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Unread 06-24-2014, 12:40 PM   #1
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New windshield frame needed

Well guys,and gals, the title speaks for itself. I find myself needing to purchase a new windshield frame.

Question is.....for the money who's got the preferred replacement frame?

Backstory...the day started off like any other. Had to make a short run into town. While doing this the drivers seat frame broke. Ohhhh boy! I know what I'm going to be doing this afternoon. Once home I remembered I needed to check the water and oil. Guess you know where this is going already. Well....one thing lead to another and I got sidetracked. Figured I'd better get to my seat. Fixed that,then got a call from a friend who needed to borrow a tool that I have and on the way there.....BOOM! Yep...damn I hate when that happens! I can borrow one from a buddy around the corner so I'll not be jeepless, but I need fix her up.

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Unread 06-24-2014, 01:35 PM   #2
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I got the omix ada one and it is pretty poor. The first time you pull up on the blade to use a squeegee on the glass, the wiper pivot hole will bend and the wipers will then jam. I had to cut the old holes out of my old frame and move them over to it. Did drivers side first. Passenger side lasted another 6 months, then had to do the same to it. Cheap thin trash.
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Unread 06-24-2014, 01:55 PM   #3
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Thanks,that's good to know. Looking at the pics, and knowing it was a replacement,it looks the same as the crown model; which I had no problem with until some dummy didn't latch his good properly....

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Unread 06-24-2014, 02:55 PM   #4
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Ya lost me somewhere between the seat and the water.. Exactly [besides your windshield breaking] was the BOOM? Inquiring minds are kinda interested in others troubles..
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Unread 06-24-2014, 03:26 PM   #5
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My guess is the hood latches were forgotten and it popped open while driving.
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Unread 06-24-2014, 03:46 PM   #6
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Good guess CSP. I got sidetracked and forgot them.

Sorry I lost you Zilla. I was trying to express or convey the way my day went. I started to check my water and oil,got sidetracked and forgot what I was doing. Then started on the seat and later left thus not securing my hood. The BOOM, for those who haven't donethis deed, was the sound the hood made as it demolished my windshield and frame at 50mph.

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Unread 06-24-2014, 03:58 PM   #7
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My 75 CJ still has an inside hood latch that kinda works.. I did wipe my windshield out on a cedar branch. Damn hinge weld broke. Bein the cheap guy I am I twisted the frame back into shape and rewelded both hinges..
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Unread 06-24-2014, 04:01 PM   #8
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I hear ya. I looked at it but not only is it dented from the top,but it's significantly bowed from side to side.

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Unread 06-24-2014, 04:07 PM   #9
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Here's a couple of pics





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Unread 06-24-2014, 04:42 PM   #10
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The hood coming toward you at 55 mph will get your attention in a hurry
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Unread 06-24-2014, 05:01 PM   #11
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Other than the dents mine was twisted even worse than yours. I attached a ratchet strap or two [after I went flyin off the jeep] and wanged on the twisted side. Eventually I got it good enough..
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Unread 06-24-2014, 05:23 PM   #12
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I've forgotten to latch my hood more times than I can count but thank the Jeep Gods for the inside latch that actually works and warns you of upcoming disaster. It's scary when you see your hood starting to lift and flutter when gaining speed.

As for a replacement frame, the Crown version is probably the best aftermarket version out there. Fits good and they have fixed the extra bottom lip that would interfere with the cowl gasket. It has the extra rib like those on a YJ to help stiffen the wiper arm area, but lacks the overall thickness of the OEM version so small shim must be used behind the windshield knob brackets when folding it upright to the normal position.

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Unread 06-24-2014, 05:52 PM   #13
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Ohhhh yeah. I didn't see it fluttering at all.....just a big gold eagle blocking my vision. My buddy came through with a temporary. His original frame. Although shot it'll work until the new one gets here.

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Unread 06-24-2014, 07:54 PM   #14
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Well,the temporary windshield is on. Hope to replace soon as this p.o.s. is one ugly bastard. Just glad to still be driving her.



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Unread 06-24-2014, 08:52 PM   #15
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I love the eagle on the hood, that would be quite an image swooping in on you.

The frame does not look too bad. If it is not rusted I would try to straighten it and paint it as the replacement new frames will not fit better and may fit worse. Teh original beaten back into shape will be a better product and cheaper.

I have the Crown and it went on fine and has the extra rib across the wiper area and it was better than the rusty one I took off. In a roll over the old one could have snapped off.
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