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Old April 8th, 2006, 08:12 PM   #1
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Replacing a windshield.. can I do this at home?

My toyota pickup, the windshield is cracked BADLY, and I'd like to replace it.

I have another identical truck with a good windshield. I have the factory service manual, and it looks pretty easy to remove them, with some piano wire as a wire-saw.

But the steps for replacing it are crazy-long with lots of exotic compounds.


Has anyone ever replaced a windshield before? Know where I can get the stuff I need?

I was just thinking to yank the old one out, lay a fat bead of 3M windowweld, and drop in the glass on some spacers, then fill the gap more with windowweld..

Its a mostly trail rig.
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Old April 8th, 2006, 08:37 PM   #2
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theres two schools of thought. one is do it your self and the other is pay someone who knows what thy're doing. I for one have done lots of them over the years. the easyest are the folding seal type which have lip that slips over a sheet metal edge and then you fold a flap into itself to give the glass support. the second one is the old style buttle seal type. its not quite glue and its not quite snot. they suck to dig all the old buttle out of. the thrid is the current ones that use Urathane sealent as a bolding agent. the hardest to cut and the easyest to install. use a bottle of soapy water as you cut and it will keep the seal from heat bonding after the cut passes through it. the rest is clean up and prep. use a good primer and then lay your bead about 3/8" wide so as the glass will lay flat into it. then let sit for at least 2-3 hours before driving. it will cure in 24-48 hours so you'll have to wait abit to take it offroad
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Old April 8th, 2006, 10:42 PM   #3
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my uncle has done a few, I havnt had good luck getting the old one out, so I never got to try to install it.
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Old April 8th, 2006, 11:20 PM   #4
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did it ony my old XJ with my father who has been a body man for 30+ years. It was a breeze. Cut the old one out. use angle grinder to get as much as you can of the old urethane out. lay a bead of new urethane (starting and ending at the bottom) add the spacers to the bottom, and plop the new windsheild in. It was really a breeze.
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Old April 8th, 2006, 11:21 PM   #5
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also, I wouldnt do it alone, 1 extra set of hands is ideal.

You can cut the old one out with a small diameter piece of steel cable and saw around the windsheild.
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Old April 9th, 2006, 08:08 AM   #6
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Cool, since its a trail rig, I'll try it. Can't be worse than the shattered one I have now..

The Toyota service manual is pretty clear on how to do it, and they show a piece of piano wire being used as a cable saw,

ITs just that they had soooooo many steps like: Apply primer G to surface B and Primer M to surface L... etc etc...
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Old April 9th, 2006, 09:08 AM   #7
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Brian tried one and cursed it the whole time.

Factory toy windshields are near impossible to remove without breaking them.
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Old April 9th, 2006, 09:40 AM   #8
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I helped do one windshield, it was my wifes TJ. It was a pain, and that is about as easy as it gets. Just be sure to primer up all your scratches, get a new (wider) rubber trim piece, and heat that black stuff (the glue stuff inthe caulk tubes) up to about 180-190, otherwise you will never get it out of the tube.

I did my CJ one myself, those aren't too hard.
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Old April 11th, 2006, 12:24 AM   #9
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Well let me know how this goes i have to replace the one in my new rig later this year
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Old April 12th, 2006, 08:09 PM   #10
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Why don't you just build a new windshield out of steel plating and cut holes in it to look through like a tank? Gosh..I thought you were hardcore :tonka:
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