Our '90 Westy had been rolled over in '91 when I bought it. The damage was extensive, enough to break the plastic slider on the window regulator. I sewed the parts together with SS aircraft wire. This year the cable broke, and I replaced the cable with 1/16" ss cable from West Marine, using 1/4" ferrules. Tedious job, but it worked! The cable roller in the gear box was broken at the cable attachment, and it was fixed with ss wire. Never say die. If a new regulator was available I would have just bought one, even if it cost $279.
You never need to remove the glass. Just use a none residue tape. I used packaging tape to hold the window in place several times. It will allow you to drive it while the regulator is removed. No worries of the window dropping. I don't suggest it though because it leaves a residue on the window and it takes white alcohol to remove it. Get the blue colored tape at your hardware store. No residue and it holdes good!
Go to RegulatorUsa.com
You send him your regulator and motor and they completely rebuild it with better cables, clips, etc.
I had this don't on my Miata and now I just sent both regulators from my 1991 Vanagon.
He charges around $105/each and they are fixed BETTER than factor.
The frame for the glass usually tlecseopes together, one piece from the outside and one from the inside. Take it apart and bring it with you to the hardware. The glass (double strength)cannot be more than ten dollars. Have another person to help will make it easy.
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