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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-09-2009, 03:26 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone ever had a glass company fabricate a replacement windshield? Was it less costly than a normal replacement?... My '83 interstate sufferd a horizontal crack while i was doing repairs. I would like to use "Lexan" instead of plexiglass.. i was thinking maybe a local glass company might be able to do this by using the cracked one as a pattern.

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I had one made from perspex once and it was terrible.

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Did you ask them for an estimate?
We have a plastic works in Sac and they'll do motorcycle shields to design, even copy old shields. I had a shield made for my CBRF2 adding 2" and a slight forward flipped lip. Cost me $130. They had them retail at $88 but none were available. I really really enjoy that shield so the price was ok. GL shields are so easy to get I doubt I'd ever have one made. The last one I bought for the 1200 was from Dennis Kirk during one of their 40% sales and I ordered enough to hit their $100=free shipping so the shield was $48.00

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I had one made from perspex once and it was terrible.
Perspex is no good for this, it scratches way too easily and goes yellow with age.

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Usually a replacement can be had off ebay pretty cheap. I see them on there all the time from breakers. Usually you'll see new replacements for around $60. But those won't be Lexan. Just acceptable replacements.

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I was wanting to go local, and not deal with shipping charges. And i was thinking of using "lexan" in place of plexiglass. The lexan could be thin and still be stronger than standard replcements... As far as estimates go, nobody can give you one over a telephone.. the glass co. i called (get this) said that they would have a problem, making the curvature of the replacement. whaat!..? Hey if you dont want to do the job, just tell me!... i was going to let them use the "old" windshield for a pattern in cutting the new one. I called one other place. They were willing to cut a new piece for me. BUT, they dont have LEXAN!.. just cheap crap. So, i think i'm just going to buy a sheet of 1/8th in.thick lexan.. Lay down the old piece over the lexan, trace out my pattern, Blue Tape, where i need to cut or drill, jig saw with plastics blade, 800 grit sandpaper to smooth the edges. and cut the darn thing myself!. I was hoping to avoid all this.. the rest is just my time. And i have an '83 1100 I And 1/8th thick material should mold itself to the windshield mount without much trouble. the curve in it is not that much. A sheet 42x42 inchesshould be plenty to cut from.... I just called my local glass supplier.. A 42x42in. 1/8th thick "lexan" will cost me $67.00...And the samesize in "plexiglass" costs $55.00! why would i spend $60.00 for just plexiglass from someone i dont even know,and meet a minimum of$100.00 to get free shipping?When catalogs come, i watch them go. to the landfill. Am i making any sense here?.

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sorry if i sound terse or a little uptight. But i just removed and cleaned the gas tank, and had stuff stacked in the garage come falling down onto the top edge of my winshield. instant horizontal crack!

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