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post #1 of 10 Old 05-07-2014, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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DIY sport / short windshield

Following CecilSaxon instructions (here), I made my own sport / short windshield. I gave it a test ride at various speeds and so far I like it very much: minimum airflow on the chest, no buffeting and noise level is acceptable. $45 total cost ($41 for the Suzuki OEM screen and $4 for paint).

I used Krylon Fusion for painting the interior black. Will see how it will hold.



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Nice! I have a spare stock windscreen and was considering doing something like this. I think now I'll have to, I did my commute with no windscreen the other day just to see what the air was like "raw" and there's way too much on my chest. I'm trying to get the "bubble" to cut off as high as possible without buffeting my helmet, but even at the lowest setting the stock windscreen needs to lose 6-8". This might be just the ticket.
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How did you actually cut the plastic? Coping saw, Dremel?

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I used a Dremel tool with the EZ Lock wheel for plastic. I taped both side of the screen with 3M masking tape before cutting (protects from scratches and helps to get rid of the melted plastic after you are done cutting).
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Thanks! I might just have to give it a go.


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How did you actually cut the plastic? Coping saw, Dremel?

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I have cut down windshields with a coping saw and it works very well. As stated before use blue masking tape to protest the shield and after cutting use progressively finer sandpaper to smooth the edges, ending up with 800 grit wet sand paper. You can make the edges look like glass.

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Sweet, I was just thinking of ordering a shorter windshield. Think I'll cut my stock one down (already have an after market taller shield) for use until winter temperatures arrive.

Can you share the dimensions? Particularly the length along the center line from bottom to top and the length of the sides?

Really want to get my strom to ride with nice clean air around the helmet to reduce the wind noise.

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Can you share the dimensions? Particularly the length along the center line from bottom to top and the length of the sides?
11.5 inches from top to bottom and 8.5 from the widest point on the side to the top. You might also look at CecilSaxon's post for the overall shape: his is flatter, mine pointy. Not sure which one works best.

CecilSaxon's short screen

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Looks nice. Did you rough up both sides? 0000 steel wool? Which set of mounting holes did you use?

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Looks nice. Did you rough up both sides? 0000 steel wool? Which set of mounting holes did you use?
Yes, both sides with fine steel wool. Started with circular motion and finished with vertical passes.

I tried the lowest and middle position and prefer the latter. YMMV, of course. For reference, I am 5'8".
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