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Old April 14th, 2007, 09:44 PM
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How to install a windshield

Does anyone have any good tips for installing a windshield in a 90? I have the glass and the gasket ready to go, and I am thinking about trying to do it myself rather than call a glass shop. Many people have told me to let them handle it, but I am curious about doing it. Any advice besides letting the glass shop do it?
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Old April 14th, 2007, 09:49 PM
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I am sure that you can do it... Take your time and don't rush it.
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Old April 14th, 2007, 09:52 PM
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Is there any sealing silicone or something I don't know about that I have to use?
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It is veyr easy. One of the first things I did to my truck. Get a piece of yarn and use it to set the seal/gasket. No need for a sealer of any kind.
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If you don't mind, how about a step by step?
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you might try and use some soapy water to get the gasket slippery. run string around the inside of the gasket. the idea with the string is that you can pull the gasket over/onto the windshield frame.
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Old April 15th, 2007, 10:33 AM
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So, not urethane is needed in the install, just the gasket and the glass?
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Just gasket and glass. Takes me about 1 hour. Use plenty of soapy water to make it go quickly. Two sets of hands sure help, but I have done it by myself as well.
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Will your insurance cover it? In MA we have free glass replacement and I had it done to mine recently.

The guy took about 40 minutes, used rope, a suction cup and a butane torch to remove the mirror glue.

I would invest in some rust conversion stuff to handle any rust spots once the seal is off. Also, clean up your seal before reinstalling it as mine had some hard, waxy stuff on it.
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You should not have any rust issues--the entire frame is cast aluminum.
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If you don't mind, how about a step by step?
Shawn,

Let us know how it goes. I am about to replace my windshield gasket soon. I have seen the rope/string technique on a hotrod show. They make it look so easy on TV...lol


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Attempted this today. Total PITA. Still not on and I'm looking in the phone book for glass companies tomorrow. Already spent 2 hours on it.

I put the gasket on the glass first and them tried to put it in. I had a helper and plenty of string and soapy water. No luck.
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put the gasket in HOT soapy water first then string and extra hansds take your time you CAN do it.
The hot water makes it extra plyable....
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Did you start the gasket at the bottom, top or pick a side?
What is easiest?
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the frame was off the truck so didnt matter for me. with the gasket hot/warm made it more plyable. 4 hands works best.
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Shawn,


What did you end up doing?

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I ended up giving the glass company $100 for no more than 5 mins of their time. Sad I know, but I had 6 hours invested in it, and was damn tired of messing with it.
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Sorry to hear that it was a PITA for ya. I was quoted $100 as well by a local autoglass company. Although I just want to replace the gasket, not the glass. I might just let them install it...


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Seriously, you may want to order a new windshield from AB. At $89 you can't beat it and it is made by Pilkington just like the OEM. My glass company wouldn't replace a used windshield.
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