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In the last month I have gone through two (yes, two) Cam-am glass windshields! Chalk it up to bad luck? Poor glass?

I purchased my first one mid July and love the fit, finish and unobstructed view. Within the first few rides the lower rubber weather striping started to come off. After a few attempts to reattach, I figured I'd just pull the windshield back off and apply new two sided adhesive to the entire rubber strip.
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Well, while my wife and I were lifting it off the car, I guess we tweaked it just right and splintered the glass!!!! WTF!!

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I worked with my insurance and got it covered under my policy to replace it so I didn't have to drop another $1200.

Now, just yesterday while out driving a rock flew up and put a quarter sized chip in this one!!!! <insert a lot of fowl language here>
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I don't want to submit another claim on my insurance, so I am going to run this one until it gets worst, but think my next windshield will be a polycarbonate one.

What's everyone else's take on these? Anyone from BRP weigh in on this?
 

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In the last month I have gone through two (yes, two) Cam-am glass windshields! Chalk it up to bad luck? Poor glass?

I purchased my first one mid July and love the fit, finish and unobstructed view. Within the first few rides the lower rubber weather striping started to come off. After a few attempts to reattach, I figured I'd just pull the windshield back off and apply new two sided adhesive to the entire rubber strip.
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Well, while my wife and I were lifting it off the car, I guess we tweaked it just right and splintered the glass!!!! WTF!!

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I worked with my insurance and got it covered under my policy to replace it so I didn't have to drop another $1200.

Now, just yesterday while out driving a rock flew up and put a quarter sized chip in this one!!!! <insert a lot of fowl language here>
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I don't want to submit another claim on my insurance, so I am going to run this one until it gets worst, but think my next windshield will be a polycarbonate one.

What's everyone else's take on these? Anyone from BRP weigh in on this?
I have a SATV Flip up windshield with the hard coat and here's my thoughts.

The Pro's: I like the versatility of it being able to control the air flow and keep the mud and dust under control. With a daily coating of Gtechniq G2 it's pretty easy to keep it clean. If it's foggy or hot, you can run with it open. I haven't managed to break one. (watch you fingers at high speeds if you have the thing open ~70mph it gets enough wind to overpower the struts and slam shut)

The Cons: SATV's hard coat is very hit or miss. Some I think actually attract scratches. I've seen these get annoyingly scratched in as little as one ride and that's guys spraying them down with well before they squeegee. If you're lucky enough to get a good one and you're careful cleaning it, you can get a couple/few years out of it. The warranty sucks; After you remove the film from the windshield, SATV will gladly sell you a new windshield piece for half the windshield cost, but don't expect anything else. There is no warranty from that point whatsoever for scratching. When it rains, your legs are going to get soaked. Water leaks down from everywhere onto the dash and right down your knee and down your leg (worse for the left leg, but righty's gonna get it too). Rain also comes in from the gap in the hinge area and either goes down your leg or you take drips to the face.
 

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The poly will scratch right to hell on you in no time.

A matter of hours in some conditions. Maybe before you are done your first ride with it.

Windshields on UTV's are an overpriced pain in the ass. I HATE all of them lol. Plus the cab heat issues.

If they were cheap enough to replace every once in awhile I may use them at certain times of year. But then it must be quick and easy to take on and off in that case.

I've just come to the conclusion I've never had a windshield on an ATV or snowmobile. So I don't need one on a UTV.

It's like people see that a UTV has a steering wheel and sestbelts, so it MUST have a windshield.

I tried a poly and what a waste of $.

The only reason to have one really imo is for street legal if that's what you need.
 

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Welcome from Tucson AZ. Is it absolutely necessary to have a windshield? Besides the obvious problem you have, there's also the heat in cab issues that always come up running a windshield. Try helmets / goggles or face shields, see if you like it.
 

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Thanks for all the replies... Yes the windshield is curved, so taking it to a shop is out, unless is a good shop that could do custom shaped glass...

I'd also agree that the heat in the cab with the windshield is an issue, but we do a lot of street riding to/from trails and even into town to shop/eat so feel the windshield was a necessity.

I may purchase a set of helmets / googles as well.
 

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Check out Bent Metal windshields, you will give up some visibility. Replacement glass is only $200 if needs to be replaced. Don’t have to pay full purchase price again. Also has some vents they help with heat but not a ton.
 

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Thanks for all the replies... Yes the windshield is curved, so taking it to a shop is out, unless is a good shop that could do custom shaped glass...

I'd also agree that the heat in the cab with the windshield is an issue, but we do a lot of street riding to/from trails and even into town to shop/eat so feel the windshield was a necessity.

I may purchase a set of helmets / googles as well.
Just asking, but why is it a necessity? I do a fair amount on on road driving, I use either sunglasses, or occasionally goggles if it's really windy.
 

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Bent metal all day! For me taking my lil boy out riding I felt a windshield was a must. Was worried bout a rock or branch hitting him in the face.
 

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I have both. We ride about year around. Glass is nice in cooler temps and the rainy season. Wiper is great.
Yes, summer glass is hot. I use a flip in summer.
We are in the mountains, so a windshield sure helps keeping debris from inside.

As far as the SATV flip as mentioned about the water leaking inside, boy does it!!! I used a piece of clear (mostly) Flextape across the hinge.
That helped a bunch. I tell you without that, just as well go without!
 

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I run plastic brp with wiper. After 3k miles it’s finally starting to show some scratches but I will still get another year out of it.


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Welcome from NW Oregon

Most of us in our group pitched their windshields. Heat, fog, scratching etc...
Helmet and faceshield for us.
 

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I have a clearly tough half poly windshield .Ride mostly in the sand dunes so far no scratches in 2 yrs but don't wipe it dry always wet it first.Good luck
 
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