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Have folks successfully used the "crossed rope" method at home to remove and install a Spider windshield (89 Graduate)? The only time I ever tried to take glass out without cutting the seal first, I broke the windshield of my Giulia Super. But I'm pondering it on a Spider. Thanks for any advice.

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I Removed my widshield easily, after removing the chrome, I cut the outside face of the windshield seal and just pulled it off.
Once the outside of the rubber is removed you can gently push out and remove the windshield.
I then removed the rest of the seal and cleaned all the monkey dung etc.,
I ordered a new gasket from IAP.
I had the local Auto glass folks install the windshield ($50) with all the correct sealants etc.,
The only thing to be careful of is to install the 7 or 8 bottom clips that the vallance slides into. If they are rusted you will need replacements (I have a few). These clips have to be installed in the correct location before the windshield rubber and glass.

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Have folks successfully used the "crossed rope" method at home to remove and install a Spider windshield (89 Graduate)? The only time I ever tried to take glass out without cutting the seal first, I broke the windshield of my Giulia Super. But I'm pondering it on a Spider. Thanks for any advice.

Andrew
The crossed rope trick is used to install, not remove, afaik.

My record is about 50/50 for removing glass and gasket together without cracking the glass. With gaskets so cheap, my preference is to simply cut the gasket and not risk breaking the glass. If the glass is original, then you probably don't want to re-use an old and hardened gasket anyhow.

The crossed rope trick works very well for installation. I'm 100% with that. Spray on some silicone lubricant first, makes the gasket *much* easier to get around the lip.

HTH,

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I have never used the rope trick on an alfa, but it works great on VW bugs. For the alpha I just had Novus come install a new windshield since the old one had a bullet hole in it.:D
 
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