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I've been working on mine for 4 days. It's so hard to get in to. I have used , knives, spatulas, bonded windscreen wires and an oscillating tool . If anyone has some advice i would very much appreciate it. I have the glass about 3/4 cut out, but the silastic or whatever bonds the back edge (towards the air intake), is so tough even the oscillating tool is having trouble cutting through, and I can't put mush pressure on the tool due to the angle. All this so I can remove the ridge cap. I'll still need to do the other side, so any tricks would very very helpful.

Dave

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How about heat - in a wire of your own or hot knife? Please be careful - last time I was removing old rubber/adhesive from the rear quarter, I cut my finger to the bone it was so hard!!

I may try a hot knife, but it's very hard to get in to the space without touching the blade. I already have bruises all over my right arm, and many cuts to my fingers. The bright side is I have an und

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Mine was the opposite and it was pretty amazing that the glass had not fallen out onto the motorway... however, from what I have read elsewhere the bonding material (solbit) was installed by being heated up via an electrical current - there are two electrical wires which hang out of the sealant somewhere - apparently usually at the bottom? An electrical charge of 6v is applied to warm it up. Apparently a copper wire runs through the sealant (according to the manual). Perhaps worth trying?

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Aha, yes I wondered about the wire. I thought it might have been left over from a failed removal. I think I've probably destroyed that wire now, but I'll test it tomorrow to see if it still has continuity. Thanks.

 

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How about heat - in a wire of your own or hot knife?

Please be careful - last time I was removing old rubber/adhesive from the rear quarter, I cut my finger to the bone it was so hard!!

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I did a lot of mine with a Stanley knife. I didn't try to force the blade in deep or cut it all in one go, just kept slicing it over and over and picking out the thin shreds I created. I also pulled the copper wire with pliers to pull more threads off and eventually put a thin stainless steel wire through. Took a couple of hours but essentially I just wore the thing down I think.

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I used a guitar string, plus gentle heating with a hair dryer.

 

If you can find the ends of the wire, you can try the factory method of applying a current to that.

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I may try a hot knife, but it's very hard to get in to the space without touching the blade. I already have bruises all over my right arm, and many cuts to my fingers. The bright side is I have an undamaged left arm and left fingers to do the other side :)

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