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post #1 of 8 Old 06-21-2007, 02:42 AM Thread Starter
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I am 6' tall and have a 34" inseam. The stock windshield was not terrible but I wanted a little better. I added 1" spacers and longer bolts between the windshield mounting bracket and the fairing. This moves the shield out farther and lets more air in between the shield and fairing. The result is 80% better for a cost of under $6. IMHO, it looks better then the Madstad bracket and is much cheaper. Of course there is no adjustability. But it is a large improvement over the stock mount!!”
http://www.craigcentral.com/bikes/vsbuffeting.asp

Thanks to SCraig for summarizing many of the buffeting solutions posted at Stromtrooper.com at the above web link and thanks to whoever came up with the above solution(in quotes) since I have now installed this solution, but with the windscreen in the highest position to compensate for my 6’5” height. The result was a surprising improvement.

Using the stock windscreen, 4 longer bolts, 4 1” nylon spacers, and 4 washers that would fit into the recessed holes on the mount(all purchased from the hardware store) was all it took. I removed the cover on the back mount since it did not want to stay in place on the highest setting the way I have it mounted.

PLEASE NOTE!!: I make no guarantee of the safety or reliability of this thing as I am still evaluating it. All I can say at this point is that it appears sturdy at 65mph and that I’m really enjoying the improvement. Try it at your own risk.

P.S. It has been over 2 months since I originally posted this and have seen no signs of safety hazard whatsoever. I've had the bike up to 90mph several times and have seen no signs of cracking, loosening, etc. Still pleased with the performance, too.

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post #2 of 8 Old 06-21-2007, 06:09 AM
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You are welcome, however I can't take credit for it. Your fellow forum members emailed me the information and all I did was dump it into a web page. They are the ones who deserve the thanks.

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Anyone try putting a NACA duct into the stock windshield, like the calsci windshields?
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post #6 of 8 Old 06-22-2007, 10:17 AM
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Very interesting idea...

So what are those spacers?

I went by Home Depot last night and didn't seem to find anything that was similar...

I presume the bolts are metric? Are they "6"?

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They are simply called nylon spacers(1") and I found them at Ace hardware here in downstate IL. They were near the plastic washers in the nuts & bolts isle. The right hardware store should have them, but you'll need to get the ones that have a hole in the middle large enough to accomodate those 6mm? bolts. I had to go to two different Ace hardware stores to get all the parts. Menard's did not have several of the parts, either.

I just took the mount & bolts off the bike, took them into Ace and experimented with them right there in the store until I had the whole rig developed. The bolts are 1-3/4" to 2" long(can't remember the exact millimeter measurement; might want to bring a tape measure with you), and there were a few different styles that would work. I chose some black bolts that would accomodate a hex bit like the OEM ones are. The washers were close to a "10" but I can't remember the exact size. Couldn't find them in black, though. Hope this helps.
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Grab a 6 mm nut while your in the hardware store and see if it screws comfortably onto the OEM mount screws. You don't need to buy the nut though. Just use it to ensure that the threads on the 1-3/4" to 2" long replacment bolts are correct.
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