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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-05-2008, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
 
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Tilt the windshield

I bought a Givi windshield and was pretty happy w/ it but still caught a lot of wind about halfway up the helmet.

While I had the fairing apart to install foam tape to stop the buzzing I picked up 4 nylon washers & 4 neoprene washers from the local hardware store.

I stacked 2 nylon washers under the rear hole of the windshield bracket on each side, to tilt the windshield forward. I topped it off w/ a neoprene washer and added a neoprene washer to the front hole to cushion
a little when I tightened down so I wouldn't break the bracket.

This has lifted the wind to hit just at the top of the helmet, and is noticeably quieter.

Cheaper than buying another windshield and just about right now.
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Sounds like a great idea - where are the pics?

On the MRA Vario windshield - the kit includes two 5/8" rubber spacers for the bottom of the shield and two 1/4" spacers for the top to give a nice tilt. I'm wondering if this is something similiar to what you have done.
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Sounds like a great idea - where are the pics?

On the MRA Vario windshield - the kit includes two 5/8" rubber spacers for the bottom of the shield and two 1/4" spacers for the top to give a nice tilt. I'm wondering if this is something similiar to what you have done.
I got everything put back together before I thought about pics.

I'll try to get back into it this week.
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Sounds like a great idea. I also have the Givi and find that, while it helps, it's still pretty loud. If tilting it forward helps I'm down with that. Photos will be great. If I understand it, however, you have the brackets with the stock rubber washers on top and bottom. On the top holes you add two nylon washers and a neoprene washer, then the windshield, then another neoprene. Is that right? (Bracket, nylon, nylon, neoprene, windshield, neoprene)

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Sounds like a great idea. I also have the Givi and find that, while it helps, it's still pretty loud. If tilting it forward helps I'm down with that. Photos will be great. If I understand it, however, you have the brackets with the stock rubber washers on top and bottom. On the top holes you add two nylon washers and a neoprene washer, then the windshield, then another neoprene. Is that right? (Bracket, nylon, nylon, neoprene, windshield, neoprene)
Actually, I tilted the whole bracket - not just the windshield.

I put the nylon washers under the rear holes to tilt the bracket
where it attaches to the frame.

I didn't alter where the windshield attaches to the bracket. It would have been
easier, but I didn't want the parts visible. (probably wouldn't have seen it, but
I thought it might bother me).

I'll try to get some pics this evening.
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I took my Givi off a couple of weeks ago for two reasons, heat and noise.

Last night I put the Givi back on and tilted the screen forward by using neoprene grommets behind the screen (middle position). Riding in today the noise is some what better but still there. At lunch I went out and swapped everything around to make the screen tilt back Ė much better! The only time I was getting the booming noise sound is when the cross winds were hitting me. Riding with or against the wind the booming was gone and all I heard was the wind passing the helmet. I will try the top and bottom positions this weekend.
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Sounds like a great idea - where are the pics?

On the MRA Vario windshield - the kit includes two 5/8" rubber spacers for the bottom of the shield and two 1/4" spacers for the top to give a nice tilt. I'm wondering if this is something similiar to what you have done.
OMG - I thought it was the other way around and but the big spacers on the top holes and the short ones on the bottom - going to have to try it the other way too. I couldn't figure out from the "instructions" which way they were supposed to go.
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. At lunch I went out and swapped everything around to make the screen tilt back Ė much better! .

OK, now I'm totally confused (a fairly typical state for me).

So while PharmaSYSt tilted the windshield forward by putting extra washers on the rear bracket bolts, you tipped it backward by putting extra washers on the bottom windshield bolts?

Photos, boys, photos (for us folks without an imagination).

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Hey Docteric, I ended up removing the Givi again and putting back on the stock screen. The modification work sort-of. When the air density changed due to a storm the noise got worse. I will post pictures of what I did tonight or tomorrow. At work right now and donít have a camera.
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PharmaSYST - How thick did your washers end up? Was it an eighth of an inch or so?

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