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Windshield Problem
« on: February 07, 2014, 12:22:33 am »
 I got the windshield off and found out why the it's flopping back and forth.  I took it off and found the center guide has broken off. I attached two pictures of it. Any ideas where to get a replacement for it without buying the entire windshield mechanism? I looked on the Kawasaki Parts website and the schematics doesn't show it. It shows just the entire windshield assembly. Thanks.

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Re: Windshield Problem
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2014, 01:13:28 am »
Have you checked Ron Ayers, or bike bandit websites?  I don't know if it is sold separate from the assembly, but I would look there first.  Check the fiche to see if they have the part you need. 

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Re: Windshield Problem
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2014, 01:49:47 am »
Have you checked Ron Ayers, or bike bandit websites?  I don't know if it is sold separate from the assembly, but I would look there first.  Check the fiche to see if they have the part you need.
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Re: Windshield Problem
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2014, 03:05:39 am »
ebay is your friend...  :beerchug:


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Re: Windshield Problem
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2014, 06:40:29 am »
I checked Ron Ayers, Bike Bandits, and E-bay. Looks like I might have to buy the complete assembly or have one fabricated.

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Re: Windshield Problem
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2014, 06:55:28 am »
There is a repair option,

A member on GTR AUS had a similar problem

http://gtr1000.yuku.com/reply/40608/Broken-Screen-support-bracket-advice-please#reply-40608

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Re: Windshield Problem
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2014, 11:31:25 am »
Repairing cast aluminum isn't easy, but I suggest that before you either repair or replace as new $$$, you should determine what caused the failure in the first place, like over stressing the mount assembly by using an aftermarket windshield That's taller & heavier than stock, otherwise you might get another failure.
Big K designs their parts to meet normal stresses using OEM parts, not aftermarket add on's. Good luck, sounds like a potentially expensive fix.

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Re: Windshield Problem
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2014, 11:39:23 pm »
Wonder if a machinist could make a dulpicate out of a plate of 3/8" aluminum stock? Are there any curved surfaces or compound angles? Or maybe find one in a pull-a-part wreck yard.
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Re: Windshield Problem
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2014, 12:09:38 am »
Lots of very high strength epoxies out there now if applied right. May be worth a shot before replacing.
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Re: Windshield Problem
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2014, 12:18:21 am »
There is a repair option,

A member on GTR AUS had a similar problem

http://gtr1000.yuku.com/reply/40608/Broken-Screen-support-bracket-advice-please#reply-40608

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Re: Windshield Problem
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2014, 12:20:00 am »
What's the piece that broke off look like? Cast aluminum can be welded, it's done all the time. I would look into welding it back together, or a mechanical repair. A good place to start is transmission repair shops, they either have aluminum casting welding on premises, or have a local shop who does it for them. They crack cases all the time.
I rebuilt a V6 outboard and cracked the corner off the reed case (front half of the block). I took it to a local tranny shop and they welded it on the spot for $20. Was beefier then new.

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Re: Windshield Problem
« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2014, 06:09:47 pm »
I don't get on here too often. I looked at the thread and managed to drill a hole, install a washer that gives me a little play but haven't had the chance to install it yet. Thanks for the help.

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Re: Windshield Problem
« Reply #12 on: February 26, 2014, 01:26:04 am »
is your warranty still valid? if so, throw the stock screen back on and drop it off at the dealer!
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Re: Windshield Problem
« Reply #13 on: February 26, 2014, 02:30:57 am »
I hit a pothole at about 55 and snapped mine in the same spot. Had it tiged and it works just fine

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Re: Windshield Problem
« Reply #14 on: February 26, 2014, 03:11:22 am »
I haven't had that problem, but I did discover something else rather cheesy. The 2 black plastic pieces that the 2 screws run through, holding the windshield in place...I've had to plastic weld washers on the inside of these, because those 2 screws have worn through, allowing the black plastic pieces to practically fall off.  I know I could replace them under warranty, but it would probably just reoccur.
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Re: Windshield Problem
« Reply #15 on: June 04, 2014, 03:40:05 pm »
I just visited the dealer to have the windshield raise/lower mechanism looked at on my '08.  The windshield is tipping back and forth at any height and is putting the wind right in my face on the highway.  The tech checked it out and said "order the two brackets" that are broken to which the parts dept. said "no, you need the whole $625 assembly".  So it's on order and will be replaced under my extended warranty.  Just hoping it can be done before I leave for the national.  From the number of posts I have seen this seems to be a weak design point, even for aftermarket windshields needed by huge Americans.  Would seem to be a safety concern for them because mine seems like it's going to fly back into my face.
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Re: Windshield Problem
« Reply #16 on: June 04, 2014, 04:10:32 pm »
Laker9142 made a new one. http://forum.cog-online.org/index.php/topic,49760.0.html

https://www.flickr.com/photos/113114676@N08/sets/72157641833634724/

Not saying that's the solution for here, just adding info. The welding sounds like the best idea to try.