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Old 09-12-2015, 10:05 PM   #1
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Thumbs down windows wont fit back ....

ok so I re-did my windows and tinted them so when I went to snap them in the metal track to put them back on they don't want to fit back together? and if they do they wont fold down they stay propped up.

I never touched the track so I don't know what im missing.. help..

my husband tried like 6 times and we don't know...

2 out of 3 are still not fitting

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Old 09-12-2015, 10:36 PM   #2
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I was in the same situation and ripped the rivets out of the trailer-side hinge channel on my first frustrating attempt. After several deep breaths, time-outs, and some forum searching, this is what worked for the remaining windows:

First, get a large, stable platform to work from, such as a 2x10 between two step ladders, etc. And no matter how young or strong you are, it is so much easier with two people working together. (Beware: my wife and I had to walk away from it a time or two on that first one - whew!)

It is important to clean the hinge channels thoroughly, then wipe each well with silicone spray. I recommend wiping this on; overspray silicone is a pain to remove.

Then, holding the window at the high angle to get the channels to meet, keep the channels in place with upward pressure on each end of the window, and with one hand push hard in the center of the hinge (toward the trailer) as you slowly lower the window. Only by keeping all three points of the channel in place will the window lower on the hinge properly. Pressure on the center of the hinge, spread out a bit with a wood block, was the key to success, in my experience.

I hope this is clear and helps some.

Have fun,
Alan
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Old 09-13-2015, 12:19 AM   #3
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ok so I re-did my windows and tinted them so when I went to snap them in the metal track to put them back on they don't want to fit back together? and if they do they wont fold down they stay propped up.

I never touched the track so I don't know what im missing.. help..

my husband tried like 6 times and we don't know...

2 out of 3 are still not fitting

1972 overlander

When the 2 halves of the hinge are properly mated, closing the window becomes a piece of ckae.

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Old 09-14-2015, 12:37 PM   #4
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I was in the same situation and ripped the rivets out of the trailer-side hinge channel on my first frustrating attempt. After several deep breaths, time-outs, and some forum searching, this is what worked for the remaining windows:

First, get a large, stable platform to work from, such as a 2x10 between two step ladders, etc. And no matter how young or strong you are, it is so much easier with two people working together. (Beware: my wife and I had to walk away from it a time or two on that first one - whew!)

It is important to clean the hinge channels thoroughly, then wipe each well with silicone spray. I recommend wiping this on; overspray silicone is a pain to remove.

Then, holding the window at the high angle to get the channels to meet, keep the channels in place with upward pressure on each end of the window, and with one hand push hard in the center of the hinge (toward the trailer) as you slowly lower the window. Only by keeping all three points of the channel in place will the window lower on the hinge properly. Pressure on the center of the hinge, spread out a bit with a wood block, was the key to success, in my experience.

I hope this is clear and helps some.

Have fun,
Alan
thanks so much we got it done yesterday! we used your advise and got two ladders and two people, the pressure you put on the middle was what worked perfectly. hard pressure! the windows look beautiful now. thanks everyone !
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Old 09-15-2015, 04:59 PM   #5
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This happened to me too! I thought I was going crazy since no one else seemed to have the same problem/understand mine. I'm glad it worked out for you!!
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