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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-21-2010, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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Cut Down The Windscreen

after I bring the bike back to life in a couple weeks I want to shorten my Plexi-2 windscreen. With it mounted in line with the fork angle and my seat a little lower than stock I end up looking through the thing and I can't stand it! So, I've taken it off all together. Great view, too much wind.

If I change to an open face helmet I think I'll need to put it back on, so I need to know what it's going to take for me to cut it shorter AND do a good job of it. I do not want to find myself having to buy another windshield.

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Have a read of this link for directions on how to cut it down.
http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/tec...eld/index.html

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I used a Dremel then a belt sander. I took 2" off - I hated looking through it too. Go easy, it cuts and sands like butter. I did a so-so job but, I'm happy...

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a couple of tips for using a Dremel on plastic to get good results. Use the circular saw attachment. Use 2" wide masking tape to make a base to keep from scratching your "Glass". then lay out 2 strips of 1/8" wide tape to form a 1/4" line as pictured. Using the dremel cut down the Blue line. then sand down to the edge for the Red line. you could then use a decorative bit for the Dremel to then make a beveled edge. or just sand a beveled edge. once you have the edge finished remove excess tape. The biggest thing to remember is to take your time.


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Motocycle shop took 1.75" off my PF3 - did a great job, charged me $35.

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The 1/8" wide tape strips is a neat idea slim.

I wet sanded and then polished some pretty heavy scratches out of my windshield this spring. Probably have about 20+ hours into it now. I noticed tiny manufacturing ripples around the edge of almost the whole screen, like would be left from cutting it out with a jig or band saw blade. I took a new smooth (fine cut) flat file about 5/8" wide and carefully worked the edge flat and smooth all around. Go slow and don`t slip or you can make a big scratch if you do.

Finish the edge off by wet sanding with some 400-600 wet and dry sandpaper on a 1/3 sheet sanding block, or wrapped around a 3/4" square wooden strip about 4" long, and run back and forth lengthwise around the edge. The natural inaccuracy of hand sanding will give you the slightly rounded edge desired. Enough time and fine enough sandpaper and/or polish will effectively make the edge clear and not a visual distraction while riding.

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I use the 1/8" tape striping to do a lot of different kinds of fabrication work where exctness and neatness is a must.

I like your idea Gordon with the files and the sandpaper.. Don't know why i didn't mention it... I usually file then sand... the two go hand in hand... the file gives you better shaping while the sanding gives it the finished look.
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Not to hijack the thread or anything but I thought you'd like to see how your advice worked...

I read the "how to" link that you posted OlHoss along with Slim's ideas and liked it all so much that I gave it a try the following day! I really like the results. I cut my Plexi-2 down a full 6"! Hows that for taking the leap? I just didn't like having to look through the thing and I tried the bike without it (that won't happen again!).

With a jigsaw and a metal blade, the job went suprisingly easy! Masking tape, cutting line, step sanded and Howdy! The whole job took about 30 min. Now I can see over it (oh so clearly!) and I really can't tell much difference in wind deflection and I like the low look too...thanks for the tips guys!

(The picture is a funny angle but it's really nice & straight)


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Sweet....nice job.

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That's perfect. Thank you all for the info and especially to IronMan750 with the view on what I can achieve. Awesome.

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