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Basically, I prefer the windows down vs. A/C. One thing I can't stand is debris flying in from the rear window.

Problem solved with this DIY.
It's easy and inexpensive.
Products were purchased from Lowe's or any hardware store.

Items needed:

Screen (black or charcoal)
Screen frame
Screen frame corners
Screen spline
Velcro (optional)



Tools needed:

Screen tool
Hacksaw
Scissors
Measuring tape
Blade





Step 1:

Cut the screen frame in four pieces
(2) measuring 12"
(2) measuring 28.5"

Step 2:

Attach the screen frame corners



Step 3:

Attach the screen to the frame

Step 4:

Paint the frame flat black to match interior.


End Result (before paint)
*Camera flash caused the screen to look gray... it's really black





End Result (after paint)

Screen and window



Screen and window (halfway)



From outside




The measurements are precise so that you don't need to use Velcro. It's pretty snug.

I placed the screen inside the cabin to protect it from the elements.

Also, I've been known to forget to roll up the rear window. With the screen present, it doesn't look so obvious that the window is open.


Happy Modding!
 

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I really needed this thanks...

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i to rather windows down compared to the ac and i'll definitely be doing this in the summer once im done with baseball and school
 
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Wow! Nice man. This is definately on my list of to do's when I have some free time!
 
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Makes me wish I had the CC...
 

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Thanks for the info. Did this today and it works great!!!!! Measurements are perfect; works awesome. Thanks again.

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Woah, that's awesome. Tried camping out in the truck cabin last weekend and wanted the windows down but bugs were horrendous. Sweet job, bor.
 
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I am curious how much force it can take.

For instance, let's roll back to approximately 1996. Back in the day when I had a Ranger extended cab with a manual rear window slider. Beautiful day. Windows down & rear slider opened. Cruising down the road about 50ish enjoying myself when all of a sudden a smashed beer can begins to rattle around. No worries, I will throw it away when I get back home, I thought. Ah yes, my favorite tune is on, let's blare it and "fix" that annoying beer can rattle!

About 5 minutes later, the forces of mother nature and the beer can took an alliance and decided that today, yes today, I would listen to them and hear them very clearly. Totally oblivious to this new formed alliance, I continue to jam out to the cheesy hair band tune at ear piercing levels. Then all of a sudden I feel a gust of air whiz by my head, a slight scratch like I was nicked by a bullet as I catch the most ever so slight glimpse of "something" crashing into my windshield making god awful popping noise creating a heightened sense of awareness I do not think I had ever experienced in my entire life to this point.

After swerving and nearly killing myself & 2 other people, I pull to the side of the road to collect myself (aka "check myself and ensure that indeed I hadn't sh*t myself") and inspect what the h*ll just happened. At this point it becomes rather obvious. So I toss the can in the back of the truck (no, not the bed, the actual extended cab part), pull the slider shut, roll up the windows, turn on the a/c, turned the radio way down so I could hear a frog's fart from 3 miles away and continued on my way.

I am not certain the force such items can create, but I would suggest something a little stronger than velcro....or maybe just to make sure nothing like a crushed beer can ever, ever gets left in the back of your truck. Trust me, since 1996, my truck bed has been beer can free!
 

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I am curious how much force it can take.

For instance, let's roll back to approximately 1996. Back in the day when I had a Ranger extended cab with a manual rear window slider. Beautiful day. Windows down & rear slider opened. Cruising down the road about 50ish enjoying myself when all of a sudden a smashed beer can begins to rattle around. No worries, I will throw it away when I get back home, I thought. Ah yes, my favorite tune is on, let's blare it and "fix" that annoying beer can rattle!

About 5 minutes later, the forces of mother nature and the beer can took an alliance and decided that today, yes today, I would listen to them and hear them very clearly. Totally oblivious to this new formed alliance, I continue to jam out to the cheesy hair band tune at ear piercing levels. Then all of a sudden I feel a gust of air whiz by my head, a slight scratch like I was nicked by a bullet as I catch the most ever so slight glimpse of "something" crashing into my windshield making god awful popping noise creating a heightened sense of awareness I do not think I had ever experienced in my entire life to this point.

After swerving and nearly killing myself & 2 other people, I pull to the side of the road to collect myself (aka "check myself and ensure that indeed I hadn't sh*t myself") and inspect what the h*ll just happened. At this point it becomes rather obvious. So I toss the can in the back of the truck (no, not the bed, the actual extended cab part), pull the slider shut, roll up the windows, turn on the a/c, turned the radio way down so I could hear a frog's fart from 3 miles away and continued on my way.

I am not certain the force such items can create, but I would suggest something a little stronger than velcro....or maybe just to make sure nothing like a crushed beer can ever, ever gets left in the back of your truck. Trust me, since 1996, my truck bed has been beer can free!
That has to be one of the funniest posts I have read in a while....
 

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I am curious how much force it can take.

For instance, let's roll back to approximately 1996. Back in the day when I had a Ranger extended cab with a manual rear window slider. Beautiful day. Windows down & rear slider opened. Cruising down the road about 50ish enjoying myself when all of a sudden a smashed beer can begins to rattle around. No worries, I will throw it away when I get back home, I thought. Ah yes, my favorite tune is on, let's blare it and "fix" that annoying beer can rattle!

About 5 minutes later, the forces of mother nature and the beer can took an alliance and decided that today, yes today, I would listen to them and hear them very clearly. Totally oblivious to this new formed alliance, I continue to jam out to the cheesy hair band tune at ear piercing levels. Then all of a sudden I feel a gust of air whiz by my head, a slight scratch like I was nicked by a bullet as I catch the most ever so slight glimpse of "something" crashing into my windshield making god awful popping noise creating a heightened sense of awareness I do not think I had ever experienced in my entire life to this point.

After swerving and nearly killing myself & 2 other people, I pull to the side of the road to collect myself (aka "check myself and ensure that indeed I hadn't sh*t myself") and inspect what the h*ll just happened. At this point it becomes rather obvious. So I toss the can in the back of the truck (no, not the bed, the actual extended cab part), pull the slider shut, roll up the windows, turn on the a/c, turned the radio way down so I could hear a frog's fart from 3 miles away and continued on my way.

I am not certain the force such items can create, but I would suggest something a little stronger than velcro....or maybe just to make sure nothing like a crushed beer can ever, ever gets left in the back of your truck. Trust me, since 1996, my truck bed has been beer can free!

I actually had a shoebox do the exact same thing the other night doing about 60 on the highway. I was on my way to work, where I usually deposit all my trash, and didnt think much of it being back there along with a buch of other junk. All of a sudden, somehow it shot right in the window (a KC nonetheless so not much room to spare) over the back of the carseat (taking away from the already small area), and nailed me just behind by ear. It scared the schit out of me to say the least since it was dark and I had no idea wtf it was at first. Good thing there was no traffic since I was between some barriers in a work zone and ended up swerving all over the road when it hit me.

Time to come up with something for the sliders I suppose since I hate driving with the windows up.
 

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i had an empty plastic weed wacker string container do the same thing to me ride in the back of the head, didnt fase me much besides the typical "what the ****"
 

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I was riding in a friends 94 ranger back in 94 or 95 when a soda can flew through the open slider and changed the radio station as it hit the dash...yes we heard it flopping around as we were driving but didn't think it could fly inside the cab at that speed....

I have a toolbox in my titan and nothing has every flown up towards the glass.
 

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could this be done the the KC back window? not really eh'?
 

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I am curious how much force it can take.

...Back in the day when I had a Ranger extended cab with a manual rear window slider. Windows down & rear slider opened. Cruising down the road about 50ish enjoying myself when all of a sudden a smashed beer can begins to rattle around. About 5 minutes later, the forces of mother nature and the beer can took an alliance and decided that today, yes today, I would listen to them and hear them very clearly. Then all of a sudden I feel a gust of air whiz by my head, a slight scratch like I was nicked by a bullet as I catch the most ever so slight glimpse of "something" crashing into my windshield making god awful popping noise creating a heightened sense of awareness I do not think I had ever experienced in my entire life to this point.
I had a 93 Ranger single cab with slider. Hit a flock of birds that bolted out of a tree. About 6 or 12 of them hit the windshield (damn near scared the $#!^ outta me) bounced over the cab and landed in the bed. I figured I'd keep running my errands and then hose them out at the car wash later.

About 15 minutes later, I'm doing 75 in the hammer lane on 635 around the north side of Dallas when these birds "wake up" and try to take flight. Instantly they get sucked through the rear window and on to the dash. Most of them losing a significant amount of feathers in the process. All the sudden I'm inundated with a cab full of feathers and six half naked birds spazing out on the dashboard and in the seat next to me. If I didn't $#!^ my britches the first time, I sure did at that point.

I think this screen would at least take a large part of the brunt of anything coming in the cab. It might not keep it out 100%, but it will probably stop the foreign material from making it all the way to the driver.
 

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This is awesome....I think I might do this today!
 

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Screen goes inside or outside?
 

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I had a 93 Ranger single cab with slider. Hit a flock of birds that bolted out of a tree. About 6 or 12 of them hit the windshield (damn near scared the $#!^ outta me) bounced over the cab and landed in the bed. I figured I'd keep running my errands and then hose them out at the car wash later.

About 15 minutes later, I'm doing 75 in the hammer lane on 635 around the north side of Dallas when these birds "wake up" and try to take flight. Instantly they get sucked through the rear window and on to the dash. Most of them losing a significant amount of feathers in the process. All the sudden I'm inundated with a cab full of feathers and six half naked birds spazing out on the dashboard and in the seat next to me. If I didn't $#!^ my britches the first time, I sure did at that point.

I think this screen would at least take a large part of the brunt of anything coming in the cab. It might not keep it out 100%, but it will probably stop the foreign material from making it all the way to the driver.
This probably wasn't very funny when it happened, but I'm dying over here :lol:
 
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