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Old 30-03-2012, 05:05 AM   #1
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Wind Deflectors, yay or nay - updated 28/06/2012

Hi,

I'm currently toying witht he idea of either removing my Wind deflectors and selling them or replacing them with Carbon ones.

I'm personally not a big fan of them and think the OEM ones are a bit ugly tbh.

My question is do they serve a viable purpose to keep them, if keeping them on is going to make any sort of difference I'll replace with Carbon ones however if they're not there for anything more than keeping wind noise down I'll remove and sell


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Old 30-03-2012, 05:52 AM   #2
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My question is do they serve a viable purpose to keep them

Their purpose is to deflect wind.... possibly why they are called a wind deflector
All they do is allow you to open your window a fraction without having the same wind noise as you would without... and they are also useful in the rain when windows fog up - you can open the window a bit to allow fresh air in without letting rain in too.
But considering you already have them, I would have thought you knew what they did

My personal choice would be without them but at the end of the day, it's your decision because it's your car
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I only have them becuase they were on the car already when I bought it, I've yet to see any useful effect from them as its usually too cold in this country to drive around with my window open a crack, to de-mist the side windows i just have a vent pointed at each one and blast the heaters at them

I think I'm edging towards taking them off completely.....out of curiosity how much does a pair of OEM wind deflectors sell for these days?
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I've had 2 33's with them and I think they make the tiniest difference in wind noise when the window is cracked but not enough to warrant them!
Both of my drivers side ones snapped in half when the wind got under them on the m27 .
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I wouldn't say they have any great "use", they are more of a umm... err... I can't think of the right word to describe them lol. Maybe "cosmetic extra" ...?
If you don't like them / want them / use them it's simple, remove them

I can't answer what their value is though, I'm on the other side of the world

There is a right and a wrong way to remove the sticky crap they leave behind though
If you're unsure, just ask! I don't want to type it out if you already know lol

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Both of my drivers side ones snapped in half when the wind got under them on the m27 .
Probably due to poor fitment.... if they are fitted properly, they should be rock solid and no wind will break them!
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I wouldn't say they have any great "use", they are more of a umm... err... I can't think of the right word to describe them lol. Maybe "cosmetic extra" ...?
If you don't like them / want them / use them it's simple, remove them

I can't answer what their value is though, I'm on the other side of the world

There is a right and a wrong way to remove the sticky crap they leave behind though
If you're unsure, just ask! I don't want to type it out if you already know lol


Probably due to poor fitment.... if they are fitted properly, they should be rock solid and no wind will break them!
Wouldn't mind knowing how to remove the sticky crap before I make a complete mess of mine
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Wouldn't mind knowing how to remove the sticky crap before I make a complete mess of mine
There is a product on the market for just such a thing... but the problem is, I don't know the proper name for it or even who supplies it . I knew it as a "vanilla wheel" (due to its smell) but never learned it's real name. It's made from a fairly soft compound, it fits into any drill and it's roughly 80mm in diameter.
I used to repair stolen and recovered cars so you can imagine, I removed and replaced a LOT of broken wind deflectors and this product was the business!
Isopropyl alcohol gets rid of any remaining sticky residue


I've been google searching for any info from the little I know about the actual product with no luck.... hopefully someone knows the proper name for it!
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The wind deflectors do work, not just in deflecting wind but also reducing noise inside the car when the window is cracked open, within their operating range. The biggest problem is that they do tend to break due to the adhesive pads giving in after 14 odd years of them being on the car.

Price wise, I would expect them to go for about 75. You could ask for more because they are rare to find now days, but you might end up having a massive wait for them to shift!
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I've got some on mine - and have to agree with the comments above about them only being marginally useful.

If you definitely aren't in love with the looks, get rid.
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I was asking a Japanese friend of mine what the purpose of them is as it only seems to be Jap cars I see them on. He said it's nothing to with noise, It's so you can have the window down slightly and have a cigarette on the go and not have the wind blow it all back into them car.
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had them on my 32 when I got it, didn't like them as the didn't fit very well and some of the clips were broke/ missing.
Sold them on driftworks for 30 and was pleased with that for two bits of plastic...
Some people seem to go nuts for that kind of thing, I just thought it looked cleaner without
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right my weekend will be spent trying to remove them then hopefully without breaking them then I'll sell them on so watch out for the in the for sale section.

Thanks everyone for the helpful hints and tips
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As far as I know mine were both o.e fitment so probably the age got to the glue on mine
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right my weekend will be spent trying to remove them then hopefully without breaking them then I'll sell them on so watch out for the in the for sale section.

Thanks everyone for the helpful hints and tips
As you probably know, they are held down by double sided tape and clips.
Once you have the clips unscrewed grab a length of fishing line and use it to "saw" through the double sided tape. You will still need to clean up the mess with the tool I mentioned above but that should get the wind deflector off in one piece
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Hair Dryer, get it nice and warm and the sticky pads will stick no more...
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