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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-10-2002, 11:42 PM
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steel V. fbrglss aftermrkt winshield frames

has anyone put on a aftermarket windshield???
I need a new windshield frame but i'm feeling a little hesitant on "aftermarket overseas car parts" if you know what I mean. I have both the soft and hard top for my 84 cj7.

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Re: steel V. fbrglss aftermrkt winshield frames

i prefer steel over fiberglass personally but then again my jeep hasn't had a winshield frame on it in the last year.
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Re: steel V. fbrglss aftermrkt winshield frames

I've had several of both.. either work fine.
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Re: steel V. fbrglss aftermrkt winshield frames

So what is the big deal about glass frames flexing and cracking windshields? Is there any truth to this or are they as good as steel?
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Re: steel V. fbrglss aftermrkt winshield frames

There is a huge difference between quality fiberglass jeep body parts and ghetto crap. I have seen tubs that you could actually flex the side by pushing on it a bit... anyway.. i suppose there might be some flimsy frames out there, but the ones I have seen have all been quality. the only time I cracked the windshield was 2 times i hit the frame on rocks.
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that is why i like steel.
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Re: steel V. fbrglss aftermrkt winshield frames

There is some truth to the flex of a fiberglass windshield. When the soft top is on it's putting pressure all along the top. Then the wind comes along and whips it a bit and soon it flexes enough to have the glass pop out of the seal. That can be disconcerting at 70mph, when it's most likely to happen.

I'm planning on buying one and installing rubber bumpers on the front of the top of the roll cage bar so it can rest agianst them. That will take any flex out... and keep any problems down and remove the rust from the windshield.
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Re: steel V. fbrglss aftermrkt winshield frames

I have never had any problems with the glass in my fiber frame.. I will agree that it does flex a lot though, and for me, this alowed too much slack on my soft Top. While driving at higher speeds it would snap up and down and loosened all the screws on top of the frame.. It then proceeded to rip all the screws out of the frame and trash my soft top..

In fact, the broken glass would have been much nicer to replace..
But I bought a new steel frame with the insurance money, and a top, and windshield hinges / mirrors...

Just my thought...
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I bought a replacement steel windshield frame for my 85 CJ-7 along with a new rubber seal. When the new glass was installed by a local shop the rubber seal did not seem to fit the glass properly. It was pulling away from the glass - mainly in the corners. I thought - this can't be right - it will let in air and water along the seal edge. So I waited a few weeks but the seal never assumed the correct shape.

Finally I removed the glass and turns out the inside opening on the new frame was too small by about a 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch - I checked it against my OEM frame. I got out the grinder and ground away the inside flange all around to the same diameter as the OEM frame. Then put the seal and glass back in and everything fit fine. Not to mention it was easier to put the glass back in with the proper size opening. The other option would have been to get a slightly smaller piece of glass.

This might be a problem on other aftermarket windshields since a friend of mine had the same problem and just assumed it was a poorly made rubber seal. Just something you may want to check if you go steel - measure the inside opening to be sure it matches your old windshield or the glass and seal will never fit properly. - Tim
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Re: steel V. fbrglss aftermrkt winshield frames

Indio22, what you experienced is a VERY COMMON problem with aftermarket frames. They are manuractured as a One-Size Fits all. Lot's of Jeepers have bought new frames and broken the windsiheld when they attempt to install the glass themselves.
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