Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Medford, County of Jackson, Oregon, USA
Model: None at present
I cut 1" off my Cee Bailey stock height shield. I used masking on both sides of the windshield where the cut would be, wide enough on the front side to protect the plastic from the base of my saber saw which I used to make the cut. To draw the cut line on the tape I used a compass or divider and holding the two legs vertical to each other scribed the line from the top curve of the windshield. A fairly fine toothed blade with the saw running at a slow speed to reduce heating which melts the plastic made the cut. I was careful to hold the weight of the saw to prevent side loads on the cutting blade. It's critical to cut slowly and cut off the scrap piece above the cut to prevent it's vibration which can crack the plastic at the cut. Be sure to cut the waste short when you get close to the end of the cut so it can't break off ahead of the cut. Two finish off the cut edge I used a 10" ******* file and filed along the edge, not across it, until the saw marks were gone. At that point I wet sanded the edge with 300 grit and radiused or rounded off the edges a bit. 600 grit finished off the job. The finished edge looked as good as the factory original edge. It's safest not to do the job unless the plastic is at room temperature. Cold conditions tend to encourage cracking during cutting.
None at present
Past 'Wings: GL1100, GL1200, GL1500, GL1800
Current BMW C650GT