GREAT PHOTOS COURTESY OF Cal from Calgary (CLICK THEM TO ENLARGE)
Cal from Calgary has installed the Mopar wind screen accessory item (# 68307694AA) that replaces the black OEM wind screen, and has sent me some photos and comments to share:
When you look at the product as listed on the MOPAR site, you get the impression it is tempered glass. It doesn’t actually say that, but for the cost, I wasn’t expecting polycarbonate. The package includes the poly “glass”, and all the necessary mounting hardware, and a sheet of paper which are the cut out templates for the hole locations you will need to drill. Complete job took me about an hour. Measure once… measure twice… measure three times…. Check the installation guide again. You definitely don’t want to bugger up where you drill those holes! Important points:
- Removal of the stock wind screen is dead simple. You just lift it straight up out of its two mounting slots. It’s a friction fit.
- The template is on metric A4 size paper, so that’s your indicator that you’re going to be using some metric sized equipment.
- The drilled holes are created in three stages, starting with a 2.5mm bit, then a 5mm, and then a 9.5mm. I have more imperial bits than metric, so I opted to use equivalent size imperial drill bits, and that worked like a charm. The final hole size should be 3/8”.
- You will end up mounting three metal brackets and two rubber cups. Although not super obvious in the instructions, you do not use washers with the two bolts that hold the centre bracket in place. You will use washers with the brackets on the sides of the headrests, and the five bolts that hold the actual glass in place.
- The bolts are all metric sized Allan heads. I honestly can’t tell you the size, but I can confirm imperial Allan wrenches will not work.
- Lastly, and this is very important. Because this glass is much larger than the plastic mesh that comes stock on the vehicle, and it doesn’t have a centre cut out, it means that lowering the roof from a seated position is going to be a challenge… especially for shorter drivers. I’m 6’-2”, and fortunately my arms are long enough I can still reach over the glass to put the top down. For drivers with shorter arms, it may mean you will have to slide up on your seat to do this, or do it before entering the car.
⇓ Check out this one that mx5things.com custom-made for Paul Spencer this past week.
For comparison, here is Peter T’s installation of the Mopar windscreen (done by his dealer) ⇓
About the way they attached the windscreen. I hope I will never have to find out that the whole windscreen setup will simply fly away while driving as Cal suggested ‘might happen’; it would mean doing high speed stints of 215-230 km/h on the German freeway (there is a nice stretch fir doing that between Boden See on the border with Switzerland and Stuttgart…however I do not see myself doing that with the roof down..