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Old 02-18-2006, 08:49 AM   #1
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tired of poppin' radios....

I need to replace my cowl rubber boot under the windshield frame. now my question is; Has anyone done this? Im not worried about how hard it is (looks simple) but rather how heavy the windshield and frame is. The only one I got to help me is my wife....she has trouble lifting her toothbrush yet alone my car parts! Will she be able to help me lay it on the hood while I change the boot out? also will I need some rubber seal glue or anything? This boot is responsible for water on my floor boards,fryin radios, and of course...alot of rust I just fixed. the boot cost 29 bucks and seams like it should only take an hour. am I right?

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Old 02-23-2006, 06:29 AM   #2
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the frame with the glass should only weigh about 50-60 pounds just be carefull with the torx bolts they are a real pain in the tookus

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Depending on the condition of your hinges you should be able to fold the windshield down all by yourself. Mine are ceased up and wouldn't move with a lot of hammering. I couldn't get the winshield off without completely taking the hinges off, which is a real PITA. The bolts for the lower portion of the hinge are waaayyyy up under the dash. As far as weight, you should be fine with a wimpy wife helping. My wimpy wife helped me.
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Old 02-26-2006, 09:01 PM   #4
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right-on guys....thanks for the input. How about black seal glue, will I need that stuff???
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Old 03-10-2006, 09:19 PM   #5
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Windshield you can do by yourself. It's not that bad to lay them front.

I don't know how many cd/head units have been destroyed by water that occasionally gets past the windshield gasket, but I have had a couple. Quite frankly I would rather spend the money on other mods and upgrades instead replacing the "jukebox".

Recently I did a restoration on the YJ and while I had everything apart I was determined to have a dry radio. The first order of business was to replace the windshield gasket.

Next I took a piece of thin galv sheet that was laying around. Trimmed out a piece 6.5" wide 11.5" long. Bending on a small break at 2" in from each end. I slid it into place, trimmed a little out of the center to clear a bracket, and trimmed the back corners on a 45 degree angle and sanded the edges to save fingers. It fit tight to dash support bracket where I pop riveted it fast, then sealed around the edges next to the dash so water couldn't work back around it. That will deflect any water near the radio.

During reassembly every crack, gap, hole, and gasket area got silicone and seam sealer. Finally I located the cowl vent drain tube inside the engine compartment, at the firewall. The end of this tube is tapered making it easy for dirt and debris to collect. So with a utility knife I cut the tapered end off and made sure it was not blocked. That takes care of future leaks.

Well that was last year and I am happy to report that I have a dry radio, floor and feet.
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i've fried 2 radios already. does the water usually hit the radio itself causing it to fry or is it just getting some wire connections wet? i know it's coming in under the windshield but i dont know what its dripping on thats frying them
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Do you have A/C? Could you be getting condensation from the A/C? Are all the metal connectors taped and tight?
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i've fried 2 radios already. does the water usually hit the radio itself causing it to fry or is it just getting some wire connections wet? i know it's coming in under the windshield but i dont know what its dripping on thats frying them
In my case it was a water comming in past the windshield/cowl gasket. The last time I removed the radio I literally poured the water out of the chasis.

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