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Best Way: Installing Golf Cart Windshields

Golf cart windshields may seem like a drag to buy and install, but it's not as hard as you think. Here's how to easily attach one to your frame.

Have you grown annoyed with riding around in your golf cart on windy days? Usually you’re not exactly used to the wind hitting you square in the jaw when you’re driving, and on a more windy or chilly day out on the course this can be miserable.  That’s why it’s so helpful to have golf cart windshields to keep you protected.  That way, you can be sure that you’re able to sit that much more calm and comfortably back into the car, free from the weather.

However, installing golf cart windshields is not always the easiest thing in the world, and it’s important to know what you’re doing beforehand.  If you don’t know the proper procedure to get your windshield on correctly, you’re going to find that it will become a major issue when you try to drive.  That’s why there are some tips that you’re going to want to keep in mind, as well as follow, to be sure that you can get the job done correctly. 

1) Make sure that you have a frame that’s made for a windshield to be installed.

This means locating the holes in the frame along the outside, that you should be able to temporarily hold a windshield in place with the use of clamps.  If your golf cart does not have these, you’ll have to make some, or get a new type of frame that’s more compatible.  But most golf carts do come with these types of frames, so you can be sure that you should be able to install your windshield without too much of a fuss.

2) Attach your locating clips to the supports on the front of your golf cart frame.

Once these holes and areas have been identified, you’re good to go with the actual installation of your golf cart windshields at the initial preparation level.  That means actually attaching your clips securely to the frame, and then attaching the actual windshield.  Remember that you want this to feel really firmly and safely in place, but this is also not attached well enough for you to drive around just yet.  That could still prove dangerous, and could result in breaking your windshield totally.

3) Mark the windshield to prepare for permanent installation.

Once in place, you’re free to mark the exact areas of where your locating clips are being held within the holes.  This has to be totally exact, and you want to do that with a marker that’s not going to rub off, like a permanent sharpie.  This way, you can be sure that you know just where you have to attach a more permanent means to get that windshield into place.

4) Then it’s on to the drilling.

From here, you’re going to be ready to actually drill your golf cart windshields into place.  That means you’re going to need a special type of drill bit that ensures you can get right through your windshield material, as well as through the frame of the actual cart more easily.  This way, you can drill the guide hole for your final supports, to get that windshield in place permanently.  There are specific drills and golf cart parts that can do this, so it’s important you find the right drill bit for the job.

5) Attach the windshield with self tapping screws.

From here you’re ready for the final installation, and this can be done with self tapping screws, and a special type of washer and grommet.  The combination of all three allow you to attach your windshield to the frame by first utilizing the screw, as well as a washer for protection to the window itself.  Because the screws are self tapping, you’re going to find that they create their own thread by cutting into the structure that they are screwing into.  This means a much more tight and secure hold, so that your windshield isn’t going to be going anywhere. 

Finding the right type of golf cart windshields for your installation process isn’t hard either.  Most typically you want to go with a durable hard plastic material instead of going with glass.   What’s more, it can help to have a folding windshield as they are easy to transport, and can make for convenient storage if you have times when you would like to take your windshield off.  Plus great companies like EZGO and Cabela manufacture all sorts of great golf cart parts like these, so you can always find quality you can count on.

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