Wind blocker?

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Wind blocker?

Post by gull » Sun Dec 03, 2006 6:18 pm

I've noticed a lot of modern convertibles have some kind of mesh or plastic wind blocker to reduce the turbulence coming in from the rear. I'm curious if anyone has experimented with something like that for an A1 Cabriolet. I find it pretty pleasant up to about 50 mph, but above that it'd be nice to have a bit less wind buffeting. Rolling up the rear windowlets helps a little, but not much.
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Post by Briano1234 » Sun Dec 03, 2006 7:03 pm

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I am redoing it to make it more better, actually I am doing away with the snaps on it and making 2 straps that will hold it down I am also goingto extend the bar at the top about 2 inches on both sides to eliminate the snaps at the top. and cutting the bar at the top in half to allow it to fold smaller and fit in the trunk. I will still use the vinyl tubing to hold the bar together it will become the hinge.

They work really good weither you have the bodyshots or my cheap assed one.
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Post by gull » Sun Dec 03, 2006 7:24 pm

Cool. That looks like a pretty good arrangement. Maybe I'll try making something similar once the weather warms up. I'm mostly interested in reducing the wind-whip around my head.

I wonder if plastic window screen material would work well? It seems like the fine mesh might cut down a lot of the turbulence while still allowing some air flow. On the other hand, the solid vinyl like you used might allow comfortable top-down touring in colder weather. Hmm.
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Post by kuklaki » Sun Dec 03, 2006 11:14 pm

I am not as crafty as Brian, so I bought mine from Bodi-Windschott in Germany.

It works great but for windblocking, you really do have to have the windows rolled up, which adds a slight amount of dork factor. On the plus side, I may be a dork but it keeps me from getting blinded by my hair and I can go topless in the winter.

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Post by Briano1234 » Mon Dec 04, 2006 1:20 am

I know what you mean by blinded by the hair... I get so tired of my ponytail hitting me in the eyes...... and Dork what is dorky about driving topless at 30 degrees and being toasty warm................
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Post by gull » Mon Dec 04, 2006 1:36 am

I have long hair too, so that's a lot of my motivation. I end up tying my hair back in two places and some of it still comes around and hits me in the face. :)
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Post by gull » Mon Dec 04, 2006 1:58 am

The Bodi-Windschott product looks damn nice. It's too bad the dollar is so weak right now. The 89EUR version would cost nearly $120 U.S., not including shipping. That's a lot of scratch.
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Post by speedtek » Mon Dec 04, 2006 1:17 pm

There's always the drop-in option :wink: :lol:
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Post by Briano1234 » Mon Dec 04, 2006 3:42 pm

I like that drop in......are you mass producing them yet?


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Re: Wind blocker?

Post by badpenny » Tue Jan 13, 2009 8:46 am

I cut my hair. Solved that problem. Now my hats get sucked off, when semi's pass.
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Re: Wind blocker?

Post by gull » Tue Jan 13, 2009 12:45 pm

badpenny wrote:I cut my hair. Solved that problem. Now my hats get sucked off, when semi's pass.
That's why you need a passenger. So they can catch it when it hits them in the face! ;)

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Re: Wind blocker?

Post by Bugly » Tue Jan 13, 2009 3:09 pm

I have short hair, the problem is the beard :?
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Re: Wind blocker?

Post by speedtek » Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:42 pm

If someone buys Taz, I'll throw in a custom drop-in wind blocker for free..... :wink: :o
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