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Unread 02-15-2010, 06:02 PM   #1
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What windshield frame should I buy?

I have heard that some people have had issues with aftermarket windshield frames not fitting correctly. I have a 1983 CJ7 and I need a new frame. What would y'all suggest?

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Unread 02-15-2010, 06:13 PM   #2
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My two cents is to exhaust all efforts in obtaining an original or at least one that is more than 4 yrs old...prior to the last modification of the lip.
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Unread 02-15-2010, 08:57 PM   #3
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the new ones rust very easily, I had one and I could not get the hard top on for the life of me. Go to the junk yard and try to find one
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Unread 02-15-2010, 09:19 PM   #4
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i guess most of the major jeep suppy houses use china made parts.

if there is a fit issue and it seames like there is based on the other replys.

If i did buy one, i would bolt it to jeep frame and install top to be sure top fit properly.

do this before you do all the paint work, install glass and wipers then find out it does not fit.

there must be a difference in windshiled frames as i have seen many on this forum that have problems fitting hard tops to their jeep body.

I have a 84 cj and the hard top that came with my jeep has lever door handles so the top must be off a older model jeep, but it fits great.
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Unread 02-15-2010, 10:39 PM   #5
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I bought one from Qadratech including all the rubbers etc., imported into UK and then in my suitcase to Bali. Well not actually as it was too big but I convinced customs it was a personal item and got away without paying taxes.

It fitted fine and was clearly an improved design with extra ribbing just below the windshield which must have stiffened the sheet metal considerably.

Everything went on OK except the rear view mirror where the holes did not line up in the header. A nail and hammer and hey presto the self tapper went in.

I was a bit pissed when I saw the windscreen rubber. It had a price on the outside of Rp75,000. It was made HERE. Inflation of 500% on its around world odyssey.

Overall I was more than happy with the windshield and its fit.
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Unread 02-16-2010, 12:07 AM   #6
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I was a bit pissed when I saw the windscreen rubber. It had a price on the outside of Rp75,000. It was made HERE. Inflation of 500% on its around world odyssey.
Shoulda walked up to the factory and got it factory direct - since you are there. Probably not that many of those CJs ver there, so it's not like they would get many coming there and asking to save the miles of shipping to bring it back to you...
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Unread 02-16-2010, 12:56 AM   #7
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And aftermarket are made of very thin sheet metal, IMO about 40% lighter than OE.
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Unread 02-16-2010, 05:00 AM   #8
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I ended up with a Crown from TrailQuest. Had to cut the lower lip to fit the cowl rubber, and ended up replacing the glass- the boys at the glass shop said it would be easier/cheaper to just replace it than to try and remove the 1/4" of the old windshield that kept it from fitting in the new frame.
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Unread 02-16-2010, 08:13 AM   #9
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Avoid Crown. The metal is so thin (and ill fitting) that if you hit a bug it will probably punch a hole through it.
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Unread 02-16-2010, 08:41 AM   #10
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Can I buy a fiberglass frame? I'm not sure if you can put a fiberglass frame on a steel body.
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Unread 02-16-2010, 09:23 AM   #11
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You can put a glass frame on a steel body but I hear they are very flimsy. Keep in mind I have never even seen and aftermarket frame but I have not heard anything good about them either.
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Unread 02-16-2010, 09:58 AM   #12
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I have a fiberglass frame on mine. Don't buy one. Wiper problems galore. I think I'm going to have a welder clean up my old steel one and put it back on at some point. The glass ones won't rust, and that's their ONLY advantage.
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Unread 02-16-2010, 10:46 AM   #13
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Sounds like you're pretty much toast then. I don't know how many brands there are, but you gotta have one.
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Unread 02-16-2010, 04:46 PM   #14
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might try to find a used windshield frame from a salvage company in the south west.

might be less chance of rust,

however mine rust from setting outside and water leaking into or around rubber molding as the jeep got older.
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Unread 02-16-2010, 05:57 PM   #15
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You could always use a YJ windshield. Works well, just need to cut holes for the defrost, which his fairly simple. Plenty of writeups on this.
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