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    Default Windshield question:

    Dirtofak and Rick p. got me thinking about this; why are winshields so d@mn expensive? I rolled my old Indy in the Caribou Hills some years ago, and had to settle for a low replacement windshield. What a joke! I know most folks choose full helmets today over windshields, but doggonit, I like a tall windshield for hunting (ever try line up a rifle with a helmet on?). Does anyone know of any sources for inexpensive replacement windshields for older machines? Why should a piece of thin plastic cost nearly $100?!

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    Default the price of a window

    If it is a piece of plexiglass , why not make your own ?
    If I don't like the price of something,and it is simple, then I make it my self.
    I've made several plexi windows.

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    There is no easy way out on this, they are just plain expensive to buy, whether factory or aftermarket.

    I agree making one for the old indy would'nt be too hard, and then you could make it a little thicker too.

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    Default I've never found...

    ... a piece of lexan big enough and in the right thickness. Plus mine has compound curves bulging out to deflect wind from the hand grips. Guess you are right though. Even e-bay ones are no bargain.

    I did find this source:http://www.mfgsupply.com/m/c/450-236-01.html

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    I bet it gets pricey putting a round through the windshield, try parking the machine and walking a bit.

    Give the folks at fish creek sales a call, I think my aftermarket windshield was more like 50-60 bucks. I'll even drop it off for ya on my next trip south. Bending plexi isn't very hard either.
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    You can buy sheets of polycarbonate at home depot for i think about $10. A heat gun will give you the 350 you need to bend it to shape. I have a small windshield on my sled and then one I made that just bolts to that one with some wing nuts so I can put it on when it is cold.

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    Default Maybe so.

    I guess I need to find a heat gun.
    I found a 19" windshield at Dennis Kirk, but by the time it is delivered it would be $135!

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    what i was thinking of doing is build one out of sheetmetal so it will last! you dont really look through them anyhow.
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    Default I do

    Quote Originally Posted by greythorn3 View Post
    what i was thinking of doing is build one out of sheetmetal so it will last! you dont really look through them anyhow.
    I'm old, and I don't wear a helmet.

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    u could cut a window in the middle and put a flat piece of plexi in the metal
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    Default Dude-

    Quote Originally Posted by greythorn3 View Post
    u could cut a window in the middle and put a flat piece of plexi in the metal
    I have a snowmachine, not an armored car!

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    That's a great Idea Greythorne! Build your metal windshield and take a rider through hatchers as fast as you can! Go do it now.
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    guys sheetmetal weights the same as plexiglass i bet.
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    I'll bet your right I'll even prep the leading edge of your windshield to help reduce drag so you can go even faster! Lets start testing it right away, it's even warm enough today you could ditch that sissy helmet!
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    dont be dumb, youll need to roll the edge on the metal.
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    I think your on to something Graythorne, better get to work on a prototype before someone steals your idea!
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    Default Naw...

    Quote Originally Posted by greythorn3 View Post
    dont be dumb, youll need to roll the edge on the metal.
    ... no common sheet metal. Use aluminum diamond plate. Put a gun loop in it and a periscope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sayak View Post
    ... no common sheet metal. Use aluminum diamond plate. Put a gun loop in it and a periscope.

    now we got a forward thinker! someone that isnt afraid to go outside the box!
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    gee greythorn, i really think you should try this, worst case scenario you wipe out and cut your own head off on the sheet metal windshield.
    instant weight loss... lose 11 lbs you weren't using anyway....











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