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Cutting Givi Windshield

I am planning to cut some notches in the sides of my Givi shield in order to have it clear my Buel handgrip wind-deflectors at full turn lock.

Does any one know, would using a variable speed scroll saw work to cut this? I have a heavy duty one, bench mount type, weights about 90 lbs.

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If you can get your hands on a 'Dremel' i would use the cutting wheel on that due to its high speed and maneuverability.
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If you can get your hands on a 'Dremel' i would use the cutting wheel on that due to its high speed and maneuverability.

I have a Dremel too. That's what I used to cut my last windshield, but that one was much thinner. I used the the same abrasive wheel that I used to cut steel bolts. Of course it only will cut in straight lines, so I drilled holes at the inside corners, for changes in direction. If a scroll saw would work, I could cut curves, and ease the finishing work quite a bit. Hmmmm.
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dremel with the spiral carbide cutter for tile is the business.
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I've used a jig saw with a fine tooth blade for cutting metal. Cover the area with blue masking tape, draw your line with a sharpie. Fill a spray bottle with cold water and as you are cutting use your left hand to constantly spray the blade. It also helps to brace the area your cutting as much as possible to stop vibration.
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An ordinary hand coping saw with a fairly fine tooth blade works very well, and will easily cut fairly small radii. If you need to drill holes, always use a spur point twist drill run slowly. They will not crack the plastic.

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I've used a jig saw with a fine tooth blade for cutting metal. Cover the area with blue masking tape, draw your line with a sharpie. Fill a spray bottle with cold water and as you are cutting use your left hand to constantly spray the blade. It also helps to brace the area your cutting as much as possible to stop vibration.
So, I suspect that the water will help in keeping the plastic from re-glueing itself together after its cut?

Good helpful comments all around.

I made a cardboard windshield template last night. I will use this to establish where my notches need to be, and how deep. I will then use the template to outline my planned cuts on the windshield. I hope to make the cuts when I get time this weekend, so I'm still open for more comments.
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