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Old June 6th, 2015, 11:54 PM   #1
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Interest in a dash protector?

Hey all,
First were the auxiliary lights. Now, comes the dash protector.

I don't know how many of you noticed but our dash sucks. The plastic is very prone to getting scratched and apparently it can get cloudy after enough sun exposure. It also looks super weird if you're wearing polarized sunglasses, but that's a separate issue.

Anyway, I made this little dash protector. It uses really nice clear acrylic that resists scratches and blocks most of the UV spectrum. There are two holders to snap onto the dash kind of like a phone case, and it's held together with stainless hardware. I'm still playing with the dimensions and whatnot, but I should have a final version in the next week.

The pros:
-prevents accidental touching and scratching of the dash
-blocks UV light
-easy 5-second install

The cons:
-dust and dirt can get under the protector and requires removal to clean
-can cause glare if the sun is at the right angle

Since I have extra material, is anyone interested in this? Also, do you have anything you'd like to see changed?

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Old June 7th, 2015, 04:17 AM   #2
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nice job mate!
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Old June 7th, 2015, 07:09 AM   #3
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Looks real good, could you put a bead or strip of rubber around the edge to stop dust from getting in as easily? How did you make the holder clip things?
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Old June 7th, 2015, 09:39 AM   #4
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I thought about making a simple version with just a gasket or silicone but I didn't for two reasons. First it would be really difficult to seal properly on the dash because it's a weird rubberized plastic material. If it wasn't 100% sealed you would end up with water in there and it would be even worse than a cracked dash! Second I wanted something reversible and not have to clean off glue or adhesive in the future.
I milled out the clips from plastic. This is a good candidate for 3d printing though since it doesn't need to be so strong and is a complex shape!

The way I look at it now is I can just pop it off whenever I wash the bike which is not that often. Only takes a few seconds. In the meantime yeah it will collect some dust but it's shouldn't be that bad. I'm going to be testing it out over the next couple weeks.
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Old June 7th, 2015, 02:45 PM   #5
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I just put a pice of protective film. On the screen. Bougt one for iPad and cut to fit. But your solution looks better and stronger. Do you still manufacture auxiliary lights?
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Old June 7th, 2015, 03:20 PM   #6
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I just put a pice of protective film. On the screen. Bougt one for iPad and cut to fit. But your solution looks better and stronger. Do you still manufacture auxiliary lights?
I thought about doing that. I have some clear protectors but I was afraid of using an adhesive on it because 1. what will happen after enough sun exposure, will the glue stick to the dash? and 2. those protectors are usually made for a smooth glass surface not a textured plastic one. I'd like to see pics though if you have one!

I stopped with the auxiliary lights for now because I haven't had a lot of time. I hope to make more eventually.



So I just went for a ride today and the thing worked great! I use polarized sunglasses, so I never saw any glare at all. It didn't budge and looks nice. Really happy with it.
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Old June 8th, 2015, 05:27 PM   #7
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I'd definitely be interested - I already have a nasty scratch on the dash so it would be great to stop any more! Do you think it would reduce glare much? I do a lot of night riding and have already vinyl wrapped my screen to try and cut down the glare; if this were to cut it down more that would be amazing!!
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Old June 8th, 2015, 06:43 PM   #8
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I'd definitely be interested - I already have a nasty scratch on the dash so it would be great to stop any more! Do you think it would reduce glare much? I do a lot of night riding and have already vinyl wrapped my screen to try and cut down the glare; if this were to cut it down more that would be amazing!!
I haven't noticed any glare issues so far, but if anything it would increase glare since its another piece of shiny clear plastic. It does seem to take the glare away from the dash surface oddly enough, or maybe it's just different.
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Old June 8th, 2015, 06:49 PM   #9
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I think we're talking different kinds of glare here kuks? I'm talking about the glare produced by the dash backlight, rather than glare from the sun...
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I think we're talking different kinds of glare here kuks? I'm talking about the glare produced by the dash backlight, rather than glare from the sun...
Ohhh I see. I can't say backlight glare has been an issue for me. One of the first things I did was go into settings and put the backlight brightness on low.
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