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The infamous windshield leak

Well...my windshield is leaking again through the belt rail for the soft top. I fixed it several years ago by replacing some of the screws with larger screws. NOw I have gone back and drilled new holes between the existing screw holes and installed new sheet metal screws.

Will this work? What is next...A new frame...welding the belt rail down!!??

The metal seems so weak I know it won't be long (after a few trips down the highway) that the seal will be compromised. What next???

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Re: The infamous windshield leak

My brand new frame (w/rubber) leaked from the get go. I used clear silicone around the glass and in every screw hole. When it was new the top rail was not installed so I drilled for it myself. Installed the screws with silicon on the hole first. So far no leaks......

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Re: The infamous windshield leak

Everyone with a CJ has this problem eventually. Take the retainer off. Put a moderate bead of silicone down and replace it. I did this and it solved my problem. The only downside is if you switch between a hardtop you have to redo it everytime. No biggie. Chad

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Re: The infamous windshield leak

I used black RTV (I had some on the shelf)...do you think that will work???

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Re: The infamous windshield leak

Don't use the silicone. You will have to redo it every time and sometimes it will shift and leak. I used garage door weatherstripping on mine, about 3/8" thick, sticky back, and screwed it down. It seals well, compresses well, and hasn't given up the ghost yet. As to the windshield sealer, go to a windshield glass store and get some of their sealer. It is about $7 for a tube you use in a caulking gun, and it works well. There are 2 problems with silicone, the first is if you seal between the windshield and frame it's hard to get off and if you need a new windshield you'll need a new gasket. The second is silicone likes water, so water gets trapped between the glass and frame, and rusts out the frame. I learned both the hard way. Most glass places up here will seal your windshield for free if you ask them, they're pretty decent. The sealer is black and matches the windshield gasket, it flexes and moves like silicone, but it'll come off the gasket to remove the glass.
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When I was saying use the silicone, I thought we were talking about The TOP of the windshield frame. I was not recommending using it for the actual windshield. I use it to seal the header for my soft and bikini top. Sorry, I guess I was talking about a different problem. Chad

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Re: The infamous windshield leak

vtcj7 was mentioning using it for around the windshield. There were two different applications being talked about. In your case, I'd look into foam weatherstripping.

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I currently use the weathersripping for my hard top (sides). I will give it a try for the header. Thanks, Chad

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Re: The infamous windshield leak

I was talking about the top...will weatherstripping fit?



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Re: The infamous windshield leak

Yep, they make weatherstripping in varying lengths, widths, thicknesses, and densities. I think mine is soft (for the curvature of the top), 3/8" thick (compresses to 3/16" or 1/8"), and 3/4" thick. I bought a roll of it for $5 I think, try Wal-mart or a hardware store. The sticky back is nice for positioning, but I think I screwed mine down to the hard top as well (so it stays on the hard top, not the jeep). Glue should also work.

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