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Nova lexan weight loss

#1 Post by silvanova » Tue Sep 29, 2015 11:36 am

I'm wanting to put some lexan windows in my car to lose some weight this winter. Curious if its worth the cost/work vs the weight savings . Mainly the back glass and 1/4 windows. John, I know you have done this do you remember the weight differences?
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#2 Post by John_Heard » Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:07 am

I'll dig around in my notes and see if I can find what the difference was...

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#3 Post by Bruce69Camaro » Tue Oct 06, 2015 8:45 am

I have been wondering the same thing, I would like to put 3/8" lexan in to replace my 1/4 windows and rear window, but if you plan to buy these as pre-cut pieces, I'd day you'd be spending more than what it's worth.

I've been thinking about getting a 4/8" sheet, which was around $120 and cutting them out myself using the original glass as templates.

I'd say the rear window on my car alone weighs 25 lbs. and the 1/4 windows weigh about 5 lbs. each, so I'm guessing I could possibly shed 25 lbs. by going to lexan?
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#4 Post by bracketchev1221 » Fri Oct 09, 2015 11:14 am

How come so thick? Most windows are at most 1/4" thick.

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#5 Post by Bruce69Camaro » Mon Oct 12, 2015 11:13 am

3/8" work good with factory trim.
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#6 Post by silvanova » Mon Oct 12, 2015 4:42 pm

What type of screws are best for the back window?
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#7 Post by Bruce69Camaro » Tue Oct 13, 2015 4:52 am

There are several kits out there, most of them are using stainless steel counter sunk screws.
Here is a screw kit from Quarter-Max but you will still need the gasket: http://www.rjracecars.com/Window-Screw- ... dview.html
Here is a complete kit from Jerry Bickel: http://www.jerrybickel.com/windows-and- ... its-1.html
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#8 Post by John_Heard » Tue Oct 13, 2015 9:12 am

We used 3/16 Bruce, worked out pretty good.

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#9 Post by Bruce69Camaro » Tue Oct 13, 2015 9:44 am

Did you have to use a thicker gasket material then?
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#10 Post by John_Heard » Tue Oct 13, 2015 9:56 am

I used the OEM stuff like the Nova used on stock windshield. Dang can't think of the name of the stuff off hand.

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#11 Post by Bruce69Camaro » Tue Oct 13, 2015 10:00 am

Butyl tape.....
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#12 Post by John_Heard » Tue Oct 13, 2015 10:33 am

That's the name of it. CRS kicking in again haha

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#13 Post by silvanova » Tue Oct 13, 2015 2:57 pm

Bruce69Camaro wrote:There are several kits out there, most of them are using stainless steel counter sunk screws.
Here is a screw kit from Quarter-Max but you will still need the gasket: http://www.rjracecars.com/Window-Screw- ... dview.html
Here is a complete kit from Jerry Bickel: http://www.jerrybickel.com/windows-and- ... its-1.html
Good deal. I just assumed guys were using self taping or sheet metal screws. Thanks
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#14 Post by John_Heard » Tue Oct 13, 2015 4:31 pm

You'll want to buy that tool that Bickel and/or quarter max sells for counter sinking the screws in the lexan, makes it a lot easier to avoid screwing things up.

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