California Friendship Sidecar: Where to buy windshield? & Roof Repair/Replace
manco
Posted 8/8/2016 12:17 AM (#90243)
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Hello, Long time motorcyclist recently new to the sidecar scene here. While my family did have a BMW sidecar rig back in the '70s I haven't had one myself till recently. This spring I stumbled on a sidecar deal I couldn't pass up. Its an '82 Honda Goldwing GL1100 with a California Friendship sidecar. I have spent the past several weeks refurbishing the bike back to good running and riding condition. I am about to do some refurbishing on the sidecar next.

As you can see in the picture below the windshield on my sidecar has been cut down or maybe it was just a small one. I am not sure the case as I purchased it as shown. I would like to replace the windshield with a full height windshield. I have been looking around for outlets that sell the windshield. The only place I have found so far is [url]http://bikescreen.com Here is the one they sell [url]http://bikescreen.com/collections/sidecar/products/california-sidecar-american-spirit-friendship-i The price is $300 which seems steep to me though may very well be the going rate I guess, especially if its the only place that even has the product.

Before I buy from bikescreen I would like to ask if anyone has any more info on these windshields. Here are a few questions I have:

Is the bikescreen windshield a solid product from a reputable source?

Does anyone else sell these windshields new?

May as well ask does anyone have a used windshield for sale or know where to find one?

Are there kits and/or directions online to make one of these windshields from a sheet of plexiglass? (I am familiar with the process of making a plexiglass windshield. I mostly would need to know size of plexiglass sheet needed and best thickness.)

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I wanted to ask about the roof/windows for the sidecar too. I have the original roof/windows and support rib for the sidecar. The vinyl and stitching are pretty rough though. I was wondering are the roof/windows available for sale anywhere for this sidecar? If get it repaired who should I take it too, upholsterer, convertible shop or ???

 

 Any info anyone can share I would appreciate. Thanks.

 

 

 



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DirtyDR
Posted 8/8/2016 10:41 AM (#90246 - in reply to #90243)
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The windshield from Gustafsson, Bikescreen, is what I put on my Friendship II when I rebuit it ten years ago and it has held up amazingly well. I like that you can get the different tints and sizes from them also. This is the stock size with a medium tint.




As far as the top I would find a boat shop and have them build you a top, easy if you have the old one for a pattern.
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Posted 8/8/2016 10:45 AM (#90247 - in reply to #90243)
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Bike screen.com is the only place you are going to find this, be glad that they are even willing to still make this screen and $300 is a very fair price for such a low demand item that takes a large mold and is made one at a time by hand. A few things concern me about your rig, one of course is the tire size is to wide, a 145 13 is a the tire it calls for and really does not fit all that well as the sidecar was designed for a very narrow 16 inch wheel and tire however the 16 inch wheels were failing so they switched to the 13 inch wheel. You may also still have the old ball collet type lower mounts which are known to fail. If you tighten these up using a 1/2 inch wrench then they are the old type that fail. If you use two 15/16 wrenches to tighten up a 5/8 nut and bolt they are the new type that do not tend to fail. Also you may have the old type upper clamps for the frame, these do not have 1/4 inch cross bolts, latter ones do. With out they tend to fail. Also check your sidecars suspension. There are 5 flat bars that act as springs, they are known to fail and on early sidecars can come out causing the swing arm to separate from the sidecar. Later ones had a welding rod welded over the opening so that if the springs fail they can not fall out. Florida sidecar products has the springs. While in there also check the bronze bushing the entire suspension pivots on, this is a high wear item and should be replaced about every 10K or so as you will be hard pressed to keep an alignment with a worn bushing and keeping the front end from shaking with a worn bushing is not easy. We offer the bushing as well as mount up grades. I put 150K on a GL1100 Freindship 1 rig and have had 3 of the four mounts fail as well as suspension failures. This was all before a learned about the up grades. Also take a look at how the upper front mount is done. Normally the moutn is mounted up higher and a hold is cut in the lower fairing.
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manco
Posted 8/8/2016 1:00 PM (#90248 - in reply to #90247)
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jaydmc - 8/8/2016 10:45 AM

Bike screen.com is the only place you are going to find this, be glad that they are even willing to still make this screen and $300 is a very fair price for such a low demand item that takes a large mold and is made one at a time by hand. A few things concern me about your rig, one of course is the tire size is to wide, a 145 13 is a the tire it calls for and really does not fit all that well as the sidecar was designed for a very narrow 16 inch wheel and tire however the 16 inch wheels were failing so they switched to the 13 inch wheel. You may also still have the old ball collet type lower mounts which are known to fail. If you tighten these up using a 1/2 inch wrench then they are the old type that fail. If you use two 15/16 wrenches to tighten up a 5/8 nut and bolt they are the new type that do not tend to fail. Also you may have the old type upper clamps for the frame, these do not have 1/4 inch cross bolts, latter ones do. With out they tend to fail. Also check your sidecars suspension. There are 5 flat bars that act as springs, they are known to fail and on early sidecars can come out causing the swing arm to separate from the sidecar. Later ones had a welding rod welded over the opening so that if the springs fail they can not fall out. Florida sidecar products has the springs. While in there also check the bronze bushing the entire suspension pivots on, this is a high wear item and should be replaced about every 10K or so as you will be hard pressed to keep an alignment with a worn bushing and keeping the front end from shaking with a worn bushing is not easy. We offer the bushing as well as mount up grades. I put 150K on a GL1100 Freindship 1 rig and have had 3 of the four mounts fail as well as suspension failures. This was all before a learned about the up grades. Also take a look at how the upper front mount is done. Normally the moutn is mounted up higher and a hold is cut in the lower fairing.
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Thanks for the info guys. I am more comfortable paying the money on a product known to be of reliably good quality. I just didn't want to spend a big chunk of change on a windshield to find out it didn't fit well, bent over at speed and became brittle in short order. Its sounds like the product bikescreen offers is of high quality though and will last so I will be getting one from them. I understand what goes into making a good windscreen from vintage boat and snowmobile projects family and friends have undertaken over the years. To make make something nice requires a good mold and some craftsmanship which it sounds like bikescreen has.

The wheel on my sidecar is a 13". I am stuck with it for now I guess. What effect does the 13" wheel have besides being a little wide and sticking out? Should I be concerned to change it to something else or just leave it?

I realized today I don't really know how the suspension works and actual hadn't taken time to look at the design. Since buying the rig I have had it with the sidecar tight up against a wall in my shop stuck there as I worked on the bike. I just got the rear wheel back on the bike this weekend and now rolled the sidecar out today to see the suspension. What I see is a rod sticking out and the swingarm wheel mount is clamped to it. There is some type of internal spring mechanism. I will need to disassemble it to find out how it works. I am not sure if there is the mentioned later design that holds parts in place if something fails. Below is a pic of my suspension. Do I have the newer safety design or the older style?

Whatever suspension design I have I am assuming the bushings are reasonably good condition as there is only a little play when I grab the wheel and because the rig tracks straight and true without wobble from slow speed to interstate cruising. I am not sure where the play is that I do have, maybe the wheel or maybe the linkage. Before I really say how great the bushings are I will need to get the wheel up in the air though for a proper inspection.

I am not familiar with the different types of mounts for the differing years of sidecars so I am a little confused as to what I type have. On mine the large bolts clamping the tubes coming from the car use a 3/4" wrench. The clamps on the tie rods use a 9/16" wrench. The lower ball joints on the bike use a 1/2" wrench. Do I have the stronger mounts or the weaker ones? Below is a picture for reference. The front mount is higher and does go through the right side lower fairing.

Thanks for all the info guys. I definitely appreciate the positive recommendations on the bikescreen windshield. With the information given on wheel, suspension and mounts I will do more research to figure out what I may need to do. Any info that can be shared to steer me in the right direction I would appreciate. Thanks.

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DirtyDR
Posted 8/8/2016 1:50 PM (#90249 - in reply to #90243)
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Do not be intimidated by the suspension, I have 60,000 plus miles on mine all over the country and Canada with only one issue and that was my fault. I do not know where you are located, helps people help you if you fill out your profile, but any after market Volkswagen place can cut you new springs. Spring information is here: https://dirtydr.smugmug.com/Other/Friendship-Torsion-Springs/
The only big thing is if you have bushings or bearings and you will have to disassemble to verify that unless Jay has a way to check, I would still take it apart and check the springs because you will want a new set in there so that you know when they were replaced. I replace mine around every 10,000 miles and take it apart and grease everything at least every Spring.
Here is a link also to the installation manual; https://dirtydr.smugmug.com/Other/Friendship-I-and-early-II/i-wjVQTG...
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Posted 8/8/2016 2:18 PM (#90250 - in reply to #90249)
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DirtyDR - 8/8/2016 11:50 AM

Do not be intimidated by the suspension, I have 60,000 plus miles on mine all over the country and Canada with only one issue and that was my fault. I do not know where you are located, helps people help you if you fill out your profile, but any after market Volkswagen place can cut you new springs. Spring information is here: https://dirtydr.smugmug.com/Other/Friendship-Torsion-Springs/
The only big thing is if you have bushings or bearings and you will have to disassemble to verify that unless Jay has a way to check, I would still take it apart and check the springs because you will want a new set in there so that you know when they were replaced. I replace mine around every 10,000 miles and take it apart and grease everything at least every Spring.
Here is a link also to the installation manual; https://dirtydr.smugmug.com/Other/Friendship-I-and-early-II/i-wjVQTG...


I also just run the 13 inch tire with no issues but you do not want too wide of a tire or it will hit the fender well.
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manco
Posted 8/8/2016 3:31 PM (#90251 - in reply to #90243)
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I guess I will need to pull the suspension soon. I don't know how many miles are on the bushings and springs. The rig s new to me. The bike has 70,000 on it. Judging by the model of the sidecar and wear it could have been on there the whole time.

I am in Denver It's in my profile now. I am not sure what sidecar shops there are in the area. I think there may be one up in Fort Collins called Unique Rides though I am not certain how much of their business is sidecars.
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Posted 8/8/2016 4:07 PM (#90252 - in reply to #90243)
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That would be Randy and Tammy up in Ft. Collins, really good people and a Ural dealer. They have sold a lot of the Colorado Urals as a matter of fact.
I am just up in Edwards or Hotchkiss depending on the moon phase.

There really is no big deal with the suspension on them and it should be easy to find an aftermarket VW bug shop to cut a set down for you since they are the same springs used in the old VW torsion suspensions just shorter. Like I said there are two types, the older one has bushings and the newer has bearings and Jay should still be able to supply you with bushings. I actually have two of them if you end up needing them since mine uses bearings in it.
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Posted 8/8/2016 4:45 PM (#90253 - in reply to #90251)
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Upholstery guys can fix your top. Where in Denver are you?
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Posted 8/8/2016 5:24 PM (#90255 - in reply to #90243)
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I am in west Denver almost to Lakewood. When it comes time to redo the top I guess I check around to a few types of shop. I may be able to fix the top myself. I haven't looked into too much since it doesn't fit with the small windshield. I would like to maybe have a top made though with racecar like webbing instead of windows for more air flow since the sidecar's main passenger will be my dog. Will probably get to the top project this winter I am thinking.
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Posted 8/8/2016 6:10 PM (#90256 - in reply to #90255)
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Webbing "windows" are a common modification. Don't dismiss the value of some sort of covering for the windows that might go on over the webbing. With a sidecar your driving season is MUCH longer and it does get cold in Colorado. Also, keeping the inside of the sidecar dry is a good idea even if your dog is the onl passenger. Good luck and welcome to the sport.

About Bikescreen... Most of their screens are just fine. However, the ones made for the EML GT2 DOES NOT FIT WELL. I know, I just had one crack while it was being installed. That is a $400 mistake including freight. Just be careful and buy their plastics bit if you do buy from them. It's not expensive and it works much better than a standard twist bit.
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Posted 8/8/2016 7:18 PM (#90258 - in reply to #90255)
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Posted 8/8/2016 7:34 PM (#90259 - in reply to #90256)
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Al Olme - 8/8/2016 4:10 PM Webbing "windows" are a common modification. Don't dismiss the value of some sort of covering for the windows that might go on over the webbing. With a sidecar your driving season is MUCH longer and it does get cold in Colorado. Also, keeping the inside of the sidecar dry is a good idea even if your dog is the onl passenger. Good luck and welcome to the sport. About Bikescreen... Most of their screens are just fine. However, the ones made for the EML GT2 DOES NOT FIT WELL. I know, I just had one crack while it was being installed. That is a $400 mistake including freight. Just be careful and buy their plastics bit if you do buy from them. It's not expensive and it works much better than a standard twist bit.

 

That is a good point about varying weather. I do plan on riding year round. Maybe a couple different tops are in order.

 

I was worried about drilling the screen as I know they can be delicate. I figured I would need to research a special plexiglass bit. I will ask them to send me a bit when I get the screen. Sorry to hear about your cracked screen.

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manco
Posted 8/8/2016 7:40 PM (#90260 - in reply to #90258)
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I know the area you are in. I am about 10 miles west across town between Sheridan and Federal near Hwy 6.
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Posted 8/8/2016 9:16 PM (#90264 - in reply to #90259)
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manco - 8/8/2016 6:34 PM

That is a good point about varying weather. I do plan on riding year round. Maybe a couple different tops are in order.


Tops are more expensive and harder to store than wndows. Just make a set of waterproof windows that go over or inside the webbing windows.

Good luck.
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Posted 8/9/2016 10:22 AM (#90268 - in reply to #90243)
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Your lower mounts are the type that are known to fail. Your upper rear mount is a Motovation sidecars mount and is installed in a way that it is very likely to slip. Normally the mount is placed on the main frame down tube and is of a type much less likely to slip then the Motovation mounts. Also it is installed in a manor that the forces applied are not trying to rotate it around the frame of the bike. In other words in line with the strut. The lower front is an early California frame clamp that is known to fail. Latter ones have 1/4 inch bolts to keep the "U" part from coming off of the block. Also it is installed improperly in that it should not be on curved section of the frame. Where it is installed not only does the frame curve up but also in. While these mounts have been working in the long run I would not trust them. The ball collet mounts California has some fail before they ever got out of the parking lot and these failures may have contributed to them going bankrupt about 30 years ago. There are several issues with these ball collets, the collet with even a slight amount of where on it or the ball which is a soft material called leadalloy the collet will pull off of the ball. Your upper rear mount is installed correctly however it to is the type of frame clamp that is known to fail. The lower rear being mounted higher then the lower front makes it hard to set the alignment as when ever you change your lean out, your toe goes the wrong way. So if you are trying to fix a pull to the right, you would lean the bike to the left which toes it out causing more of a pull to the right.
Lots of ways you can fix all of this, we of course offer mounts $775. Our mounts do use frame clamps for the upper two mounts. The lower front mount clamps to the frame tube and picks up the engine mounting bolt. The lower rear replaces the center stand and ties to the side of the bike putting the mount aft of its current location and below the muffler so that it is closer to the same distance off of the ground as the lower front. You would also need to replace the bosses (the part with the collet) these run $65 each you have a 45 degree and a 70 degree at this time and you would need two hiem joints $40 each. You could also drill for cross bolts on your upper rear, relocate the upper front, and fabricate new lower mounts doing away with the ball collet set up. I have personally had every one of these type of mounts fail on me when running a GL1100 friendship 1 rig.
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Posted 8/9/2016 12:26 PM (#90273 - in reply to #90268)
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First post: "...sidecar deal I couldn't pass up."

Later on in the thread: "Everything is wrong. Your side car is more then likely going to collapse into the bike catastrophically without warning."



I guess this means I shouldn't dual sport the rig before correcting and reinforcing the mounts. Well this sidecar rig just became an interesting project. Gonna have to go back to the drawing board and do the sidecar theory and design research I have been putting off while focusing on getting the bike running proper.

Thanks for taking the time to point out areas of concern and the flaws in my rig Jay. I really appreciate it. The knowledge definitely helps me get up to speed on the project. When I have a plan together I will certainly contact DMC for parts and supplies as needed.

Can anyone can help me with the following:

Besides the written works of Hal Kendall what other sidecar theory and design books are recommended reading?

Does anyone know of a GL1100 Friendship I sidecar build thread or photo gallery on this forum or elsewhere that has pictures of a properly set up rig with all the mounting parts issues corrected and the mounts properly placed?

Thanks.

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Posted 8/9/2016 12:30 PM (#90274 - in reply to #90243)
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We have the book "Driving a sidecar outfit" $34.95 lots of good information there. I have attached installation instructions for the GL1100 as well as alignment instructions.
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Posted 8/10/2016 10:27 PM (#90291 - in reply to #90274)
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jaydmc - 8/9/2016 10:30 AM We have the book "Driving a sidecar outfit" $34.95 lots of good information there. I have attached installation instructions for the GL1100 as well as alignment instructions. Jay G DMC sidecars 866-638-1793 www.dmcsidecars.com

 

Thanks for posting the files. Found the book on DMC site. Looking forward to it.

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Posted 8/11/2016 2:04 PM (#90299 - in reply to #90243)
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Why do you like to replace the windshield with a full height windshield?
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Posted 8/11/2016 5:38 PM (#90306 - in reply to #90299)
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My dog coming on motorcycle rides is the reason I bought the rig. The little windshield is to short to protect my dog while riding in the sidecar. The shorty also won't allow a roof to mount over the dog's head. If the rig was primarily to be a show peice I would leave the windshield as is or more realistically would have bought a motorcycle without a sidecar.
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Posted 8/11/2016 6:19 PM (#90307 - in reply to #90268)
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I have been trying to understand why the mounting of the sidecar wasn't more proper. It dawned on me today when the car was mounted they placed the mounts around the front fairing and rear side bags. Those peices are off and won't be going back unto the bike. Without those peices there will be more access to the frame with better mounting angles. I hope that is the case especially for the rear upper mount. As it is currently it cramps up the legroom for the driver.
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Posted 8/11/2016 6:48 PM (#90308 - in reply to #90306)
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May be it will be easier to make vinyl extension for your top instead replacing windshield.
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Posted 8/11/2016 7:09 PM (#90309 - in reply to #90308)
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Thanks for the input. It would be a good idea except dog would have a tough time getting in, couldn't sit up all the way and more often then not the roof won't be on the car so the dog would still be stuck without enough protection. Also I am not sure how much longer the shorty windshield is gonna be a viable windshield. Judging by the weathered paint job and paint lines showing a full height windshield used to be installed and because the car came with the original cover more then likely the small windshield used to be a big one that was cut down due to deterioration and cracking. What is at issue is the rig was bought new, built and ridden a long ways by its first owner. When they past on it was left to someone who only rode it a few times and mostly let it sit outside for many years. Everything is really heavily weathered. The upper photo looks ok because its from the side. Looking down on the rig is different story. The little windshield looks ok though I wouldn't trust it enough to spend money in a custom top for it in case it cracks and deteriorates further leaving me with having to buy a new windshield anyway and then another top to boot. I would like to use the original top too so the windshield really does need to be tall and close to OEM spec. In other words I want my dog to be comfy while maintaining the OEM looks and style like the below pictured rig.

 

 





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Posted 8/11/2016 8:01 PM (#90310 - in reply to #90243)
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I just went out to have a close look at the windshield situation. When in close I noticed most if not all mounting hole screws are cracking in the little windshield. Definitely gonna be needing a new windshield sooner rather then later.

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Posted 8/12/2016 11:48 AM (#90315 - in reply to #90243)
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Like Al said "Just be careful and buy their plastics bit if you do buy from them. It's not expensive and it works much better than a standard twist bit" it will save you a lot of problems. I use only nylon bolts and lock nuts on all of my sidecar windshields, and do not tighten them up too much. At least with the nylon bolts you usually break the bolt instead of the windshield when cranked down too tight.
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Posted 8/12/2016 3:03 PM (#90318 - in reply to #90243)
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Nylon hardware is great idea. Much more affordable to beak some bolts then crack the windshield. I will definitely use nylon for the hardware. I hear using foam tape behind the windshield helps cushion the plexiglass to alleviate stress too.
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Posted 8/12/2016 6:54 PM (#90320 - in reply to #90318)
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The foam tape is a good idea but thicker is not always better. If you use tape that's much thicker than 1/8th of an inch you will either pull each screw down so that it forms a dimple [and cracks eventually] or leave it so loose that to moves in the wind [and cracks eventually]. Generally tape that is not too thick and on the dense side is best.
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