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Best Windshield Mod
|Author||Topic: Best Windshield Mod|
posted 04-19-2002 10:42 PM ET (US)
One of the best mods on my 1989 22' Outrage has been the windshield! I took a piece of plywood out on the water, put it in front the the windshield until I found the perfect height. This height allows me to just see over the shield when standing, yet get behind it when leaning back. I then took the old shield to the plastic shop and they made a new one out of 3/8 polycarbonate that came up to the height I had selected. I moved the front hand rail bracket down a couple of inches to pull the rails away from the shield.
No more wind, cold, rain, or wind-in-the-ear noise! I wish I had done it earlier. Cost $380.
posted 10-19-2002 06:01 PM ET (US)
I have the same situation. I've seen a mod where an electronics box was mounted to the console and the windshield to the box to achieve the same thing. I guess the added bonus being the additional space you get when you box your electronics.
I need to do something as I cannot stand another day or running in the rain. Do you have pictures of your modification? If so, please email to email@example.com, thanks.
posted 10-20-2002 10:24 PM ET (US)
How tall is the front windshield panel? Did you modify the sides so they come back further on the console? Did you retain the stock mounting hole pattern? We're making similar adjustments and I'm interested to hear about your dimensions... Your solution sounds great, but it seems like the front panel would have to be at least 30" tall to effectively deflect the wind and rain while you're standing...
posted 10-22-2002 08:14 PM ET (US)
I used the original windshield for the base layout - Same hole configuration and dimensions. I only extended the vertical front some distance. I used 3/8" material for strength, do not use anything less. I think it was polycarbonite, but I am unsure. Use the best material the plastic shop recommends. I moved the center, front handrail attachment point downward about 3 inches to pull the top handrail forward, away from the windshield. I extended the vertical front to a heigth just below my eyes when standing. This makes it easy for me to look over or thru the shield. I experimented with a flat panel of plywood to find the correct height. Do this with the bimini up, as it makes a difference in wind deflection. The plastic shop used my old shield for the base template. Charge me $384 several years ago - Worth every penny.
When I get my boat back this week, I'll try to post pictures.
posted 10-22-2002 08:15 PM ET (US)
And I attached my gps to the shield, which gave me more console space.
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