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Wind management

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2015 7:58 pm
by GettingOld
I've been poking around the forum looking for options for taller windshield for 93 model. I get hit directly in the neck off the top of the stock wind screen and it feels like my helmet is being pushed into my face and pulled up off my head. Are there any aftermarket options available, or has anyone made alterations for a bigger pocket of air?

Re: Wind management

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2015 8:58 pm
by MrJoel
I've seen a few of these out lately...

http://www.bikehps.com/acatalog/MRA_X-c ... ector.html

Re: Wind management

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:56 pm
by radare
Its a bit low-brow but you can shape a piece of lexan and attach it to the top of the stock windscreen using a pair of well nuts. You'll have to drill your screen so theres no going back. I did this on my BMW F650 and it worked well:

Here's the only photos I could find showing the idea (I miss that BMW):

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Re: Wind management

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 6:41 am
by yooper
I've been thinking the same thing. At one time I saw and after market tall windscreen for an Xj600, but cant seem to find it again. Here is the one Mr. Joel linked to only its not shipped from England,

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/mra-x-cr ... de-bolt-on

I also thought about getting a smaller windscreen from eBay and adapting it to slide up and down like so many of the adventure bikes out there

Re: Wind management

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:31 am
by GettingOld
Thanks. That's what I'm looking for. I think I'll experiment with Lexan to see how high I can go and still be solid at speed

Re: Wind management

Posted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 6:36 pm
by tabutony
Hey, Gettingold, What did you come up with?

I have that wind prob, I think the fairing was built for a 5 foot 5 person.
I am six two and gotta tuck down a bunch to get the fairing to work. Not terrible,
But a lil lexan might do the trick. How did yours work?

Re: Wind management

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 9:28 pm
by GettingOld
The Lexan worked great. First I used a piece of plexiglass I had hanging around. I used the stock screen to trace the top curve and bolted it to the back side (inside) of the screen. This made the top 4+ inches taller and stopped almost all the head bounce.
Once I knew it would work I purchased a piece of real Lexan that won't shatter. This time I cut the top wider and taller, but it didn't work any better, or any worse. The mirrors were really close to hitting on full turn so I trimmed notches into the sides so now it looks like a loaf of bread. One of my winter projects will be to trim the width to match the stock screen. I may also try to roll the top edge with heat so it gives the air a little upward lift so maybe get a bigger pocket.
The bolts I used are button-top cap screws with nylon insert nuts and poly washers. I did away with the well nuts for the fairing and plan on changing all that hardware to stainless over the winter.
Also on my winter list is using some spacers and bolt the Lexan to the front of the screen, with a gap of about 3/4" between the two pieces, creating a laminar lip of sorts.

Re: Wind management

Posted: Sun May 01, 2016 1:43 pm
by cake
Do you mind showing some pictures of your modification GettingOld?

I could only find the following: http://xjrider.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t ... =70#p79517

Re: Wind management

Posted: Mon May 02, 2016 8:46 pm
by GettingOld
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This is after I trimmed the sides and put a slight bend on the upper edge. The top is 8-1/4" above the stock windshield but I still find no difference from the 4" extender. And don't be concerned with the bugs, I'll wash those off next year.