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Old May 22nd, 2013, 10:53 AM
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Dry ROT!! :(

The rubber lining around my windshield and some on the top windows are starting to dry rot. hasnt started to leak yet but am getting concerned. Any advice or certain specialists to contact?? I dont suppose this a do it yourself type of job.
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 10:57 AM
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Lots of searchable windshield/windscreen gasket threads to search. It's a DIY job if you have the time...and maybe a few bucks extra to replace the glass...IF you break it. Many on this site have done it. Welcome to the board.
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 10:58 AM
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One of your fellow Cajuns has a business that will have all the parts you will need:
http://rdsparts.com/, he is located in NO.
I would pay a glass company to swap out the windshield gasket if you are not handy or if the glass is old. I have never tried changing alpine window seals.
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 11:02 AM
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Make a weekend of it, and do your front vent seals at the same time. "Upgrade" to the Series vent seals. Install instructions can by found by searching series vent seals

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Old May 22nd, 2013, 12:42 PM
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I have the foam to replace the front vent seals but I can't figure out how to get the vents off. I pulled the upper pins off from the outside but then couldn't get it off the hinge mechanism. Do I need to detach it from the inside?
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 12:45 PM
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I have the foam to replace the front vent seals but I can't figure out how to get the vents off. I pulled the upper pins off from the outside but then couldn't get it off the hinge mechanism. Do I need to detach it from the inside?
From the outside. Look here:

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=43884
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 12:51 PM
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Do NOT try to do the windscreen yourself. It is hard. The alpine lights in the roof are easy because the seal is two piece.

If they are not leaking, the dry rot won't hurt anything.
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 02:27 PM
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Do NOT try to do the windscreen yourself. It is hard. The alpine lights in the roof are easy because the seal is two piece.

If they are not leaking, the dry rot won't hurt anything.
I agree. $200 for a good glass guy is well worth it. It's not like you'll be doing lots of these and need to learn how eventually. That's my rule if thumb anyway.

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Old May 22nd, 2013, 04:43 PM
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In my opinion, doing the windshield is difficult, but not impossible, and I think it would be easier if the frame was on the truck as opposed to loose (as it was when I did my truck).

The most difficult part is figuring out how to do the job:
1. Correct orientation of the seal.
2. What tool works best for putting the seal into the windshield frame.

What worked for me was to put the seal around the windshield, then use round bamboo chopsticks with tapered tips to pry the lip of the seal and stretch it around the lip on the windshield frame. Start with one bottom corner, then fit the bottom part of the windshield frame into the seal, then the other bottom corner, then up and around the rest of the windshield frame.

The corner parts of the seal are the most difficult.

Soapy water worked very well as a lubricant.
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