Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: Replacement windshield arms...

  1. #1
    Registered User flybike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Alexandria Ont. Canada
    Posts
    142

    Replacement windshield arms...

    One of my RT windshield arms broke last summer on my way home from the Outer Banks, made for a long drive home leaning into the side that was still raised a little.... So after pricing the factory replacement set at over $200.00 I decided I wasn't going to pay that kind of money only to have them break again sooner or later. The material they are made out of, ( cast aluminum ), isn't made for the kind of stress that an aftermarket windshield will place on them.

    My solution was to make an exact copy out of stainless steel and put the OEM German Teflon bushings on them, sprayed them flat black, and bingo, they will now officially outlive the bike...and probably me as well .

    I got out the lazer cutter last weekend and made up 5 more pair, 3 for local members and an extra 2 pair for anyone else who might need them...just let me know.

    Jim

  2. #2
    Registered User greenwald's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Sheboygan, WI
    Posts
    3,409

    Smile

    Quote Originally Posted by flybike View Post
    One of my RT windshield arms broke last summer on my way home from the Outer Banks, made for a long drive home leaning into the side that was still raised a little.... So after pricing the factory replacement set at over $200.00 I decided I wasn't going to pay that kind of money only to have them break again sooner or later. The material they are made out of, ( cast aluminum ), isn't made for the kind of stress that an aftermarket windshield will place on them.

    My solution was to make an exact copy out of stainless steel and put the OEM German Teflon bushings on them, sprayed them flat black, and bingo, they will now officially outlive the bike...and probably me as well .

    I got out the lazer cutter last weekend and made up 5 more pair, 3 for local members and an extra 2 pair for anyone else who might need them...just let me know.

    Jim
    You have skills I envy!
    Kevin Greenwald - Touring Tips Editor
    Nationally Certified Law Enforcement Motor Officer (Ret.)
    MSF RiderCoach # 121656 (BRC,SBRC,IS,IME,SMARTrainer,THE REF Staff)
    Iron Butt Association Member # 34281

  3. #3
    Registered User flybike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Alexandria Ont. Canada
    Posts
    142
    Thanks...but in the interests of 'full disclosure', it also helps to have a neighbour who is a millwright, and a shop full of some very expensive 'gear' . Whatever skills I posses are due to his mentoring and equipment...

    Everyone should be so lucky to have a machinist for a friend

    Jim

  4. #4
    Registered User BMW_Ken's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Kingsport, TN
    Posts
    55
    Quote Originally Posted by flybike View Post
    One of my RT windshield arms broke last summer on my way home from the Outer Banks, made for a long drive home leaning into the side that was still raised a little.... So after pricing the factory replacement set at over $200.00 I decided I wasn't going to pay that kind of money only to have them break again sooner or later. The material they are made out of, ( cast aluminum ), isn't made for the kind of stress that an aftermarket windshield will place on them.

    My solution was to make an exact copy out of stainless steel and put the OEM German Teflon bushings on them, sprayed them flat black, and bingo, they will now officially outlive the bike...and probably me as well .

    I got out the lazer cutter last weekend and made up 5 more pair, 3 for local members and an extra 2 pair for anyone else who might need them...just let me know.

    Jim
    Were you aware that aftermarket arms are already available?

    Upper arms
    Lower arms
    Ken Martin
    2011 R1200RT
    Kingsport, TN

  5. #5
    Registered User flybike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Alexandria Ont. Canada
    Posts
    142
    No, I haven't been shopping for replacement arms myself, for obvious reasons...so didn't know, but not surprised. Glad to see Beemer owners have a chance to choose a replacement for the crap OEM arms, according to their taste, ( stainless vs aluminum...black vs shinny...new bushings vs used...$70.00 including shipping vs not sure of the shipping...hand made vs production...).

    Thanks for the information, choices are good!

    Jim

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •