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Another windshield molding problem

Okay, not necessarily new here. Been quietly lurking and building an FJ. I'll do a build thread to add more FJ porn and thank all those that have helped and provided parts.

Now for my problem. Had to have the windshield replaced because of two large cracks. When Safelite removed the windshield the tech dented the roof in about eight places trying to removing the top molding. That has been fixed, but now we are trying to figure out how to attach the new molding. I have read some of the other threads but have a question I didn't previously see. On the body of the FJ, just above the windshield there are four retaining mounts, two on the passenger side and two on the driver side, the molding clips onto. But that is it. Are there suppose to be additional retaining mounts the molding clips onto between those four? Here is a picture of the existing retaining mounts. See, no mounts in the middle at all. Just flat sheet metal. On the molding, what do the two inner red and white mounting clips attach to?



Also, based on one of the other threads it looks like they need to use some adhesive on the molding to keep it attached. Is that correct? I found this picture in that thread.



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That was good. I hadn't seen that before.

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Re: Another windshield molding problem

Thanks, Lmmmmm. Based on that video, it does look like there are two white retainer mounts in the center above the rear view mirror. Does anybody know how those retainer mounts attach? Are they held in place by screws or glued down? That area of the roof on my FJ is completely smooth. No holes to screw in to. Last year, after a hail storm my roof was replaced and I don't think those mounts were replaced.

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The very outer edges of my upper molding are chipped/broken. If you look closely at the molding it almost looks like an endcap...is this an individually replaceable part? I had a small piece fall off but I Gorilla Glued it back on

Obviously I could replace the entire molding but that's way overboard. It can wait until that inevitable point where the glass breaks. Unfortunately I live in PA, a non-glass coverage state. Still the deductible is less than a windshield!
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Re: Another windshield molding problem

I've never heard or seen anything about that trim piece being made of individual parts. I've only heard of it being replaced as one single piece. The part #75503-35012 Last I saw I think it was around $170.

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So guys, after my wife locked the keys in the car, with 2 of 3 children in it, moms apparently came out of the woodwork in attempt to break into the mighty fj. Eventually they settled on smashing the front windshield.... i, for one, they the bitties used some form of group thinking / gang mentality and looked like Zoolander attempting to find the files “inside the computer.” Anyway, I wasn’t there... windshield smashed. Windshield repaired. However, I thought it looked strange when I got it back. It seems they used that black glue and glued the windshield to the breakaway roof piece. I’m thinking about painting the roof soon and am worried that could become an issue. Any thoughts? Thx
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Re: Another windshield molding problem

That piece of moulding is clipped and glued and should never be broken off IF removed correctly by a reputable and knowledgeable repair shop. It is reusable. The only things that need replacing are the corner cowl panel clips.

Denting one's roof in 8 places is as ridiculous as smashing the heaviest and thickest piece of LAMINATED SAFETY glass on the vehicle to gain entry, when popping the door glass by the lock would have sufficed. Please call around and ask shops if they've worked on an FJC before letting these butchers at it. You'll save yourselves a lot of trouble down the road when pieces start flying off on the Freeway.

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