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Re: 88 90 windshield R&R and compatibility

Dennis Ruffing <dennisr@altia.com> wrote:

>Has anyone BTDT on windshield R&R?  Can you do it in the driveway by

Having watched a professional swear and sweat for over two hours while
doing so on my previous '88 80, I'd say leave it to the pros.

>I've found a junkyard windshield without any cracks in it, which would
>be a vast improvement over my current spider's web windshield.

If only you could get it out without breaking it. The windscreens in B3
Audis (and all since) are bonded. PITA is an understatement to describe
Also, the screen is a load-bearing, structural part of the car. When mine
was replaced, it introduced a number of rattles and creaks to a car that
used to be silent. Very annoying.

>Anyone aware of windshield compatibility issues between a 91 80 Q and an
>88 90 non-q?  These are the same body cars; I'd hate to gfind out that
>they're different by an eighth of an inch here or there...

They're identical between B3s. Almost every part was redesigned when the B4
was introduced, which is the grill-in-hood type 80/90.

Sorry, but IMHO it's impossible for an amateur to do this kind of work.
YMMV, however...


 Tom Nas                                          Zeist, The Netherlands
 1987 Audi 90q 2.3E, Tizianrot metallic, 167,000km

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