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Unread 07-15-2013, 05:30 PM   #1
Nick1981
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Rolled My XJ

This past Sunday my wife and I were wheelin' with some friends and I put my XJ on it's side. No one was hurt or even scratched so we winched it back over, checked all the fluids and fired it back up.

So the front fender and the rear door is trashed, No big deal. The problem is the windshield pillar is bent to far to allow me to replace the Windshield. Everything else on the jeep is fine, runs and drives great!!

Does anyone have any experience replacing this pillar? I checked with a local Chrysler dealership and the stock replacement parts are discontinued so I will have to cut out what i need from another XJ.

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Unread 07-16-2013, 05:46 PM   #2
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Looks like most of it is the outer skin. Get a section from one in a boneyard from the top to the bottom all the way through. Cut the outer at good metal and peel it off. Then you can see what you have to do.
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Unread 07-16-2013, 08:39 PM   #3
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Dont cut the post out! They are many layers inside and whatever you replace it with will never be as strong. Once the glass is cut out you will see that the post is not to far out of place. By a port-a-power ( around 100 bucks from Harbor Freight) and push it back into place. The glass is glued in so if its not 100% correct the glass guy will just add a little more sealant to fill the void. As you can see the molding is rubber and glued in also so it will help cover the damage.

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Unread 07-17-2013, 04:47 PM   #4
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The pillar appears to be in two halves, the top half and the bottom half and it is spot welded together. I thought about cutting the small bad section out of the top half, straitening it with a port-a-power, and replacing it with one from a junk yard. This is basically what I think goldhammer was suggesting. Rjbruzan, do you think doing it this way will make it weaker? IMHO it is already weaker due to the fact that it is bent but I'm not sure if it will weaken it more by hacking it and welding it back up. Any thoughts?
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Unread 07-17-2013, 08:11 PM   #5
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Yes I think splicing it will make it weaker. I would rather you straighten it with a portapower the weld a tang of sheetmetal to the lowest spot and pull on it with a come along to get the rest of the damage out. Thats how any body shop would do it.

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Unread 07-18-2013, 01:42 PM   #6
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There is another layer of metal inside the two pieces that you see. You can jack and beat it back to shape and either just splice is the outer skin or do the pull tab or stud gun route. Stud gun spot welds a nail looking small rod which works with the appropiate slide hammer to pull the material.

If you go the splice route, after you cut the bad area of outer out then make about an inch wide backer to slip under each splice then clamp the outer erpair piece in and stitch weld solid (to keep warping down).

If you end up sectioning in all of the piece of pillar, stagger your cuts (not just straight through all layers. Do the outer as above so you can get at the center pieces to weld them up as well.

Been doing this for 35+ years.
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