$585 for a clean red OEM frame on eBay. $79 for the repair kit + time + paint.How much can you find a new frame for? That would be the determining factor for me. It a new frame is cheap enough, it’s more cost effective to just buy a new frame. I am of course counting time as labor, and therefore of some value.
That's what the repair kit looks to be. It did rust from the inside out. The other side is rusted but not as bad. There's no place for the water to drain since the seal holds it in.Is that area very visible? Will a repair be an eyesore? Do the windshield frames rot out from the inside just like the frames do on TJ’s? If you don’t foresee any more problems with that windshield frame in the future, it’d seem like cutting out that section of the windshield frame and welding / using seam sealer to put a new piece of steel in would be a good enough repair that wouldn’t take a lot of time or money to do.
http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2&toolid=10001&campid=5337789113&icep_item=302892618514What does the repair kit consist of? Do you have a link for it?
Are there rust inside the corners of the frame? The area that that new piece doesn't replace?
That's a good point. What I can see looks fairly clean at least nothing a little sanding and paint couldn't fix. I'd have to cut it open to be sure.Are there rust inside the corners of the frame? The area that that new piece doesn't replace?
That might be the determining factor for me. I don't know what the rest of that frame looks like inside of it.
That's where I would start. Cut it open and go from there. If there's rust all over the inside, that would be the tipping point for me to just buy a new windshield frame.That's a good point. What I can see looks fairly clean at least nothing a little sanding and paint couldn't fix. I'd have to cut it open to be sure.
Red is one of the more expensive paint colors. Due to the pigment used. Might want to price the paint.$585 for a clean red OEM frame on eBay. $79 for the repair kit + time + paint.
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That's why I lowered the windshield too. I'm building a cage.Unless you have some type of aftermarket sport bar that reinforces your A pillar - that rusty beast is the base of your A pillar. For the cost of a used one (I paid $250 at my local TJ recycler for one that is not color matched), it's worth the peace of mind.
My original windshield was maybe about or slightly worse than what you show. I found the rust when I lowered my windshield to install the Smittybilt sport bar kit. I didn't think twice about replacing the windshield even with the addition of the sport bar kit.
Thanks @b0xcar , yes I am following closely because I found this little surprise after I bought my 05 Sport. It was very well hidden.