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The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 05-01-2017, 02:53 PM
brasshat325I brasshat325I is offline
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Project 530I Windshield Molding

Going to replace the molding on my front windshield and wanted to know if I need to remove these metal strips along the windshield before installing new molding. Thanks
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Old 05-01-2017, 04:29 PM
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not having the chrome molding (sport model) i couldnt say 100%, but do not silicone the moldings in when installing. i use a light soap/water mix and a piece of 1/4" dowel sharpened bluntly.
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Old 05-02-2017, 10:47 AM
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I'm going to say yes to peeling out the chrome moldings, even though I only have a 528.
The chrome should be part of a rubber gasket type strip. Rubber and metal come out together. The new one will seem like it's broken inside, but the sides and top are all 1 piece. The 'breaks' are where for the windshield corners where the metal strip stops.
Peeling it out is easy and it may crumble. Reinstalling the sides (A pillars) is easy. As mattmar said, a little soapy water helps. The top is trickier and the corners were the worst of all for me. I could get 1 corner, but not the other. So I switched the order I did the corners and it didn't matter. The corners stretch a bit if I recall and press in. The top also presses in, but needs more force. Some pound w/ the butt of their palm. I could get 95% of the top in, then the last little bit was a struggle. Never fully got it seated. Between your hand and a dowel or plastic pry bars, it should go in.
If you use anything more than your hand (block of wood, rubber mallet) make sure it is tilted more towards horizontal (puts more stress on the roof), not vertical (puts more stress on the glass). Glass is most fragile on it's edges. Ask me how I know.
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