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Old 24th July 2009
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I laid the Sportster down and broke the bottom right side of my windshield. It is still usable but I need to keep it from splitting more. How would I reinforce this break? The windshield is acrylic. It doesn't have to be pretty since I figure I will just have to put some cool Stickers on both sides to cover the break and scratches. Give me ideas leaving for Sturgis in one week!

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You can post pics after 5 posts. Get those and repost so maybe we can get a better idea of what needs to be done.

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It looks trashed. Just plan on replacing it when it gets beyond the point that you tolerate it.

I fairly clueless to what to do about preventing it from getting worse... I guess you can drill a hole at the end of the crack.
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Just a thought. You could go to Home Depot or Lowes and see what acrylic repair kits they have since some bathtubs are made of the same stuff. If you find something you could try the drill a hole option mentioned above and fill it.

Likely any fix will just be temporary and you will have to replace at some point. And the fix may not end up looking great. You may get lucky and it ends up looking OK.

Once you factor in time, cost of materials, etc. you may get to the place of just letting it ride for a while and replacing it later. I believe that polycarbonate is less likely to fracture that way, so you may want to look at that option for a replacement.
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I have some 3/8 black ABS left over from a solar panel I built. I will cut matching pieces for each side and glue them on the back side. That should hold it pretty well for a while. I will probably find some cool "stickers" to put on there as well to cover the split from the front.
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I actually had this happen on my virago years ago. I took an idea from an old airplane mechanic.

Drill small holes opposite each other on both sides of the crack. Make them about 1/2-3/4 of an inch apart. Take safety wire and lace it in a criss cross pattern. be sure to tie it off at the bottom of the windshield. Mine was stout and didnt get worse and lasted 2 years.

It looks Frankenstein as heck, but I actually got positive comments on it from other riders, for the 2 years it took me to save enough dough to replace the windshield.

Good and luck and have a safe ride.
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I actually had this happen on my virago years ago. I took an idea from an old airplane mechanic.

Drill small holes opposite each other on both sides of the crack. Make them about 1/2-3/4 of an inch apart. Take safety wire and lace it in a criss cross pattern. be sure to tie it off at the bottom of the windshield. Mine was stout and didnt get worse and lasted 2 years.

It looks Frankenstein as heck, but I actually got positive comments on it from other riders, for the 2 years it took me to save enough dough to replace the windshield.

Good and luck and have a safe ride.
That's a great idea....exactly what I'd do with this...

I might be inclined to use some Gorilla Glue (the super glue version) as well...
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I forgot to mention that I tried to glue my broken windshield first with superglue and then some other "magic" adhesive.... didn't come close to working...

lacing it up.... Priceless....
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just an idea but why not get some small flat stock and sandwich the winshield betwwen it and bolt it together not pretty but I am sure would be strong enough to hold it together. Then sticker the hel out of it for looks if you are concerned
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after looking at the pictures wouldnt some car door chrome edging trim that you buy at the auto parts store work a little bit of trim adhesive and that chrome molding placed around the entire edge of the windshield and then either sticker the crack or get some spray on bedliner and paint the wind shield. just another IDEA
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