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Old 07-06-2009, 07:30 PM
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anybody replace a front windshield?

Heres the deal... I have a parts truck with a perfect front window, and the one on my 95 is totalled. I have tried to get someone to swap them but everyone says there is a chance of ruining the good one in the process and that I would have to pay for their time even if they ruined it. So I figured I may as well give it hell and try it,worse that would happen is that I ruin it and buy another one installed. Anyone done this? Am I out of my mind for even thinking about giving it a shot?
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the problem is, i think its glued in, i could be mistakin but when they were relplacing mine they cracked it a little more to break the bond between watever was wolding it in. ITs probably doable but you have to be very patient and take your time.
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Old 07-07-2009, 06:03 AM
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You'll need the windshield adhesive that is used to install it. More than that, you'll have to get the good one out without cracking it. Then clean the goo off it. It's like tar, sort of.

You can get a feel for it by trying to remove the bad one in 1 piece. If you can do that, then most likely you can get the good one out in 1 piece. If you screw up or you don't want to mess with it, just call a mobile windshield repair place and have them install a new on. It is usually about $150 to $200 for glass and install. It shouldn't cost any more if you have already messed up the bad glass. They were going to remove it with a sawzall anyway..
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Old 08-07-2009, 05:32 PM
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hey 95 try piano wire to cut the seal once you get it out in one piece pm me and ill tell you the 3m product for install its pretty easy replaced 3 or 4 of these myself
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Old 08-07-2009, 06:21 PM
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in my experiences, it has always been time vs money.
spend lot of time trying to get used windshield out of old truck, or,,,
spend couple hundred on brand new glass.
I don't bother with re-using old glass on my windshield, even if it is free!!
Any other window, used no problem.
I think if you check prices of new windshield, from aftermarket, they are not too expensive.
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Old 08-07-2009, 06:28 PM
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Ooops, forgot to mention,,,ryandamo is kind of right!!
The front glass is "glued in" with urethane.
This stuff not like regular silicone, but much stronger!!
If you do plan on trying to cut it out, get a good windshield knife, or like
coaltrain444 says, piano wire.
Good luck!!
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Old 08-07-2009, 09:56 PM
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Thanks for the info gents. 'preciate it.
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yea its a lil timely process but if you save 2-300 on install you could dump that into injectors or such... at least thats my penny pinching opinion...
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tis true
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Old 08-08-2009, 10:38 PM
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170 installed...just wasnt worth the time to test the waters. Thanks for all the info/help.
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