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Windshield Cracks
« on: December 18, 2018, 03:25:04 PM »
A different kind of Crack victim.
How do I apply a fix to this crack?

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Re: Windshield Cracks
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2018, 03:46:28 PM »
Curious how that happened.  :-O

The only way to stop that now is to use a couple pieces of lexan or polycarbonate plastic on the outside and inside, with screws on either side of the crack to clamp it all back together. Windshield should be kept out of sunlight when being stored too, UV will eventually take it's toll as will extreme hot/cold. 
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Re: Windshield Cracks
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2018, 04:50:48 PM »
Wouldn't you like to know! Actually, after taking out at the boat launch, I took it off and put it on top of the boat, then decided to drive away while running it over with the trailer wheels. At least I remembered immediately and didn't drive all the way home. (3 hours)   :-[

Would this be thick enough?
https://www.amazon.com/POLYCARBONATE-CLEAR-PLASTIC-SHEET-LEXAN/dp/B00JAL6432
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Re: Windshield Cracks
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2018, 05:34:35 PM »
Well at least that makes sense! Sorry to hear it though...

I would use something twice as thick as that, preferably the same thickness as the windshield which is around .080.
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Re: Windshield Cracks
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2018, 06:36:53 AM »
On a plane window (J-5) we use to drill a small hole  1/16 or 3/32 just where the cracked stopped and that would keep the crack from continuing.

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Re: Windshield Cracks
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2018, 03:47:07 PM »
Drilling is always a good idea to prevent travel. Thanks for the reminder. The windshield is under tension when installed so the added material and screws would be advisable in addition to drilling.  \./8
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Re: Windshield Cracks
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2018, 07:07:19 PM »
So do I drill the small hole just beyond the crack or include the very end of it?
Maybe use the same hole with additional ones on each side to hold the poly piece for support?

On a plane window (J-5) we use to drill a small hole  1/16 or 3/32 just where the cracked stopped and that would keep the crack from continuing.
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Re: Windshield Cracks
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2018, 08:11:03 PM »
This should help.
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Re: Windshield Cracks
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2018, 08:20:05 PM »
That definitely helps. This can't be fixed the same way as the boat cracks, melt some new poly into the crack then add the bolts?
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Re: Windshield Cracks
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2018, 08:28:04 PM »
You could try, but I don't think this stuff will weld very well. Would more than likely just crack again, and look welded. You could use some aluminum on each side instead, which would look neater if done right.
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Re: Windshield Cracks
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2018, 08:48:08 PM »
Iíll stick with your other suggestions, probably not the same as HDPE and would crack again.
Might have happened by leaving the cotter pin in and bending it over the GoPro mount. Probably when I was testing out my new reverse seating arrangement. Then again...driving over it doesnít help either. Lol 😂
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Re: Windshield Cracks
« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2018, 10:12:08 PM »
I'm sure it was being run over that did it in. The only other instance of a windshield cracking that I've been told about, was it being stored outside in the sun in FL year round. 4 years and UV had turned it a yellowish color and made it brittle. Mine are always stored inside, and none of them have done anything be get scuffed up from running into limbs, logs, or being bent on purpose to clear obstacles. You bending it over the GoPro mount isn't going to hurt anything, just trailer tires. LOL I'd be happy to fix it for you if you decide that's something you'd prefer. No charge other than shipping.
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Re: Windshield Cracks
« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2018, 11:06:08 PM »
Iíll consider your offer to fix them if I send down the motor for the carb problem.
Both windows are cracked, only ran over one. I usually take them off and put in vehicle, then store in garage, no UV rays. Iím usually careful with them, other than forgetting the one time.
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Re: Windshield Cracks
« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2019, 04:25:46 PM »
Mine cracked also,I used gorilla tape over crack and extended it past crack on both sides.Tried it out today,good as new.I believe wind buffeting from car at 70 miles an hour was culprit while it was on trailer.