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Old September 10th, 2013, 05:39 PM   #1
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Anyone remove one before without special tools? Just picked up a xj that's going to be a trail rig and I'm not gonna pay to have it done. Was thinking a butter knife and a thin long wire.
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Old September 10th, 2013, 05:43 PM   #2
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Old September 10th, 2013, 05:50 PM   #3
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and thats why it needs replaced
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Old September 10th, 2013, 07:38 PM   #4
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and thats why it needs replaced
I have done it successfully with picture wire and a razor.

It took forever and I will never do it again.
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Old September 10th, 2013, 07:41 PM   #5
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Old September 10th, 2013, 08:17 PM   #6
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damn. Thats cheap enough to do the trick.
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Old September 10th, 2013, 08:18 PM   #7
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Guitar string works great.
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Old September 10th, 2013, 08:26 PM   #8
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Guitar string works great.
this ! or piano wire.. with handles on each end!
That tool listed is junk ! I used one and the blade folded as soon as i put pressure on it..

if you dont mind a huge mess you can sit in the front seat and push with your feet but you'll still have to cut out the edge with a utility knife
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Old September 10th, 2013, 10:04 PM   #11
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In all honesty the tool works good. A good trick is to heat the blade till it is red hot before cutting into the rubber.
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Old September 11th, 2013, 12:05 AM   #12
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When my buddy did windshields he had a scrapper looking attachment for a fancy looking sawsall that he used and went around the inside perimiter cutting the glue. Took like 3 minutes to take out the window
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i use a sawzall with a long blade. use the tip of the blade to cut into it, and run it backwards to avoid cutting into sheetmetal. way easier then piano wire, or a hood latch cable. i have done this a lot.
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So easy a caveman could do it.
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Old September 11th, 2013, 09:48 AM   #15
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Some of these guys are on target. I did windshields for a while. Use a single strand guitar wire or something comparable with handles or get a $1 paint scraper from your local hardware and remove the handle. Insert it into say a 24" long pipe from same hardware store and hammer the pipe flat to hold it. All it takes is some soapy water sprayed along the whole inside edge on the urethane and you can use your hammer to remove the whole windshield with that tool without damaging the paint

Similar to what Tom has described but just a manual version. Used to use it on customer windshields for difficult corners. We called that sawzall the "spatulator" $800 for that thing!
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