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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-24-2014, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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I ordered my 13" Madstad last saturday after our last weekend of riding. I have a custom seat and use a 12" windvest with it. It looks good and works good. The c&c fastback seat is not meant for a passenger but my wife is a trooper and rode with it so I wouldn't have to change back to the stock windshield with my stock seat (her idea not mine). We rode about 200 miles and she wasn't very comfortable. I was fine with the windvest when riding solo and it worked for her on the custom seat but the seat was hard on her booty. I absolutely hate changing shields when we change seats. So I broke down and bought a Madstad. Ordered Saturday and it arrived the following Friday. I'll get the only real negative out of the way up front. I ordered a set of their well nuts and they didn't get them in the shipment. A couple of mine were cracked so I had to go pick up some at Harley. I tried the auto parts and ace hardware but neither had what I needed. I wanted something heavier than what Harley sells. 7.50 is no big deal. It just was a pain to run around. Several of the ones I had were cracked so I had to get new ones. I'll talk to Madstad on Tuesday and get it squared away. Ok now to the shield.

I am a little over 5'8" and my wife is 5'3". I can look over the 12" windvest when using the custom seat which drops me 1" and moves me back 1". I ordered the 13" Madstad. Install was easy. The adjustment is super easy. I used a clinometer app on my phone to set the angle. For the custom seat my sweet spot is about 1/2" up from the lowest point and 58 degrees. With my wife on board and using the stock seat the sweet spot is about 1 1 /2" up and 61 degrees. I can see over the shield in both spots due to the change of seats. We made some runs on a busy, windy freeway and we both felt like the wind turbulence was greatly improved. Even when running 80-110 passing or surrounded by 18 wheelers. I did order dark smoke. It looks great with the bike but I may see how a light smoke 11" works since I'm only using about half the elevation of the 13". I'm happy with the performance of the windshield. A couple of minor things I've noticed. I get a squeak in the fairing now when at idle. It seams as though the weight of the Madstad brings out a little more vibration in the fairing at idle. I did check and all the mounts are tight. I also notice an occasional whistle. If anyone has any advice on these two items I'd be happy to hear it. I really like the idea now of just adjusting the shield instead of changing it when we go for a ride and so far I think the shield performs exactly as I expected it to based on every thing I've read.





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What are you using for a seal? I just came back from a trip and my seal slipped down a little and whistled. I need to add some glue to it now.

As far as squeaking when idling it has to do with the seal and the tightness of the well nuts. If you are using the seal that comes with the madstad try using the seal from your original windshield. I've had my madstad for better than 2 years and that's what I have figured out.

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Thanks. I'll try that. I'm using the one that came with the base. I'm going to get them to send me their well nuts on Tuesday. I think they are closed this weekend. I have the trim I bought for the widest its the cob trim. I may try that when I get the new well nuts and switch them out. The squeezing will stop if I grab the back of the fair in just outside of the glove boxes.

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What are you using for a seal? I just came back from a trip and my seal slipped down a little and whistled. I need to add some glue to it now.

As far as squeaking when idling it has to do with the seal and the tightness of the well nuts. If you are using the seal that comes with the madstad try using the seal from your original windshield. I've had my madstad for better than 2 years and that's what I have figured out.
Thanks. I'll try that. I'm using the one that came with the base. I'm going to get them to send me their well nuts (the ones i ordered) on Tuesday. I think they are closed this weekend. I have the trim I bought for the windvest its the cvo trim. I may try that when I get the new well nuts and switch them out. The squeaking will stop if I grab the back of the fairing just outside of the glove boxes. Its really no big deal and only occurs at idle.



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Ugh I really screwed that up when I tried to fix the auto corrects from my phone. Sorry for the double post.

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I'm not running any seal. I got tired of it coming loose. I was using the oem seal on the original Madstad aluminum base.

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I'm not running any seal. I got tired of it coming loose. I was using the oem seal on the original Madstad aluminum base.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I am running the exact same thing!


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They went with a plexiglass base now. It has a rubber trim similar to the stock one.

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I'm running mine with the plastic base and no rubber seal. It seems to work fine and i have noticed i only get a whistle at certain angle settings so im thinking thats where it may be coming from. When i changed the angle slightly it went away.


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My stereo cancels out all whistling.

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