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post #1 of 6 Old 11-16-2006, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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I spent several hours working on my 650 -strom today. I wired an aux power outlet to the battery,mounted the recepticle on the bolt that holds the clutch cable guide.I almost drilled a hole in the fairing, but after carefully mocking up the plug,it looked like the wire from my gps would interfere with the left handguard so I'm glad I did it this way.The hardest part was routing and connecting the wiring,so if I want to change the location,that will be easy.

I also made a change to the windshield. I shimmed out the bottom of the shield[between the shield and the bracket] approx 5/8 of an inch.


I am 6'0 , Use the stock handlbars cut down by 1 inch,and have handguards.

This modification has made an incredible difference! The airflow is soooo smooth now and much quieter.There is no buffeting or turbulence,it is amazing.

I have heard people struggle to get their windshield problems fixed and spend tons of $.
My solution is to go to the hardware store and buy 2 longer bolts for the windshield,and a package of flat rubber faucet repair washers.They are about 1/8 " thick and you can start shimming out the bottom until you get the perfect angle.The mod is totally reversible and will cost only a couple dollars and maybe an hour if you have to try multiple times.
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I spent several hours working on my 650 -strom today. I wired an aux power outlet to the battery,mounted the recepticle on the bolt that holds the clutch cable guide.I almost drilled a hole in the fairing, but after carefully mocking up the plug,it looked like the wire from my gps would interfere with the left handguard so I'm glad I did it this way.The hardest part was routing and connecting the wiring,so if I want to change the location,that will be easy.

I also made a change to the windshield. I shimmed out the bottom of the shield[between the shield and the bracket] approx 5/8 of an inch.


I am 6'0 , Use the stock handlbars cut down by 1 inch,and have handguards.

This modification has made an incredible difference! The airflow is soooo smooth now and much quieter.There is no buffeting or turbulence,it is amazing.

I have heard people struggle to get their windshield problems fixed and spend tons of $.
My solution is to go to the hardware store and buy 2 longer bolts for the windshield,and a package of flat rubber faucet repair washers.They are about 1/8 " thick and you can start shimming out the bottom until you get the perfect angle.The mod is totally reversible and will cost only a couple dollars and maybe an hour if you have to try multiple times.
Sounds like a great idea, what height do you have the shield at??

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Sorry,forgot to add that I have the stock shield at it's lowest position.
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I am also one of the lucky ones to find a $5 fix for the windshield. I put 3/4" spacers made of dowel with a hole through the centre using longer lower bolts and mounted between the bracket and the fairing. End of buffeting!! I'm using the stock windshield in the highest position. My line of sight is about 21.5" above the top centre of the gas tank. YMMV.

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I'll add my 2 cents.

I've shimmed the bottom of the windshield out about 3/4" as well. Have it at the top unofficial position.

My first ride, I thought, wow, this works great.

Well, I took an 800 mile trip from Pgh through Kentucky. Guess what, after a few hours that smooth air flow turns out to be not so smooth. Plus with the shims I felt more air on my chest. That's ok most of the time, but not at temps of 40* in the morning.

What to do? Well, I'll probably leave it as is for local riding. But I'm going to work on finding a better solution for longer rides.

A larger screen is probably the only solution for lengthy time in the saddle. Have a Windstrom on the way that I picked up used on another forum relatively cheap. Ugly, but it supposedly works for those of us around 6' tall. We'll see.
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post #6 of 6 Old 11-18-2006, 10:42 AM
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Thanks for the info guys, 'preciate it.

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