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Unread 10-20-2013, 01:34 PM   #1
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I have to replace my Windshield cowl and glass seal.

I knew the windshield on my 1986 CJ-7 was leaking a little, and could see the windshield cowl seal was dried out and cracked and probably part of the problem. It was so bad it wrecked a new radio. Before I replace the radio I need to replace both, but I want quality parts, as I have heard that there are some issues with fit and quality. What are your best experiences? I only want to do this once.

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Unread 10-20-2013, 03:17 PM   #2
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i used the seal from morris 4x4 center and it fit fine
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Unread 10-20-2013, 03:44 PM   #3
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I used the crown seals that came with my aftermarket frame and glass. Both fit well
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Unread 10-20-2013, 05:25 PM   #4
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Is Omix ada better than crown?
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Unread 10-20-2013, 05:42 PM   #5
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I would imagine that type of stuff probably comes from the same factories.
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Unread 10-21-2013, 06:07 AM   #6
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Actually I did some research and there are several companies out there that do weather stripping for Jeeps. I try to stay away from Omix Ada and Crown I bought mine from here.

http://www.1aauto.com/1A/Weatherstrip/Jeep/CJ7
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Unread 10-21-2013, 06:33 AM   #7
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I bought my Cowl Seal from J&G Classic Jeeps, its aftermarket of course but it is the best one out there. Talk to George Yezman @ (734) 624-4775 from J&G Classic Jeeps who will give you a better price. He has been restoring Jeeps for years and knows what the best seals are that are out there.

I was able to get my windshield glass seal from the local auto glass company who installed my windshield glass. The seal and labor to install was $80.00.
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Unread 10-21-2013, 08:43 AM   #8
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I bought my Cowl Seal from J&G Classic Jeeps, its aftermarket of course but it is the best one out there. Talk to George Yezman @ (734) 624-4775 from J&G Classic Jeeps who will give you a better price. He has been restoring Jeeps for years and knows what the best seals are that are out there.

I was able to get my windshield glass seal from the local auto glass company who installed my windshield glass. The seal and labor to install was $80.00.
X2 on the cowl seal from J&G. I went through several of the cheap cowl seals from Crown and Omix-Ada before getting this one. There really is no comparison in terms of quality. I still had fitment problems with the front flap of the seal not wanting straighten out and lie flat against the front of the windshield frame (even after HOURS AND HOURS of repositioning, trying tape that didnt hold, and finally had to resort to weatherstripping sealant). After all that, it still fit better than the cheap ones.

I also bought the Crown windshield and hardtop lift gate glass seal. Both pieces of junk and wasted money. Both were too long! The windshield seal was just too much material to cause it to kind of roll up in places, causing a leak. The lift gate glass seal was 1.5" too long, and I had to cut a 1.5" section out of the seal to even be able to put the glass in! I have read where seceral others have encountered this issue, as well. Don't know how, but so far that joint I made where the 2 ends of the seal meet hasn't leaked yet, even without any weatherstripping sealant on it.
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Unread 10-21-2013, 10:26 AM   #9
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I was able to get my windshield glass seal from the local auto glass company who installed my windshield glass. The seal and labor to install was $80.00.
That's what I would do.

A friend tried to install the glass himself and ended up cracking it. It's probably worth it to have a professional do it.
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Unread 10-21-2013, 04:36 PM   #10
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I have replaced my windshield seal a half dozen times using both crown and omix-ada with no issues and never worried about cracking it. Just take it slow and easy, rope and a bottle of soapy water go a long way. Ohh yeah and I didn't replace them because of leaks just fixing,painting,and repainting my windshield. Same with cowl seals and remember the windshield hinges can be loosened to adjust for any gaps from different cowl seal thicknesses.

One last thing to consider is the cowl fresh air vent for the heater. Those leaking behind the dash can be mistaken as windshield leaks.
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Unread 10-21-2013, 06:08 PM   #11
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One last thing to consider is the cowl fresh air vent for the heater. Those leaking behind the dash can be mistaken as windshield leaks.
Yeah, I found that out. Scratched my head for a while trying to locate the leak.
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Unread 10-21-2013, 07:35 PM   #12
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I just did the Crown seals on my 85 (windshield, cowl, & tailgate) and they all fit perfectly.
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Actually I did some research and there are several companies out there that do weather stripping for Jeeps. I try to stay away from Omix Ada and Crown I bought mine from here.

http://www.1aauto.com/1A/Weatherstrip/Jeep/CJ7
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Unread 11-19-2013, 11:34 AM   #14
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I did mine with Crown and it fit fine, but man, what a pain. If I had to do it over again, I would probably have it installed.
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Unread 11-19-2013, 02:51 PM   #15
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If you have a new WS frame and trouble getting the cowl seal to fit right, check out my build thread posts #201 & #210... the frame may have to be modified.
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