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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-14-2014, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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Can a windshield be adjsuted lower?

I have a '03 1100 Classic with a Memphis Shades windshield. I'd like to lower the windshield a couple of inches to fill in the gag over the headlight but don't see how with out some major remodelling. All brackets are direct fit, no adjustment other than being able to slant the windshield back some. The frame brackets mount under the headlight pod and where the signal arm bar mounts. No multiple holes or movement of any kind. The brackets on the windshield itself are only able to move up or down one bolt hole which would be about 4" and that would be too much. Anyone know if it can be done or am I stuck with it where it is?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-14-2014, 02:39 PM
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Looks like your bike does not have the stock 1100 classic headlight. If it did there wouldn't be the gap. Someone with an 1100 can chime in. Kinda looks like the smaller size light off a custom. I don't know how much a new or used stock headlight would cost. It'd get rid of the gap.
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Looks like your bike does not have the stock 1100 classic headlight. If it did there wouldn't be the gap. Someone with an 1100 can chime in. Kinda looks like the smaller size light off a custom. I don't know how much a new or used stock headlight would cost. It'd get rid of the gap.
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That is definitely not a stock headlight for the 1100. The only thing I would suggest to close the gap is to make a seal from sheet rubber and glue it to the backside of the windshield.

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Yeah....definitely not a stock headlight. You could try to modify the existing bracket, or get a Custom windshield, or get a Classic headlight. Either way should take care of the problem...

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True, it's not a stock Classic headlight, in fact not even a custom. The original windshield had an opening for a 9" headlight and when I replaced it I ordered one for a 7" headlight to help fill in the space. Long story short, I bought this bike in a box, dismantled. The guys wife had had enough and told him to sell it. That headlight was part of the boxes of parts. Anyway, it bolts right in the stock bracket and the wiring plugs right in it. And as you can see the space over the headlight, I'd like to lower the windshield to about 1/2" away.
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You could move the headlight up. That would be only two spacers
the height you would like and two longer bolts. just a thought.
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What about using a piece of aluminum bar to make a bracket adapter and raise the headlight? Seems like that might be the path of least resistance.


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I don't believe moving the headlight is an option. It would just snowball with one change after another. The brackets for the windshield and the headlight all bolt together just under the headlight pod. Besides that, the bracket for the headlight is saucer shaped with 3 bolts into the headlight pod. You might be able to space up two of the bolts but I doubt you would ever get a third one fastened.

And someone else suggested just drilling new holes in the windshield to lower it. Great idea if you don't mind a windshield with a bunch of visible holes in it when you are done. (might have been on a different forum) What do you do about the original holes that are no longer used and the ones the horizontal flat bar no longer covers?
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That is definitely not a stock headlight for the 1100. The only thing I would suggest to close the gap is to make a seal from sheet rubber and glue it to the backside of the windshield.
I would do this but use Lexan as opposed to rubber. Since your w/s is black in that area you can paint the filler piece to match and the paint will also hide any glue used to join them together. Once complete I would wager it would be hard for the untrained eye to even notice the separate piece.
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