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Offline rid34fun

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Made my own side air wings
« on: November 05, 2017, 12:42:28 pm »
Hi All,

I decided to make my own side air wings.  I had some Lexan laying around from another project and some aluminum angle, so I decided to see if I could make a decent product.  I am fairly frugal, but really enjoy trying to make my own things whenever possible.  I wanted to share this with the hope that someone is helped by the post.  I have learned so much by reading the amazing wisdom here on this forum that I wanted to give back.  So, here is what you need and how they look.

You need:
1. Lexan at least 3/16", I used 1/4" because that is what I had and it is very sturdy, but still flexible.  Kydex or smoked Lexan would be good too
2. Aluminum angle.  I used 1" x 1", but I would use 1 1/2" if I had that available.  I may remake mine later.  With the larger angle you could cut them at more of an angle so the air wings are higher in front and lower in the rear.
3. I used some rubber from an inner tube between the aluminum and the Lexan to allow some flex

I have a few more pics of the way I cut the angles I can post later.  They work very well.  I have a Puig Touring screen also that I keep on the middle setting.  I am 6'1" about 220 and wear a Bell RS-1 helmet.  Seems to further reduce the wind noise and the drafts I sometimes get.  I plan to use these mostly in the cold riding months.

Here are a couple of pics before sanding and final finishing of the product:

Offline Sierra1

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Re: Made my own side air wings
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2017, 02:15:19 pm »
Did you put a curve in the Lexan?  And, is that a "red" key?  I thought those were UK spec.  Transplant?
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Re: Made my own side air wings
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2017, 02:52:25 pm »
Nice
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Offline Lutsie

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Re: Made my own side air wings
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2017, 06:39:16 pm »
 Very cool


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Re: Made my own side air wings
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2017, 07:46:49 pm »
Like them. Heck you could make two pair. One for hot weather and the other for cool weather.
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Offline rid34fun

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Re: Made my own side air wings
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2017, 10:55:15 pm »
I did not curve the Lexan, but rather the aluminum angle is drilled so that the front is higher than the rear. I originally planned to curve them, but after offsetting the holes in the angle, I don't think there is a need now. 

The red key is actually the key for my Shad trunk.

Summer ones are a good idea...thanks.  I was thinking about adjustable ones to either deflect or reflect air in or out hot or cold. Much like the Goldwing accessories that are available.

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Re: Made my own side air wings
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2017, 11:44:28 pm »
Nice!.

What is the best way to cut lexan?  I've got some lexan lying around and am thinking of making a tool box similar to the Raid Box.
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Re: Made my own side air wings
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2017, 01:07:33 am »
Nice!.

What is the best way to cut lexan?  I've got some lexan lying around and am thinking of making a tool box similar to the Raid Box.

I don't know but...  https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+cut+lexan&oq=how+to+cut+lexan&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.6350j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
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Re: Made my own side air wings
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2017, 10:05:44 am »
Nice!.

What is the best way to cut lexan?  I've got some lexan lying around and am thinking of making a tool box similar to the Raid Box.

Tape both sides so you cut through the tape.

I've used both the band saw and jig saw for small projects, but no matter which, you will want a fine blade. Hacksaws will work for small hand cuts.

It's important to let the saw cut it's way and not push the cut with any force. You also want the speed slow enough that the blade doesn't begin to melt the material.

Finish with a file or sandpaper, running diagonally along the cut, not across it.
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Re: Made my own side air wings
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2017, 10:23:29 am »
A coping saw with a fine tooth blade works well too.  You have a bit more control for any tight curves, and you lessen the risk of the blade getting pinched in the kerf on a curve and possibly cracking the plastic, or generating more heat and melting the plastic.   Hacksaws work well for straight cuts.

 
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Re: Made my own side air wings
« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2017, 10:36:59 am »
Thanks for the advice.
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Re: Made my own side air wings
« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2017, 07:37:05 pm »
I used a jig saw with a fine metal cutting blade and went slow or it melts back together behind the blade.  Then a file and sander works on the edges.  Tape Helps especially to draw on.

 

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