Cut down wind screens

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by zaydie, Mar 7, 2002.

  1. zaydie

    zaydie MC Rider

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    Does anyone have experience in cutting down thier windscreens?

    I know from past experience it's easy to start a crack in the plastic.


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  2. Scary Mc

    Scary Mc hellgrammite Supporter

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    I cut mine down with a Dremel Tool. No cracks, no problems and no mo' buffeting. Use the 'reinforced cutting wheel', available at Home Despot. 6 bucks for a set of 5.


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  3. Will

    Will Carpe Moto.

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    I used a band saw, no problems there.
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  4. JohnTM

    JohnTM I suck toes

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    I've done *a lot* of them with a plain old jig saw. That said, the good folks at National Cycle recommend a band saw because the blade moves in only one direction. Of course, I've never had a problem. Just cut it with whatever you want (first put masking tape on the shield to protect it from scratches, draw a line where you want to cut, and cut) and then scrape and sand it smooth. Some people even flame the edge to make it clear, but if there is a coating on the plastic, you gonna get a mess. Have fun!

    John
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  5. Killen

    Killen Been here awhile

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    I used a Dremel tool to cut my Aeroflow...worked fine. I think Mr. Cob has good experience cutting Lexna (sp?) for his screen....see his previous post about three months old.

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  6. zaydie

    zaydie MC Rider

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    Thanks for the imput.
    I will let you know how it comes out, or should I say off.
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  7. Rad

    Rad Done riding

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    I cut mine up (off the bottom) 2 inches to increase air flow behind it. I also remounted it to lay it back more. I used a saber saw. Then wet sand paper with a sanding block and lots of water to smooth it out and polish the edge almost clear.
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  8. fish

    fish Banned

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    Doesn't it seem a little weird to have a thread about cutting down screens when it seems like there are a bunch of guys looking for bigger screens?
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  9. Rob Z

    Rob Z Been here awhile

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    You have to allow for those short, Sorry Little, people that can not see over the stock screens. W4e should see a thread any time about putting blocks on the pegs so their feet can reach.
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  10. Scary Mc

    Scary Mc hellgrammite Supporter

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    I cut mine down and found that it kept the wind off of my chest but put my helmet in direct wind. The effect is a MUCH more quiet ride due to the smooth flow of air around my helmet. It also allows my Arai to vent properly and keep my noggin cool.

    -Scary
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