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Old 28 March 2006, 10:11   #1
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Windshields for Avon Searider

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Does any body now if Windshields\Sprayshields are available from someone for an Avon Searider 5.4. Looking for clear perspex shield maybe about 14 to 18 inches high of the front of the console. (original console).

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Make your own with a heat gun and perspex or lexan....it's the cheapest option and probably the one that'll fit best.

Google 'lexan' and you'll find it comes in really thin sheets-once you bend it round the front of your console it'll become extremely rigid (Watsonian Squire use it unframed for sidecar windscreens and its so flexible it flops around before fitting)
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Old 28 March 2006, 15:01   #3
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Make your own with a heat gun and perspex or lexan....it's the cheapest option and probably the one that'll fit best.

Google 'lexan' and you'll find it comes in really thin sheets-once you bend it round the front of your console it'll become extremely rigid (Watsonian Squire use it unframed for sidecar windscreens and its so flexible it flops around before fitting)

Thanks for that Nos4r2, have you done this to your Searider, and if so any pics available.
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Old 28 March 2006, 15:31   #4
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Here is one I made. It takes some practice to bend 90 degree angles. Heating the lexan it gets to a point where it can all of a sudden bubble or discolor. Thats when you know you've gone too far :o . I would suggest bending a couple of scraps first to get a feel for the temp and characteristics of the lexan before you go at it.
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I've actually got the lexan in the garage waiting for me to do it myself after boatster did his
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Old 03 April 2006, 15:52   #6
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If you are nervous about DIY plastic forming I would suggest looking up your local sign fabrication company in Yellow Pages. Many have a "line bender" for forming sheets of acrylic into various display shapes. Signmakers are used to "one off" jobs and shouldn't charge you much to make a couple of quick bends when they are doing other Jobs. You may need to call a couple to find the local specialist. If you are lucky you may get it done for "a drink" Most will also stock various types of clear plastic and can advise on the properties of each variety. These are generally bought in 8 x 4 sheets so they have usually got offcuts for sale.
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Have a look on ebay for Lexan, there are a couple of people on there selling reasonable offcuts for about 10 inc p&p. I found 3mm was really easy to shape through 90 degrees but 6mm much harder, the thicker stuff can easily start to 'glaze' before its hot enough to bend
So I might buy a bit more!
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