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Windshield / Lower question

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  1. Marg2Cuzdom
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    I bought a Memphis Fats 19" windshield the other day, and installed it on the bike. I have it pulled all the way up, and leaned back as far as possible. I think it looks pretty good, and it is very easy to drive the bike with it in that position.

    My problem is that the wind is coming up below the windshield (around the blinkers) and is causing some pretty serious buffeting. I was shifting around while driving yesterday, trying to figure out how to stop the air, or at least find it's source, and that is what I came up with.

    It seems I am limited in my choices for lowers. I'm not too fond of the look of the Memphis Lowers. I don't think I want them in front of the blinkers. However, I have not seen many pictures, so I am not sure how it would look. Could someone post a picture if they have them?

    Does anyone with a 1100 Custom have any other kind of lowers? If so, what brand, or how did they install them? If you could post a pic that would be great.

    Thanks in advance,
    Mark

  2. Soar1fun
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    Hi Mark,
    I have a Yamaha windshield on my 07 V* 1100 Custom that caused lots of buffeting. I noticed when I put my feet up near the blinkers, the buffeting stopped. I'm too cheap to spend $80+ on lowers, so I built my own. I used a 8" x 10" sheet of lexan from Home Depot, some 1.25" pipe clamps like the kind that would be used to hold plumbing to the side of a wall, kinda half-round things, and assorted nuts and bolts. I flattened the pipe clamps out with my hands and a hammer, then bent them to the shapes I needed. The upper support is bolted directly to the blinker, and the lower support is bolted to the lower triple-tree clamp (at least that's what I think it's called). I used a dremel tool to cut the lexan, and sanded the edges with a palm sander. All in all, they work great. No more Bobble head! I've had the bike up past 85 mph and they are solid...no movement at all. Total cost: about $10. Here's a link to some pictures:

    s451.photobucket.com/albums/qq231/Soar1fun/

    Hope this helps!

    Ward

  3. Marg2Cuzdom
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    Ward,

    Thanks for the info! I now have a weekend project. I will try to get them put together and post a pic.

    And thanks for the pics, they are a great help.
    Mark

  4. Soar1fun
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    HI Mark,
    Yeah! Post some pix when you get them built. I'd love to see them!! I had lots of fun making the lowers, and was real proud of my accomplishment. Usually my attempts to build anything from scratch turns out not so pretty I also bought a can of chrome spray paint for the mounts, but after trying it on some of the leftover parts, I decided it did not enhance the appearance any.

  5. 1CuzdominFL
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    I must say your description of what you did made me cringe, but seeing the pic, I'd say it looks pretty cool and a good low dough idea.

  6. Marg2Cuzdom
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    Ward,

    Looking at your 4th picture where it shows the lower support bolted to the lower triple-tree clamp, it looks like you have a different bolt than I do. On your bike the bolt goes through the windshield mount, your bottom support and screws into the lower triple-tree clamp. My bolt is recessed into the lower triple-tree clamp (I sure hope that is what it is called!)

    Did that bolt come with your windshield hardware, and is there a spacer or something to help me deal with the recess? Or, since your bike is a 07 and mine is an 03, they are just made different? (Guess I could just try a spacer or something.

    I tried to attach a picture of the bolt I am talking about. Hopefully you will be able to see what I am talking about. Sorry it is so fuzzy, not too good with wife's new camera!

    Thanks again,
    Mark

  7. Soar1fun
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    Hi Mark,
    That bolt is part of the Yamaha windshield kit. The original bolt hole is recessed. I think you could go to a hardware store or maybe even a dealership and buy a slightly longer (than your original) bolt, and a spacer that would make the head of the bolt extend beyond the recessed area. I know that is not too descriptive, but I can't think of any way better to verbalize what I'm thinking If you want, I can take some better pictures tomorrow and email them to you. You'll need to send me an email address. Mine is n400hk at gmail dot com.

  8. Bratfort
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    Those lowers you built look pretty nice! I had the same bobble head deal happening, kept me from wearing a helmet, it did it worse with a helmet on. I work with lexan everyday, I just didnt give much thought on mounting......now I have an idea. I have tons of lexan scrap in the garage...now I have a project. sweeeeeeeet

    and actually if you made it out of acrylic you could fine sand the edges and hit it with a blow torch and make it look like glass, I plan on doing that to the edges of my windshield, its just CNC cut out with the rough edge. I'm sanding it smooth with 1000 grit then hitting it with a torch. when i build a winerack or anything out of acrylic at work thats how we get a polished edge. if its lexan you hae to use a bonding agent to get the edge to look like glass.

  9. tpootrov
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    I also tried a new variation of your wind deflector. I made brackets, upper and lower and attached them to the turn signal bolt. It seems to be stable and at 70 mph doesn't move. It helps with the buffering the wind noise. I will take some pixs tommarrow and post them later. Well here are a couple of pix to show what I tried. It seems to be working GREAT.
    Dan

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