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Unread 10-05-2007, 10:34 AM   #1
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Hardtop on Fiberglass Windshield Frame?

got my 85 cj7 a few months ago, and am planning on putting the hardtop on soon- my tj didn't have a hard top, so this is new to me- i thought it would be pretty simple, but i noticed where the top rests on the windshield, there are holes- however, the previous owner put a fiberglass windshield frame in. there are no holes in it. do i have to drill holes, or is the frame just no good for a hard top?

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Unread 10-05-2007, 12:55 PM   #2
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I believe that at a minimim, you want to reinforce the frame portion with metal strip, or some type of insert.

the front edge isn't completely structural, but you absolutley want it secured.

theey do make a repair kit of sorts, for the hard-top at least, perhaps you could reverse it, and use it on the windshield?

http://www.quadratec.com/products/13022_101.htm

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Unread 10-05-2007, 02:17 PM   #3
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Thanks Hoss- but I'm going to have to drill holes into the fiberglass?
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Unread 10-05-2007, 03:27 PM   #4
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depends, you may, or you may need to attach a metal strip and drill it, but you will need something

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Unread 10-06-2007, 06:22 AM   #5
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Yes you need to drill. Put the top on, mark holes, remove top, then drill. Maybe you can drill with it on there, but I couldn't because of my roll cage.

Everything held up fine for about 4 yrs of on/off. Then the holes started stripping. I made a thin plate that sandwiches the windshield frame. I think you can buy these, but I made mine.

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Unread 10-30-2007, 11:02 AM   #6
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the 4wd catalog shows a fiberglass body that has the holes pre-drilled, with the "sleeves" (i don't know what else to call them) that the bolts would be threaded into. i'm wondering if i can drill a hole, insert the threaded sleeve (secure it somehow), and be all set. i'm probably better off just getting a steel windshield frame anyways!
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Unread 10-30-2007, 11:20 AM   #7
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They are probably nutzerts. IF installed correctly they work great. Don't know the thickness of the windshield but that will have to be determined before selecting the proper fastener.
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