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Highlander windshield upgrade

Postby Sloney » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:24 am

Does anyone know if Ben Schneider is selling Steve D’s Highlander windshield upgrades? Or how to get a hold of him??
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Re: Highlander windshield upgrade

Postby kenryan » Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:58 pm

I don't know the status, but definitely get one if you can. I just installed mine last week and it is far superior to the factory supplied lexan.
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Re: Highlander windshield upgrade

Postby Sloney » Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:23 pm

I definitely want one!
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Re: Highlander windshield upgrade

Postby BDA » Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:15 pm

I am hoping for one as well - but will be doing the glass very soon, so may not be ready in time.
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Re: Highlander windshield upgrade

Postby danerazz » Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:17 am

I want one just for a spare, as availability seems like it could be problematic in the future. The other option is make my own mold and oven, but so many irons in the fire...
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Re: Highlander windshield upgrade

Postby SuperFly » Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:08 am

Hey guys. I still check the forums a couple times a week, so dont say anything too bad about me. :)

I didn't end up buying the mold from Steve, too many irons in the fire already.

I believe Kris Griewahn bought the mold, though I don't know the status of the operation, I know he was busy building a couple airplanes. He does check the forum periodically as AccentAir. Last time I talked to him, we never got around to windshields in our chat so I don't have any more status updates for you.
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Re: Highlander windshield upgrade

Postby stede52 » Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:53 pm

Sorry Ben, I gave out the wrong name to a guy looking for the windshields, SENIOR MOMENT :roll: , Kris is the guy that has the mold :oops:
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Re: Highlander windshield upgrade

Postby Sloney » Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:26 pm

No worries. Not looking to point fingers. Just wanting a windshield is all. Hope everyone’s builds are going well.
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Re: Highlander windshield upgrade

Postby Rik » Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:54 am

Ok, what’s different about this windshield?

I have access to getting windows made so I am just curious as to what different...
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Re: Highlander windshield upgrade

Postby 957DK » Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:36 am

Hi Rik,

The window material supplied with the kit is Lexan. In my opinion, the biggest draw back to Lexan is that scratches can not be buffed out of it. On the plus side it is extremely difficult to crack or break Lexan.
The molded window is made with Plexiglas. With Plexiglas, scratches can be buffed out just like any certified aircraft. The Plexiglas is thicker but I'm not sure of the dimensions of either. On the downside, Plexiglas can crack if installed incorrectly or too much heat is generated when cutting it to your final dimensions.

I installed one of the molded windows in my Highlander in 2015. It fit like a glove and was easy to install.
Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

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Re: Highlander windshield upgrade

Postby Rik » Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:01 pm

Dan, my wife owns an acrylic fabrication company and they make automotive and marine windows so these would be an item they can certainly make.

Agree with your comments. Lexan is SOFT and that's why it scratches so easily.
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Re: Highlander windshield upgrade

Postby danerazz » Sat Dec 22, 2018 7:20 pm

Wow, we need to get your wife’s company to pick this up. I love my molded windscreen, but am scared to death of breaking it because I fear I will have to learn to make one myself. I have a feeling I would end up with a framed, flat plate multi-panel affair.

Now that I think of it, that would look kind of cool...
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Re: Highlander windshield upgrade

Postby Rik » Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:23 pm

danerazz wrote:Wow, we need to get your wife’s company to pick this up. I love my molded windscreen, but am scared to death of breaking it because I fear I will have to learn to make one myself. I have a feeling I would end up with a framed, flat plate multi-panel affair.

Now that I think of it, that would look kind of cool...

She will need a tooling shape
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