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post #1 of 31 Old 09-10-2014, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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Need a windshield cut down...suggestions?

I bought a 26" windshield that was perfect with my stock seat, but my custom seat is a bit lower & now the top edge of that shield is right in my line of vision.

I'm positive cutting it down 2" would be perfect but I would never attempt this on my own. So what type of businesses do you guys think may do this kind of thing?

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If you strike out looking for a company to do it, you can do it yourself with some simple tools. Or, a buddy with simple tools.

Check out this video.

Cut Down Your Motorcycle Windshield
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Most retail plastics Co's will also do it. I've had a Co out here called a Tap plastics cut one years ago.

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+1 on TAP Platics. Great to do business with. In fact, they have great customer service, and if you contact them, they may tell you how to have it cut, even if they aren't going to be doing it themselves.

A metal fabrication shop may be able to do what you're asking. When I cut acrylic plastics, I use a metal cutting blade (lots of TPI) in a sabresaw; cut very slow, and use tape over the cut line. If they have a variable speed metal cutting bandsaw (the kind you might find in a metal shop), they could probably do it for you, though I doubt if they would take any responsibility if it went badly.

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I've done a few using a Dremel with a rotozip type bit and then sanded/filed the overall edge to perfection, but that's the hard pain-in-the-ass way. You want a bandsaw or scrollsaw with a real high TPI. You'll still need to do some sanding to smooth out the cut edges (use a foam sanding block/sponge as found at Lowes), but it's very doable.

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ok.. I will be the one to make the joke..

How about a booster seat.. :-)

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I cut mine down with a hacksaw. Masked off the area of the cut, then took a string and a Sharpie to get the curve even. Carefully cut it freehand, following the line from each side halfway. I haven't even sanded it down yet, but a little sandpaper wouldn't hurt. My buddy the glazier is totally offended by this and insists I bring it by to spend 30 seconds with his glass sander.

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Thanks for the suggestions...except for the booster seat, which is useless.

Anyway, I'll have to check around because there's zero chance it will come out well if I try it on my own.

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Thanks for the suggestions...except for the booster seat, which is useless.
heh..
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Give it a go. I just cut the windshield on my Harley Road King, and it came out great. I used a saber saw with a 22 tooth blade. I masked off both sides of the shield; then made a template out heavy poster paper by tracing the existing edge of the shield so the curvature would be the same. I trimmed the template with scissors on the traced line, then traced that onto the taped area. I took my time with the saw, then finished with 200 and 400 grit wet sanding blocks. Super easy, and it looks great. I did this with the shield on the bike for stability when cutting. Trust me, if I can do it, you can do it. Back in the day, when I ran a drilling rig, my hands told me I had a touch like a gorilla with a migraine!
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