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I’ll make this short but I need opinions. I know I waited too long to address this which is my fault, but: fall of 2020 I had my windshield replaced at a local place here in North East PA. I waited there while they replaced it. Didn’t check out the upper moulding but it would get some noise I never heard before. It looked funky when it was on there also. A few weeks ago it flew off. I retrieved it and noticed it didn’t seem to be the OEM part. The clips are different, there are no part numbers or markings like the new OEM I just bought and had delivered today. In the pics you can see they used big amounts sealant to hold (fake?) part in place. Do I demand the money for the part? Unless I am wrong they switched it out. Whether or not the old one broke when they tried to re attach or not I don’t know. If they did change it out, they had this part handy. I imagine all OEM parts have Toyota part numbers No matter what. What would you do?
Thanks -Paul ( I think I have a photo of the old one on it which looks odd to me, I’ll upload if I find it)
 

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I purchased earlier this year (June) a new OEM trim piece from the dealer. the clips on my trim looks similar to the lower trim on your second photo.
I also purchased new OEM clips to replace on the car so all clips were new. within two weeks, it started flapping again with all new clips. I was surprised the trim didn't split in half flapping in the wind.
i then did some research and applied a single continuous bead of window caulking and at the clips and thankfully, zero issues since.
the window caulking has some flex so you could remove if needed.

mine did not look like the EBAY replacement part.
 

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Is the one that flew off steel? This is the aftermarket one that looks very similar.
I’ll check when I get home. But it does look like that aftermarket part. The clips are the same as the one in the link you posted. It seems they DID switch out the original with aftermarket 😲
 

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Sorry, I had to find some details on this to complete my comments.

Toyota has superseded the trim part number several times. From the look of the exploded diagrams there was once a 3 pc upper that likely was steel in the middle. You can see the end caps as different part numbers, 75951D and 75952B. A plastic trim probably wouldn't need those caps.

Based on this it's possible that they did not replace with an aftermarket piece. I'd have a good look at the clips and endcaps and see if they have a part number on them. The steel piece would likely have had a paper sticker with the part number, now long gone. There is no way Toyota would make clips without a part number or identifier molded in.

I have no idea how to track down changepoints for the trim supersessions, or what the change was. My trim is steel and based purely on its appearance has been on there a long time.

Are you the original owner? If so that's a pretty good run for not having the windshield replaced!
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Sorry, I had to find some details on this to complete my comments.

Toyota has superseded the trim part number several times. From the look of the exploded diagrams there was once a 3 pc upper that likely was steel in the middle. You can see the end caps as different part numbers, 75951D and 75952B. A plastic trim probably wouldn't need those caps.

Based on this it's possible that they did not replace with an aftermarket piece. I'd have a good look at the clips and endcaps and see if they have a part number on them. The steel piece would likely have had a paper sticker with the part number, now long gone. There is no way Toyota would make clips without a part number or identifier molded in.

I have no idea how to track down changepoints for the trim supersessions, or what the change was. My trim is steel and based purely on its appearance has been on there a long time.

Are you the original owner? If so that's a pretty good run for not having the windshield replaced!
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Yea. Original owner. The clips are definitely aftermarket from what I’ve seen. I did try buying new clips also but that wasn’t the problem. I’ll also double check the clips for part numbers. Thanks!
 

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I've been told by my local glass company that they always replace that trim piece with an aftermarket one when they do FJs. When FJs were still new on the market, there weren't aftermarket trim pieces, factory ones were stupid expensive and hard to get and the clips would always break when they took the trim off to replace the windshield. So most places resorted to gluing the old trim piece back on. Now there are lots of aftermarket options and he said they always replace it.
 

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It’s a good idea to do some research before you decide on a shop that will install a windshield on your FJ Cruiser. Not all shops have the personnel with the experience necessary for this type of job. An Fj Cruiser windshield takes about 2 hours from start to finish, there is a lot of prep work that needs to be done to ensure proper bonding and special attention needs to be taken to the top molding to ensure proper bonding. The top molding utilizes clips and urethane to secure it to the body. The top molding can usually be saved and reused if it’s an original piece. After the installation the vehicle needs to sit for several hours before it can be driven this gives enough time for urethane to cure and bond properly to windshield and moldings.
If the vehicle is driven right after installation the wind will push on the windshield causing the urethane to squeeze, a gap will develop between your windshield and upper molding. This will cause wind noise and will eventually cause your molding to detach completely.
Another thing if you are planning to get your windshield done replace your cowl clips they are cheaper than replacing your cowl side panels.
 

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Don't use satellite.
I've been there 2 times now, 2 different times. Insurance company keeps using them. They broke clips, moldings, and 1 car didn't even connect a rear door latch which they disconnected to replace glass
 
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