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Old 11-16-2012, 05:00 AM   #1
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polyshields?

Hey guys I want a replacement windshield that is much harder to break than the standard glass windshield. The roads around here are really bad and Im always having rocks hit me. Has anyone used one of these polyshields? I think they are made from Lexan and are supposed to hold up well against rocks etc. They go for $199 on roadlessgear.com. Is a windshield something I might be able to replace myself or would I need to order this and bring it with me to the guy who replaces it??

edit: what I really want to know is if could I do it myself with no experience and only basic tools, and are there any drawbacks to them?

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I wouldn't suggest getting one for everyday use. I have friends that have these in their Drag cars and they are great for cutting down weight and for safety but they will start to show age very quickly. They look great but won't last...and one that is out everyday...and with wipers, nah...waste of money if you ask me.

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I wouldn't suggest getting one for everyday use. I have friends that have these in their Drag cars and they are great for cutting down weight and for safety but they will start to show age very quickly. They look great but won't last...and one that is out everyday...and with wipers, nah...waste of money if you ask me.
I'm curious as to what you mean by it won't last. Does the sun eventually cause the to "fog?"
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:54 AM   #4
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Thanks for such a quick reply, I was thinking the wipers might scratch it up eventually but I wasnt sure if it would be like a few months, or a few years before that happened. Well, that sucks because I know it would only be a few months before a new glass windshield would break on me anyway. Are there any other solutions? I hate driving around with a cracked windshield but I cant afford to replace them 3 or 4 times a year. If my insurance would pay for it every time it would be ok but I'm on my dads USAA policy and either the deductible is too high or they just wont cover it, I dont really know, I had to pay the total cost out of pocket last time I got it replaced. I wish there were a law that says people have to brush the loose rocks and shit off their farm vehicles/trailers before they take them back on the road.
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I'm curious as to what you mean by it won't last. Does the sun eventually cause the to "fog?"
Its not the sun that causes this. Its all the fine road debris that is constantly creating micro scratches in conjunction with the windshield wipers rubbing it in as they pass that cause the hazing, just like headlights.
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I don't really like the way they look and I've never used one, but what about those strips that mount on the leading edge of the hood? I understand that they do something with the air flow to help deflect bug and rocks up to avoid the windshield. Not sure how well they work, but it's something to consider.
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:37 AM   #7
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I didn't think plastic windshields were legal for street use in most states.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:34 AM   #8
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my harley windshields are lexan.they scratch very easy and age quickly
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:57 PM   #9
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Thanks guys that helped. Lynn, they may not be legal but people in MS are so casual about road rules that I doubt it would matter anyways. If they do scratch that easy then I know it would be pointless to get one, what with all the bugs and dust we have around here. Ill just get another glass one and hope it lasts 6 months. You know its not like I follow gravel trucks around, ive had cars pass in the opposite direction fling rocks at me and ive even had one go through my drivers side mirror.
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Old 11-17-2012, 09:09 PM   #10
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The guy that tinted my windows is trying to sell me the film that goes on the outside of the windshield like what it sounds like you want.
I've read to many bad things about them only lasting a year or less due to the wipers leaving streaks/hazing etc like mentioned and decided not to get it.
If a stone is going to crack your window, I really dont think a super thin film will make a big difference. I put coverage on my insurance that made almost no difference in coverage to include glass...

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