Trimming down a windshield


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royside
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Trimming down a windshield

Postby royside » Thu Aug 04, 2011 2:15 pm



Has anyone ever tried to trim down a windshield? I know i can replace the existing one on my 86 1200 but it would be a lot easier to trim a couple of inches off the top. I purchased the bike last year and am still tweeking her. Anyway, as an engineer, i don't see why i can't use my dremmel tool with a diamond blade and just do it. Why not? What's the worse that could happen?

thanks,
royside



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Re: Trimming down a windshield

Postby zbird » Sat Aug 06, 2011 7:25 am

The worst that could happen is your windsheild will crack.I have an '81 and cut it with a jig saw.I had two windsheilds,good thing because one cracked.The problem is the friction and resulting heat causes melting and binding.I do like the the lowered windsheild.I now get a clearer veiw.Good luck and tape everything off to avoid scratching windsheild.

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Re: Trimming down a windshield

Postby Coder » Sun Aug 07, 2011 3:33 am

There is a post on the ST forums (as in Honda ST1100/1300) that deals specifically with this, Sorry I don't have a direct link offhand, but the main site is st-owners.com. Hope that helps!

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Re: Trimming down a windshield

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Aug 07, 2011 8:41 am

Have a look at How to install a windshield vent and you'll see how I cut my windshield using a dremel tool. It's easy, and a very safe way to do it, far safer than using a jigsaw.

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Re: Trimming down a windshield

Postby dingdong » Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:12 am

Here is another how to on the Saunders site.
http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/forum1/92845.html
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Re: Trimming down a windshield

Postby racing chevy 67 » Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:56 pm

royside wrote:Has anyone ever tried to trim down a windshield? I know i can replace the existing one on my 86 1200 but it would be a lot easier to trim a couple of inches off the top. I purchased the bike last year and am still tweeking her. Anyway, as an engineer, i don't see why i can't use my dremmel tool with a diamond blade and just do it. Why not? What's the worse that could happen?

thanks,
royside

here is the way lots of us guys have done it ,,see if you can pull this up ..

http://www.shadowaero750.com/videos.aspx#jump2

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Re: Trimming down a windshield

Postby burdicda » Fri Aug 12, 2011 10:52 am

I've done my 88 GL1500 twice now
the first time was an old worn out windshield that we restored with rubbing compound
and a jigsaw
the second time was a new windshield that was too high for me
I always want to be able to see directly over the windshield....the edge
should be between the top of your nose and the center of you eyes...so that in a bad rain storm
You know the ones where you normally have to pull over....
you can still see because you are not lookin through but over

I use the diy example at
http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/forum1/92845.html

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Re: Trimming down a windshield

Postby Sally » Fri Aug 12, 2011 7:53 pm

I cut my wind sheild down here's how. first I traced the shape of the top on cardboard then used masking tape taped off the whole thing took temple and moved it down to where I wanted to cut this give me the exact same shape use a sharpie and marked the masking tape (masking tape so you don't scratch windsheild with saw base )then took a jig saw and cut it off took a file removed big marks then hit it with fine sand paper you can't even tell I cut it off... Sally




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