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Old 02-10-2017, 06:12 AM
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Windshield Frame

My windshield frame is rusted out (no new news there) and I was thinking about ordering one from Crown Automotive. And I'm wondering how their products compared to factory and other aftermarket companies.

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I bought mine from Quadratec. The frame fit and the only problem I had was when I went to install my wiper motor (after the frame was painted, naturally) I found the arm that is turned by the motor would hit a reinforcement that was welded inside the frame. I used a die grinder to grind away enough material so the arm could turn freely and all has been fine since.

Search this forum for threads on windshield frames. In the past few weeks, there has been one poster (I don't remember who) that has had an issue with his windshield frame. It seems there was a lip that he needed to cut off (after he painted his frame, naturally). He might have bought his from a different vendor.

Most aftermarket parts are made in Tiawan. I think all the stateside parts sellers buy from one or two factories. I don't know if Crown or OMIX buy from the same or different factories. I don't know if Quadratec or Morris buy from Crown or OMIX.
Mine cost $139.99 with no tax and free shipping. I bought a OE windshield frame for a CJ many years ago and, as I remember, it was over $400.00 then. I don't know if you can even buy an OE windshield frame for a YJ anymore.
For the difference in price, I would be willing to deal with some minor issues.

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If it were me I think I would order a fully complete windshield & glass from Jeepglass.com

Here's a decent video detailing the YJ windshield install

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I had some issues with my windshield kit that I purchased for Morris 4x4. The moldings came from Florida and the frame and glass came from Washington. the frame had a section that I had to cut off on the bottom of the windshield frame (found that out after the frame was painted) and the top of the windshield frame wasn't sealed (had a big gap on the top) which I had to seal with sealant. If you check about 10 threads down there is some pics I posted for Ashley about windshields. You will see what I am talking about. The glass fit nicely in the frame (had it done by a local body shop) . The cowl rubber wasn't the right seal and ended up having to put the old seal back in. good luck on your adventure.
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I found a used replacement that was solid and avoided the concerns I was reading about glass fit and frame fit to the body. Depending on where you are and how patient you are used ones in good shape can be found.
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Thanks for the link! My windshield frame is rusted(an AZ Jeep, go figure) and needs replacement.
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I went ahead and bought a new one (good used stuff around here is nonexistent) and I was wondering when I install it should I put loc-tite on the screws?

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I went ahead and bought a new one (good used stuff around here is nonexistent) and I was wondering when I install it should I put loc-tite on the screws?

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I wouldn't (didn't). If I ever have to remove my windshield frame again, I rest assured that the bolts will come out without being buggered up.

New windshield hinge bolts come with thread sealer already on them.
The same bolts fit the door hinges. I didn't bother to remove the thread locker when I replaced some of the bolts on my door hinges.

I use a 3/8" Ingersol Rand impact wrench with the PROPER sized torx bit and, thread sealer or not, it doesn't seem to matter to the impact wrench.
Out they come or in they go to stay.

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