XKE S2 OTS Windshield Upper Chrome Trim

Friends,

I installed the windshield today (with a friend) on a S2 OTS. This was a challenge, but we got it in place.

As we tried to install the top chrome trim with the rubber welding, we ran into a challenge. We gave up after a couple of hours…

Can someone who has done this give me a few suggestions as to how to install the top chrome trim with the rubber welding.

Thank you in advance!!!

This shows that I am trying to use clamps in order to have the rubber remember the bend position, maybe making the trim install less of a challenge.
Bob

Not sure what was used originally, but I plan to install mine with glass bedding tape. It comes in different thicknesses and is quite compliant and sticky.

I’m going to be honest and observe that having the wood clamps hanging off the top of the windscreen like that would make me nervous. Just having them hanging out there to be hit, or maybe even the weight. I’m thinking that if you want to train the rubber to shape I would use the edge of some material the same width as the windscreen, and a heat gun, and leave the windscreen out of it until you are ready to install.

I just held both sides of the rubber to the windshield with masking tape. I left it there until I had the chrome piece snugged down in place then trimmed the excess rubber off with a single edged blade. No need for adhesives of any type if the rubber is the correct thickness. I also installed the rubber in 6" strips so there’s no buckling. Can be seen at 5:30ish in this video:

The rubber the usuals sells for this application is awful. As you found out it doesn’t conform to the shape of the glass, or the curvature of the trim. It isn’t ductile at all. It’s basically a thinner version of the same material they sell for mudguard seals.

Something like this is actual glass setting tape. It’s soft, and tacky. when you fold it over the glass it will stick to it and stay put. Some soapy water will allow the trim to slip on without much aggregation and it will stay put. Just lightly trim the excess on both sides with a sharp razor.

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Hi Erica,

Have you used this before? Vendor ok to use?
Thanks,
Bob

Dae,

Did you use sealant in addition to the rubber, per the video?
Thanks,
Bob

No, nice snug fit. I got the 1/16 setting tape on ebay same as Erica

Yes Bob, in fact I pulled it out of my purchase list. You’ll want to throw a caliper on your glass and trim and make sure that double thickness 1/16" is right for yours. They have other thicknesses if needed.