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Went to a great off roading place last Sat and of course got nice and dirty, mud and dirt wasn't that bad but of course I had some on my windows, I needed to roll them down a few times for communication, but when it goes back up, you get the most horrible sound ever and I assume I could easily scratch the window or when i get tint it'll scratch that for sure.

What's the rule then when off roading? always keep your windows up? or if you do bring them down, don't go back up? or just deal with the screeching scratch sound?

I did clean everything up and rolled the windows down and cleaned the felt that the windows slides down on, but for sure there is dirt in my door and I assume others have this too
 

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I'm Titan swapped, so my mileage differs, but I keep my windows up anytime it is wet as the tires WILL throw mud in the truck. With that said, after all the screeching as you mentioned, my window tint is unaffected. Might be more sound than anything.
 

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It’s possible I’m doing this wrong, but I’ll roll down my window anytime I need to, regardless of whether it’s covered with mud. It will make the sound you are describing but that noise stops once the window is clean. I’ve been doing this for years and haven’t seen any long term ill effects. If I’m getting any mud inside the door, it hasn’t been a significant enough amount to affect the operation or quietness of the window going up and down (when it’s clean). The rubber doohickey at the top of the door seems to act as a squeegee - it will smear/catch the mud if it’s wet and leave it looking untouched if the mud is dry. I don’t worry about rolling down the window if it’s covered in water or snow either.

As a side note (not directed at anyone in particular), since I’m Titan swapped and my windows get muddy very easily, I carry a bottle of glass cleaner and a roll of paper towels when I am anticipating mud. Driving home with all the windows covered in mud may look cool, but it’s unsafe.
 

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Tint is on the inside. Mud on the outside.

This is one of the reasons why I think it is silly for people to get wheels spacers and stick their tires out of their fenders. TS not included.
 

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Whats titan swap? and what does it have to do with dirty windows? lol

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Oh boy. You gots a lot of reading/learning to do. Taking the titan's front suspension and bolting it on a Frontier. Increases suspension travel and increase track width. Makes tires stick out past the fenders (unless you get wide fiberglass fenders) and sprays the side of your truck with mud.
 

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For the most part, mud stays on the outside and I've not had any mud/gravel that was hard enough to scratch the glass... I don't wheel in diamond mines...

That said, I usually find at least 1 hole where I will forget to roll up the window before I'm into it, regardless of season. I still have some dust from a late fall trip.
I also carry a handfull of rags. always. good for checking fluids, cleaning windows, cleaning hands, napkins, staunching bleeding, ... its like a monkey wrench, a 1001 uses!

As for communication, I use GMRS handheld radios. and a mounted one in the truck for reach.

CB always lets me down when I least expect it and I haven't made the jump to ham. And now with the rule change, all handheld GMRS radios with permanent antenna are license free. They will transmit 5W. you can reach to the horizon (~5miles) barring terrain. If you choose to get a mobile station license is $70 and good for 10 yrs, no test.
 
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