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Unread 07-04-2011, 11:13 PM   #1
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Do you like your Fiberglass windshield frame?

Gonna hafta repair or replace ye'ol windshield frame.

Do you like your fiberglass frame?

Who's the manufacturer?

Any installation issues?

Thanks for feedback,

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Unread 07-05-2011, 12:32 AM   #2
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I'll be watching this for future reference...
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Unread 07-05-2011, 04:41 AM   #3
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Absolute garbage! Thought I heard they stopped selling them.

The aftermarket steel frames even have issues holding the wiper arm pivot holes, the 'glass ones that I have seen blow out immediately and all have to have steel plate reinforcing added to them.

They also can only be used topless or with a hard top. If you put a bikini or soft top on it, the air flow can actually lift the top of the frame right up off the 'glass. This is according to the gent that sold me my CJ7 that came with his POS 'glass windshield frame as a spare to the rotted stock one. The 'glass one had already failed bad so he had the old rotted steel one back on.
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Unread 07-05-2011, 06:57 AM   #4
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i meet a guy at the car show with a cj7 and he had an all fiberglass body, the snow did his in as it bent it back 10-15 degrees more then where they normaly stand
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Unread 07-05-2011, 08:51 AM   #5
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I had one. Total crap. Threw it away and got a steel one.
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Unread 07-05-2011, 09:18 AM   #6
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Mine came with one, don't know the manufacturer. It also came with those YJ windshield bars. The PO just drilled bolt holes in the frame for them, and lightly tightened them. I drilled out the holes and epoxied 1/2" pipe in them so I could tighten the bolts without the cracking of fiberglass. I have not had it out in the winter, so I guess I'll find out. I hope the YJ bars help me avoid the problems a lot of other guys have had. When I turn on the wipers, I don't see any flexing at the pivots, but, before I bought it, it did not have any wipers. So we'll see. I am going to research aluminum windshield frames just in case.
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Unread 07-05-2011, 01:02 PM   #7
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My original frame was pretty trashed out so when I went glass on the body, did the frame as well.. It has been in place little over year and maybe I have been lucky.. I have no regrets in using it. Good fit, no leaks, mounting holes (glassed nutserts) were real close to Kentrol SS hinges.... Guess I will see how it holds up before very pleased... Maybe it is the kevlar in it that makes it a better unit....
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Unread 07-05-2011, 06:02 PM   #8
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Exposed - Did you get yours from 4WD Hardware?

Those with bad experiences - were they from 4WD Hardware?

I don't doubt there are cheap crap ones out there, but with the right materials I'm sure a 'glass unit can be built that is just as strong or stronger than the aftermarket steel ones. Question is, does anyone make them like that. I live on the gulf coast. I don't think steel with defrost vents through the frame will last either.

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Unread 07-05-2011, 06:09 PM   #9
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I love my 21 year old 4wdh glass windshield frame, I had a glass shop put the glass in and it didn't take them long. It is still going good.
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Unread 07-05-2011, 06:12 PM   #10
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No, I got it from Shell Valley where I ordered the body from. You can check price on their website....
http://www.shellvalley.com/store/pro...cj7&store=jeep

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Unread 07-06-2011, 03:44 AM   #11
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I love my 21 year old 4wdh glass windshield frame, I had a glass shop put the glass in and it didn't take them long. It is still going good.

My old one is great also.

Never had any bending issues but rusted out mounting hardware were a problem. The inserts just spun in place do to improper installation.

Since it's fiberglass I just cut it open and inserted a threaded steel plate. and sealed it back up.

The only thing I worry about is one of my wiper pivots locking up and ruining the cutout. But even on a steel frame, it can warp the metal if it seizes.
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Unread 07-06-2011, 05:29 AM   #12
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My 80 CJ has a glass body and windshield frame on it from 4wd hardware. The po put the body on, I think he said in 96. I have had it 2 years and use it year round. I have had no issues with it, no problems. I have a soft top, no hardtop.
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Unread 07-06-2011, 10:05 AM   #13
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Im not a fan of mine. Im not sure who made it as it was put on by the PO. Ive had problems with the wipers and the angle of the frame. Also changing the hard and soft tops for the change of the seasons seems to be taking its toll on the fiberglass frame. It looks fine but when I get around to that part of my list It will be metal.
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Unread 07-06-2011, 11:37 AM   #14
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My 80 CJ has a glass body and windshield frame on it from 4wd hardware. The po put the body on, I think he said in 96. I have had it 2 years and use it year round. I have had no issues with it, no problems. I have a soft top, no hardtop.
Don't you love those snow weights to balance the wheels in the winter....

I also want to add the 4WD frame has a metal strip on the top to attach the sheet metal screws holding on the soft top frame. Make re-attaching the soft top nicer in the summer.
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Unread 07-06-2011, 11:55 AM   #15
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my windsheild frame was bent in a rollover so im replacing it either finding a rust-free original or reproduction glass or steel unit

isnt glass lighter then the steel ones, recomendations on who t obuy from preferebly one with kevlar

4wd hardware seems to be a goodchoice yall seem to be happy with there units
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