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If the water spots are bugging you on the windshield after washing your GTL, I have a solution.
I had just finished washing the GTL when my dear wife pointed out the water spots on the inside of the windshield. I pointed out that the mounting or lift plate left no room to fit anything between the two surfaces to clean the water spots away. So she looked at it and said she would be back in 10 minutes. When she returned she had a bag of 50 pipe cleaners, purchased at our local Dollar store for a $1.00 and said use these..
So I took one out, feed it between the shield and plate so that I could hold both ends of the pipe cleaners and ran it back and forth until it cleaned the water spots away.
It works great, you can reuse the pipe cleaners when they dry out but 50 of them for $1.00 will not break the bank if you throw them away.
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2012 Blue K1600GTL
 

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Thanks for the tip!

My brilliant idea was to use a Swiffer wand, but it was too thick. Like Dan, I have a CalSci, and there's very little (if any) room there. But I'm going to give this a try...sounds promising.
 

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JimE said:
Thanks for the tip!

My brilliant idea was to use a Swiffer wand, but it was too thick. Like Dan, I have a CalSci, and there's very little (if any) room there. But I'm going to give this a try...sounds promising.
To get a gap between the plate and the windshield:

A member of the K1600 forum suggested putting washers or O-rings between the black plastic backer plate and the Cal-Sci windshield, but I really haven't found any that seemed to make a difference or were easy to install. I think I'd need several set of hands and a magic wand to hold them in place!
 

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I get good results on my RT by rinsing the area with filtered (or distilled) water after washing. This leaves no water spots at all. If you get to use filtered water in the entire washing process you will have no water spots anywhere - even without drying your bike!
 

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Just installed a new Cee-Baily windscreen and it came with a small rubber nipple to put on the metal to keep the shield from touching.m Looks great.
Now extra windshiels for sale soon. Stock.Cee-baily , and a Cal-Sci :dance:
 

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DanDiver said:
To get a gap between the plate and the windshield:

A member of the K1600 forum suggested putting washers or O-rings between the black plastic backer plate and the Cal-Sci windshield, but I really haven't found any that seemed to make a difference or were easy to install. I think I'd need several set of hands and a magic wand to hold them in place!
Dan
I have some rubber washers that should work for you. PM me your address & I'll send some to you in the mail. I think I have 8 or 10 so you can have 4 of them.
 

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DanDiver said:
I think I'd need several set of hands and a magic wand to hold them in place!
Dan,

Try some double sided sticky tape, you can get some that is really thin. Then you can use that magic wand for something important. :wave
 

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John,

Wouldn't the double sided tape collect dirt and bugs? One side is the windshield. I'll bet Steve has a way! Probably something wet that will dry and disappear.. Maybe bring to CCR and use some of the extra hands..
 

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DanDiver said:
John,

Wouldn't the double sided tape collect dirt and bugs? One side is the windshield. I'll bet Steve has a way! Probably something wet that will dry and disappear.. Maybe bring to CCR and use some of the extra hands..
Dan,
Just trim to the washer edges, stick it to either the windshield or the bracket, you would only need it on one side of the washer as it would be just to hold it in place.
I would think once you stick it on it would be hard for bugs and dirt to get in.
Then again the hands at CCR would be another solution.
 

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First of all. Thanks Steve....

The black rubber washers (plumbing I think) arrived about 30 minutes ago and are installed. The windshield is about 1mm away from the flat plate and it looks like I will be able to get a thin micro towel in there to keep it clean. I finally got it clean in there too.

I had previously picked up at Home Depot 4 replacement screws (and washers) that were about 3mm longer, anticipating that I would need them to be a little longer because of the space of the washers. The extra length made it a lot easier to install the windshield and hold everything in place. The friction of the screw held the washers in place. Glue or sticky tape was not necessary.

Thanks again Steve.
 

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DanDiver said:
First of all. Thanks Steve....

The black rubber washers (plumbing I think) arrived about 30 minutes ago and are installed. The windshield is about 1mm away from the flat plate and it looks like I will be able to get a thin micro towel in there to keep it clean. I finally got it clean in there too.

I had previously picked up at Home Depot 4 replacement screws (and washers) that were about 3mm longer, anticipating that I would need them to be a little longer because of the space of the washers. The extra length made it a lot easier to install the windshield and hold everything in place. The friction of the screw held the washers in place. Glue or sticky tape was not necessary.

Thanks again Steve.
Your welcome Dan, I'm glad they worked for you. The rubber washers came with the Top Case Rack I installed on my bike last week. I did not need them on the rack as I bought the optional larger wash kit.

BTW Did the washers stay put on the screws till you got them installed or did you use some sealant on them?
 

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The friction of the screw kept the washer in place as I lowered everything on the windshield frame.

In order looking at the front of the bike-

slightly longer screw, washer, black vertical plastic piece, windshield & washer on the inside.

There was enough friction between the screw and the washer to hold everything in place. It still would have been easier if I had help, but I wasn't patient enough to wait!.
 

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The factory uses M5x16 screws for the windshield. I swapped mine to M5x20 and it makes things much easier. I used factory BMW Torx screws, because I had some extras lying about.

I don't have any issue with the screen sitting too close to that brace plate. Then again, I pretty much never wash my bike, either . . . ;)
 

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I've been struggling to clean the water spots behind my 2013 GTL windscreen and the mounting bracket and finally found a simple, easy and inexpensive solution. I took a section from the newspaper and folded it over several times until it was just stiff enough and small enough to fit between the screen and the bracket. It soaked the water up and left no spots. I wish I had thought of this much sooner.
 

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I just remove the windshield. The screw driver that came with the bike is mounted under the seat and is quick to get at, and removing the windshield is quick and simple. Where I live there are lots of bugs which means the bike needs a good cleaning every time you ride. The pipe cleaners and news paper suggestions sound good though. Maybe I,ll try that next time.
 
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