NC Windshield Inspection

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  1. adamk

    adamk Well-Known Member

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    My Jeep's up for inspection/registration renewal this month. This past weekend I caught a rock to the driver's A-pillar thus shattering the windshield. This brings me to my question...is a windshield required for passing inspection in NC? I have read many links from Google that only state that IF a windshield is present, it must have wipers that work. Also states that if there is any damage to the windshield that hinder the driver's field of view, that it would fail. I haven't yet found anything that specifically states that a windshield is required.

    Anyone have any experience with this? Would a plexiglass/lexan replacement be OK if a windshield is required?

    Thanks,
    Adam
     
  2. Jeff B

    Jeff B pool boy

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    Have you explored the cost of a new windshield being installed?
     
  3. GotWood

    GotWood Sayer of Fact

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  4. CasterTroy

    CasterTroy Motarded

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    My dumptruck has a crack from one side to the other (someone must have been trying to take @R Q out with a pellet rifle) and has passed inspection twice
     
  5. Tim C

    Tim C Wizard

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    It's kind of up to the inspector, but if the crack isn't in the field of vision of the driver and it doesn't catch or tear the wiper blades it should pass.
     
  6. adamk

    adamk Well-Known Member

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    A-pillar was shoved into the windshield opening a good inch or so. A new windshield will not be possible unless the A-pillar is cut out and replaced and would require me to remove sections of the cage as well.

    This is well beyond a crack
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  7. CasterTroy

    CasterTroy Motarded

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    This but a flesh wound (light)
     
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  8. Tim C

    Tim C Wizard

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    Oh you caught that kind of rock, lol. Yea that's probably not going to pass.
     
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  9. Futbalfantic

    Futbalfantic Well-Known Member

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    I doubt thats going to pass
     
  10. adamk

    adamk Well-Known Member

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    I know it won’t pass. That leaves me with a couple options

    1) remove it entirely and see if I can pass without a windshield (which is my main question)
    2) replace A-pillar and windshield
    3) turn in my tags and make it a trail only rig (not really what I want to do cause I do like driving it occasionally on the road)
     
  11. 77GreenMachine

    77GreenMachine Phillip Talton

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    What year is it? I know a guy.
     
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  12. obullfish

    obullfish Well-Known Member

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    If you were up here I could get it inspected for you with the damage.
     
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  13. scrubber3

    scrubber3 Active Member

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    The rules state that all long as the windshield can be seen through and does not interfere with operation of the wipers, it's good. Kind of at the inspectors discretion.
     
  14. UTfball68

    UTfball68 Well-Known Member

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    I just had a vehicle inspected that has a crack that started as a rock ship on the far passenger side about 3 years ago. It's since spider webbed in a damn near perfectly straight line across my windshield at eye level. The shop I always go to says if it continues to extend, they won't pass me next year. I assume if 'I had a guy' it wouldn't be a problem, but I'd highly doubt even 'a guy' would pass that. My same shop also says 'if it came equipped, it must be there for inspection'...so by them you'd need a windshield, material shouldn't matter though. Not sure if the shop I use are just a bunch of dicks or misinterpreting the rule book, but that's been my experience anyway.
     
  15. Blaze

    Blaze The Jeeper Reaper

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    Remove windshield, slap a piece of Lexan over it all, done.
     
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  16. grapehead

    grapehead Well-Known Member

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    I'd just call insurance. Let someone else worry about it.
     
  17. shawn

    shawn running dog lackey of the oppressor class Administrator

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    If the A pillar is bent, it's totalled.
     
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  18. adamk

    adamk Well-Known Member

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    Yup. While I could buy it back, I'd rather not have to make any insurance claims.

    I've had this jeep for a decade now and it's not a primary (or secondary) vehicle; just a play toy that I like to drive on the street occasionally. I may have "a guy" that can pull through for me. If so, it'll buy me some time to decide what I'm going to do. If not, a sheet of lexan is in the immediate future just to get it inspected and then I'll figure out what I'm going to do long term. Worst case, I drop the tags on it and leave it as off-road only.
     
  19. Stuntman Autoworks

    Stuntman Autoworks Instigator of things

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    I used to do NC state inspections for several years.
    You don't have to have a windshield so just take it out and ride like any motorcycle.
     
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  20. Stuntman Autoworks

    Stuntman Autoworks Instigator of things

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    They are incorrect, unless they are talking about the emissions parts.
     
  21. Chapel Hill Tire

    Chapel Hill Tire Member

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    That windshield would fail. Remove it and it will pass, but your wiper blades better not be torn! lol
     
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  22. UTfball68

    UTfball68 Well-Known Member

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    I'm ignorant to the requirements, but I know I've been failed on things like mirrors, seat belt configurations, horns, etc. And that was the general statement they offered. Seemed logical to me at least.
     
  23. Stuntman Autoworks

    Stuntman Autoworks Instigator of things

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    If theres no windshield it doesn't have to have the wipers
     
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  24. Stuntman Autoworks

    Stuntman Autoworks Instigator of things

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    Horn must work
    Shoulder seatbelt was required sometime in the 70s? Anyway if it is after that date it must have the shoulder harness in place still.
    You have to have the drivers side mirror and the rearview mirror the passenger side is actually optional but if its there it needs to be clear.
     
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  25. UTfball68

    UTfball68 Well-Known Member

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    So you'll catch flack for a shoulder harness or a clear optional mirror, but not a missing windshield??? Sounds about right with .gov.
     

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