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Old December 11th, 2012, 11:10 PM
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Can I use this material from Lowe's to make a windshield?

I want to make my own windshield because I am I can bring myself to pay almost $200 for the windshield from Polaris. Can I use this stuff from Lowe's and make my own? Lowe's is calling it Lexan but seems like I have read on here someone saying Lowe's doesn't sell lexan and that what they have will shatter into shards.. Here is a link to what Lowe's is selling..

Shop LEXAN 3' x 4' Clear Polycarbonate Sheet at Lowes.com

Hopefully the link worked. If not where are you guys buying the materials to make your own windshields? Also need a source for clamps for the windshield..
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That would work fine but I would want something thicker than 3/32" if it were me. One good tree limb and it would be busted up. Mine is 1/4". For clamps just search for cushioned hose clamps. That's about the cheapest and easiest clamp to find and use.


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Re: Can I use this material from Lowe's to make a windshield?

I was wondering how much a sheet of this cost.

My thoughts, do the math first:

1. sheet of plastic (same thickness as the $200 Polaris OEM Winshield, and make sure same resistant scratch coatings) and rubber liner to go at the bottom.

2. Mounting Hardware. Cutting blades?

3. Fuel to go after stuff

4. Time value (could you have worked same time and been ahead?

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Re: Can I use this material from Lowe's to make a windshield?

Quote: Originally Posted by DrMud View Post
I was wondering how much a sheet of this cost.

My thoughts, do the math first:

1. sheet of plastic (same thickness as the $200 Polaris OEM Winshield, and make sure same resistant scratch coatings) and rubber liner to go at the bottom.

2. Mounting Hardware. Cutting blades?

3. Fuel to go after stuff

4. Time value (could you have worked same time and been ahead?

The total equals______________________


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Re: Can I use this material from Lowe's to make a windshield?

Some people enjoy making stuff. Not always just about the $$ saved, but the pride that goes along with it.
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Quote: Originally Posted by R3meyer View Post
Some people enjoy making stuff. Not always just about the $$ saved, but the pride that goes along with it.
true taking pride to do it yourself
but he said it was about the money,
cost wise i do believe it will be a wash,
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Re: Can I use this material from Lowe's to make a windshield?

Quote: Originally Posted by R3meyer View Post
Some people enjoy making stuff. Not always just about the $$ saved, but the pride that goes along with it.
Well put Roger.
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Re: Can I use this material from Lowe's to make a windshield?

It's Polycarbonate , and that's what you need, doesn't say if it has the scratch resistant coating though...
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Re: Can I use this material from Lowe's to make a windshield?

Lexan/polycarbonate issues notwithstanding, 3/32-inch IS NOT THICK ENOUGH. 3/16-inch would be minimal, and 1/4-inch would be ideal. My two-bits.......

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Re: Can I use this material from Lowe's to make a windshield?

Some of use have custom cages. I was thinking of making one for mine for winter use.
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Re: Can I use this material from Lowe's to make a windshield?

Quote: Originally Posted by jaywebguy View Post
Some of use have custom cages. I was thinking of making one for mine for winter use.
Do it! It really helps keep the rain off of you, and keeps the cold air from blasting your face and chest. Bit of a pain to keep clean if you ride in a group, but still worth the hassle, just for the comfort-factor, IMO. My two-bits........

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Re: Can I use this material from Lowe's to make a windshield?

I use flat substrates for signs all the time. And I stayed at a Holiday Inn. So I'm qualified.

3/16 is prone to breakage despite it poly.
We get sign grade poly sheets. It meets ordinance. Wind loads of 220 mph yada yada. Can't speak for Lowe properties.

That aside 3/16" will flex, bow, flap, you choose the word and drive you nuts.

If you choose to proceed use a brad point drill. NOT a twist drill.
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Re: Can I use this material from Lowe's to make a windshield?

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Lexan/polycarbonate issues notwithstanding, 3/32-inch IS NOT THICK ENOUGH. 3/16-inch would be minimal, and 1/4-inch would be ideal. My two-bits.......

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Must agree, didn't notice the thickness .
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Re: Can I use this material from Lowe's to make a windshield?

I've made several front and rear windows.. You want MR10 coated lexan. Also buying it at lowes isn't going to happen. Look in your yellow pages and see if you have any plastic shops close by.. I think I paid 170 for a 4x8 sheet of 1/4" coated lexan last time I bought some.. If you need a single window it might not be cheaper.. If you need a front and rear and a maybe spare. It is a lot cheaper.. Coated or not it will still scratch. My front window gets replaced about once a year or so.. Couple big rocks getting kicked onto it or some large tree limbs will still leave marks on it.. You can buy the rubber coated SS clamps from mcmaster online.. They are something like 8 bucks for a dozen of them..
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Re: Can I use this material from Lowe's to make a windshield?

Mcmaster-Carr.com has every type of material you could possibly want, including several types of poly and lexan. It is a fabricators paradise!

Excellent company to deal with as well.
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