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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-06-2006, 01:11 PM
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Windshield frames on CJ-5

I need to get a new windshield for my fiberglass tubbed 72 CJ-5. Should I get a fiberglass replacement only or will steel work as well?

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 01-06-2006, 01:26 PM
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Re: Windshield frames on CJ-5

Ah....the great windshield debate...........

Yes...metal will...or should fit.

What is on it now and why did it go bad?

I ended up buying one from JeepGlass.com...not cheap....we will see if it was worth the money....though I am a little disapointed....the pic in their web site shows the frame with the extra rib down the center line of the wipers (CJ's are known to have issus with wipers)...what I got did not have that...they say it's a stonger frame...so we will see.

I would not buy a used one....unless it was perfect....why buy rust....

Fiberglass is expensive...but does not rust...depending on who's you get, some are stiffer than others.
post #3 of (permalink) Old 01-06-2006, 02:11 PM
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Re: Windshield frames on CJ-5

It has the original steel frame which has never been mounted on the 'glass tub. It's pretty rusty and I don't want to waste my time on it.

I was just concerned about the additional weight (if any) that a steel frame would have over a 'glass one. I would think that the tub would be engineered strong enough for the steel though.
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Re: Windshield frames on CJ-5

The weight of the frame is nothing compared to the stress created from the wind resistance....at 60MPH, I would say that the frame is bing stressed about 20 times more than just the weight alone....
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Re: Windshield frames on CJ-5

one thing to keep in mind with the fiberglass, is having issues with the windshield fitting. the way it was explained to me was they take a mold of the original, and then a reverse mold of that. so they're usually "off" a bit
and you may have to do some trimming. It's pretty common for them to crack when trying to swap them over.
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