Well, this one is a little different. I wanted to mount both a GPS and a radar detector together and have it fairly free of vibration while not being so shaky that you can't read the GPS while under way.
So I ended up with a piece of 1/4" lexan because the thinner stuff seemed to flex too much. It's easy to work with and it won't interfere with the performance of the radar detector. I used a large piece of Velcroe on the base for the detector.
I also used a piece of aluminum strapping attached to the windshield bracket with rubber washers to control the damping. It all seems to be working pretty well for a total cost of around $10. Maybe this idea would work for others.
I've been wanting to do something similar to this, but have never worked with lexan before.
Would you mind educating me? Briefly....How do you go about shaping it ... heating: how/what temp.... bending: tools/forms.... etc?
From what I've goolgled... I'm gathering that I should pop it in a toaster oven at around 350F, then once it's hot and soft... run over to the glass coffee table and form on the edge. would this work, or is there a better way to do it?
Another question? Is it available at Lowes/Home Depot/ Ace Hardware, or do I need to find a plastics supplier in town?
Sorry, so many questions, I know, but I'm pretty clueless here.
i remember this from school also if you want a nice bend you will need to make or borrow a setup it works with a steel wire were you put a electrcal curent threw till it glows redhot you lay the lexan/plexiglas over it so it will only heat one line when its hot enough you can bend it leaving the rest nice and flat you dont get that finish with a heatgun if it is to cold the sides may crack just like when you bend alluminium good luck
Looks like arjan has a real good idea about bending with the hot wire. I'm sure it would look a lot cleaner than what I did. I just used a butane pencil torch to heat along a line without any preheating. Then folded it over. The problem there is it makes some bubbles in the lexan.
Which brings me to Bones' point about the black paint. I ended up sanding off the bubbled surface at the bends and applying black paint to the surface, except in front of the detector. Don't know if a little paint would really have affected the reception or not, but I left it clear in that area.
I wasn't able to find 1/4" lexan at Menards so I just went to a glass shop. They made a piece for me that was very square with well cut edges for $7. Seemed like a good deal. Thanks for the input guys. I'm very happy with the end result because it's inexpensive and doesn't clutter the handlebars with gaudy mounts. AND I get the satisfaction of making it myself.