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Old 21st May 2006
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Default HD Detachable windshield is too high???

Hey everyone, I just bought a HD detachable windshield, standard height off of ebay. It is about an inch to high for me seeing that I am only 5'1. Is there anyway to trim the windshield??? and How would I do that?
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Jig saw, then belt sander to smooth out the edges. Cover the shield with contact paper before starting to trim, and draw out the line where you plan on cutting first. It's not too bad.

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if you don't want to do it yourself, you could probably find a glass-cutter or windshield shop that would do it for you...
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"Measure twice, cut once." Use masking tape to experiment with where you'll cut. Apply a line of tape, then go for a ride. You only need to see about fifty feet ahead when looking overtop. Anything less could end up too short.
Unless you're really handy with tools, forget about DIY--windshields are expensive and you can ruin one very quickly and easily if you don't know what you're doing. The local dealership outsources these trim jobs. It ain't cheap, but it's worth it to end up with a good job.
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Hey everyone, I just bought a HD detachable windshield, standard height off of ebay. It is about an inch to high for me seeing that I am only 5'1. Is there anyway to trim the windshield??? and How would I do that?
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Sandy, Think about this? Its only 1 inch. Why take a chance on ruining a good W/S. there must be some adjustment in the mounting brackets? Look at it real good
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you could move the mounting brackets as far down on the froks as you can, and see if that helps.
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I know you don't want to hear this option, but you can buy a compact lexan sheld rebuiild kit for $109 from Chicago Harley. It comes with the lexan, double sided tape, and rubber grommets. I don't know what the Part# is but you can get that from any dealer. List is $124.99 if I remember correctly. The rebulid is easy with the existing hardware that is on your present shield.
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This suggestion may be laughable, haven't finished my coffee yet so not fully awake...How about getting a beaded seat cover. Easy on and off. Will raise you up at least a half inch, and add great circulation for those hot summer rides. That plus a tweak in the mounting bracket position just might do the trick.
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I know you don't want to hear this option, but you can buy a compact lexan sheld rebuiild kit for $109 from Chicago Harley. It comes with the lexan, double sided tape, and rubber grommets. I don't know what the Part# is but you can get that from any dealer. List is $124.99 if I remember correctly. The rebulid is easy with the existing hardware that is on your present shield.
I second this sentiment. Of course, it negates the savings on the eBay windshield, but it's an easy solution.

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I would move the windshield down as much as possible. If the cutout for the headlight hits the headlight cut this section rather than the top of the windshield out. This will help cut down on wind coming up from under the windshield.
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