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Old April 8th, 2010, 06:57 PM   #1
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I need to get my windshield replaced and been reading to go with ap tech ppg or pilkinton as my last option. Auto glas shop said window, tint band etc will be exact same. Anyone have experience with any of these brands. I like the way my stock tint is and wish it to be the same.
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I need to get my windshield replaced and been reading to go with ap tech ppg or pilkinton as my last option. Auto glas shop said window, tint band etc will be exact same. Anyone have experience with any of these brands. I like the way my stock tint is and wish it to be the same.
i have an aftermarket windshield. it says "safelite" on the bottom corner. its an okay windshield i guess but its more prone to rock chips than OEM.

edit: nvm, mine doesnt say safelite.
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i'm curious about the same as i may be replacing mine too...
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Old April 8th, 2010, 09:16 PM   #4
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My advice, go to the Honda dealership and have them use OEM glass. I went with Safelite and it's a horrible windshield. It has imperfections toward the bottom where it makes the road appear warped and I can hear air coming in when I'm going over 75mph. Never again.
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Old April 8th, 2010, 09:21 PM   #5
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My advice, go to the Honda dealership and have them use OEM glass. I went with Safelite and it's a horrible windshield. It has imperfections toward the bottom where it makes the road appear warped and I can hear air coming in when I'm going over 75mph. Never again.
my oem window is made by ap tech. does your safelite have the same color and same dimensions as your orignal windshield? not saying im gonna get that,jus curious
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My advice, go to the Honda dealership and have them use OEM glass. I went with Safelite and it's a horrible windshield. It has imperfections toward the bottom where it makes the road appear warped and I can hear air coming in when I'm going over 75mph. Never again.
mine doesnt appear warped. but when its raining the glass seems to smear and have marks where the windshield wipers have gone through.(yes i have brand new wipers) reduces visibility a little at night during the rain. yea i would also suggest OEM, its just simply the best
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Old April 8th, 2010, 10:25 PM   #7
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who makes OEM glass. I saw a post on AZ but I lost it. My windshield is also F'd Up

I believe its was

Pilkington or PPG
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Old April 8th, 2010, 11:59 PM   #8
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just had mine replace. aptech makes the one for honda. the guy who installed it for me said its the exact same thing, made by the same company. only difference is the honda stamp on it. so if it says aptech then its the oe one just without the stamp. its like 3x as much for just the stamp
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My advice, go to the Honda dealership and have them use OEM glass. I went with Safelite and it's a horrible windshield. It has imperfections toward the bottom where it makes the road appear warped and I can hear air coming in when I'm going over 75mph. Never again.
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I had mine replaced about a year ago.. I am thoroughly disappointed... I'm not sure if it's the way the guy installed it (I almost had to attack him when he decided to sit in my driver seat and try to kick out the window bc he didn't cut the seams well) or if the glass is bad.. I have a Pilkington and it is warped as 'CMRIV' said and it definitely brings in a lot of noise where as my cabin used to always be quiet on the highway when pushing 90...

Oh yeah, also while using his little electric saw, he cut the fabric on the pillars a bit and now the fabric bubbles.. But I've been wanting to suede them out anywayz I guess..

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Old April 9th, 2010, 07:22 PM   #11
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so is the tint color and dimensions the same of the aftermarket windshield?/??
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My advice, go to the Honda dealership and have them use OEM glass. I went with Safelite and it's a horrible windshield. It has imperfections toward the bottom where it makes the road appear warped and I can hear air coming in when I'm going over 75mph. Never again.
so jw, how does windshield affect wind noise? wouldnt that be the quality of the seal, not the windshield itself?
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I had mine replaced about a year ago.. I am thoroughly disappointed... I'm not sure if it's the way the guy installed it (I almost had to attack him when he decided to sit in my driver seat and try to kick out the window bc he didn't cut the seams well) or if the glass is bad.. I have a Pilkington and it is warped as 'CMRIV' said and it definitely brings in a lot of noise where as my cabin used to always be quiet on the highway when pushing 90...

Oh yeah, also while using his little electric saw, he cut the fabric on the pillars a bit and now the fabric bubbles.. But I've been wanting to suede them out anywayz I guess..

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They had to kick the windshield out of my mom MDX also. First he applied pressure and then you see all the micro cracks just come out of no where and rip across the windshield. After that. It was 100 bucks insurance covered the rest. But yeah there is a lot more noise compared to stock. I am really worried about my windshield also since I have to replace it soon.
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so jw, how does windshield affect wind noise? wouldnt that be the quality of the seal, not the windshield itself?
I'm not 100% sure. It could be either the windshield being slightly warped at the top so it didn't seal right or the installer sucked and he didn't seal it right. Don't know.
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Old April 11th, 2010, 01:49 AM   #15
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how much would dealer charge to replace windshield with oem one?
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I'm not 100% sure. It could be either the windshield being slightly warped at the top so it didn't seal right or the installer sucked and he didn't seal it right. Don't know.
Could also be that the windshield itself is made of different/inferior materials or it's thinner, or something along those lines
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My friend who works for Guardian Automotive Glass Distribution says that either PPG (now called PGW) or AP Tech is OE for Honda's. They switched from AP Tech to PPG around '03 or '04. If you can find PPG or AP Tech, that's your best bet if you want OE. If you can find Guardian, he would suggest that over anything else. Pilkington, Safelite, PGW and AP Tech are all made overseas. Guardian is made in the USA. Your aftermarket SKU #'s are FW02387 if you have a sunroof, and FW02358 if you do not. They sell to the glass shops for about $65.00 and $77.00 respectively. Hope this helps.

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Old April 12th, 2010, 05:40 PM   #18
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does anyone know of a website where u can enter vehicle info and it tells you the description of the windshield. i cant remember the one i went to
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Old April 12th, 2010, 07:07 PM   #19
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ok i have the choice of "PPG" or "lamisafe ap tech". My oem windshield says AP tech lamisafe m334 as1 dot 376. Glass shop says ppg is american made but other shop said its china made so who knows.

What should i go for?
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Old April 13th, 2010, 06:01 PM   #21
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I went with the Oem honda windshield. Honda price matched to the after market windshield price since it wasnt too much of a difference

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