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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-12-2011, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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I take delivery on my Cross Country in several weeks. I would like to order a Gustafsson flip windshield, which I'll need to drill to mount to the bike. They sell a 1/4" and 3/16" acrylic drill bit for the job. Anyone know the correct size of the mounting screws to help me determine the correct bit to order? I checked the Vic parts site on-line, but it doesn't mention dimensions. Any help would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-12-2011, 05:37 PM
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Why don't you go to arlen ness he has one where you just bolt it on.
By the way there are special drill bits for plastic.
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Cabo,

I recently but a Guf windshield on my Cross Country. I would not worry about paying the extra for acrylic bits, especially if you own a dremel tool.

Here's the way I did my install:

Place the windshield on the bike in the position you plan to mount it. Use a sharpie marker to mark the centers of the holes for the mount screws. When marking your holes, make sure you have the windshield pressed down against the frame as much as possible.

Use a brand new 1/8" drill bit to SLOWLY drill your holes through the windshield. Do not push the drill though the windshield as this can cause the drill to grab too much plastic as it's cutting through, resulting in chipping. Let the drill slowly remove the plastic as it cuts through the windshield, using no more force than the weight of the electric drill itself.

Once the holes are drilled, use a tapered grinding stone on your dremel tool to slowly enlarge the drilled holes until you have removed enough plastic to allow the screws to go through, plus a little extra for free play. The object here is to create holes for your screws that show no signs of any fractures or burrs in the plastic as this is where cracks would most likely develop.



Once your holes have been enlarged to accomodate the screws, install your windshield taking special care not to over tighten the screws. Just make them tight enough to hold the windshield securely in place and you're done.

Hope this helps.

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New drill bit is very important.

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Thanks JohnC. Sounds like a good approach that I will go with.

VisionJohnny: I really thought about the Ness shield. As you mention it would be very convenient to simply bolt on. Deciding factor was that it appears the Ness shield only comes in a dark tint. While it looks great on the bike, I'm more concerned with being able to see through the windshield these days (even though technically I look over the windshield). Too many critters on the road where I live. Some days it is like running a slalom course on my daily commute to work. I figure the clear shield gives me a split second more reaction time.
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I know what you mean about seeing.
So you all know plastic drill bits don't have raised edges on the flouts so they will not grab the plastic and a different point to them.
I have 3 windshield in the garbage is how I know.
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You can pick up a drill bit from here
http://www.rplastics.com/plasticdrill.html
We have a shop that carries a very wide selection of stainless steel carbon bolts/nuts and drill bits. you can do a search in case there is 1 close to you.

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