View Full Version : CLEAR BOTTOM DOOR ON PA18
10-11-2003, 08:57 AM
I HAVE NOTICED ON SEVERAL PHOTOS on this SITE. A CLEAR BOTTOM DOOR ON SOME PHOTOS. WHY WOULD YOU HAVE ONE? visibility?
DO YOU MAKE YOURSELF OR DOES someone MANUFACTURE?
AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP!
THCUB, the search function on this site leads to a wealth of info, just have to sift through it a bit or try different search words :wink:
10-11-2003, 03:01 PM
They really look cool!!
Better visibility--Like supercubber said--more for the passenger.
they are colder
more upkeep; they get scratched easily--
Plexiglass breaking-- if you ever have your passenger stick his knee thru the glass getting in in subzero weather in the middle of nowhere, you are in for one cold ride home-- but the good news is the passenger has to suffer more and he'll never do that again.
Lexan-- doesn't crack easily but you wont be able to see out of it after a couple months cause it really really scratches easily.
Paperwork-- you need a field approval unless you have an IA that says altering your door is not a major alteration. But the FAA might think differently
10-14-2003, 09:14 AM
Try Lexan Mar-Guard (I could have the name wrong, or spelled it incorrectly) Costs more than plain Lexan, but should hold up better in high scratch areas like the lower door, or left sliders.
10-14-2003, 06:48 PM
Polycarbonate with hard coating is the only way to go. It is very hard to scratch it, almost as good as glass. It cannot be formed with to much bend as it will crack the hard coating. Mine looks as good as it did 2 years ago when I put it in. Depending on the manufacturer of it AR5000 (abrasion resistant) or MR5000 (mar resistant).
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