail due to the almost vertical nature of the glass. The impacts don't roll off and over like they do on conventional windshields.
 
 
So, I proceeded to buy a polyshields windshield from Polyshields. I had to measure from the bottom inside of the windshield frame to the top inside as well as left to right and then send off the measurements to polyshields. They recommend doing a tracing paper outline of what you have to help get the exact measurements.

My polyshields windshield soon arrived and I had gotten a new gasket and I set out to install it. Failing miserably, I went down to the local glass place and had them do it. They did in 5 minutes what I struggled with for 2 hours. Know your limits here, and if you don't want to do that, make sure you have another set of hands.

The install requires a rope to be laid all around the rubber gasket that goes on the outside of the polyshield. The glass is then put inside the windshield frame and then by pushing on the outside of it, the string is then threaded and pulled around the frame from the inside to help glide the rubber seal over the windshield frame lip. It is a very easy process if you have done it before and have 2 people. It cost me 20 bucks to tip them... it was well worth it.
 
Lessons Learned the Hard Way
 
So, my lessons learned here would have to be that I wish I had done this sooner and I wish that I hadn't spent 2 hours trying to install it myself. Having someone do this for you saves a lot of headaches and it gets done very quickly.

Also, they have all the tools necessary to make this a quick and clean installation. I wish I had gone to them sooner in the process.
 
Conclusions
 
This is a pretty easy thing to do for a nice tough Jeep upgrade for the trails. Although not DOT approved, this is very good on the highways and I haven't had any issues with it thus far.

If you go through polyshields to get your windshield, they might want you to send dimensions or a tracing since a lot of aftermarket windshield frames are different. This will add a little time to getting your windshield, so account for this.

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