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    Wind wings and visors

    As my car will hopefully be on the road in the next week or two I am thinking of buying wind wings etc. I see there are a few people selling them and they come in perspex and glass. I have heard the glass ones can shatter and the perspex ones are a little cheaper.
    I would appreciate peoples thoughts and where best to buy them.
    I also have old style Raydot wing mirrors mounted on brackets to the screen so would appreciate peoples experience of how much that complicates things !

    My screen is Brasscraft
    Paul

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    I've had glass ones supplied by brasscraft on the car for about 3 years, never had a problem with them

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    Got deflectors and sun visors from brass craft. Went there in person to touchy feely very helpful

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    I have glass wind wings as well and never had a problem in over 15 years although there are people who have had issues.
    Martin

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    I ordered perspex because I'd heard about the odd one shattering and didn't fancy a face-full of toughened glass bits; Chris @ Brasscraft did warn me that they will scratch much more easily than glass, though, so they're still delicate, just in different ways!
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    I have poly carbonate for the reason above, you can purchase the hinges and screws from Chris @ Brasscraft.

    Alan.
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    Had a glass one shatter with a loud bang when my son closed the door after getting out. Changed to plastic.

    Andy

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    I've had glass ones for 25 years with no problems - yet!

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    I over tightened causing the glass to explode and that’s not an overstatement. Bits of glass were all over the boot and beyond. If a stone from a passing car in the opposite direction were to break it the driver would get a face and eyes full of glass. Think about it. The windscreen is laminated for that reason. Yes you may have got away with it for 25 years or more but tomorrow might be different. Can they be fitted for IVA? I don’t know. If not that’s the reason. If it’s glass in that position common sense dictates it should be laminated. Think about it guys. The difference in glass and perspex is minimal that you can only see with good eyes. Lecture over.
    Dek

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    I think they could be fitted for IVA, but the mounting hinges fail the radius test, rather than the glass .. and side glass on production cars is all toughened, rather than laminated (unless you have an Audi S8/Bentley/Rolls with double glazing, of course) - that said, the risk of a stone clipping a side window is far less than a stone clipping a wind wing, I imagine.
    My DeDion build diary..
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