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Fixing a leaky windsheild, could use some advice
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Posted 12/13/2015 1:41 PM (#87099)
Subject: Fixing a leaky windsheild, could use some advice


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Location: Eastern WA

Our Champion Daytona 2+2 sidecar leaks water around the plexiglass severely in one lower corner when it rains.
I would like to remove the windshield and clean the gasket, then reinstall it.

The gasket is about 1 year old. It's a little stiff and I can't seem to get it to settle down to the windshield surface in this one leaking corner. Got the other leaking corner fine but this one won't cooperate. Maybe a good cleaning or rotating the butt seam from the bottom to the top and reinstalling it would help?

If I push the windshield out from the inside, how hard is it to get it back in?
Anyone have any hints or helps?

The other option as I see it is to put a sealer into the leaky area. They make a silicone that will bond to acrylic but if I use that I am concerned that I will never be able to get the windshield out when I want to change it later. I don't want that. I could also use black silicone gasket maker which would match the gasket but I'm not sure if it is compatible with acrylic or whatever the windshield is made from. Anyone know if the black ultra RTV type silicones are compatible with these windshields chemically?
I learned the hard way that loctite is not compatible with Plexiglas and that even the fumes from it curing will craze acrylic. It could have been an expensive lesson.
But because of that experience I don't want to use the wrong product to seal this and have it ruin the windshield.

What ya think???

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Posted 12/14/2015 10:43 AM (#87111 - in reply to #87099)
Subject: Re: Fixing a leaky windsheild, could use some advice


Posts: 1633
They can be a bit tricky to get to not leak, we have a different seal we some times use. The only thing holding the shape of the plexi is the gasket. If you make it over this way as one of my employee's designed the sidecar he is pretty good at installing the windshields and getting them on to leak.
Jay G
DMC sidecars
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