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Unread 06-01-2014, 10:19 PM   #1
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Replacing hatch glass?

Well my jeeps a 99 xj and the rear hatch glass got broken out. I have plexi glass in it now to keep cats out haha. How do you replace it? I was quoted $230 to have it done but its just a bad weather driver and offroad toy. Any other tips what i could do cheaper? Looks kinda trashy with the plexi glass but its water tight thanks to silicone. Was trying to think of other options any ideas for something custom? Or should i just have it replaced?

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Unread 06-01-2014, 10:30 PM   #2
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Just leave the plexi in. Get some 3M window weld to replace the silicone. Tape off around the edge and paint some gloss black to it. It'll work fine and look pretty decent IMO.








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Unread 06-03-2014, 07:59 PM   #4
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Is it glued in on the 97+? On older XJs it's just a rubber gasket which you can remove from a JY XJ and swap.
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Is it glued in on the 97+? On older XJs it's just a rubber gasket which you can remove from a JY XJ and swap.
On mine ('01) the rubber trim gasket gets pulled off and is toast because it stretches out pretty bad in order to remove it.

Then, the glass has to be separated from the frame. It's a pretty strong adhesive. In my case it didn't matter because I took a putty knife and scraped all the glass out. If you were to try and remove a solid piece it would likely be a ***** and crack the glass or chip it.
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If you want actual auto-glass $230 doesn't sound too bad, the glass itself costs arround $150 (new, aftermarket). You may be able to get it cheaper at a junkyard if you can get it out without damaging it.

Otherwise the plexi-glass ideas that others have posted should work well, but if your state has inspection check the requirements, here in PA all glass must be DOT approved so plexi-glass (or anything other than actuall auto-glass) would fail.
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Unread 06-04-2014, 02:46 PM   #7
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I bet you could heat the adhesive up to get it loose. It's not like the hatch glass isn't notorious for popping out from slamming the hatch too hard.
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I bet you could heat the adhesive up to get it loose. It's not like the hatch glass isn't notorious for popping out from slamming the hatch too hard.
I bet you could too - but where are you getting power for the heat gun when you're at the local picknpull?

I think I put $50 bucks into the project for the plastic and the 3M stuff. The rest I had on hand. I yanked all the defrost wiring as well as rear wiper wiring, motor, wiper fluid pump, etc.

It's held up flawlessly and remained water tight.

As far as passing inspection, not sure in MO, but I do know it helps to know people...........
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True, though you could just buy the hatch for the glass I guess. My only problem with the plexiglass is not having defrost. Before my chop my XJ didn't have it in the rear and it drove me nuts in the winter.
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I bet you could too - but where are you getting power for the heat gun when you're at the local picknpull?

I think I put $50 bucks into the project for the plastic and the 3M stuff. The rest I had on hand. I yanked all the defrost wiring as well as rear wiper wiring, motor, wiper fluid pump, etc.

It's held up flawlessly and remained water tight.

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Mine doesn't look near as well as yours haha but it works
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I do auto glass for a living and, being honest, its about $90 on our end for an Xj back glass with a new seal.

For the older ones, you can buy a new seal for like $20.

http://www.quadratec.com/products/55014_8102.htm

BTW: if you ever break a door glass and cant get everything out to stop it from rattling, use some spray-glue, shoot it down into the bottom of the door and all the glass will stick in one big clump and wont make noise.
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