Cutting the windshield

Discussion in 'Other Service and Maintenance' started by roundi, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. roundi

    roundi Member

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    Hello,

    I have a very high windshield (I changed the seat of my bike). My line of sight coincide with the top of the Windshield now. So I need to cut at least 4 inch.
    How can I do that ? Will an electrical saw work ? What are my options ?

    Thank you.
     
  2. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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  3. roundi

    roundi Member

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    Sorry, missed the SelfHelp :)

    For getting the right windshield height, is the below method ok, or we have to take other input into consideration ?

    WINDSHIELD HEIGHT: How to choose your height/width
    1. If you have a stock , non-adjustable windshield, go to step #2. If your stock shield is mechanically adjustable, lower it to the bottom or lowest position. If your windshield is electrically adjustable (RT, LT, FJR, Connie 14) extend it about a quarter (25%) of the way up.
    2. Get a measuring tape, straight edge, or two yardsticks.
    3. Move your bike to a level spot.
    4. Tape the yardstick to the center of the windshield using masking tape.
    5. Sit on your bike in a normal riding position. From between your chin and no higher than your mouth use a straight edge or additional yardstick pointing towards the shield. Measure in a level line parallel with the ground to the yardstick taped on the shield. As an example if the straight edge from your chin to the taped yardstick on the shield measures about three inches above the top of the shield and it’s level, you would be best suited by a +3” taller shield. Simply put the top of the shield should be even with or just below your mouth. You can do this yourself but having an extra set of eyes is very helpful. Width is dependant on your body type, more robust riders will want more width for better torso protection, while a smaller rider may find that the stock shield works perfect. This is general rule of thumb and is effective for the majority of riders & bikes.

    (http://www.ceebaileys.com/cycle/height-width.htm)
     
  4. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    It's more what you feel comfortable with. Use some tape and tape an outline at the top of the shield where you think you would feel comfortable with and try it. Go from there, whet works for someone else may not work for you. Measure and try many times but only cut once :s
     
  5. Cruiser5453

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    The objective is to be sure that the windshield directs your airflow just above your head/helmet. Too high and you'll get buffeted by backwash. Too low and you'll have the wind in your face (along with bugs, rocks, etc).
     
  6. roundi

    roundi Member

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    I Finally Did It !
    It took me 2h: 30 min for the marking / 1h for cutting (was going very slow not to make mistakes) / 30 min sanding and cleaning up.
    You are right that we need to feel confortable ! When I applied the above rule the cuting line was low, so I needed to raise the line by multiple trials.
    Cheers.
     
  7. kruppt

    kruppt Member

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    great video will try it for my wife.
     
  8. wildey

    wildey Active Member

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    Good info, but way to much work. On my 06 Ultra I just took the windshield to my local auto glass place and they cut it for me $20 and only 30 min wait.
     
  9. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Rider has his choice, doing it yourself is cool, but as Wildey says, if you are not so inclined it is perfectly acceptable to have a professional do it.

    This is the fundamental choice we make everyday...the common thing is what ever maximizes your enjoyment of the ride..."Smiles per Mile" trumps all. :D