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Old 04-04-2018, 12:35 PM
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The crack on my windshield is getting larger and alas I'm gonna have to part with the original and put in something else.

Searching the site I found several threads, and decided why not group them all. Maybe a mod can help.

https://acurazine.com/forums/second-...shield-958305/
https://acurazine.com/forums/second-...-07-rl-935111/
https://acurazine.com/forums/second-...needed-927145/
https://acurazine.com/forums/second-...-08-rl-845877/
https://acurazine.com/forums/second-...-noise-846511/

One post by Stevieray was mentioning that for the KB1 (2005-2008) there was no aftermarket windshield that's to specs. That's quite surprising. And I wonder if he said KB1 coz he knows there is for the KB2 (2009-2012)?

I will also include below a post from the Legend website, it contains helpful pointers.

My summary of all the research is the following:

The manufacturer for the KB1 is listed as Asahi, and KB2 AGC. They are the same company. The unit on my car is Made in Japan, as I suspect everybody's since the RL is made in japan and that's the closest factory the one in Tokyo.

For the KB2, I am finding in the Canadian market what installers are calling 'chinese brands', and Pilkington. AGC is on the system, but no stock. Seems Pilkington suppliers have an upper edge logistically and are channeling theirs better.

Contrary to what many in the posts above wrote, the aftermarket windshield also has an acoustic layer. The price installed is hovering around 510 USD.

At the dealer, it's 1300USD + installation. A good 1500 USD easy. Crazy.

Anyone find different supplier brand that is good?

I am considering buying the moldings from the dealer, and finding an installer that will accept being scrutinized while doing the job. Here's the post that had good hints:

Originally Posted by TheRealTegger
I don't know why you guys are so concerned about who made the glass. That is the LEAST important part of any glass replacement; they're ALL acceptable quality.

The important parts of a glass replacement are these:
1) that all scrapes in the paint around the frame be patched with special glass primer prior to the new glass going in;
2) that the glass be ripple-free in your direct line of vision.

The first point has to do with rust. Unpatched scrapes will rust and will doom your car. If the glass place will not allow you to inspect the bare frame prior to new-glass install, then they are not trustworthy. Find somebody else.

As for the second point: ALL windshield glass (even the OE-branded stuff) is optically-defective somewhere. You want the optical defects to be off to the passenger side, and far away enough that you don't too-easily notice them while driving.

In order to detect the optical defects BEFORE the glass is bonded in place, you need to have the installer hold the glass by hand (while it's still on the glass-stand) at the exact installed angle, while you crouch down so that you are looking through the glass exactly as you will be once the glass is installed. Then you slowly bob-and-weave while looking in all directions in order to detect any ripples. If you're observant and careful enough, you should be able to detect any defects and be able to determine whether or not the glass will be annoying in daily use. If the defects are too close to your line of vision, reject that glass and ask for a new one to be delivered. A reputable shop will have no problem with this.

And, please, do not try and install a bonded windshield yourself. That is a really dumb idea.
I also intend to fix that water leaking problem on the passenger pillar (common RL problem). Any ideas on how to do so are appreciated.
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Update, AGC doesn't sell to anyone else but car manufacturers.

Anyone has any experience with Pilkington? Any brands tried and recommended?
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Update, AGC doesn't sell to anyone else but car manufacturers.

Anyone has any experience with Pilkington? Any brands tried and recommended?
Pilkington actually is the OEM supplier for some Toyota vehicle, I would go with them as alternative.
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I believe Asahi is the OE supplier for Acura. Pilkington is OE for BMW as well I think?

Aftermarket glass is definitely available, and they are all comparable in quality. It ultimately boils down to the quality of the installation. I'd focus on vetting the installer
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You can find used windshields for a couple hundred bucks if you really want..
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Is that a good idea? Isn't it better to go new even aftermarket?

There is an 05 at a local junkyard.
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My only hesitation with used glass is glass tends to "warp" ever so slightly over time. It may not be 100%. I'd rather go aftermarket than used OE glass if it were my car.
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