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How to install a windshield vent

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:51 am



Hot weather has arrived, and I have to admit: when the thermometer is north of 90 degrees, sometimes the last place I want to be sitting on top of an 1100cc heat generator. To make matters worse, I have a Slipstreamer Wraparound windshield on my bike. This tall and wide windshield is great for cold weather and to keep wind from tossing my passenger around, but the calm, windless, hot air that exists behind it is pure misery for the driver on hot days. I decided to install a windshield vent to solve this problem.

Because there are no windshield vents made specifically for the GL1100, I went to Cyclemax to find one that might fit. They had two different vents, one for the GL1500 and one for the GL1800, and they let me try both to see which would better fit the curve of my GL1100's windshield. The curve on the GL1500 vent was too sharp, but the GL1800 windshield vent fit perfectly, so I purchased this GL1800 windshield vent.

1. When I got the vent home, I took it out of the package. It is a two-piece item, held together with two hex screws and nuts and a plastic clip on the bottom, and a plastic lip on the top.

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2. The first thing to do is to sit on the bike and hold the vent up to the inside of the windshield to try to get an idea of where you want to position it. This will vary on your seating position, your height, and personal preference.

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3. Next, remove the nuts, washers and screws, and carefully seperate the two halves. Make sure not to lose the rubber grommets on the inside piece.

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4. The vent comes with a template used for installing the unit.

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5. Using scissors, cut out the template just inside the black lines as shown. We want the original cut to be slightly small, as we will enlarge it as the hole is trimmed and smoothed to fit the vent.

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6. Using painter's tape, tape the template to the outside of the windshield in the approximate position you want the vent to go. Position the inner half of the vent on the inside of the windshield to verify that the template is positioned properly.

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7. Measure the distance from the bottom of the windshield to the bottom of the template opening. In my case it was four inches.

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8. Using painter's tape (painter's tape doesn't leave adhesive goo behind like regular masking tape), on the inside of the windshield, tape over the area that will be cut, with a good couple of inches extra on all sides. It's a good idea to make at least two layers of this tape. The tape secures and strengthens the edge of the windshield around the cut, to prevent it from fracturing while being cut and worked.

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9. Remove the template, and tape over the same area on the outside of the windshield, again overlapping at least two layers of tape.

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10. Put a piece of painter's tape below the windshield, measure between the two screws, and put a mark halfway between them. This is the center of your windshield.

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11. Fold the template in half to identify the exact center of the hole that you cut out. Mark the fold.

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12. Position the template on the windshield, lining up the center marks on the template with the center mark below the windshield. This ensures the template is centered correctly on the windshield. Measure from the template opening to the windshield trim on both sides, ensuring the measurement is the same on both sides to ensure the template is level. Ensure the paper is flat to the windshield during this process. Once you're satisfied with the template position, tape it in place in all four corners to prevent it from moving.

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13. Draw around the inside of the template onto the painter's tape.

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14. Remove the template, and you will have your cut line remaining.

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15. The cutting and trimming of acrylic is messy and dusty. To reduce the cleanup, tuck an old towel around the dash to catch the plastic dust.

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16. Using a fairly large drill bit, drill the four corners of the template. Acrylic is relatively brittle, and when subject to stress, any sharp corners will be stress points and subject to fracture. As a result, we want every corner to be a fairly wide, smooth radius. This is why we drill the corners first with a large drill bit, to put a large radius corner in place instead of the sharp corner that would be produced by a straight cut. This is true for the finished product as well - we never want any sharp corners, everything should be smooth and rounded.

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17. The corners should be drilled just inside the lines, as shown.

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18. The next step will be made far easier if you have a rotating tool such as this Dremel tool. You can use a hacksaw blade to do the cutting if you don't have a Dremel tool - but why? This is a perfect excuse to go out and buy a new power tool. Take advantage of it! If you are using a hacksaw blade, begin cutting by inserting the blade into your drilled holes.

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19. Using a cutting disc in the Dremel tool and two hands on the tool, and with the tool on its highest speed, cut along the lines on the outside of the windshield. Try to keep the cutting disc as perpendicular as possible to the windshield. Note: This process will create lots of plastic bits flying around - eye protection is required!

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20. Check on the inside of the windshield to make sure the cuts have made it through all the way. If there are areas where the cut has not made it through to the back side, go back over the cut to make it full-depth.

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21. Once the cutting has completed, the piece cut out should just fall out. If it is still held in place with some uncut acrylic, DO NOT attempt to snap it out! You will very likely cause a crack that will travel well outside the area of your cutout area, destroying the windshield. Instead, use your cutting tool to complete the cut. Once complete, remove the cutout piece.

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22. The next step is to smooth and trim the cutout area. This can be done quickly and easily with a rotary file in your Dremel tool as shown, or not so quickly with a half-round hand file. Use the flat portion of the hand file to trim the flat areas of the cut, and use the round side of the file to smooth the corners. The round side of the hand file is good for rounding and smoothing the corners of the cut even if you use a rotary file for trimming the remainder of the opening. Remember, no sharp edges should remain - everything must be smooth! Again, unless you like bits of plastic in your eyes, you need eye protection.

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23. Continue to smooth and trim the opening, fitting the outer portion of the vent and identifying the areas in the windshield opening that need to be trimmed in order to get it to fit flush. Remember, the original opening was made slightly small, so that the trimming process would create an opening that fit well. The outer portion of the vent fits by hooking the top in place, then pushing the bottom in as shown.

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24. Once the opening has been trimmed to fit the vent, use a soft brush on a vacuum cleaner to clean up the plastic dust you have created.

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25. Carefully peel off the painters tape from the inside and outside of the opening.

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26. Using sandpaper or a fine file, smooth the opening, and round off the edges of the cut. Again, vacuum up any dust.

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27. Fit the outer portion of the vent into place.

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28. Once the outer portion of the vent is in place, you will see the "L" channel at the top that hooks into the inner portion of the vent. For my installation, the Slipstreamer windshield was about 0.5mm thicker than the standard windshield. As a result, before I installed the front portion of the vent, I used a heat gun on its lowest setting to gently soften the "L" channel, and bend it slightly outward.

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29. Hook the top of the inner portion of the vent into the "L" channel of the outer portion of the vent as shown. Once hooked in, push the bottom of the inner portion of the vent into place until the clip locks it into place.

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30. Insert the hex screw and washer into the front portion of the vent, through the rubber grommet in the rear portion of the vent, then put the washer and nut in place. put both screws and nuts in place, then gradually tighten both sides, alternating until both are tight. Don't tighten them too much - remember this is only plastic you are dealing with.

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31. This is the vent when it is fully installed, shown in the closed position. In the closed position, air can still escape through the small slots on the top of the inner portion of the vent, which is used to defog the inside of the windshield.

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32. The vent can be opened to different positions - this is not so much to regulate the amount of air, but to change the direction of the airflow - you can have it hit you anywhere from mid-chest to right in the face.

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33. Here is the completed installation. There will be some amount of plastic dust remaining - you can get the vacuum out again, or just go out and blow it off the fun way. :) Enjoy your new air conditioning system!

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Re: How to install a windshield vent

Postby MacGyver » Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:11 am

Very nice job!!! :P

Was wondering how hard that was to cut as my windshield has a vent but the shield is all scratched up and glares when sun hits it so it needs to be replaced but want the vent. So now I can save and just get a windshield..

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Re: How to install a windshield vent

Postby 1982ghost » Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:13 am

Great work looks like i'll be getting one of those thanks
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Re: How to install a windshield vent

Postby snickerbar » Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:56 pm

Awesome article.this is a must for my wing,,thanks
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Re: How to install a windshield vent

Postby Mack » Sat Mar 03, 2012 7:56 pm

Great pictorial WingAdmin. Thanks to you I will installing a vent this spring.

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Re: How to install a windshield vent

Postby seabee_ » Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:47 pm

As always, great how-to article. And great pics. ;)
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Re: How to install a windshield vent

Postby ram11397 » Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:48 pm

Hi,
Installed the GL1800 vent on my GL 1100 Aspencade I have a Slip stream shield I followed your directions and it went great. Except this idiot (me) let the dremmel get away from me so have scratch on shield below vent really bummed out. But the Vent fits great and works great too on the test run.

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Re: How to install a windshield vent

Postby penntoy123 » Fri Jun 07, 2013 4:07 pm

I installed a slipstream last year and I just installed the vent. Thanks for the write up, it helped a lot. I am just waiting for ts Andrea to pass by to take her out for a ride.

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Re: How to install a windshield vent

Postby NKYWinger » Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:32 am

I also installed the vent in my windshield. I had the same problem with the aftermarket windshield being thicker than stock.
After failing miserably at trying to heat the groove in the vent to open it wider, I took the opposite approach - I used the Dremmel to widen the opening....worked like a champ!
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Re: How to install a windshield vent

Postby Maddogg » Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:19 am

Hi, WingAdmin. I went to Cyclemax and looked for the windshield vent but could not find on in chrome. They had cheap looking clear ones but I didn't care for that look. Do you know where I might be able to find a chrome one? I love the look and it will be great in the hot summer months. I already have the dremel tool so that will help.

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Re: How to install a windshield vent

Postby NKYWinger » Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:34 am

Maddogg - the one I installed, like Admin, was for an 1800. The curvature was correct and it looks like it came from the factory. I don't think I'd want chrome right in my line of sight.
Yes, the airflow in the summer season is a BIG help!
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Re: How to install a windshield vent

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Oct 10, 2013 3:57 pm

Maddogg wrote:Hi, WingAdmin. I went to Cyclemax and looked for the windshield vent but could not find on in chrome. They had cheap looking clear ones but I didn't care for that look. Do you know where I might be able to find a chrome one? I love the look and it will be great in the hot summer months. I already have the dremel tool so that will help.


I've never seen a chrome vent anywhere before - only clear and smoke color.

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Re: How to install a windshield vent

Postby Rhorn » Fri Jan 03, 2014 4:22 pm

Hello all of you bikers
This is my first post (from France) on this fantastic site.
My 1500 windshield has got no ventilation, and I just purchased a new wentilation grid. But it is supplied without a template.
Has some one the possibility to supply this template so I can properly drill the hole in the plastic and fix it on my 1993 GL SE ?
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Re: How to install a windshield vent

Postby ram11397 » Fri Jan 03, 2014 5:16 pm

Hi,
I got the clear vent but brought a chrome looking cover from J&P cycle metric catalog

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Re: How to install a windshield vent

Postby NKYWinger » Fri Jan 03, 2014 7:29 pm

Rhorn wrote:But it is supplied without a template.
Has someone the possibility to supply this template so I can properly drill the hole in the plastic and fix it on my 1993 GL SE ?
Cheers

Jacques

Jacques: No worries, you really do not need any templates. Determine where you want to mount it, mask it off, then use the vent itself as the template.
WingAdmin and I both did it that way and it worked perfectly.
The only issue you might have (both of us had the same problem) is if you're using an aftermarket windshield that's thicker than factory. We each used a diffent approach, both worked.
Let us know the results!
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Re: How to install a windshield vent

Postby Rhorn » Sun Jan 05, 2014 4:01 am

I received the items yesterday, and it is supplied with a template, so I got everything to work
As I have my first winter maintenance to perform, including the new shifter brace and draining the brake fluids, it will take time, and I will keep you informed of my success. Thanks

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Re: How to install a windshield vent

Postby Rhorn » Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:59 am

Ok, I spent some time installing this vent.
Instead of the dremel rotating tool I used a "renovator" high speed oscillating tool which went very good, another way to cut the screen.
First problem, the template was much "curved" than the plastic item and I had to grind it straighter on the upper side, at the end, it went great.
The problem I have now, is that the wind screen is much "curved" than the vent. The outside part can be twisted to fit in but the inside part is much more rigid. When I place it, the sides are touching the screen but there is a 4 to 5 mm gap in the middle. If I take the screen off the bike it may be possible to install, the screen being free, but something may happen when I try to re install it in place. As you said, this is only plastic...
To be continued....

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Re: How to install a windshield vent

Postby coolrunning » Sat Jul 11, 2015 5:10 am

I've never seen a chrome vent anywhere before - only clear and smoke color.[/quote]

This is true. ShowChrome makes a chrome bezel for the outside front of the vent that I will be installing tomorrow. I am replacing my vent because it turned yellow from UV exposure. I just bought the bike and am restoring it a bit. I think the chrome bezel may prevent the vent from yellowing, as will the half cover I bought to protect the seat and instruments when parked at work.
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Re: How to install a windshield vent

Postby shadow02 » Thu Oct 08, 2015 5:01 pm

Hey WIngAdmin, Shadow 02 here regarding the install of a vent on my 1988 GL 1500. The only part of the entire install of a the windshield vent I did not understand was how you bent the "L" channel in order to complete the install? I got the heat gun, warmed up the channel but could not get it pliable enough to bend outward. at least not with my fingers! What's the secret? I need a bugs but more room to hook the interior part of the channel and attach the interior vent to the windshield. Thx.
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Re: How to install a windshield vent

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Oct 09, 2015 10:21 am

shadow02 wrote:Hey WIngAdmin, Shadow 02 here regarding the install of a vent on my 1988 GL 1500. The only part of the entire install of a the windshield vent I did not understand was how you bent the "L" channel in order to complete the install? I got the heat gun, warmed up the channel but could not get it pliable enough to bend outward. at least not with my fingers! What's the secret? I need a bugs but more room to hook the interior part of the channel and attach the interior vent to the windshield. Thx.
Rubber side down-


That was it - a heat gun, a metal ruler, and a pair of leather work gloves. The plastic got warm enough to the point that it was about the consistency of soft clay. I then just bent it out slightly by putting the metal ruler in the slot and pushing it gently outward.

You have to be careful with the heat gun - too much heat and you'll scorch the plastic, causing it to bubble and become brittle. Not enough, and it won't be pliable enough to bend.

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Re: How to install a windshield vent

Postby decolvin1 » Sun Nov 01, 2015 7:55 am

Looking at Cyclemax's website for these vents, they seem to have two different part numbers for the GL1800 vent (45-8128A and 45-1252 N). One is from Add-On, the other from Show Chrome. The seem to appear identical. Which did you use?

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Re: How to install a windshield vent

Postby ram11397 » Sun Nov 01, 2015 12:02 pm

by the picture at the beginning it as the add-on logo on it


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