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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-18-2011, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Windshield Trimming - difficult?

I just installed a new Plexistar 2 on my '92, and am considering trimming the top an inch or so.
I'm going to wait until I ride more with it until deciding on a trim; so far only 1 ride with it.
If I sit tall on the seat, I can see the ground 50' feet in front of the bike, but when riding I seem to always be looking through the top of the windshield.
How difficult is it to trim a windshield? It is made of High Impact Acrylic.
I'm 6'1", 34" inseam.
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Look here: https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthrea...the+windshield

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Thanks, not sure why my searching didn't find the above thread. It looks fairly simple as long as I take my time.
Measure twice, cut once!
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My search didn't find it. I remembered slimvulcanrider was the author of the post I remembered and pulled up all his posts. Was about page 18 before I found it.

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I did my windshield as above ,but I made a template out of cardboard of the top curve and moved it down to where I wanted,to keep close to the original contour and marked the cut on masking tape already applied to the windshield with a sharpie .I used a very fine metal blade in a jig saw to make the initial cut and finished it with the file and sanding blocks.

The finished edge from the factory is rougher than the part that was cut.It is fairly simple and worth your time.I would recommend covering the entire bike with an old bedsheet before you start, it makes cleanup a bunch easier.




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I would recommend covering the entire bike with an old bedsheet before you start, it makes cleanup a bunch easier.

I would reccomend removing the sheild from the bike instead...

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It was amazingly simple, thanks to all the great advice.

I put masking tape on the front and back, marked 1.5" down from the top, using a template of the original shape.
Then with a fine tooth blade on a jigsaw, cut the windshield. The bike was on the center stand with someone sitting on it, holding the windshield steady.
A little bit of 120 grit sandpaper on a sanding block smoothed the rough edges.
I covered most of the bike with a sheet for easy cleanup.
Hopefully tomorrow I'll ride it and see if I want to remove more.
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I would reccomend removing the sheild from the bike instead...
I gave that some thought but came to the conclusion that I could easily scratch the windshield . By leaving it on the bike I had both hands free and didn't have to try to hold it steady since it was bolted to the bike. I did it outdoors and only had to remove the sheet and blow the bike off with an electric leaf blower when finished.

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My search didn't find it. I remembered slimvulcanrider was the author of the post I remembered and pulled up all his posts. Was about page 18 before I found it.
thanks for the reference.. and glad to see that people are still remembering my advice from time to time...lol
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Good advice is something you remember, slim!

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