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Old 10-11-2018, 12:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,
I'm new to the Forum and to Suzuki Samurai's.....
I recently purchased a 1993 soft top Samurai, everything checked out except a patch that was riveted to the windshield frame around the passenger side wiper shaft.
I was told by the PO that this was to reinforce the arm as this was a week area.
The operation of the wiper seemed sloppy, so I removed the riveted plate and found a HUGE hole in the windshield frame!
I'm trying to decide if I should attempt a repair, minimum welding skills, or if I should replace the windshield frame?
I haven't been able to find a used frame in my area of Nor Cal and the price of the new ones are pushing me to attempt the repair.
Any constructive input would be appreciated
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low range off road has reinforcement tabs for just that reason ,they go over the holes where the wiper shafts project thru,couple options , they have a one piece that goes over the two wiper shafts and the washer nozzle or you can get the ones that just go over the wiper shafts.i riveted mine on, seems like it does the trick
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low range off road has reinforcement tabs for just that reason ,they go over the holes where the wiper shafts project thru,couple options , they have a one piece that goes over the two wiper shafts and the washer nozzle or you can get the ones that just go over the wiper shafts.i riveted mine on, seems like it does the trick
Not seen that before, not sure how it will help once the original body work is gone though. Suzuki Samurai Windshield Wiper Brace, Softop and Hardtop, Black Powdercoat by Low Range Off Road (SEB-WSBD)
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Hi Susie2 and Darrel,
I,m aware of those parts, problem is they will not help after the fact, big hole..
I guess I keep look for a used replacement, buy new or practice my welding skills.
Thank you both for your suggestions
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my windshield frame was cracked where the wiper shaft penetrated thru. i welded up the crack and to stop it from maybe happening again then i installed the brace.seems like a lot of sammys have this issue ,maybe the reinforcement pad the factory installed on the back side is not big or thick enough?what if you made a new reinforcement plate for the back side that would give you something to tighten the shaft to then installed the brace and riveted thru both ?
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my windshield frame was cracked where the wiper shaft penetrated thru. i welded up the crack and to stop it from maybe happening again then i installed the brace.seems like a lot of sammys have this issue ,maybe the reinforcement pad the factory installed on the back side is not big or thick enough?what if you made a new reinforcement plate for the back side that would give you something to tighten the shaft to then installed the brace and riveted thru both ?
Thank you Susietwo,
Sorry for the delayed response.....
I'm currently doing exactly as you did and recommended. I'm welding in a patch panel on the front and drilling a new hole for the wiper post. On the rear, I'm also welding in a brace to prevent this from happening again. As you said, this appears to be a weak spot on the Zooks.
Thank you again for your replies and suggestions.
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