Created: October 29, 2020
[0:00] What’s up guys? Are you looking for a fully-tinted rear windshield for your Can-Am Defender? Well SuperATV’s got the setup for you and today, we’re going to show you how to install it on this Defender XMR. So let’s get right to it!
The first thing you’ll want to do is remove all the contents out of your box from SuperATV. We’ve already done that, so we have our windshield here. We have our hardware kit as well as our bulb seal. Once you’ve done that, we’ll lay the windshield up on the machine to confirm that it fits. And once you know that it fits, you’ll remove the protective film from both sides of the windshield.
As you can see here, I have a dryer sheet. You guys are probably wondering what is this guy doing? Well I don’t like getting shocked. A lot of times when you peel that protective film off of these polycarbonate windshields, it’ll have a static charge to it. So I like to just kind of float the dryer sheet across it. That way it eliminates the static and you’re not getting zapped every time you touch the windshield. You don’t have to do it—it’s just kind of a personal preference.
[1:10] Once your protective film is removed, grab your bulb seal. When you install the windshield, make sure the bulb seal is going up against the profile of the cage. We’ll take our seal and I’m going to start right here, then we’ll route it all the way around. Come back right here and then cut off the excess.
We’re going to run our bulb seal all the way up to right here, and then we’ll cut off the excess. The next thing we’ll do is drill out all the rivets that are securing the snorkels to the machine. Our machine’s previously had a SuperATV rear windshield on it so all of our rivets are already drilled out.
All you need to do is take a drill and drill through the center of them with a 1/8″ drill bit. If they start to spin, which a lot of times they do, I just take a small punch and tap them right out. Once you tap them out, you’re good to go.
[2:36] Once they’re drilled out or knocked out, however you removed the rivets, you’ll be at this point right here. You’ll see if you have an XMR that you’ll have all of your clamps secure in the upper portion of your snorkels. We’ll go through and loosen all of our clamps. So we’ll have one right here—let’s loosen it up. There’s one here, so we’ll loosen that as well, and then this one.
Once they’re all loose, we can just start picking up on them. They should all just pop right out. If they don’t, just take a little bit of WD-40 or some sort of lubricant.
[3:14] Now we’re back to the windshield. We have our long brackets—in the kit you’re going to have two different sets of brackets. You’ll have a short bracket and then a long one. As you can tell, there’s a significant difference between the two here. There’ll be only two short brackets and the rest will be long.
So make sure you grab three long brackets right off the bat, and these brackets are going to install like this, with the curvature facing toward the inside of the machine.
We’ll set it on the windshield just like this, so this will be facing toward the inside. You want your screw to go like this. In your hardware kit, you’ll see that you have a bunch of screws and Nyloc nuts, and you’ll have these little sealing washers. Make sure the sealing washer goes up against the head, like this, and that the seal portion of the washer goes down toward the polycarbonate.
Lay it up on there and drop the hardware through. We’ll take a Nyloc nut and reach through here and start it. We’ll do that for both holes, only for the bottom holes. The way you can tell this is the bottom is, it’ll have a notch cut out here in the windshield.
[4:25] You’ll have three sets of holes in a row. We’ll continue going through and installing the rest of our brackets for the lower portion only. We don’t want to do the upper portion yet.
I’ll just run the nut up to where it hits the Nyloc, so right before you need a socket or anything.
Alright, once you have all three of your lower brackets on, we’re ready to install the windshield to the machine. I like to get in the bed—it just makes things a little bit easier on myself. Obviously, make sure your bed’s latched. If not, you’re probably going to have a bad day right about now.
[5:09] Then we’ll just take our windshield, line it up, and drop it right into place. As you can see there, it slides right in with no problem. I like to let it hang. Then we’ll go through and continue installing our bracketry.
Let’s take this bracket, get one screw, and start it through like this. That way it can still rotate—I just rotate it up. We’ll go to the opposite side and do the exact same thing. Start that one and then flip it up.
Now it’ll kind of lay in there when you go to flip these. Then we’ll go up here to the top. Let’s take the short bracket and install it. We’re just going to leave it hanging down because when it installs, it’s going to install just like this. We’ll leave it flipped down or to the side. Either way, it doesn’t matter, as long as you start your bracket.
[6:28] Do the same thing here on the opposite side and remember, these are your short brackets. We’ll leave it hanging down just like that and push it up. We can reach in and rotate all of our brackets. I may have to get inside the cab to get the other top two. Just rotate them around like that, then come inside and rotate the other two.
Then we just need to put the rest of our hardware in.
Alright, once we have our hardware installed, just go through and fully tighten all of your hardware. If you’re working on an XMR model, you’ll see that your snorkels won’t go all the way back to where they were. In the kit you’re going to see a long self-tapping screw, as well as a spacer. The spacer is going to slide in between the back side of your snorkel tubing and then your self tapper will go right through it.
[7:21] Put that self tapper right into the factory hole. Just line it up for now and you’ll have to push it in there or use your impact of whatever to tighten it up.
You have this one in the position here, this one here, and then on the outside. We’ll keep feeding these in behind here. It can be somewhat tricky to keep everything lined up. Once they’re all in, you’ll want to go ahead and tighten all the hardware up. Then grab your snorkels and slide them back together.
Once they’re lined up, go through and tighten your clamps down just like that.
[8:35] And there you have it! That’s how super quick and easy it is to install SuperATV’s Rear Tinted Windshield on this Can-Am Defender XMR. For more information on this windshield or any of SuperATV’s great products, feel free to give us a call at 855-743-3427 or check us out online at SuperATV.com. Thanks for watching and we’ll catch you next time!
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