Tricks to the Jeep Wrangler Windshield
This month during a training class in Austin, Texas, my friend and excellent glass technician, Jason Horne, showed me something that was so impressive I just had to share it with everyone.
The Jeep Wrangler windshield is one of those windshields that look pretty easy to do, but can prove to be a challenge. It has an almost vertical mounting, very close tolerance to the walls of the pinchweld and gaps that make it almost a wind noise certainty. It even has a service bulletin warning (TSB_23-030-07). The reason for the air noise is the gaps around the perimeter of the four-sided exposed edge part. Each exposed edge is very close to the walls of the pinchweld and not only pose whistle possibilities but also removal problems. The ideal tools for the windshield removal on this vehicle are the new wire-out tools that are growing in popularity. The wire makes this removal rather easy and damage free.
Jason showed me a device that he found at a Jeep dealer that greatly eased some of the problems in setting the glass into the opening and replicating the gaps. It is called the Jeep Glass spacer, #55028214 and is about $1.50. It comes four to a package and can be used in a number of ways:
- The first method of use is what I think they were designed for. Place one on each of the four sides and set the glass into the opening to achieve the perfect gaps on four sides.
- Another method of use could be using two on the bottom and one on each side while setting the glass. This assures proper gaps on all four sides as well.
- The way we used them was to put two on the bottom and one on the far side as gravity stops and far-side bumpers. The unique shape protrudes enough that they ease in setting the glass with one person.
Jason says, “But the best part is that they are reusable by simply turning it a quarter turn and pulling it out from under the glass edge.”
Once the glass is set, tape it up to assure stability or wait until the urethane sets-up and then remove and reuse the spacers.
I thought these spacers really worked well. If you get a set, please let me know what you think.