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cracked screen from one too many drops
slow but steady... ran into an issue with glass shards and the wifi antenna. I also had to use some heavier duty tools to shape the aluminum shell out of the way of the new glass. That was probably the hardest part.
really watch out for that wifi antenna. I didn't break mine, but I sure came close. Also, I don't have a microwave, so I was unable to use those I-opener gel thingies. Instead, I used a hair dryer, which works great, so long as you don't go overboard with it. As far as the glass shards, I forgot to follow the smart advice of using box tape to hold all that crap together when taking the glass panel off.
Ipad 2 fell of a table and impacted on the upper right corner causing large spider cracks in the front display but was otherwise still usable.
Prepare for a long haul if you have lots of small cracks on the right side where you start the removal process. Total time was about 4.5 hours to soften all the adhesive and pick out the individual shards. Even with taping the display I found the plastic picks would get hung up on each crack. After getting the display off everything was relatively easy.
Get the Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Antenna if it is your first time doing this repair. You most likely will damage it without knowing it.
I had dropped my iPad 2 and cracked the front panel... twice, and on two corners.
I used the guides. All went well. I am glad I ordered all of the parts I did. As it turned out I damaged the Wi-fi antenna when taking the front off. I put everything back together, including the new antenna... unfortunately there was no Wi-Fi... I contacted customer support, via email, and within two hours Matt had new antenna shipped out via priority mail. I installed the new antenna this morning. I am happy to report that all is well!
Definitely order that antenna just in case you toast yours like I did. The Front Panel assembly is a better deal than just the glass, as it turned out I did not need the bezel replacement, but it is good to have jut in case. The opening kit worked well. heating the gel filled pad for 30 sec worked for me.
It was a good experience, do not be afraid to attempt this fix. Oh smallest Phillips bit in my Ifixit tool set worked great. The magnetic tip is essential. I also used the magnetic mat to keep the screws in one place. The white and black grid helps keep the screws in order, and more importantly keeps them in one spot so you are not faced with the prospect of getting on your hands an knees searching for TINY screws on the floor.
I needed to replace the bezel under the glass on my ipad 2. Of course iFixit had exactly the part I needed and all the requisite instructions as well. You guys are marvelous!
Since I was the one who repaired the broken glass before, taking it off again and replacing the bezel was no problem.
Use a heat gun, not a hair dryer, and watch out for those WiFi antennae.