VWD DTRAM012 Ram Promaster Rear Door Window (Driver Side) utilizes pure grey solar privacy glass for their Solid Glass Windows. Pure Grey Solar Privacy glass offers a more realistic vision through the glass from the interior of the van which gives a more elegant stylish and fresh look to the glass over the traditional green base solar privacy glass. Along with a better view through the glass you get excellent thermal performance with a 15% UV filter rating.
VWD DTRAM012 Ram Promaster Rear Door Window (Driver Side) are manufactured with tempered safety glass that meets or exceeds DOT/SAE standards. All VWD solid solar privacy glass windows are designed from OEM specifications, so they utilize factory stampings for placement as well as the cut-hole for installation.
VWD DTRAM012 Ram Promaster Rear Door Window (Driver Side) Specifications:
- Part # DTRAM012L/DTRAM012
- Manufacturer: VWD/DOT
- Manufacturer Country: Turkey (Europe)
- Manufacturer Warranty: 1 Year
- Glass Color = Solar Privacy Glass (Pure Grey Premium Glass)
- Glass UV Rating = 15% ( Lower the percentage the better)
- Fits: 118″, 136”, 159”, 159″ Extended Wheelbase Vans
Whats needed to Install?
This window is installed with Urethane Adhesive, you will need a primer base and we recommend edge molding for the cut edge.
How will I install this window?
The window uses the OEM factory metal stamping on the van. On the interior of the van you will notice an area where the inner metal ends. Here is a photo to clarify. You will cut right along that edge all the way around your van may have multiple upright you will cut those out straight with your opening.
REPLACING AN EXISTING OEM WINDOW:
If you are replacing an existing factory window that is urethane bonded, you may want to take the van to a professional for removal and replacement. If you are removing the windows on your own, the best tool to use is a wire cutter. Once the window is cut out you will need to cut the original urethane down as flat as possible and clean as much away as possible. After using any cleaning product to remove the urethane, be sure to clean it very well with rubbing alcohol.
ADDING WINDOW TO A VAN WITHOUT WINDOWS:
If you have the following tools cutting can be done on the inside with no template or mirroring of the interior stamping to the outside. (Body Saw, Air Saw, One-Handed Reciprocating Saw)
Drill hole with a bit large enough to accommodate the blade of your cutting tool. Drill within the single sheet metal section that will be cut out then work your blade down to the OEM stamp line. Follow stamp line all the way around section to produce your windows cut hole. (Any interior supports in the window sections can be cut out as they are unnecessary).
**TIP – Cut sides and bottom first leaving the top cut for last so the sheet metal does not start bending while cutting.
Once your hole has been cut, file any rough edges or high points to smooth the cut line. While most will trim and not see the raw edge the smoother and straighter the cut the better the trim will appear when it is time to place it. Once happy with the cut out and filed down smooth, you may want to prime the raw edge of metal prior to installing edge molding. While this is not a necessary step its easy and offers additional piece of mind.
If you will be using the edge molding now will be the time to install it. Window Edge Molding is not necessary for the installation of the window it will be used to offer a better appearance on the interior of the van by covering the raw cut edge. If your interior walls will be covering the cut edge than no reason to trim something that will be hidden. When ordering trim, it is sold from a bulk roll by the foot and there is a drop-down box for proper sizing for your van. Most vans will cover both inner and outer sheet metal edge with the trim. The trim on the outside will not affect the installation of the window as the urethane bead will be taller than the thickness of the trim.
**TIP – Dry fitting window prior to urethane bonding can help familiarize yourself with placement. Also, you can place securing tape/masking/painters’ tape in corners and side middle on to glass then onto body cut tape leaving on both window and van body as added line-up markers for easier placement.
URETHANE BONDING OF WINDOW:
Using a urethane primer apply to the outside of the body you want to apply close to the opening but allow a 1/2″ of gap when possible that way when the urethane is applied and spreads less likely to have urethane seeping out from the glass edge on the outside of the van. Only one line of primer is needed and only on the Van wall. Multiple lines and or Primer on the glass is unnecessary and ultimately just a waste of product. After you have painted your primer line around your cut hole allow primer to dry for about 10 minutes.
When using Automotive Urethane, a regular everyday caulking gun will not work. We recommend no less than a 12:1 Thrust Ratio (Commercial/Professional Grade) or above. We offer a 26:1 Ratio Gun in our Tools and Supplies Section.
If you order the urethane from us the tip will have an embossed cutline on the tip showing a cut across the tip as well as a v-notch this will be where you will want to cut the tip for your perfect sized urethane bead. When applying the urethane to the van the V will trail your application patch, so you end up with a pyramid looking bead.
We recommend starting a few inches down from the top rear corner of the window that way you can avoid having a joint from one tube to the next on the top or front of the window. If it happens it is not going to be a catastrophe just if it can be done where the top and front is one continues bead that reduces the risk of a leak. With larger window (Most side OEM fit window) will require a second tube of urethane when one bead end start the next about a 1/2″ into the already applied bead (smooth together with plastic putty knife/wood stick, flat screwdriver, etc…) Spraying a liberal amount of glass cleaner onto the tool will help keep the urethane from sticking to the tool and clumping.
**TIP – When applying urethane bead consistency is key to a great install thicker and thinner spots can lead to leakage.
INSTALLING WINDOW TO URETHANE:
Having two people for window placement is always nice one holds the front bottom corner the other the rear bottom corner. OEM fit windows will have about a 1/4″ gap from body line to glass get bottom edge lined up holding glass back away from wall on top at a slight angle / once you have your gap lined up at bottom and your front and rear edges are lined up where you want tilt window up and press into urethane you do not need to push too hard as the urethane has a very strong adhesion and will grab on to window quickly. Keep a hand pressing on window to keep position if all good, open hand smack the glass down following the patch of your urethane bead. Goal on modern vans with insert areas for windows will be to get the glass even with the outer body of Van the body above and below the window section so it is a fluid transition from sheet metal to glass to sheet metal again.
Once the window is in the desired location using Window securing tape, tape each corner with 3-4 strips to keep glass in place. If you plan on driving van within the first 24hrs you can also tape the edge all around to keep urethane bead clean from contaminants while traveling.