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So, I know a lot of people have had issues with their KW shields cracking and I have seen the same on my XCT, the first one I installed on the day I brought it home and it cracked within 200 miles. This was dealer replaced and it cracked within the first 2k miles, they replaced it again but said this was the last time. Now my 3rd has cracked outside of the KW warranty and I dug into why it is happening and I think I discovered it, finally. Under the front fairing outer cover I found 2 hard plastic "pads" that were mounted on the inside to keep tension to prevent rattling or movement. These pads were not lined up evenly and it was evident by wear marks on this shield. I have removed these pads and can tell a difference on the pressure on the edge of the shield. My plan is to contact my dealer with my findings and see if I can get another shield, if not, since I should have solved the issues at this point it should be fine, and it has not extended since I first noticed it.
 

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you Might want to also send a Message to KW to see about them looking into as well and trying to correct the issue.
 

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I am on my 3rd shield the guy at Klockwerks was great to deal with although you have to go through your dealer to obtain new shield. This time I was given 3 washers for each bolt. One on the inside of the shield and two on the outside. Time will tell if this solves the cracking.
 

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I had a KW for two years and it never cracked. I will attribute that to 4 thin neoprene washers (got them at home depot) and sandwiched the KW between them when mounting it. Additionally, I did not sock the bolts down gorilla tight.

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I was thinking of getting a klock werks shield for my xct. Is cracking a common problem with them. Besides the cracking how do ya'll like them, and do you look through them or over.
 

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I was thinking of getting a klock werks shield for my xct. Is cracking a common problem with them. Besides the cracking how do ya'll like them, and do you look through them or over.
In the earyly going -- maybe two years ago -- there were a lot of problems with cracking. Since then, some changes were made, and this has not been an issue... at least not as much. I believe the early corrective changes involved more washers and something along the lines of a better specification from Victory, regarding exactly where the holes were to be drilled.

If you're talking about the KlockWerks Flare, you definitely want to look over it. The top inch or two of the Flare is curved upward, to deflect air; this means that that portion of it is not for looking through, not optically correct, etc.

I had one for the first year of my XCT and liked it a lot. It wasn't suffocating, but did a good job of keeping buffeting at bay. And I had no issues with cracking for that 1+ years.

But, I'm 5'9", 30" inseam. If you're much taller, you will most likely get buffeting -- my taller riding buddy did, when we'd swap bikes. If you're much shorter, you'll be looking through or close to that curvy top portion. So, IMHO, it's a nice looking and effective shield, but you have to be the correct height for it. (I sold that, the buyer likes it, and I got an 11" Madstad shield and brackets, just to try something else. I like the Madstad, too, but that wasn't your question.)
 

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I just installed a KW Flair on my XC two weeks ago. The new ones come with numerous washers including 4 which have adhesive on the back to stick onto the inside of the window.

As far as looking through or over Bill is spot on. I'm 6' 2" and I look over the flair by quite a bit. I do get some buffet but nothing like I did with that stock short window on it, my wife claims that it's about the same on the back as our Strat with just a window on it.
 

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I tried one of the victory flip windshields originally. They are a cheaply made piece of junk. I bought one of the first KW windshields and mine cracked almost immediately. There was a lot of discussion about this and the word from Klock Werks was that the 3-D Model that Victory provided them did not actually match the real motorcycle and it was causing the area around the mounting bolts to stress and become cracked. I installed my second KW windshield with rubber washers on the front and back of windshield. According to Klock Werks the rubber washers was supposed to fix the cracking problems. That windshield lasted about 8 months before it started cracking around the mounting bolts. I have since moved on to a Cee Bailey's windshield.

Some observations. I really like the KW design. It does a great job of cleaning up the airflow over the windshield. But, the windshield is too short for tall people. I'm 6' 5" and I would guess that the windshield is too short for anyone 6 foot or taller. One area that KW didn't address that I think contributes to their cracking is the thickness of their windshields. The Cee Baileys shield is probably twice as thick as the KW windshields. When comparing the stock windshield, the Cee Baileys windshield, and the KW windshield, the KW windshield comes off as thin and cheaply made and the Cee Baileys windshield exudes quality. If KW upgraded their material to match what Cee Bailey's was using they would never experience the cracking that is common with their windshield.

In the end, I could never recommend the KW windshield over other better made products that actually cost less money. I really like their design, but I feel like they skimped on quality compared to the other windshield manufacturers.
 
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