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Replaced my Windshield Yesterday with OEM Glass and Seals

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Cracked the old glass last time we were trying to replace the terrible old window seals. The difference in visibility and ease of install using OEM seals and lock strips is insane. The OEM stuff is just crazy crazy clear and sexy. That, and if anyone is replacing a windshield (I'm trying to get keywords in here for people searching how to replace windshield so I can offer a word of advice), DON'T EVEN TRY IT WITHOUT THE WINDOW LOCK STRIP TOOL. Last time we tried replacing it, putting in the lock strips took us a few hours. With the tool, the entire install took maybe an hour, and an unfocused hour at that.

Just a bit of advice... Maybe this stuff was obvious and I was an idiot trying to do it the other way last time but I figure having it written on the internet for someone in the future searching how to do it can't hurt!

Its getting hot in LA and I am so not looking forward to my first SoCal summer without AC :P But at least I'll be doing it in style right?

Couple recent photos of my girl

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Cheers!

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Thanks for the heads up. I want a new windshield.

Personally, I believe in taking my car to the glass guy.

What would make me bit my nails with fear and frustration is just a job before coffee break for the glass guy.

Screw the rock chips!

Your car looks great.

Cheers to your 02 happiness.

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I will need to replace windshield rubber seal and lock strip as soon as gets warmer here. I searched the subject and many not very pleased with aftermarket seal (Euro). Could share source and part #'s for OEM seal and lock strip.

Thanks.

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Did you use any windshield sealer? I keep thinking I will run a bead between the glass edge and gasket and gasket to frame.

What lock strip tool did you use? I have the red handled LISLE one with the metal spreaders. I have seen another with a plastic roller and a wire spreader that looks easier to use.

Going to use ky jelly for lube. Seems to work well everywhere else. :P

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I will need to replace windshield rubber seal and lock strip as soon as gets warmer here. I searched the subject and many not very pleased with aftermarket seal (Euro). Could share source and part #'s for OEM seal and lock strip.

Thanks.

Heres the part numbers for OE seals

front 51317440104 x1

rear 51317440154 xq

Lock strips 51317440105 x2

seam cover 51317440106 x2

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Put in new Uro front/rear seals with oem lockstrips a couple months ago. Went in like a breeze.

These are basic BASIC parts available just about anywhere.

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I had a new windshield installed last year in my tii. When the old windshield was pulled, we wired in the E30 map light mirror since it was easy to pull the headliner and access the wiring going to the interior light to tap into.

New windshield makes all the difference in the world, and yes I have already gotten my first rock chip.

G-Man

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Did you use any windshield sealer? I keep thinking I will run a bead between the glass edge and gasket and gasket to frame.

What lock strip tool did you use? I have the red handled LISLE one with the metal spreaders. I have seen another with a plastic roller and a wire spreader that looks easier to use.

Going to use ky jelly for lube. Seems to work well everywhere else. :P

No windshield sealer needed. The gasket does all the work. The PO of my car used some sort of black goo under the windshield gasket. It took HOURS of work to get of all that crap.

And for lubricating, I think Sylglide will work a bit better. But, hey, if you have the other stuff around...

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Did you use any windshield sealer?

Well for me, I used OEM seals and Pinkerton glass (on a freshly painted car) installed by a professional... I had a bad leak.... wet left foot. I had another shop neatly install sealer between both glass/seal and seal/body to fix it. Seals now even with hard driving rain on the freeway.

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Pilkington Automotive offers short run production of classic windscreens and special parts from its factory in Queenborough on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. In many cases, the original classic cars were built with glass from a Pilkington company eg Triplex, Sigla, Bilglas, SIV brands, and we can still supply with the original trademark.

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I kept my original Sigla windshield and have been meaning to take pics of the lettering for replication.

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