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Old 12-10-2013, 06:00 PM   #1
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Default 2008 x139 cracked front window

my front solid window just cracked and was able to take it out in one piece (thank goodness). would anyone recommend replacing with Plexiglas or putting back in the glass that came out. Thanks Tom

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Old 12-10-2013, 06:59 PM   #2
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if you use Plexiglas I would go no less than 1/4, 3/8 of you can find it. Sounds like the window frame was binding I would check the fit, most likely happen again if you don't find the stress point

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Old 12-11-2013, 09:23 AM   #3
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Default Check the caulk, too

While the window is out, check the caulking in the wall surrounding the frame -- in my old T-139, the caulking was dry and there were gaps. No leaks, but might as well check!
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Old 01-23-2014, 09:04 AM   #4
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I have a 2011 214, haven't had any problems with the window but have cracks on the corners of the window in the gelcoat and on the front spider web cracks. maybe there is an issue with the frame. I noticed the new FF in 2012 has no window. I think they know there is a problem. I have gone back an forth and thet say it is from impact. I say BS
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Old 01-23-2014, 04:32 PM   #5
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I always loved our front window, however...

That big sheet of glass is a weak point, for both impact and stress fractures along with leaking due to thermal expansion/contraction differences with the surrounding material. That expansion differential coupled with water being "pressurized" when traveling makes them leak prone, however, diligent inspection and repair of the caulking will take care of that problem. That is why most manufacturers no longer offer models with them. I, personally, lament the fact that they are getting scarce in bumper pulls and are non-existent in 5ers.

Personally, I would replace with tempered glass... Plexiglas, true, won't fracture (at least not as easily, it will, though, fracture), but, it tends to get cloudy with time and can be scratched. All Plexiglas windows I've had experience with have suffered from degradation after a couple of years; even "bullet proof" Lexan can be scratched. Glass, tempered, on the other hand, will stay clear (or tinted) for its lifetime and as long as it is installed in a "non stress" manner, should last for a long time. The trick is to get installed so that it is weather/water proof, without stressing/deforming the frame. If the glass is stressed, particularly with the extreme cold temperatures we've been having, it will break, even tempered glass.

My 2 cents, your mileage may vary...

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