$170 Windshield...what's this?

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So, my neighbor rode in my Jeep to the hardware store Saturday and notices the lightning bolt windshield crack and says "you need to see my guy" . He calls him and we get a quote over the phone for $170. I go there this morning and he says the same thing, I ask about tint, he says no tint. I expect I'm getting some no-name china glass and I'm ok with it for the $$. I leave the Jeep and got a ride to my friend's shop to play machinist for a while. About an hour later he calls and says the only windshield his distributor has is this one with an antenna. I stop by on the way from lunch and I see it. It's a PGW tinted windshield with what looks like a radio antenna on the passenger side top. I think about it for a bit and said "no sweat, I'll take it" .

Help me out here. What is the "antenna"? Is this a later year (mine is 2018) radio antenna? If so, maybe I can ditch the external antenna?

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Some JLs came with it from the factory. Not sure if you can use it as an antenna.

Check this thread:
https://www.jlwranglerforums.com/forum/threads/windshield-antenna.7632/post-299520
Yeah, read that. Rhinebeck was pretty insistent it was the wrong windshield for the Jeep. It certainly has to be a JL/JT windshield, since a JK is completely different. But I can't figure out if its a radio antenna or what, and whether I should be seeking a harness that has the connector for the antenna. I hope Rhinebeck chimes in and clarifies.

Regardless, for $170 OTD, it seemed like a bargain for PGW tinted glass. The appendage doesn't bother me even if it turns out I can't use it.
 

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WINDSHIELD.
This Fits Your 2019 Jeep Wrangler RUBICON 3.6L V6 A/T 4WD

Part Number: 68433233AB
[Glass Module], [Tinted Windshield Glass], [Digital Audio Broadcasting] AND/OR [Digital Multimedia Broadcasting] AND/OR [Phase Diversity Antenna].
$694.

WINDSHIELD.
This Fits Your 2019 Jeep Wrangler RUBICON 3.6L V6 A/T 4WD

Part Number: 68386743AC
[Glass Module], [Tinted Windshield Glass], [Full Speed Fwd Collision Warn Plus], [Digital Audio Broadcasting] AND/OR [Digital Multimedia Broadcasting] AND/OR [Phase Diversity Antenna].
$711

WINDSHIELD.
This Fits Your 2019 Jeep Wrangler RUBICON 3.6L V6 A/T 4WD

Part Number: 68350472AC
[Glass Module], [Tinted Windshield Glass], [Full Speed Fwd Collision Warn Plus].
$739

WINDSHIELD.
This Fits Your 2019 Jeep Wrangler RUBICON 3.6L V6 A/T 4WD

Part Number: 68433234AB
[Glass Module], [Tinted Windshield Glass].
$549.

The windshields that are listed for my 2019. I can't find out anything about Digital media group. Going to the parts department tomorrow, I'll ask them.
 

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I wish I could've ordered a plated antenna from the factory. Only thing I hate about my Jeep is the 1958 whip style radio antenna. Please let us know if you find out how to make use of yours.
 

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My 19 JLUR has this. I thought it was a defroster element for the Active Safety Group cameras, but this windshield doesn't have the correct black trim with the square around the camera box.
 
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My 19 JLUR has this. I thought it was a defroster element fir the Active Safety Group cameras, but this windshield doesn't have the correct black trim with the square around the caner box.
I don't think a defroster can function on a single conductor. It has to have a completed circuit and heats based on resistance. Whatever this is, its not a heater, IMO.
 

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Talked with the parts guy today (the Wrangler specialist parts guy is on vacation). He says he's never seen the windshield with the embedded wiring and never heard of the digital media group that it is for. Google only has a Quadratec Mopar DMG windshield for $555 but no picture and no description.
 

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I don't think a defroster can function on a single conductor. It has to have a completed circuit and heats based on resistance. Whatever this is, its not a heater, IMO.
Probably right. Who knows.
Mine actually does have 2 wires. Right next to the box for the ACC stuff.
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Mine looks just like this one.
Mine is this one according to the PN. 2019 Rubicon Unlimuted v6 with Advance Safety. Glad I have zero deductible on glass since I have the most expensive one.

WINDSHIELD.
This Fits Your 2019 Jeep Wrangler RUBICON 3.6L V6 A/T 4WD

Part Number: 68350472AC
[Glass Module], [Tinted Windshield Glass], [Full Speed Fwd Collision Warn Plus].
$739

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Mine is this one according to the PN. 2019 Rubicon Unlimuted v6 with Advance Safety. Glad I have zero deductible on glass since I have the most expensive one.

WINDSHIELD.
This Fits Your 2019 Jeep Wrangler RUBICON 3.6L V6 A/T 4WD

Part Number: 68350472AC
[Glass Module], [Tinted Windshield Glass], [Full Speed Fwd Collision Warn Plus].
$739
Ouch!


Well, I'm happy with the quality of the PGW glass. I would recommend it as an aftermarket replacement. I haven't noticed any defects or obvious distortion. The "antenna" above the passenger side is out of my normal line of sight.
 

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