Hope everyone has been well.
Just thought I'd leave some DIY windshield replacement motivation for anyone who's had to deal with sub-par installs, low quality replacement glass and or just thought about doing it themselves. You absolutely can. Not a full DIY article as the Factory Service Manual or "Helm" is very thorough in the specifics on this but some notes and pictures for the inducement.
Original windshield lasted 7 years and ~140,000 miles until a nice-sized rock-strike and chip grew into a crack across the windshield in under a day. Went back and forth, decided to try a cheap Chinese windshield as they've come a long way but they're not quite there yet in terms of quality (funnily enough one of the companies that makes a CR-Z replacement, Fuyao, is actually an OEM supplier for: GM, Ford, Subaru, VW Group and Bently to name a few. Still it had the fun-house-mirror-effect going on, everything above the horizontal centerline was stretched vertically, everything below was smushed vertically, just sucked what little driving enjoyment is left these days.
Considering some of the 'techs' out there doing windshields I think anyone motivated, mildly mechanically inclined with just a few tools and service manual can pull this off.
Grew right across the field of view in just a few hours:
New genuine Honda glass (Nippon Safety Lamipane), new trim pieces and some tools:
Installing the windshield dams. These help ensure proper gap/set-height of the glass from the pinchweld the entire way around the windshield which helps reduce the possibility that the glass will crack from the body flexing or twisting. The manual doesn't specify but some of the dams illustrated in the Helm are cut-to-length which is why multiples are required of the two dam part numbers; there are markings all over the edge of the glass to show where they start and stop and the Helm specifies distance from the edge of 12mm. As a side benefit they also help prevent intrusion of the adhesive into the cabin:
Cutting the glass out the old-fashioned way with wire, also the method the factory service manual specifies (and cheapest in terms of tools). Starting the wire:
Big open hole. This is prior to trimming down the old adhesive and removing the excess, as you can see the shop that put the chinese windshield in went a bit heavy on the adhesive in the corners but it all cleaned up nicely in the end.
Practicing the setting of the windshield by dry setting (no adhesive) with alignment marks. Depending on which adhesive you use you should have a few minutes between laying the adhesive bead and setting the glass to shift the windshield very small amounts for final adjustment before the adhesive cures enough.
Phew, a good set and some painters tape to hold it in place for a bit:
After curing, leak test and wash (a few days later):