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DIY temporary rear window

Discussion in 'Model X: Interior & Exterior' started by jasonb, Sep 3, 2018.

  1. jasonb

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    #1 jasonb, Sep 3, 2018
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    Sadly, my FWD window was broken by a vandal couple weeks back. I really like this car so I'm a bit sad about it. Combine that with insurance company making noises about the rental car because the parts are still on order.

    So I figured why not try to rig up something temp.

    I got some 1/8" smoke plexi at tap plastics. Did a rough template of the window opening using an old coroplast election sign and a box cutter since coroplast is super easy to cut. Then used coroplast to mark cut lines on the plexi and cut plexi out with a circular saw and a metal abrasive blade. The 1/8" plexi fits fine in the upper and lower tracks where the original glass was so it turned out to be reasonably secure. I finished it with gaffers tape on either side. road tested to 80mph.
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  2. jasonb

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    forgot to mention. plexi was $38.
     
  3. puregreddy

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    Definitely applaud you on your craftiness, but the safety-minded side of my brain has compelled me to reply to this as a caution.

    That plexi will easily turn into a guillotine in an accident, no matter how much gaffers tape you use. I hope this is very very very temporary.

    If you have passengers, especially children in a car seat, please don't put them right next to that 'window'.

    Hope all goes well with the permanent repair!
     
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  4. MDR SEA

    MDR SEA 2015 Model S 85D, 2016 Model X 90D

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    Good job!
    Ignore the safety nay sayers...
     
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  5. mbp11

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    Poor guy, I feel your pain! Looks good for a temporary fix. I would be temped to do that too. Did you get the enhanced anti theft modification of the cabin lights, did you have the Sentry Mode running?
     

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