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post #241 of 393 (permalink) Old 02-11-2016, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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Mine does not do that, poking

Yeah. That sucks for a supposedly "new in box" wind blocker. It was $100 plus about $30 shipping. I can't argue too much with that. Maybe I can figure out how to "fix" it too.
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It shouldn't do that obviously. Can you adjust the positioning at all? It's been so long since I have used mine that I don't even remember if there is any give at all at the mounting points.
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On mine that attachment bracket for the lower screen is flat (horizontal), to the point that when the upper screen is lowered, the upper frame makes direct contact with the attachment bracket itself, and the screen never touches the inner corner of that bracket.

I just pulled mine back out again, and after looking closer, that bracket may even be slightly angled up. The screen comes very close to touching at the frame, but back ot the other end of the bracket there is actually a bigger gap.

Is your attachment bracket bent down a little, or designed differently?

How about adding a small rubber self adhered block on top of that attachment out where the upper frame makes contact, thick enough to hold the screen off the other end of the bracket.

PS: Pardon the dusty windscreen, it's off the wrecked 99 and was easier to grab for a picture or two
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Great picks @Aero I . Thank you!

That must be the precise issue. I need to go get some firewood for the fireplace insert. I'm tempted to go try and take a look at whether those rear mounting points are out of whack.

There were scratches on the edges of the frame, and NO packaging in the original box other than an empty trash bag and like two packaging air packages. So it's likely it got banged around in shipping or over its life. So if it's bent there, maybe it can be bent back. Bending aluminum is risky business though. Eeek!

Time to bundle up and get some firewood!
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Ok. I pulled it out of the car as you guys confirmed it shouldn't do that. There was some wobble at that back bracket.

It turns out that there's a Philips head screw coming up from the clip on the bottom. I was able to tighten them on both sides and try to give it as much of a twist as my hands felt I should try (for fear of breaking something). That helped, but the screen still contacted the mount.

So then I noticed that there are rubber strips that keep the metal from slapping metal. Nice touch Oris! I decided to flip these around as they were easy to push up from the bottom and were pretty severely dented. Maybe I will try putting them in some warm or boiling water to see if the rubber can come back to shape. That might be enough to keep the screen from contacting the metal mounting points.
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Well, boiling the rubber bits definitely softens them up. 2 minutes at 212 F was probably too much as they shrunk a little bit in their length. So for anyone else considering this, don't boil them as long as I did.
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Well, boiling the rubber bits definitely softens them up. 2 minutes at 212 F was probably too much as they shrunk a little bit in their length. So for anyone else considering this, don't boil them as long as I did.
Plain old white vinegar does wonders on rubber parts, softens them up, definitely doesn't shrink them.


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Plain old white vinegar does wonders on rubber parts, softens them up, definitely doesn't shrink them.

Interesting. I'd never heard of that before. There's lots of talk on the 107 forum on using hot water to soften up plastic (or rubber?) parts. I haven't ever researched it though. Silicone spray or lube it also mentioned on the 107 forum pretty frequently. I was thinking that I wanted the dents to come out, and they did seem to mostly come out. So, I can't say the result was all bad.

I'm hoping autoguide and Benzworld gets the picture upload thing straightened out, as it is SO much less time consuming to upload directly from the phone. Then I could show more pics.

Edit... Clearing my old ebay watched items. It looks like I got a better deal on my wind deflector than I would get if I bought this ripped one. So I'm happy. http://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/281929133726

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I have a little cash to throw into the r129, and it's probably time to bite the bullet on the exhaust.

The exhaust shop said if I was going to go with new Magnaflow cats, then I should also get the muffler and resonator too. However, I can't find a Magnaflow muffler. So that may end up making my decision for me. Maybe I will just get the shop to weld in generic cats. That's not exactly my style, but...

What mufflers do other ~1992 owners like?
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Fonzi this post may help. I know its on a newer model but I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work on yours.

https://www.benzworld.org/forums/r129...l#post11981401
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