Anyone use a wind blocker ?

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330indy
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Anyone use a wind blocker ?

Post by 330indy » Mon 08 Aug, 2016 03:41

Recommended wind blocker, anyone? I know there are many out there.
Interested in favorites of members here....
Thanks

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Re: Anyone use a wind blocker ?

Post by peter2b » Mon 08 Aug, 2016 09:31

I used a plastic type, worked quite well but mine snapped so I'm looking for another type may be a mesh type
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Del
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Re: Anyone use a wind blocker ?

Post by Del » Mon 08 Aug, 2016 09:43

I've used the OE mesh type and it is very good. I would say essential if you want to travel faster than 40 mph :D

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Dave L2
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Re: Anyone use a wind blocker ?

Post by Dave L2 » Mon 08 Aug, 2016 11:17

I also use the OEM mesh type, absolutely wouldn't be without it.
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Re: Anyone use a wind blocker ?

Post by Fender2004 » Mon 08 Aug, 2016 12:11

peter2b wrote:I used a plastic type, worked quite well but mine snapped so I'm looking for another type may be a mesh type
peter2b
The plastic must have been too thin as I have a plastic one done 70 plus with it and was ok. I did make it myself though
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Re: Anyone use a wind blocker ?

Post by mickdev » Mon 08 Aug, 2016 13:24

I have a plastic one with Z3 engraved into it , looks the bees knees and does the job

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Re: Anyone use a wind blocker ?

Post by BILLZ3 » Mon 08 Aug, 2016 18:22

I have both original mesh and a plastic one , both are good but the missus prefers the plastic one and it does show off the hoops better :) :)

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Re: Anyone use a wind blocker ?

Post by saturdaygig » Mon 08 Aug, 2016 22:11

I've got a plastic one that I got from the 'bay. Works fine, but you can't put things behind the seats when the roof is up, because there's not enough gap between the blocker and the roof. It's not that quick to take on and off either.

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Re: Anyone use a wind blocker ?

Post by gookah » Mon 08 Aug, 2016 23:24

I have a plastic one, , if its not raining, the only thing I put on the shelf behind the seats is the roof.
Mine is left on all year around even with the hardtop on.
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Re: Anyone use a wind blocker ?

Post by NZ00Z3 » Tue 09 Aug, 2016 05:46

I have a plastic one and its fitted Spring to Autumn. Never use it during the winter. Key difference is the winter here has lots of cold, fine and windless days and the blocker is just not needed for top down driving. It also allows for putting your puff jacket in the soft top shelve when the top is up and you don't need to wear the jacket.

Spring is very windy and the blocker is needed. Summer and Autumn have variable winds and you don't need the puff jackets, so the blocker stays on.

Car is driven top down most fine days when the temp is above 5C.

330indy
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Re: Anyone use a wind blocker ?

Post by 330indy » Thu 11 Aug, 2016 04:52

Thanks all so far!
Any links to deals?

Boosh
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Re: Anyone use a wind blocker ?

Post by Boosh » Thu 11 Aug, 2016 08:18

The best deal I got was from an independent industrial surplus warehouse, selling 5mm perspex sheets 10€ per m2. Found a sheet big enough for 4 attempts. I used template found on the forum and made a cardboard prototype, later fine-tuned at the base of the roll bars. The perspex sheet is thin enough to be cut very neatly with a jigsaw, then edges smoothed over with a file. Currently awaiting delivery of 3cm wide Velcro straps to attach screen with. Photos to follow when project is complete, but here's one with white protective film still on:

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Depending on how it performs, I might end up selling the mesh OE one. My issue will be ease of access to cubby hole between the seats, hence Velcro straps rather than something perhaps more discreet but permanent.
With a bit of patience and a steady hand, it's actually a fairly easy project.

Boosh.

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Re: Anyone use a wind blocker ?

Post by Fender2004 » Thu 11 Aug, 2016 11:26

The other problem is if you need access to the storage area behind the wind blocker.
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Re: Anyone use a wind blocker ?

Post by BonBon » Thu 11 Aug, 2016 17:02

I have an OEM mesh and TBH I'm generally displeased due to the limited rear view. To make things worse - the top of the metal frame creates a big black horizontal line across the rear view. Nevertheless it looks the real deal and only use it on big outings - pretty much like the Tonneau...

Bonzo
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Re: Anyone use a wind blocker ?

Post by Bonzo » Fri 12 Aug, 2016 00:20

Fender2004 wrote:
peter2b wrote:I used a plastic type, worked quite well but mine snapped so I'm looking for another type may be a mesh type
peter2b
The plastic must have been too thin as I have a plastic one done 70 plus with it and was ok. I did make it myself though
My clear acrylic type has seen well over 100 mph! It's still in one piece!
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Re: Anyone use a wind blocker ?

Post by HomerRamone » Fri 12 Aug, 2016 10:33

I got a clear one from these guys
http://www.justroadster.com/

Well happy with it - tested at <ahem> the speed limit for a 150+ mile drive :)

peter2b
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Re: Anyone use a wind blocker ?

Post by peter2b » Fri 12 Aug, 2016 13:47

mine was perspex type I broke it trying to get it out without dropping the soft top bent it too far, the only thing wrong with it was I could not open the top cubby hole or put thing behind it
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Re: Anyone use a wind blocker ?

Post by kruisn » Sat 13 Aug, 2016 02:50

Have had the OEM mesh type for 16 years. Always leave it on, just zip the middle panel down when the hood is up (not very often) for better vision. Still looks very smart, does the job and I can reach both of the back lockers with ease. Cheers.
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Re: Anyone use a wind blocker ?

Post by Zedbedee » Sat 13 Aug, 2016 08:38

My OE mesh wind blocker works incredibly well but it has faded. What's the best way to get the crisp black colour back??

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Re: Anyone use a wind blocker ?

Post by handsomejackuk » Sat 13 Aug, 2016 18:28

I aint got hoops so i assume i am stuffed....?

Grrrrr

Del
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Re: Anyone use a wind blocker ?

Post by Del » Sat 13 Aug, 2016 20:29

handsomejackuk wrote:I aint got hoops so i assume i am stuffed....?
No, you need the mesh type which comes with its own stand-alone frame - I believe these are different for pre and post facelift cars :)

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Re: Anyone use a wind blocker ?

Post by Robert T » Sat 13 Aug, 2016 20:41

Zedbedee wrote:My OE mesh wind blocker works incredibly well but it has faded. What's the best way to get the crisp black colour back??
Faded or dusty? Mine benefited immensely from a good wash. If it has faded then fabric die would work on the mesh and the end pieces I think are vinyl, so perhaps some vinyl roof restorer?

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Re: Anyone use a wind blocker ?

Post by handsomejackuk » Sat 13 Aug, 2016 21:10

was going to make one out of a pair of my fishnet tights and a suspender belt and a bit of wood...

but think that may look crap.... :lol:

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Re: Anyone use a wind blocker ?

Post by Bonzo » Sat 13 Aug, 2016 21:56

handsomejackuk wrote:was going to make one out of a pair of my fishnet tights and a suspender belt and a bit of wood...
Ah.... Stockings and suspender belts! Us guys of a certain age remember those. We used to call the bare flesh above the stocking top the giggle zone..... If you got your hand up to there you were laughing! :thumb:

:cheers,

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Re: Anyone use a wind blocker ?

Post by kruisn » Sun 14 Aug, 2016 06:44

Ahhh yes, those school days. Down the back of the sports field behind the bike sheds with the girls! ! !.


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Boosh
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Re: Anyone use a wind blocker ?

Post by Boosh » Sun 14 Aug, 2016 18:49

Just finished mine!
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Drilling the slots for the Velcro straps was the trickiest, but a bit of patience and and steady hand were enough. And I'm quite pleased with the outcome. And the savings! I'll find out how it performs tomorrow.

Boosh.

Migou
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Re: Anyone use a wind blocker ?

Post by Migou » Thu 25 Aug, 2016 04:15

Boosh wrote:Just finished mine!
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Drilling the slots for the Velcro straps was the trickiest, but a bit of patience and and steady hand were enough. And I'm quite pleased with the outcome. And the savings! I'll find out how it performs tomorrow.

Boosh.

That looks similar to the one I ordered. Not sure if y'all can get them over there. Windblox is the name.

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