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Old 02-27-2017   #1
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Alternative to OEM Windshield Molding - required?

MY: 2008.

Both rubber pieces (left and right) of my windshield molding have fallen off. See diagram attached (not of the actual car).

The cheapest I've found was ~$85 each, so $170!
That's a little steep for two rubber pieces.

Are there any non-OEM alternatives?
I found some at Rockauto, but I'm not sure if they'll fit.

Are the rubber pieces even needed? The white clips holding the windshield are currently exposed.
I'm not concerned about the looks, but rather don't want water to get in.

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Re: Alternative to OEM Windshield Molding - required?

You say the white clips are exposed, so you probably need the 'drip rail' molding (Honds name is 'drip side' molding?), they go all the way across the roof to the rear glass, and are different on each side, and different between coupe and sedan.

The windshield glass is glued in with urethane adhesive, leaks can't be caused by this missing trim.
The trims are mostly just for looks and wind noise.

See a glass shop, maybe they can glue in your original trim again.
Snag a set at a salvage yard, have the glass shop glue them in?
Get your own urethane adhesive and glue them in?







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salvage yard possibly. found complete drivers door and trunk molding..paid maybe 28 total and no leaks so far..online they wanted like 200 for the door stripping and every local dealer said they were no longer available
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Re: Alternative to OEM Windshield Molding - required?

ezone's diagram is correct, the molding does go all the way over the roof.
I have the sedan. The molding has split in half and is brittle, but only up to the windshield.

Junkyard is a good idea, although I would imagine most of them are just as brittle. I read that this is a common problem with that generation.

I wonder if any of the following would work, maybe not perfectly but good enough. Measurements are 3/4 inch + two little lips.
http://www.rockauto.com/en/tools/bod...ing+/+seal,766

http://www.rockauto.com/en/tools/bod...-rail+seal,785

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I'd want to be able to test fit any choices before committing to a purchase LOL
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