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Old 06-19-2010, 10:01 PM
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Windshield removel?

Have two windshields to remove...want to save them sense they are perfect....dont care about saving rubber. Whats the easiest way?
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Old 06-19-2010, 10:07 PM
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I used a boxcutter to cut the weatherstrip some, then it mostly just pulled off as it was old and rotten. Then I just pried a corner of the windshield up a bit, and it came out pretty easily.

Might be an easier way, but this worked well for me with what I had laying around.
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Old 06-19-2010, 10:31 PM
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if your not concerned with saving the rubber, just cut it with a razor blade. thats what i did worked great.
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Old 06-19-2010, 10:53 PM
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if your not concerned with saving the rubber, just cut it with a razor blade. thats what i did worked great.

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Old 06-19-2010, 10:58 PM
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I may be in similar boat, whats the best course if I wanted to keep the rubber seal?

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Old 06-20-2010, 05:47 AM
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There's a locking system that goes completely around the outside of the gasket. You can see the seam if you remove the trim and look closely at it.

Use a popsicle stick (or something not likely to damage the seal) and pry into the seam that you'll see, the corners usually work best. Once you get a part of it undone, then the rest is pretty easy. After you get the "lock" taken care of, push (carefully, very carefully) at one of the corners until you get the winshield loose, then work your way around.

After you get the windshield out, you can pull the seal off the body without much trouble.
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Old 06-20-2010, 08:21 AM
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What Lindel said. use plenty of soap to help let the rubber slide loose.
Also point towards the sun to help get the rubber more flexible. I used thick paint sticks to stick between the body and seal once I had worked it loose.
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Old 06-20-2010, 11:48 PM
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You are going to have a tough time of this, especially at the corners, where the rubber overlaps the glass quite a bit. If the gasket is old and hard it isn't worth saving. New gaskets are cheaper than new glass and well worth it.
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:25 AM
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1.Take eight or ten wood paint stir sticks and cut them into pieces 2-3 inches long.
2.Park the Jeep in a warm place.
3.Unlock the gasket from the outside.
4.Loosten the gasket by pulling on it from the outside and pushing the glass on the inside. Focus your effort on the bottom.
5 Fill the gap that develops between the inside surface of the glass and the entire bottom of the gasket with the pieces of wood strip.
6. Repeat step no. 4
7. As the gap increases between the glass and the gasket, double up on the wood spacers.
8. Repeat step no. 4 again
9. Triple up on the wood spacers.
10. By this time the glass should be on the way out.
I have removed many FSJ windshilds in the past. The last two times I used this method, It worked great!
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Old 06-21-2010, 03:17 PM
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When I removed the windshield from my 83 just before painting I got a nasty dose of glass embedded into my finger. I dug glass out for 30 minutes and thought I had gotten all of it....wrong. A week goes by and my finger starts to swell so I do more surgery and dig out another large piece. That was almost a year ago and now I have a knot on my finger with a tender spot in the center so more digging is required once again.
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Old 06-21-2010, 05:27 PM
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your best bet on saving the windsheild would be to cut the gasket out with a razor knife. i just pulled the one out of my truck by unlocking the gasket and you have to put a huge amount of pressure on the glass to get it to pop out of the rubber mine was already broke so i didnt care if it cracked i just wanted to see what it took to remove it this way. also ive cut many windsheilds out with a razor knife with sucess just take your time and cut as much of the gasket out that you can.
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Old 06-22-2010, 06:13 AM
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your best bet on saving the windsheild would be to cut the gasket out with a razor knife. i just pulled the one out of my truck by unlocking the gasket and you have to put a huge amount of pressure on the glass to get it to pop out of the rubber mine was already broke so i didnt care if it cracked i just wanted to see what it took to remove it this way. also ive cut many windsheilds out with a razor knife with sucess just take your time and cut as much of the gasket out that you can.
Have you tried removing one with wood stir sticks as I described? My guess is you havn't. I used to think the best way is to cut the gasket too.
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Old 06-22-2010, 06:24 AM
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your best bet on saving the windsheild would be to cut the gasket out with a razor knife. i just pulled the one out of my truck by unlocking the gasket and you have to put a huge amount of pressure on the glass to get it to pop out of the rubber mine was already broke so i didnt care if it cracked i just wanted to see what it took to remove it this way. also ive cut many windsheilds out with a razor knife with sucess just take your time and cut as much of the gasket out that you can.
Have you tried to remove one with the wood stir sticks as I described? My guess is you havn't. I think it is actually faster and certainly safer than cutting and you get to reuse the gasket. I once thought cutting was the best way too.
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Old 06-22-2010, 06:37 AM
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For the J10 i didn't save the gasket
Where do you buy a new gasket for the FSJ windshield
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yea i didnt try that because really the gasket i had wasnt worth saving either but using that method you still take that chance of breaking it. your still putting the windshield on a bind and what ive learned from doing windsheilds is glass does not bend at all. and with cutting your not putting any pressure on the glass at all and a new gasket is way cheaper then a new windsheild. i do a lot of glass replacement at work on heavy equipment so ive learned many different ways to remove and install glass and ive found the best way to remove is cutting.


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Have you tried to remove one with the wood stir sticks as I described? My guess is you havn't. I think it is actually faster and certainly safer than cutting and you get to reuse the gasket. I once thought cutting was the best way too.
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I have always sat in the front seat and put my feet on the windshield and pushed out..... It's how they showed us in auto body class in High School. Of course pop the gasket first...
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Old 06-24-2010, 10:57 AM
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I have always sat in the front seat and put my feet on the windshield and pushed out..... It's how they showed us in auto body class in High School. Of course pop the gasket first...


LOL!

This is going to sound REALLY stoopid, but I honestly didnt realize that BJs stocks replacement windshield gaskets!!!

With that said, since my glass is already broken anyway, I'll just slice and push!

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