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Author Topic:   Windshield Screen Question
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 109
posted July 16, 2004 01:55 PM  
What do you all use for a windshield screen / protection? I have the 3 bars going from the top roof bar to the dash and I also have a chicken wire type fence for a screen that covers all of the open area under the sun visor from the roof to the top of the firewall. (Pretty typical on cars araound here.) Sometimes it is hard to see the track through all the mesh, just wondering what you all use.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 120
posted July 16, 2004 02:22 PM  
Expanded metal works well.....

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 28
posted July 16, 2004 02:26 PM  
Hardware wire works really good. Paint it flat black and you will hardly notice it. You get it with 3/8 or 1/2 inch squares.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 112
posted July 16, 2004 03:21 PM  
I just have the bars going from the roof to the dash both connected to the roll bar. I use 3/8 bar stock i believe and nothing else but i have spaced only 6 inches apart. My first car had a screen but i had a really hard time seeing out of it.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 46
posted July 16, 2004 05:48 PM  
I use a screen that has 2" X 3" openings. I also use a plastic visor and one below so very little mud makes it through to me. Most races I don't use any tear offs at all and it is extremely easy to see through. I can't reach the screen so cleaning it out under yellow or something couldn't happen.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1875
posted July 16, 2004 06:22 PM  
i have 6 5/8 inch thick bars in front of mine windshield. i run a mod and they kick up more parts, ie. shocks, springs, lead, bars, bumpers, etc.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 52
posted July 16, 2004 08:18 PM  
hey you can use your b-b-q grille! just kidding i just have the three bars on dirt but when i run on asphalt i use hardeware cloth dont know where it got its name it is actually wire screen with half inch squares. it does not impair my vision

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 370
posted July 16, 2004 10:25 PM  
I have 4 3/8" bars. Then hardware wire/screen on that. It seems like 1/2" is bigger than mine i think it is 1/4" or so but anyway. Mine is gloss? black i think lol. I dont have a problem looking out of it when im in staging and that i do i have to look around the bars to see some stuff but once we get out racing its all good no worries i can see just fine. Out of mind out of sight lol.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 174
posted July 16, 2004 11:23 PM  
2 by 4 inch fence.

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 94
posted July 20, 2004 01:24 PM  
i found some shelving that a local store was throwing out. it had been part of an island rack. it is made of bars about as big as round as a pencil in 1 1/2" grids. it took a tire at full speed and never caved in and is still small enough that it does not block my vision. i still get pelted with dirt but that is what it is all about. seriously that small of an opening should stop most things that could actully hurt you seriously. ie. brake rotor,tire, driveshaft, piston. yes i said piston. picked one up out of the floor of a guys car from where it had bounced in after another guy majorly blew.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 109
posted July 20, 2004 02:25 PM  
Thanks everyone, I took the screen out just to see how it would work out. I can see a ton better. I still have the 3 bars for protection. Wow Garyal! How bout everyone else, what have you had thrown at you?

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 120
posted July 20, 2004 02:39 PM  
Heard a good one today, someone told me their dad used to steal a shopping cart and cut it up for a windshield on thier sprint car.......

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 44
posted July 20, 2004 06:27 PM  
I use (5) 1/2" rods about 4" apart welded to
the windshield channel, covered with 1/2"
hardware cloth painted flat black. It's a
huge difference from unpainted. I also keep
a piece of plastic handy, cut and predrilled
that I can tiestrap across the bottom if it
gets nasty.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 237
posted July 20, 2004 10:00 PM  
i use rebar,3 about 6 inches apart,also run hardware cloth,flat black.and a petty bar made out of 1.250x.063 in the middle of the window to keep out tires,bumpers,other cars,ect.had something fly by my head a couple of seasons ago,no idea what it was but it put a 1 inch hole in the b pillar making its exit!

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 241
posted July 21, 2004 02:49 PM  
Just a quick note, Re-bar is not an acceptable material for race cars. (at least not for me)

There are several grades of re-bar....."no grade" or low grade rebar will shatter with a relatively small amount of bending force.

The shattered pieces can become projectiles.

If one does choose to use rebar, (and I strongly advise against it), one would do well to know what grade it is. Otherwise, the material used to protect yourself may well be the thing that causes you injury.

Good Luck,

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 369
posted July 22, 2004 12:30 AM  
re-bar also becomes extremely brittle when welded (NOT A GOOD IDEA) USE STEEL ROUND STOCK 3/8 OR 1/2 WORK GREAT


Dirt Freak

Total posts: 303
posted July 22, 2004 07:28 AM  
I wouldn't use rebar..its too soft. I also put a shield on the driver side between the window net and the windshield pillar to deflect little clay BBs and rocks. I had a nice softball sized bruise on my right shoulder from a rock that came through that space.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 237
posted July 22, 2004 08:15 PM  
i didn't know there were diffrent grades off rebar!i've never had a problem with it,but i think i'll switch over to round stock anyways,better safe than headless.and as for people shooting at me,i'm not worth wasting a bullitt on!

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 474
posted July 23, 2004 10:08 PM  
fellas go th the trunk of your gm cars and get the spring tension rods (Keeps trunk up)
careful removing them though, they are under tension. this is a free rod, extremely strong and flexible and will provide 4 bars for windshield coverage.

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