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    How to remove windscreen on GPR...and paint help...

    So my 1390 rebuild is starting soon...all the parts (nearly) are ready to go...

    Got a question though. My windscreen is pretty beat up from the previous owner. It has some small dents like someone towed it through gravel, scuffs, etc. In summary it needs sanded (maybe fill the small dents (pea size) and I'd like to paint it black.

    My problem is, I went to unscrew it from the rest of the fairing, and the mounts just spun. Lifted up the lid, and found that the mounts are cylindrical and covered with a rubber thingy to presumably protect against corrosion. So I tried to remove the rubber thing and clamp on with Chan-Locks, and nothing. Tried some WD-40 to loosen up the screws, again nothing. A

    Anyone got any ideas? I could always tape if off and paint it while it's on the ski, but that is not my preference.

    Also, any ideas for sanding (grit) and painting? Would a high quality black gloss spray paint hold up? My dad has a professional spray gun, but that's a lot of work that we don't have much time for (with the engine build and my limited time up at his shop)


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    They can be a nightmare for sure. I have used vise grips before to hold the brass inserts. I now replace them with push pins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WATER WOODY View Post
    They can be a nightmare for sure. I have used vise grips before to hold the brass inserts. I now replace them with push pins.
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    needle nose vice grips and clamp in the center so you get the brass nut

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    thx guys...this should be fun....or not. oh well, gotta look sharp!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmgww View Post
    thx guys...this should be fun....or not. oh well, gotta look sharp!
    Yeah, vice grips are the way to go. However, don't clamp them too hard or you'll distort the brass insert and the bolt won't turn.

    Also, when you install new hardware, make sure you don't install the inserts upsidedown like I did the first time......

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    I had mine painted by an auto body shop - straight black and it looks great.


    I have heard of some people having paint issues on the windscreen. I think steach had an issue with that at some point.

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    Here's a wild idea...thinking of leaving the screen off. Underneath is just black plastic with a raised YAMAHA logo running vertically up the middle. I was thinking of getting it painted gloss black and painting the Yamaha logo red (to match the seat)...and then plugging the holes where the windscreen went with spiked rivets...kind of a "Mad Max" look if you will....thoughts???

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    ttt....thanks for the advice in getting the screen off....those things were on tight!! now, please, some advice on the pic I posted. Lame or cool? Different for sure, I think it could be great.

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    I vote for the black paint with red logo!
    Unless you have the funds to buy a carbon fiber one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mitsakosgt View Post
    I vote for the black paint with red logo!
    Unless you have the funds to buy a carbon fiber one!
    I like yours! Did you take a closer look at the pic I posted? I am talking NO windscreen (not sure if you meant that), and painting the plastic underneath. Then sealing the holes, and putting in spiked "dog collar" type rivets for a "mad max" look....it's different for sure, but I kinda like it. Unless there is a big risk running without the windscreen. I can't think of any, as long as the attachment holes are sealed up.

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