Thatís me....got hit by a flying quart of paint going 80 mph on my way to the Daytona Beach Poker Run and luckily got away with just an badly cracked OEM windshield.
I took my SSR to Safelite last week and the glass that they had in stock was also cracked so they had to locate another one somewhere in Florida. I took it in yesterday and a FUYAO was installed. They donít carry the Pinklington glass apparently.
I made sure that I removed the pillar trim and the plastic cowl before arrival to avoid a sure fire disaster with the technicians trying to pry this and that off before breaking the tabs. I also I updated the Velcro with 3M dual lock tape that another member suggested.
I knew going in that the aftermarket glass wasnít going to be the same curvature and prepared for the results. Upon looking at the new glass, its very obvious that itís flatter-but not that bad. I put the pillar trim back on and the 3M tape works well. It really grabs the pillar and pulls it in. Honestly I donít see much of an issue with that. The wiper cowl fits pretty securely with just a tad bit of play. I may add a tab of the 3M tape if it makes noise or rattles at high speed, but we will see.
I wish there were OEM windshields still available but we all know there arenít. If I was to find a used one, and Iíve been offered a few at good prices, I wouldnít trust a mom and pop shop here in Miami to put it in anyway. Safelite wonít install a used windshield from my understanding so it is what it is for the foreseeable future.
Iíll make the best of it. I had a good experience with the installation but I can tell you, that at least here in South Florida, Safelite is pretty low on the SSR glass. Might take a few days to get one.
Take my advice though, remove as much trim as you can beforehand-the absence of OEM windshields is frustrating enough-no need to go looking for parts that might get messed up in the process of replacing your glass.
I want to give a special thanks to Carl Bush who gave me the lowdown on the FUYAO glass when we met at the Poker Run. I took his advice as to the 3M dual lock tape and it did the trick. Thanks again Carl.