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post #1 of 2 Old Mar 21st, 2013, 2:02 pm Thread Starter
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A Message For Bill Smith

Hey Bill, You ask about using plexiglass, I assume for a shelf for your GPS. Of course that would work but not sure how you would form it to fit the contour on the top of the dash. Another assumption, you want to do this on an RT? Yea, you can use heat to soften plexi so that it can be formed but applying the right amount of heat and controlling the forming dimensionally can be tricky. I like the aluminum because I can make a paper pattern, transfer it to the aluminum,cut it out with a band saw, stick in a vise and beat on it with a hammer to form and shape it as necessary. It can also be easily painted and is impervious to UV deterioration, I live in the Sunshine State. The material that I used is readily available at most big box hardware stores. Typically $10 to $15 for a piece about 18" square. Don't know what the specific alloy is but it's fairly hard and works well for all sorts of little projects. I also use adhesive backed foam insulation about 1" wide and stick it to the under side of the shelf where it's going to contact the painted bike surface. That way it won't leave any blemishes should I want to remove it in the future. As far as the sun visor, I used to make them out of light weight thin aluminum sheet but placement on the GPS was critical because it could block the signal from the satellites. The thin lightweight plastic from the milk jug works great and best of all it's cheap. Don't know if you really wanted this kind of information but hey, it's free. Good luck with your project.
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post #2 of 2 Old Mar 21st, 2013, 6:36 pm
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Yes I do have an LT. The shelf part was only a consideration and the malleability and my ability to work with metal is nil. Wood work I can do and plexi is the closest thing to that. Thanks for the insight on the mods.
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