Hood Rock Deflector...Yay or Nay

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I vote “no”. When I was younger, I had an older body repairman tell me to slow down and stop tail-gating. If course, being young and headstrong, it was my right to do both! :LOL:

At 51, I’ve realized that old coot was correct. I do 55-60 and stay back 4-5 car lengths. Zero chips in paint. Zero sand-blasting of windshield.

Makes me recall my dad’s lecture of “You don’t have to like the answer, son. But you’re part of the problem if you choose to ignore facts.”

I hated that one.
Mine came from a vehicle going the other way, a motor home towing a POS Subaru on a rough section of the ALCAN just before hitting the border leaving Canada and entering Alaska, low speed, no one traveling my way in front of me.

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Mine came from a vehicle going the other way, a motor home towing a POS Subaru on a rough section of the ALCAN just before hitting the border leaving Canada and entering Alaska, low speed, no one traveling my way in front of me.

Mac
Sorry to hear that.

The statement of mine that you quoted was a response to the OP and in reference to his concerns with “....bugs and such....” and based on my experience. I don’t discount the inadvertent freak occurrences, such as the one you mentioned.

The occasional chip happens. But when you see a vehicle with a significant number of chips and/or microscopic divots in the windshield, I assure you the driver tailgates and/or drives fast. If a vehicle has a nearly vertical grill and windshield, you can expect it to happen even more.

HTH.
 

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ASV. 4K On my JT Rubicon and headed about 300 miles to the beach for the first real work out. Towing a 4000 lb enclosed trailer. Have always had some kind of hood deflector on all of my trucks and jeeps. First molded ASV. LOVE IT. Kept most of the bugs off. Only a few really big ones made it to the very top of the windshield frame. Drove fast, yes. Tailgating, a little. Will update when I return home. I won't drive without one.
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What brand uses threaded bosses? I just ordered the WeatherTech and I am honestly hesitant to install it as it only uses 3M tape.
3M tape, once properly cured, sticks very well!
 

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Already had to call Safelite…. so I got an AVS today!

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… so I got an AVS today!
I dont really like the bonnet protector on Jeep Wranglers, but that AVS one is pretty slick!

Thanks for the pic! :)
 
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Is the AVS the better option over the Mopar model? I like them both and having a hard time deciding which one to get
 

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I'll tell you one reason I'm a firm no is because on my JKU, when I did finally remove it, the paint was faded as crap and it had huge white swirls all over it. I guess if you never plan on removing it, then it would be fine. I'm not the only one I know who has removed them to find this out. Also the one on the JKU didn't do much for keeping bugs off the windshield or keeping the windshield from getting cracked.
I have an AVS that’s just been sitting for half a year in my workshop waiting for warmer weather.

Now I’m thinking I might install this under the AVS to protect the paint (and just hope the 3M tape adheres to it):

https://www.amazon.com/3M-Scotchgard-Clear-Protection-84-inches/dp/B004VFYCZE
 

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I’m curious how effective these deflectors really are. I’ve noticed that when I spray the windshield washer sitting still I get pretty good coverage pattern to the top of the windshield. Without a deflector that pattern is pushed down the windshield quite a bit at 70.
For those of you with the various brands of hood deflectors, can you see a difference in how well the washer spray covers the windshield at speed?
 



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