Chief16
Hi all
something thats been discussed quite a bit but yes having problems with the buffeting when the windshields on. 
I have the 16inch OEM on my chief but I also have an extended reach seat fitted, which has me sitting a little higher and a tad further back, buffeting unbearable. I also have the lower jescustom wind deflectors, this cut the buffeting by about 50% but it’s still f.....n annoying. I don’t put the screen on a hell of a lot but when I do it’s just not something you want to spend more than a couple of hours at 110km with. 
Has anyone tried drilling holes or cutting a slot into the screen to allow some air to pass but still giving you good protection out on the open road. 
Ive tried different helmets and sitting positions, the buffeting doesn’t stop unless my head is virtually touching the tank.
Any suggestions I’m open to.
Thanks in advance
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Simsy
I put a freedom shield on my chief, it made a difference but there is still some buffeting there but it's tolerable, I think it has something  to do with pressure difference, my honda crosstourer has a givi dual screen which allows air to flow between the two and little to no bufferting at all, also when ever I try using ear plugs with my screen on, it feels like my ear drums are going to burst, so that makes me think pressure difference could be the cause.
You could  try one of those vents that you can open and close,  I think they would help.
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Chief16
Thanks for the reply mate, what vents do you speak of ?
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Dr.Shifty
I had lots of buffeting on my Springfield but the JESCustoms lowers fixed it. I suspect your seating position with the extended reach seat is an issue. There are aftermarket screens that have a turn out towards the top and it takes the air higher over the rider's head, that might help.

When I had the Scout it was the same problem. I cut a slot in the windshield and fitted a vent from a Goldwing, thinking it would balance the air pressure, but it didn't do anything much at all and wasn't worth the work. What worked best on the Scout was adding a piece of plastic at the top that sat on a couple of wedges of foam that held it out to mirror those flip shields. That lifted the air a bit higher.

Here is the vent.
First, the hole I cut in the shield.

Vent 09.jpg 

And with the vent in place. I had to cut the vent so it fitted between the handlebars. There is a flap on the inside not shown in this pic.
Vent 10.jpg

I don't have any pics of the piece I added at the top, it was not the most attractive thing but it worked in a half-hearted way.
Cheers, Kim.

From Woodrising (no, nobody else has heard of it either)
Rides a Springfield Dark Horse
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Chief16
Thanks for the info mate
Now you’ve said the vent you fitted didn’t do much has me leaning away from the idea. I probably should give the 19 or 21 inch screens a go before I start hacking my screen. I really don’t want to be looking through the screen while riding though, but I may have a bit of scope to come up a couple of inches. Who sells the lipped after market screens mate, do you know?
Thanks for your advice
Cheers
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David
Chief16 wrote:
Thanks for the info mate
Now you’ve said the vent you fitted didn’t do much has me leaning away from the idea. I probably should give the 19 or 21 inch screens a go before I start hacking my screen. I really don’t want to be looking through the screen while riding though, but I may have a bit of scope to come up a couple of inches. Who sells the lipped after market screens mate, do you know?
Thanks for your advice
Cheers
I have a Springfield and had (and still do to a small degree) get buffeting at times. At Shifty’s suggestion I added chrome JES lowers which improved the buffeting but I also added a re-curve screen from “Freedom Winshields” out of the US. This screen has a curve at the top of the shield that throws the stream of air a couple of inches higher than the standard screen. The Freedom shields are well manufactured and of high quality. Google Freedom Windshields and you will get all the information you need including how to make sure your ordering the right screen for your height while still seeing over the top of it. John who owns the business is a wealth of information and a gentleman to deal with but the exchange rate will sting at the moment. Let John know that you have a non standard seating position in your discussions - I agree that this is most likely exacerbating the problem. Make sure you double check the height of your existing screen when measuring yourself up for the new screen height. Let us know how you go.
2017 Indian Springfield
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Doely
Id agree on a different screen as suggested  I know the Klockwerx  screens are great on the RM ,not sure iff they make them to suit the Chief . Look them up ,worth your while . Only other way is higher screens but that depends if you dont mind looking through them all the time . I dont ,just over is ok .
Cheers Ray
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Simsy
I think from memory my freedom screen was about $400 posted, crappy exchange rate doesn't help, suit's the chief better being swept up at the top also , I'm 194 cm tall so went with the 18 inch tall, I think that is the tallest they do but don't quote me on that, I also have raised the seat about an inch and I look over the top of the screen but only just, worth the money in my opinion but don't expect 0 buffeting even with lowers, and the quality of the freedom screen is 10/10.
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Chief16
I think I’ll see if I can borrow an 18inch for a test run before I go spending anymore on another screen or slashing mine up. I did actually try the 16inch before I bought it but on another bike and it was perfect, the seat on my bike is the problem I think.  Hopefully if I can find one that’s suitable I’ll get hold of one and see if I can get a few Bradmans back on mine. If I go buying another screen now and I hate the f...... thing as well my mrs will be sending me out to the dog house for f... nose how long
Thanks for the info fellas
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Dr.Shifty
When I went looking for a flip screen i found that the box dimensions were too large for the shipping company that the supplier used, so they wouldn't send it overseas. If you get too high a shipping quote, check out other suppliers who might use different shipping companies. These days there are more suppliers making them so it's worth checking the market.

Another thing to check is how the screen is measured. There seemed to be some that measured if from the top of the cut-out and others who measured it from the headlight itself. They might have all got things standardised by now, but that caused some confusion a few years ago.

Check that your bike has the spools that the screen sits on. If you have mounted the JES lowers directly to the fork shroud borrowing one won't work, there has to be a half inch gap in there where the spools sit against the forks.
Cheers, Kim.

From Woodrising (no, nobody else has heard of it either)
Rides a Springfield Dark Horse
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cdnindianrider
Freedom flip shield and lower wind deflectors are the only thing that helped with the buffeting on my Chief. Also I get way more buffeting with certain helmets. 
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Dr.Shifty
Freedom flip shield and lower wind deflectors are the only thing that helped with the buffeting on my Chief. Also I get way more buffeting with certain helmets. 


I get the helmet thing as well. I have a Shark Evoline helmet and the chin piece can flip over the back so it can be worn full face or open. It it's closed I get some buffeting, if it's over the back the wind must go over the top differently and it's smoother. It's like the chin piece forms a spoiler.
Cheers, Kim.

From Woodrising (no, nobody else has heard of it either)
Rides a Springfield Dark Horse
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Chief16
Yeah I do notice a difference with different helmets. Buffeting not so prevalent with my heavier full face compared to my open face helmet. My head must sit a bit steadier with the heavier helmet. 
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