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Ultimately I would love to have the CanAm Defender full glass tip out windshield, but da** on the price.....:wacko:

Besides price, my one concern with the glass windshield is what happens if/when it chips and cracks? Is this something that can be easily replaced at an "affordable" price at your local glass shop? Has anybody out there had to do this with theirs? I'm not sure if this windshield is a flat piece of glass, or if it has a curvature to it (and if this makes a difference on easily being replaced)? I'd hate to spend a fortune on the glass windshield only to spend another fortune having to replace it if damaged....

For the concerns above, I was debating on going with the SuperATV full vented windshield to save a lot of $$$, but I'm concerned at how easy the composite windshields scratch.....

Also debating on going with the half windshield from CanAm, but worried it won't really block enough of the wind.

Welcome everyone's input on the windshields they are using, and any answers to the questions above....
 

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Different machine but I have the can am half windshield on a commander max. It blocks plenty of wind, unless it's snowing or raining. Not much help with that sort of weather. I guess I didn't get the hardcoat either because after a single wash it's next to impossible to see out of if there's any glare from sun or other lights. So watch out for that.
 

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Ultimately I would love to have the CanAm Defender full glass tip out windshield, but da** on the price.....:wacko:

Besides price, my one concern with the glass windshield is what happens if/when it chips and cracks? Is this something that can be easily replaced at an "affordable" price at your local glass shop? Has anybody out there had to do this with theirs? I'm not sure if this windshield is a flat piece of glass, or if it has a curvature to it (and if this makes a difference on easily being replaced)? I'd hate to spend a fortune on the glass windshield only to spend another fortune having to replace it if damaged....

For the concerns above, I was debating on going with the SuperATV full vented windshield to save a lot of $$$, but I'm concerned at how easy the composite windshields scratch.....

Also debating on going with the half windshield from CanAm, but worried it won't really block enough of the wind.

Welcome everyone's input on the windshields they are using, and any answers to the questions above....
I have the SATV flip up windshield on my '14 commander and wouldn't have any other type. Love the versatility and it has held up well.

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I have the factory glass full tilt out windshield, and have had no issues with any chipping or scratching, are far as I can see it is flat. From what I have heard or read, Glass is the only thing that will not scratch.
 

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Glass will scratch. I have a glass windshield and tried wiping some mud off with snow. Now I have some faint swirls in the glass. Maybe they can be buffed out, I don't know. Even the hard coat windshields will scratch if your not careful getting mud off. I've always had one of each. A half windshield for the summer and a full windshield (glass or plastic) for the winter. A rear windshield or wind screen is a very good idea as well to keep the swirling dust out of the cockpit.
 

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I have the hard coated plastic. Been happy with it so far. Just take it off in the summer.


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Thanks for the input. I'm leaning towards going with the SuperATV full vented windshield in the front, and their back window as well. I just can't afford the CanAm glass windshields right now.
 

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Starky1, I stand corrected, yes you are correct when mud pushed around instead of rinsed off the granules will scratch the glass. I was referring ( not so good at explaining) that when driving and you hit branches or it does get mud or dirt et on it and it is cleaned with plenty of water it will not scratch like plastic will, you can scratch plastic using a paper towel. I however do not know any thing about the "hard coated plastic" people are talking about, Is there a scratch resistance coating applied like they do to eyeglasses? or is it just a harder plastic?
 

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Starky1, I stand corrected, yes you are correct when mud pushed around instead of rinsed off the granules will scratch the glass. I was referring ( not so good at explaining) that when driving and you hit branches or it does get mud or dirt et on it and it is cleaned with plenty of water it will not scratch like plastic will, you can scratch plastic using a paper towel. I however do not know any thing about the "hard coated plastic" people are talking about, Is there a scratch resistance coating applied like they do to eyeglasses? or is it just a harder plastic?
My understanding is it is a coating, but I don't know much about it. I don't have any experience with "hard coated" windshields, but I've had plastic windshields on other machines in the past. Just didn't like how you couldn't wash it normally without scratching...
 

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JT,
Thanks for the info, looks like some tough stuff.
 

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I have the full super atv hard coated vented windshield and absolutely love it 1500 miles of absolutely every thing possible hittin it rubbin it and its has next to no scratches at all honestly only scratch it has is from the hand power windshield wiper I put on it and there only on there for when it's raining or windsheild fogs up .... i know there not for wiping mud off but my stupid self said screw it one night and wiped the heavy mud from a buddies machine throwing it on my window with the wiper and put one small scratch in it ... but that's it .... as for the can am glass windshield my cousin got it for his hd10 and out of nowhere last week it cracked from the bottom of the glass dead in the middle and the crack runs 10" straight up ... no chips nothing hit it the only thing that even makes since is factory flaw ... I'll try to post pics tomorrow... our dealers is going to send the pics to can am and see what the can do ... but I would think a windshield on a side by side would be a touchy subject to be replaced so we will see what happens but I would hate to take a 1200 dollar chance on it.
 

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I have the full super atv hard coated vented windshield and absolutely love it 1500 miles of absolutely every thing possible hittin it rubbin it and its has next to no scratches at all honestly only scratch it has is from the hand power windshield wiper I put on it and there only on there for when it's raining or windsheild fogs up .... i know there not for wiping mud off but my stupid self said screw it one night and wiped the heavy mud from a buddies machine throwing it on my window with the wiper and put one small scratch in it ... but that's it .... as for the can am glass windshield my cousin got it for his hd10 and out of nowhere last week it cracked from the bottom of the glass dead in the middle and the crack runs 10" straight up ... no chips nothing hit it the only thing that even makes since is factory flaw ... I'll try to post pics tomorrow... our dealers is going to send the pics to can am and see what the can do ... but I would think a windshield on a side by side would be a touchy subject to be replaced so we will see what happens but I would hate to take a 1200 dollar chance on it.
Thanks for the info on the SuperATV vented windshield and the CanAm glass windshield. If CanAm doesn't cover the replacement of the glass windshield, which I don't think they would, have your cousin check with a local glass company and see if they can make him a replacement. If they can, please report back on the cost of replacement.
 

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Here is the pics of my cousins glass that cracked outta nowhere... and were gonna look into local glass company ... just a bummer that the glass didnt hold up over 6 months ... my other cousin had a glass windshield on his ranger crew for years that went threw hell and back and the only thing that broke it was his head ha ha long story ... I feel with a glass windshield its awesome and never scratches bad but it's just a card game ur playing but an expensive one
 

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My glass windshield cracked last winter also . Right above the defroster . I called in a favor from a buddy that has a glass shop and got a new glass for 60 bucks
 

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So Can-am went over the windshield cracking case ... and they are covering the windshield 100% all my cousin has to do is pay for dealer labor.... Can-am pulls three once again on being a very respectable company that cares about there customers... thanks Can-am
 

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Here is the pics of my cousins glass that cracked outta nowhere... and were gonna look into local glass company ... just a bummer that the glass didnt hold up over 6 months ... my other cousin had a glass windshield on his ranger crew for years that went threw hell and back and the only thing that broke it was his head ha ha long story ... I feel with a glass windshield its awesome and never scratches bad but it's just a card game ur playing but an expensive one
 

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I have a 2020 Defender Max XMR that I bought this past September, it has 105 hrs on it and I noticed this on my windshield yesterday.
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To answer an earlier asked question. The windshield does have a curve to it. It’s slight but a curve nonetheless. I tinted my windshield and had to shrink the film around said curve.


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I have the full super atv hard coated vented windshield and absolutely love it 1500 miles of absolutely every thing possible hittin it rubbin it and its has next to no scratches at all honestly only scratch it has is from the hand power windshield wiper I put on it and there only on there for when it's raining or windsheild fogs up .... i know there not for wiping mud off but my stupid self said screw it one night and wiped the heavy mud from a buddies machine throwing it on my window with the wiper and put one small scratch in it ... but that's it .... as for the can am glass windshield my cousin got it for his hd10 and out of nowhere last week it cracked from the bottom of the glass dead in the middle and the crack runs 10" straight up ... no chips nothing hit it the only thing that even makes since is factory flaw ... I'll try to post pics tomorrow... our dealers is going to send the pics to can am and see what the can do ... but I would think a windshield on a side by side would be a touchy subject to be replaced so we will see what happens but I would hate to take a 1200 dollar chance on it.
Hi everyone, I realize this is an older posting but I want to add my 2 cents worth. I have a 2017 HD10 with the full glass windshield. 15 months after purchase while very slowly going down a rough, steep hill side, suddenly with no advanced warning both windshield hinges broke allowing the windshield to fall forward hitting the front bumper. Fortunately the laminated glass kept the glass in tack but the glass cracks made the windshield useless. During warmer weather the heat from the cab heater requires me to keep the windshield opened at the bottom for additional air movement. I suspect this had something to do with the hinges failing. I contacted Can-Am and they refused to assist me with compensation for the windshield. They did send me new hinges. I wasn’t very happy with their response. It would be easy from Can-Ams point of view that I most likely abused the hinges by running with the windshield fully open. This is not true. I use my Can-Am but I don’t abuse it. So rather than buy another 1200.00 glass windshield and risk more future hinge failures, I bought the hard coated plastic windshield. For those of you with glass windshields please inspect the hinges on a regular basis. The hinges should be made of aluminum to support the weight of the heavy glass windshield. Regarding the hard plastic windshield. It is okay but I am very careful how I clean it because it will scratch. What I find most annoying is the static electricity in the plastic attracts dust like a magnet. I also miss my windshield wipers that were on the glass windshield. So here is my 2 cents worth. Thank you
 
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