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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-03-2008, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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Windscreen screw snapped when starting the bike

I started the bike and heard a pop and something fall to the ground in front near the tire. It was one of them cheap ass plastic windscreen screws! The head popped off the screw from the rumble of my stock exhaust! lol I had an all metal replacement pack of windscreen screws waiting to fix that. I understand why they are plastic but if they can't hold up, they suck.

It's not unusal to get your bike back from the dealer with missing windscreen screws. If they can snap from just starting the bike, count on missing one at some point if yours are still plastic.

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lol that had to have been kinda funny, the bike is such a beast it rips itself apart on start up like the space shuttle

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It was funny as hell dude! I thought I'd be the guy who doesn't lose the plastic screw or have one break from overtightening. I installed a Puig windscreen over a year ago and that was the only time those screws were taken out and put back in. I was so damn careful to put the same torque on those wimpy little things. Makes sense though, there is still a bit of outward pressure on the screw based on design. Plastic screws will break in a situation like that, just a matter of time.

As far as the Space Shuttle comment, low blow. LOL My grandfather was contracted by NASA to machine parts for one of the unfortunate crafts that blew up. It wasen't any of his parts that failed though. =-)

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I snapped one of those little bastards too. The metal ones are so much better, you can torque them down so the screen doesn't vibrate at all, and you know they are going to hold up. I don't know why Honda didn't use metal in the first place. I know they were going for low weight, but come on.
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i kept losing the same shield screw over and over, finally i changed them to metal screws w/black screw caps (covers screw head), cleaned up the look from the front and like cbr/cut said they hold waaay tighter!


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I don't know why Honda didn't use metal in the first place. I know they were going for low weight, but come on.
They are plastic so it will break away in an accident and not leave you with a broken cowl and broken windscreen...part of which can shatter in your face. So they are also plastic for safety reasons and to avoid damage. With that said, out of all the accidents I have seen using aluminum bolts are fine. They will snap also with a bit more force anyway. There are some people that also sell stainless bolts or get them at the hardware store. I would not recommend those for the windscreen because they weigh more and will not snap in the condition we want them to. That is why you don't just replace them with steel bolts from the hardware store. The LP windscreen bolts, also aluminum.

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as i wipe the tears away snnffllll

metal screw disaster:O ok just what happened 2 me! 2005 CBR66TRIBAL-I DROP MY BIKE ON A REGULAR BASIS (loading unloading trailer exiting door 1/2in each sid as i exit 2ft drop)finally got a ramp replaced those "PLASTIC" SCREWEDS with the cool aluminum ?????everytime i droped bike B4 id replace 2-3 plastics every time.evything else ok (sliders,frame spools endbar)after the switch and all my new parts (rearsets new pucks wash wax)thought id take snapshots anyways bike laid over(i setit down BTW usually lays not touching other than tip of windsceen which flexs:(NOT AS FLEXIBLE AS IM USED 2:?)Now ive got a shaderd windscreen and under the middle screw up tore my fairing about 2" and alot of tears(ive droped it so much harder at least 5 times no damage except plastic screws)LONG story short id sell those screws 4 plastics scews anyday i feel igot SCREWD BY THE SCrEW:( just a thought)
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