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post #1 of 11 Old 10-06-2008, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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DIY windscreen - how to bend?

Please tell me where to go (so to speak) if this is already answered.. I've not found it yet via a search...

I want to find info on how to cut out and bend my own plexiglass windscreen. I have lots of woodworking tools and some ability; I'm interested in trying it before shelling out $200 for a real one, which I may wind up doing anyway. The blizzard of info out there about which screen is best is dizzying...

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You can make a jig out of plywood, heat the plexiglas in the oven and bend it over the jig.

Buy a lot of extra plexiglas, some experimentation will be in order.

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I am hoping to have access to some scraps so I can afford to screw it up if that happens. I'll trace the existing screen's curve and transfer that to a plywood jig as you suggest.. Elsewhere on the 'net I found a forum where someone 'splained how hot to get the oven, etc.... so maybe I'll try to assess the name brands' curves and see if I can recreate one for not much $$.. thanks for the help.

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Bend your windshield by putting it in a 200 degree oven for about 10 minutes, watch carefully. When the plastic gets slightly cloudy its moldable. If you lay it on the oven rack, bear in mind you may create ripples in the material that won't come back out. Try to find something flat that'll take the heat, so the material has even support as it heats up. If I were going to do this repeatedly, I'd go to a sheet metal shop and score a piece of flat sheet just small enough to lay on the oven rack, $5.00 ???
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I read somewhere that someome used a 5 gallon water cooler to shape theirs.

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or you could just shorten the process and snip out a piece of the water cooler jug, bolt it on, and bob's your uncle

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See pix below..

Bought $14 worth of plexi at Home Depot, studied on-line photos of the top brand $200 screens, drew a version of them best I could onto the plexi with a Sharpie, cut it out, put it in the oven, bent it around a giant garbage can that sort of matched the radius of the original, drilled the holes, put it on the MadStad I already have, and just returned from a 600+ mile weekend trip. The trip was VERY windy, especially coming home today. It is 8.5" taller than the original, just about right for me at 6'0".

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Much better. Total cost @$14 plus tax. Is it as good as a CeeBaileys or CalSci? Don't know - don't have them to compare, but for a few bucks it is good so far; no negatives that I can put a finger on. Looks pretty good too (still have some sanding to do).

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That looks fabulous. Well done.

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FWIW I put the original screen back on today with the MadStad, and I like it better than my home-made job. The one I made keeps more wind off me but what wind there is is "dirtier" I think. With the stock screen and MadStad the bike seems smoother.

may try the new CeeBailey's due out soon.. or not.. doing fine with the stock screen.

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Bend your windshield by putting it in a 200 degree oven for about 10 minutes, watch carefully. When the plastic gets slightly cloudy its moldable. If you lay it on the oven rack, bear in mind you may create ripples in the material that won't come back out. Try to find something flat that'll take the heat, so the material has even support as it heats up. If I were going to do this repeatedly, I'd go to a sheet metal shop and score a piece of flat sheet just small enough to lay on the oven rack, $5.00 ???
10 mins seems like a bit long. I used the oven on broil for like 2 mins a side with the door open a bit. May just be my oven? Anyways I also used a piece of cardboard to protect it from the rack. I wouldn't recommend this if your gonna keep it in longer than the 4-6 mins. A 5 gal water jug makes the perfect bend to fit the dl's bracket. Having the stocker nearby to get some idea on how much you bend it is a good idea though. I place a few thick towels over the jug to keep the ripples in the jug from marking the shield.

Hope that helps and good luck. :-D
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