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Windshield replacement. Can I save the upper reveal molding?

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My glass place says that they usually can't save the upper reveal molding so I should get another one ($175.58 plus shipping). But I watched a YouTube video where they removed the moulding and replaced it. So apparently it can be done.

I gather from the video that there are three or more clips securing the molding, but I can't really tell how they did it. Does anyone have experience with this?

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Re: Windshield replacement. Can I save the upper reveal molding?

I’ve talked to some shops that have done FJs before and feel confident they can reuse the upper molding but ive also had my windshield replaced and they definitely had to get a new one. So it just depends
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Re: Windshield replacement. Can I save the upper reveal molding?

You can put it back on IF you can save the clips without damaging them. I couldn't save but two. However, I used the window sealant to stick the molding back where it belonged, in addition to the 2 clips I saved. It's still on 100K+ miles later.

I did this because Toyo doesn't sell just the clips - it's a new molding and clips your are buying.

I got a YUUUGE beef about all the wimpy clips used to put the FJ together. This is a perfect example where they could have BOLTED the molding in and used some nice black Allen head bolts to make it removable and repairable and off-roady looking. Or they could have used recessed bolts covered with snap in caps - anything except more dumb-as-dirt clips made by only Toyo...
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Re: Windshield replacement. Can I save the upper reveal molding?

I do remember I broke 3 clips prying up from front to back. Suggest you go slow, start at one end and pry up back side first, eyeball in the gap and then work each clip carefully. I had no idea those goofy clips were even there when I took mine off. I knew there were clips because I lost mine at 60K miles - it blew off. But the warranty covered it so I wasn't paying attention.
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... Suggest you go slow, start at one end and pry up back side first, eyeball in the gap and then work each clip carefully. ....
Thanks. The guy in the video pried them up back to front, so that's what I'll try.

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Re: Windshield replacement. Can I save the upper reveal molding?

Replaced 3 windshields....still have the same moulding. It takes a bit of patience and smooth talking but it can be done.
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Replaced 3 windshields....still have the same moulding. It takes a bit of patience and smooth talking but it can be done.
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Re: Windshield replacement. Can I save the upper reveal molding?

Don't forget new cowl panel clips. https://www.purefjcruiser.com/index....oducts_id=6413
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Re: Windshield replacement. Can I save the upper reveal molding?

Safelite paid for the new cowling they broke. No questions. I had lowered my deductible to $ 250, a month before bringing it in . Then I cancelled my policy after the repair was complete because they are a total rip off company That would be Century 21 Insurance in CA.
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Re: Windshield replacement. Can I save the upper reveal molding?

Wow! Only six hours later and I have several definitive replies. You guys are really on the ball!

Sincere thanks to all who replied. I now know exactly what needs to be done, which parts may be needed, and how to go about the job.

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