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post #1 of 9 Old 08-31-2009, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
 
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Cracked Windscreen

Not sure if this should be under maintenance, but seems most logical to me. I've got a Cee Bailey screen on the bike now, and it has developed a crack at one of the mounting holes. Everything I've found says to drill a small hole to stop the crack from spreading. It seems to me that once I start drilling holes the screen is done. Anyone have a different suggestion for repair, or should I be on the lookout for a new screen? Thanks.
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Stop-drilling the crack should help to stop and further progress of the crack. We are not talking about a huge hole here so this should not lead to the end of the screen. Try that first before you drop any more cash on a new screen.

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Cool. I've seen some indications that cracks were common on these screens, so I'm hoping this isn't the beginning of the end.

On the other hand, it's always a chance to try a new screen.
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I drilled a hole in mine to stop a crack a couple thousand miles ago, it worked. I used the smallest drill bit I had. Doesn't look the greatest, but it works.

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I'm considering a Cee Bailey for my Wee. I'm curious about the cracking, are you doing a lot of off road or otherwise causing the windshield more stress than typical, or are the Cee Baileys prone to cracking. I put 24k on one on my RT and didn't have a problem. No off road, but lots of wind. Cee Bailey held up fine, BMW windshield mount broke. :-(

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Well, I've only had the bike a month, and the Cee Bailey was on it. All my riding has been TN back roads, so nothing really abusive, I would think. Anyhow, I grabbed a tiny drill and put a hole at the end of the crack. We'll see how it holds up. I do like the windshield, even if it is kinda ugly.
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Well, I've only had the bike a month, and the Cee Bailey was on it. All my riding has been TN back roads, so nothing really abusive, I would think. Anyhow, I grabbed a tiny drill and put a hole at the end of the crack. We'll see how it holds up. I do like the windshield, even if it is kinda ugly.
Just curious: when you did that, did you put some masking tape over the to-be-drilled area first, or did you simply go ahead and drill away?

For one moment there I had thoughts of my bike rotating around on the end of my drill bit... I need to get out more.

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Taped it. Didn't want to risk the drill wandering and scratching up the windshield.
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The biggest issue with drilling the plastic windshields is the drill wanting to bite and thread itself through instead of drilling through the material like it should. It happens a lot with bigger bits, but it can even happen with the smaller ones too.

They make plastic-specific drill bits with a flatter tip (greater angle... 130 degrees IIRC?) to reduce the chances of the bit biting, forcing its way through, and breaking the plastic on the way. They work very well!

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