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  1. #1 Wind deflector 
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    I read Bob Cawte's article about the Wind Deflector he built, in the latest issue of PITSTOP. Having just returned from an excellent holiday in Northumberland and covered nearly 1500 miles in my Cabrio the only downside was that my wife found the wind blowing round her shoulders and neck when the hood was down quite a problem and suffered pain and stiffness as a result. I was wondering whether other readers had experienced similar problems and whether, like Bob Cawte, they had come up with any solutions. Scarves and fleeces are fine on cold days but when it is hot and sunny the wind/draught can still be a problem.
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    MG TF have been fitted to the Cabrio using the top of the seat belt tube to accept a mounting, these also fit under a soft top in position. I think Tim Hawkesworth has some on his Hunter, and I had one on mine.
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    The one I use is from the bmw mini convertable. Not the cheapest but I think its one of the best. It is not physically fixed to the car so I can use it in Berli as well as Hunter [not tried it in Sportster] It sits on top of the seat belt mounting/hood frame and is held in place by the folded hood and the hood bag. It is easily removed and folds for storage inits own snazzy bag !!
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    Hi Paul,
    Did an article a while ago, which was printed in Pitstop, about my own "Windstop" fitting to a Cabrio. It is fairly straightforward useing a MGF windstop. The MGF windstop is the perfect length and height for the Cabrio.I made a couple of brackets which mount on the top seat belt tube mounting. To make sure the seat belt can still swivel in its guide, the bracket sits under the head of the bolt, i.e. on top of the seat belt bracket spacing washer. These brackets then bolt onto the MGF windstop supports, all very simple and easy. I bought mine off E-bay for about 60. Have included some photos as a guide. Regards Mike.
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    A few more pic's
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    A quick P.S.
    You need to keep the windstop as low as possible, otherwise the roof does not clear it very easily.
    Best of luck with your project, it is really worthwhile and makes a huge difference to your comfort levels with the roof down.
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    Thanks Mike, that's really helpful, especially having the pictures. Another job for the autumn/winter!
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  8. #8 Re: Wind deflector 
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    Hiya all
    Encouraged by the exchanges above, I checked out the MGF windstop, and other car options. The problem I uncovered with my Hunter is that the folded hood is really tight against the back of the seats, and it would be impossible to fit a standard windstop. The seats are leather and fairly bulky, and possibly take up the vital space required.

    I even found a supplier of the mesh, and considered making my own windstop using possibly flexible copper tubing for the frame. I drew a blank on that idea, as any screen design I came up with would still conflict with the folded hood.

    Has anybody else found the same problem?

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    I dont understand why MGF will not fit .I had one on a swb same seats as yours and it all fitted?
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  10. #10 Re: Wind deflector 
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    Hi Danny
    My hood is extremely tight against the back of the seats, so there is no daylight to squeeze in any supports or bracketry. I'll have another think about making my own.

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