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Old 11-24-2009, 10:15 PM   #1
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replacing windshield frame

You can see the rust on the frame is getting pretty bad. The cowl seal leaks alot. The PO never did anything about it probally the reason I had to replace the floor pans.

The new frame actually looks really nice. Ordered it from quadratec. It is a Crown replacement. I also got a new cowl seal. Didn't get any of the glass molding yet. Not sure if I can have the glass swapped or not. I'm planning on taking a bunch of pictures during the install. So i'll be sure to post them. Might be a few weeks before I do it. It is my DD.

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Old 11-24-2009, 10:33 PM   #2
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Get the windshield seal kit.... comes with the actual seal, outer surround moulding and a little clasp to join the surround... well worth it.... I did the same as you when i bought my Yj for the same reason....Though i bought a new glass as well even though my glass was fine... it's a 50/50 shot you get the old glass out without chipping or cracking it..

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Old 11-24-2009, 10:40 PM   #3
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Yeah new glass didn't seem to be all that expensive either. I did see all the seals, molding and clasp your talking about. Has anyone used safelite? Or heard of them? I figure if it doesn't cost alot a professional install might be worth it.
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Old 11-24-2009, 10:45 PM   #4
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Ya i send our customers to safelite for glass work.. not the cheapest but very good work..... I have an "inside" guy at another glass shop that i used... threw him 20 bucks and he popped the glass and seals in the frame for me... I figured let a pro do it that does this stuff for a living..
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Old 11-25-2009, 09:41 AM   #5
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Windshiled Frame install

Its not hard to put the glass in if you want to do it yourself. Lay everything flat on your garage floor. CLEAN THE GLASS.

INstall your seals first. Then goop the poly around the groove in the seal - use more than you think you need because any little gap will leak. Then carefully lay the glss in using the outer seal as a spacer/guide.

WHen you get it in with an even gap all the way around (note: WITH AN EEVEN GAP ALL THE WAY AROUND) then weight it with something and leave it for 24 hours.

Install your outer seal intot eh gap and use the connector to sel the ends at the bottom. Leave a small gap at the connector and water that bypasses the seal will run down to the base and drain out, reducing your rust issues.

Now remove your old fram, glass and all from the Jeep. Lift your new one in place and bolt it in. Follow the direction in your Haynes manual (You do have a Haynes, don't you? Or a shop manual - even better) to manage the wiper linkage connections. They are easy, but you need guidance the first time.
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Old 11-25-2009, 11:03 AM   #6
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Yeah I have the haynes manual. Yeah I hear the wiper linkages are a little tricky. Thanks for the tips.
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Old 11-29-2009, 05:13 PM   #7
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If you're not planning on folding down the windshield, I also recommend a nice bead of RTV on the cowl gasket.
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Old 11-29-2009, 09:32 PM   #8
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yeah I probally won't really fold it down unless something needed repairs.
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I 'm not sure if i am doing this right, but i'll try I have a 91 wrangler with a wind shield rust problem I have read some of your post's. About replacing frame and seal's. But know one has said anything about what to do with the wipers, do i need to disconnect them to fold my frame down?
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I just did this a few months ago. Got the cowl seal and frame off eBay (for like $120 shipped for both pieces), rattle canned it black and had a local glass install shop do the glass install for another $132.00. Mine looks good as new and I kept my old frame/glass for if/when I roll the nice one and need something temporary.
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I 'm not sure if i am doing this right, but i'll try I have a 91 wrangler with a wind shield rust problem I have read some of your post's. About replacing frame and seal's. But know one has said anything about what to do with the wipers, do i need to disconnect them to fold my frame down?
The wiper arms reside inside the windshield frame, so yes you'll have to remove them and transfer them over. Pop off the arms, undo the motor bolts for the wipers and slide off the little retaining arm. Then you can jimmy the inner arms back and forth until you can free them (out the driver's side). Takes a bit of practice, but goes out and back in the same way in the new frame.

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