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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-08-2007, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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Question windshield/fairing options

I know that this is an old issue on this site, but...

I have a Plexifairing 3 on my Vulcan, and (at 20.5") it's just too tall -- I have to look through the top of the shield, and the optics are distorted. I've made all the shield adjustments possible, and the problem persists. And so far I haven't been able to find someone who is able/willing to cut it down (and I don't really want to try it myself). I suppose I could utilize an Airhawk seat pad to gain an inch...

But I'm considering other shield options. Since I ride year 'round, and commute often, I like a full-coverage shield. But I guess that I would be willing to sacrifice a little coverage to be able to look comfortably over the top of the shield.

I would welcome all suggestions/comments, including links to photographs and retailers.

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Hey Charlie, look in your yellowpages and call around to glass/plexiglass shops. You can surely find one that will cut it for you. All you have to do is sit on the bike and have someone put a piece of masking tape on it where you'd be looking over it by about 1.5"-2" and get someone else to cut it for you. Shouldn't cost too much. I know my best friend cut one down for the girl who rides with us on her vn500 and he said it wasn't hard but he took it real slow.
But call around, I'm sure you can find someone who can do it.

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I cut mine down myself, I used the tape to find a point then a dremel with a new sharp cutter and went slow.
Then a sander to smooth it out.

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Well, If I lived near you I would come over and cut it down for you.
Your in Cinci Ohio right? Any members here around there?

Really, there should be a bunch of auto glass or plexiglass dealers around you willing to cut it down for you. It is not that hard to do yourself...I think someone had a link here with a step by step instruction with photos.

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Ahhh, the dremmel tool. Can't see how I could live without one. That and the power screwdriver, two of my favorite inventions.

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Since you're looking around for a replacement anyway, why not try and cut it yourself? If you screw up, you lose some resale value (if you're really into selling stuff) and you buy another shield anyway. I'm getting a PF3 myself and am more than likely going to have to bob it. I have a Bosch jig saw that can run real slow and I suspect a fine tooth blade would do the job. But if I can get a glass shop to cut it for $20, I'll probably go that route. If I decide to do the job myself, I'll probably take an inch off at a time. Arbeit macht der Master (practice makes perfect, so to speak). I'm probably going to have to take 3-4 inches off the top and I tend to do things way better the second or third time I try it. Plus it's darn hard to put plexiglass back on after it's cut off (haven't found any clear duct tape yet ) so doing a little at a time will give me a chance to take just the right amount off.

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I also have a 20.5" PF3, and have tried several angles and mounting options. I am 5'6" and have the windshield raked way back and can look just over it; perfect. I've got the bottom pushed out pretty far which makes the whole thing angled more than the front fork angle. I also angled back the handlebars about the same, so that made a difference too.
If you still need to cut it, I'd use a Dremel type grinding tool, and shave off a little at a time. Just go slow, and clamp a fence on to prevent accidents.
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If you can find a spitfire they are perfect for me. 5' 9" with a saddleman gel seat and the shield is just below my line of vision. Often times I wish it were a little larger when our winf gets blowing hard.

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I called a lot of glass cutting places, and I couldn't find people interested in cutting curved plexiglass for me. Finally I contacted Cinn City Choppers who said they could do it (even they usually only work on "American bikes"). Hey, plexiglass is plexiglass, whether it's a VN 750 or a Harley Fat Boy! I have an appointment for next week. Between now and then I will determine how much needs to be cut down and then mark it (with either masking tap or a water soluble marker). I'll let you know what happens!!!

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I also have a 20.5" PF3, and have tried several angles and mounting options. I am 5'6" and have the windshield raked way back and can look just over it; perfect. I've got the bottom pushed out pretty far which makes the whole thing angled more than the front fork angle. I also angled back the handlebars about the same, so that made a difference too.
Hmmm, I'm 5'9" and looking through the top of the shield (a section which doesn't have the best optics). I have the PF3 about 1/4 - 1/2" off the headlight and raked back. I do NOT, however, have the bottom pushed out as you have described -- instead I have everything parallel with the front forks -- so that's one more non-cutting adjustment I could try. But I don't want to mess with my handlebar location.

I wouldn't doubt that your riding posture is much more erect than mine!

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