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post #1 of 17 Old 11-12-2012, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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Windshield Woes

I've really gone the full circuit on these windshields. First, the stock shorty windshield had the air hitting me high on the chest/throat.

Then I put on the Laminar Lip and it raised the airflow to hit me in the upper face. Wearing the helmet on the highway I couldn't feel the wind but it was fairly noisy. No buffeting at all.

Next step was the Kawasaki +4 windshield and it pretty much duplicated step 2......uh....maybe a little lower, like on nose and cheeks.


This morning I added the Laminar Lip to the +4 windshield and that brought the airflow up to my forehead. Just running up and down the isolated street out front I wore a baseball cap and the air was hitting it right on the bill, so with a helmet on, I doubt I'll notice anything, "but" I haven't had it on highway yet. Adding that Lip on my own with no help, I had to get a bit creative......



Just to keep us all on the same page, I sat down against a wall with my lower spine as close as I could get it, tipped my head back till it touched the wall, then used a carpenters square to mark the top of my head. From floor to mark is 37 5/8".

I'm concerned about the stick-ums on the Lip. Since it's so cold here now, I used a hair dryer to warm the surfaces and give better adhesion. Experimented 1st with the digital temp gauge and the thing is like welded on.

I'd say it works, so I had at the Laminar Lip and thought I had it pretty good....but look at the adhesion of the left side stick-ums. I think it might be best to go ahead and redo those 2, but can I use them over again or do I need to use new ones ??.....or can I trust them as they are ??



I also koostum-ized my dash panel with a cheap wristwatch and temp. gauge. 3M makes a super tape that's s'posed to hold 20# per square inch. That oughta be sufficient.

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If your talking about that 3M double sided tape with the red peel off film on it, I can vouch for it's strength. I mounted a 12 volt receptacle on my fairing with it, and I can't get it off! Lol!

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If your talking about that 3M double sided tape with the red peel off film on it, I can vouch for it's strength. I mounted a 12 volt receptacle on my fairing with it, and I can't get it off! Lol!
Yup, that's the stuff. I had to warm it a bit with hair dryer then use a 1½" plastic scraper and force it between the object and the base. Took a lot of pressure. It do work good.

My concern is with the little round stick-ums used to mount the Laminar Lip onto my windshield. The 2 left ones are only about ½ stuck.

Thanks............Lar.
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Unhappy Wrong Laminar Lip

Biglar,
It appears to me that you have the incorrect Laminar Lip for your model year of KLR. I have the correct Laminar Lip for the 2008-2013 on my 2012 KLR with the +4 Tall Kawi screen and it is larger and attaches differently. Your Lip looks like the Lip for the pre 2008 models. I'm taller than you I think, 6'2" and it works great for me.
Visit the Laminar Lip website and notice how the 2008+ Lips attach.
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Biglar,
It appears to me that you have the incorrect Laminar Lip for your model year of KLR. I have the correct Laminar Lip for the 2008-2013 on my 2012 KLR with the +4 Tall Kawi screen and it is larger and attaches differently. Your Lip looks like the Lip for the pre 2008 models. I'm taller than you I think, 6'2" and it works great for me.
Visit the Laminar Lip website and notice how the 2008+ Lips attach.
Thanks for the heads up - I'll be on the horn with him in the morning.

...........Lar.
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Biglar,
It appears to me that you have the incorrect Laminar Lip for your model year of KLR. I have the correct Laminar Lip for the 2008-2013 on my 2012 KLR with the +4 Tall Kawi screen and it is larger and attaches differently. Your Lip looks like the Lip for the pre 2008 models. I'm taller than you I think, 6'2" and it works great for me.
Visit the Laminar Lip website and notice how the 2008+ Lips attach.
I dunno, Pismo - Just now I went to their site at:
http://www.laminarlip.com/klr650.php and scrolled down to the last one - "2008 on with factory tall shield." They've got theirs mounted somewhat lower than I do, but contours and stick-um dots are the right spacing for my 2011.


I used the tapered wedges to keep the adhesive from contacting until I had it lined up.

..........Lar.
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Talking 2008+ Laminar Lip on Kawi +4 Tall screen

Here is a photo of the correct Laminar Lip on the Kawasaki Tall accessory windscreen.

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Here is a photo of the correct Laminar Lip on the Kawasaki Tall accessory windscreen.
Well, not much arguing with that, is there ?? Did you go to the site again ?? Nothing on there matches yours......unless I've gone blind. (boy, would my ex ever have fun with that line)

I'll be on the horn with 'em in the morning in any case and see what's going on. Am I correct in believing the '11 and '12 are similar ??
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Am I correct in believing the '11 and '12 are similar ??
They are exactly the same.
That is a photo of my 2012 with the 2008+ Laminar Lip.
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They are exactly the same.
That is a photo of my 2012 with the 2008+ Laminar Lip.
Is there a way for us to email off forum ?? I'm at biglar (at) gogittum.com
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