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Wind with the top off

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by griswold, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. griswold

    griswold Member

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    I find that when I drive with the top off, the wind coming off the top of the windshield - especially at each corner of the windshield - is not deflected high or wide enough to clear the roll bar. This causes a lot of wind to deflect off of the rear roll bar and into the cabin. I found that while driving, if I used my hand to "extend" the top left corner of the windshield, the wind buffeting was reduced substantially. So, what I was wondering was how hard would it be to create a "windshield top spoiler" (similar to the one found on the latest Mercedes convertible - http://youtu.be/K1ipo8xDV8s ) that could be installed when the soft top is removed and would deflect the air higher and wider to clear the rear roll bar. Has anyone thought of this before? I was thinking that one of the fins from the hood would be about the right size and shape if it could be secured to the top of the windshield.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. malcolm

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    sounds like an opportunity for an after-sales carbon fibre component :) But not sure if it could just be supported along the top edge of the windshield. Might need a narrow and thin central strip which extends back to connect at the top of the roll bar.
     
  3. griswold

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    I was thinking that you could use the soft-top holes at each side of the windshield to anchor it...
     
  4. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    My only complaint about the Roadster is that I find myself either ducking to see traffic lights, or stretching up to see over the top of the windshield frame. My first thought is that with this idea I would never see the lights change...
     
  5. Eberhard

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    or the holes from the cross bar
     
  6. doug

    doug Administrator / Head Moderator

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    I tend to think wind is one of the features of a ragtop. Anyhow if wind buffeting is a problem, you might consider getting one of these mesh tops.
     
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    My Tesla Ranger showed me how the visors are completely detachable. They slide off (careful not to break the mirror when doing this, cause they're a little hard to remove).
     
  8. NigelM

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    Thanks, I'll have to look at that - I have a Ranger coming on Tuesday/Wednesday to fix a prob with the side window mechanism.
     
  9. NigelM

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    One more thing to store in the trunk?
     
  10. vfx

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    It's pretty small. Like a 2" cylinder. Weighs only 7 lbs.
     
  11. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    Add that to the soft top, the spare connector, the tire repair kit etc. and soon I won't be able to fit my kid in there anymore!
     
  12. action7981

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    That is what the Boot-Bag is for. Or is it just for cats?
     
  13. vfx

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    Well you have to decide. Or loose a leg.
     
  14. doug

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    You probably shouldn't put your kid in the trunk.
     
  15. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    The Boot Bag is large enough to hold more than just cats. But they all have to like each other.
     
  16. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    Duh....
     
  17. doug

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    :tongue:
     
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    At least make sure that his arms are nowhere near the emergency trunk release.
     
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