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DIY Wind Deflector

Its yet again been a wile since I last posted on here... but that's not to say I havnt been busy!

Yet again I was looking through Ebay and found you could perchase new wind deflectors, ones that replace the not so nice looking black material one that limits visability when in place...

But found the ones that strap to the rolls bars pretty ugly and the ones that screw into place £150-£200 and I was not willing to pay that.

So yet again I set myself a task to create my own and this is how I did it.

First I ordered a 1142mm by 381mm bit of 6mm Plastic from the internet. This came to £40 including postage... which is expensive but not anywhere near the £200 mark.



From here i had to remove the two clips that hold the original wind deflector in place, situated just above the leather pocket. this is really easy and just requires one screw to be removed and then it twists off.

This meant I had a better idea of how the plastic sheet was to fit.

There is however two knobs on each side. instead of removing these (unsure if its possible) I used them to stabilize the deflector further.

I first sat the plastic on top of these knobs and worked out the exact central position i needed.



Once i had it in the right place I then worked out how far down i wanted the plastic to come down. (5cm) I then used a jigsaw to cut two slits on either side.


Now this was the correct height and position i was able to get a good outline of where each head rest sat. once this was done I measured the distance between the two and halved it... giving me the top of the middle circle. Luckily an old garden table provided a perfect outline.



I then proceeded to jigsaw around the area i wanted to cut



Once this was done i decided to add two whole on each side... one due to the overall look of the deflector and two because every hard plastic deflector i had seen seemed to all have some sort of vent.... this, i decided would be my vent :P (dont ask me why but it seems to work!)



Now I faced a problem of a small amount of plastic covering the pocket on the back wall.... which i find very handy. so I cut a small section from the deflector to allow me to use it once more.




Once this was done... all the hard work had been done... I drilled two wholes where the clips screws were situated to allow me to screw the deflector in (screws taken from clip still work)

I then sanded all the edges down and made it look presentable... I even added a small amount of silver strip i used in my CLK Grill Repair Mod, with great effect.

Lastly i added a Merc Star. just a simple window transfer but i think it just finished it off

Here is the finished product... and I couldn't be happier.




I also added a small sticky pad on either sides of the top roll bar section of deflector. To stop any rattle, tap or rubbing seen as the rolls bars face slightly forward.
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Nice job. With a micro flame torch you could polish the edges
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Hi Jon B, by a Micro Flame Torch do you mean mini blow torch? (chefs use them sometimes) because I have one of them and would love to know what i would need to do.
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Hi Jon B, by a Micro Flame Torch do you mean mini blow torch? (chefs use them sometimes) because I have one of them and would love to know what i would need to do.
Here is a vid
I recommend practicing on a scrap piece first.
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Hi Jon B, by a Micro Flame Torch do you mean mini blow torch? (chefs use them sometimes) because I have one of them and would love to know what i would need to do.

NOOOOO thats much too big. A microflame torch is one like jewellers use. It runs on soda crystals and meths. Produces a needle flame at metal melting temperatures. Dont be tempted to try a mini blowtorch you will wreck your deflector.

With a microflame you run along the edge without stopping. It melts the poly carbonate just enough to make it shine
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That vid is on very thick material. You can try on some scrap but if you get it wrong there is no going back
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Looks amazing! Great job.
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That looks great, Is the plastic UV & external rated?

We could do with a drawing in pdf for others to make one.

Nice job, I like the logo touch too. If I ever get my R170 back on the road I am going to make one.

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Well Done.............Good Old British Inginuity !!
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good result

looks good i fancy trying this and will try lighting the unit when the side lights are on any one have any thoughts on this?
once again well done looks good thanks for the demo
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Excellent job, very nicely implemented.
The star changes it from a DIY to a "proper job".

I note on the picture where you cut out for the pocket on the back wall that you have managed to find a packet of holes which are suitable for this material and the right size. Where did you get them from, and how do you manage to keep them in the packet?
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looks good i fancy trying this and will try lighting the unit when the side lights are on any one have any thoughts on this?
once again well done looks good thanks for the demo
With regard to lighting it, I suspect having anything lit so other drivers could see it would be so bright as to block the view out of the rear window. So rather than doing it on the side light switch, fit a "fancy" switch so you can leave it turned on when parked etc, but turn off when driving. And light it with LEDs, so you can chose the colour. light from the bottom edge, so no visible wiring. And remember the plastic will work as a light duct; only things disrupting the surface (scratches, etching) will light up, and the sticker would probably not light.
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Excellent job, very nicely implemented.
The star changes it from a DIY to a "proper job".

I note on the picture where you cut out for the pocket on the back wall that you have managed to find a packet of holes which are suitable for this material and the right size. Where did you get them from, and how do you manage to keep them in the packet?
The Packet you see are self adhesive pads... I used two small ones on top of the roll bars to stop the wind deflector from rattling or marking due to vibration.

I made the holes using a special drill peice, one three cm in diamiter and the other 1.5.

And to comment on the light idea... I do have some LEDs that i am thinking of fitting... but with as you said a switch that allows me to have it one while parked and off when driving.
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Brilliant work . great thinking and the sticker just finishes it super..
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The Packet you see are self adhesive pads... I used two small ones on top of the roll bars to stop the wind deflector from rattling or marking due to vibration.

I made the holes using a special drill peice, one three cm in diamiter and the other 1.5.
I came across a supplier of holes like this; based up in London, near the Albert Hall. Apparently they had a one-time buy of such holes back in the '60's, and are clearing them out. Trouble is, when they get delivered, they tend not to be in the package, since they fit the hole in the envelope perfectly. (Thanks to The Beatles for reference to A Day in The Life)

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Sincerest flattery

I looked at this over the w/e, and tried a bit of scrap acrylic I had, and realised that since I need all the seat space to be comfortable, I would struggle to have a flat panel across behind the seat, rather than the contour of the rear bulkhead.

I think I may try the R171 design, where a channel is fixed to the roll-bars, and the acrylic is contained by that channel. With a bit of accuracy, the channel won't need to be too deep.
And then I might put a mesh across inside the roll-bars; again, take the styling features from the modern cars, and keep them guessing!

As an aside, how did you cut and drill the acrylic? Avoiding the start of the cracks is the trick, which I failed with my scrap. Two holes, and one is host to a nice crack that would be visible if it were lit!
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That is an excellent mod Tolak ... Quite handy with a jig saw myself and now someone has shown me the way might try that!
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Thanks for the inspiration.

Using your ideas, I ordered a sheet of perspex off Ebay plus stickers and chrome trim. Took me a couple of days to finish, but I have to say the finished item looks very good and only cost £40.

The only downside so far are the reflections you get at night coming from cars in front of you into the wind deflector and then into the mirror, but you get used to it.

Thanks again.
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