Headlight cover/rock-guard for GS

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by VDRZANE, Apr 27, 2004.

  1. VDRZANE

    VDRZANE Salty Adventurer

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    Before you crazies jump down my back, yes I searched the forums before posting this, so :stfu

    Doesn't somebody make a self-adhesive (3M possibly?) headlight lens cover to protect from rocks etc? I have the ADV brush guard, so the Aeroflow covers etc are out of the question.

    Thanks!
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  2. Codewheeney

    Codewheeney Hoopy Frood

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    I made my own out of Lexan ($2.50 for a 12" by 12" sheet at Home Depot) and used velcro dots to hold it in place. I made a template out of cardboard and then cut the lexan with a utility knife. So far it's been good for 5000 miles and some reasonable off-roading (4x4 roads, lots of creek crossings).

    Here's a pic:

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    Big ass version of that pic here

    JC
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  3. TonyA

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    http://www.micatech.net/Misc.html :thumb
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  4. Snapper

    Snapper Long timer

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    Search for "protector" on aerostich.com - the 3M stongard headlight protector comes up, you'll need to cut to size. Personally, I used the scrap from the static cling vinyl tank protector that appears on the same search, although it is not as thick as the 3M stuff.
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  5. Stevil

    Stevil Envoy to Strongbadia

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    These folks have 'em and a lot of other nice plastic bits. Check them out. :thumb
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  6. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    How much do these things screw up the beam and the light intensity?
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  7. Codewheeney

    Codewheeney Hoopy Frood

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    My home made one doesn't effect the beam in anyway that I notice.

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  8. Codewheeney

    Codewheeney Hoopy Frood

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    My home made one doesn't effect the beam in anyway that I notice.

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  9. RocketJohn

    RocketJohn Hook em' Horns!

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    I've used the 3m Stoneguard crap on my WRX big ass buglights and big ass foglights and after three years of nasty Colorado grime and gravel no issues, so I assume the stuff works...

    I recommend that you head over to a tint shop that installs the clear bra stuff and they will do your headlight while you wait for next to nothing... why spend $40 on a piece of plastic... unless you live in a gravel road and ALWAYS follow Semis when riding it...

    Buy local on cheap stuff... shipping and salestax wash each other out...
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  10. TonyA

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    Well, if there was any intensity in the unmodified light, I could answer that question... :rofl

    Actually you'll forget they are there. When you first put them on they are all foggy but they will be clear as glass after a day.
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  11. Stevil

    Stevil Envoy to Strongbadia

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    :poser
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  12. Waco

    Waco Renegade Sickle Hound

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    Aeroflow makes a nice one. The only problem I've had is that the duralok fasteners keep peeling off. I need to find somebody who sells the stuff in larger pieces, or maybe a sheet of it.

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  13. Thinc2

    Thinc2 Paciugo

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    So my 02GS came with the 40mil 3M guard already applied to both lights.

    I generally ride with my brights on, and after about 2 months my bright lens was completely cracked.

    It's possible that I was hit by a rock going +120mph, but I sort of doubt. There is no sign of an impact on the 3M product.

    I'm wondering if the heat buildup from the 3M cover caused the bright lens to crack?

    Anyone have thoughts/experience with this?

    I was going to apply this stuff to my car, but am now reconsidering.
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  14. redseca2

    redseca2 Long timer

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    Interesting. I spent a good piece of Sunday giving the GS a serious cleaning and discovered a little melted spot in the middle of the low beam Cee Bailey...
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  15. Jabba

    Jabba "HOLD THE LIGHT!!!"

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    How about putting some finer mesh behind the existing "jail bars" on the brush guard? Paint it black- it would look butch and do the job without heating up the lenses~? Or just buy the Touratech version and kill two birds with(out) a single stone...
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  16. markgsnw

    markgsnw WTF?

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    I put the Aerostich film on my low beam after getting a small rock chip on it. The lens cracked diagonally after that and I had a bad burn spot in the center of the film. Sux.
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  17. richc

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    You've got to be shitting me! Other than painting that crappy light over in flat black, there is nothing we can do to it to screw it up.
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  18. Thinc2

    Thinc2 Paciugo

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    Jabba - I agree. My point is to alert people that I think the 3m 40mil product caused my bright lens to crack due to heat build up. I definately would recommend going with a different set up.

    Unfortunately, at this point that 40 mil film is what's keeping my cracked lens together
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