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Anyone here use a "hood deflector" on your vehicle? Are you happy with it?

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thatsnazzyiphoneguy wrote:
Nov 21st, 2018 6:43 pm
Did you ever remove yours? Did you like it or find they make much different in chips



Wow it looks like you got a clear deflector on yours. There only available in Australia and eBay has a fifteen percent discount I could sue to buy the clear one from there.

Yes my main concern after watching the installing video was the metal clips digging into the plastic tape protector and then into the paint. I know the wind would make the deflector vibrate enough that the constant motion would cause the clips to dig into the tape then the paint work. What did u use instead of the tape when u noticed it digging into the paint? I considered buying my own rubber something to use instead of the included tape protectors for the metal clips to sit on.
I bought those felt/rubber pieces that you put under furniture so it doesn't scratch the hard wood floors. Just cut it to size, sticky side toward the upper portion of the bracket. Once tightened it wont move. One thing I did do is put some automotive painters tape under the rubber so it doesn't get stuck to the paint with the heat we deal with in this part of the continent.
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PPF (paint protection) the entire hood

Hood deflector can crack from debris, then what!?!?!
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george__ wrote:
Nov 22nd, 2018 8:27 am
PPF (paint protection) the entire hood

Hood deflector can crack from debris, then what!?!?!
You spend another $100 or so and replace it, or live with it until it gets worse. Not like its a days job to remove and replace
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Parent's minivan has had hood deflector for over a dozen years.

No cracks, no damage to paint [no sticky strip on top of hood, just few spongy spacers]... wonder if they are being made/installed differently these days??
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georvu wrote:
Nov 22nd, 2018 10:28 am
Parent's minivan has had hood deflector for over a dozen years.

No cracks, no damage to paint [no sticky strip on top of hood, just few spongy spacers]... wonder if they are being made/installed differently these days??
george__ wrote:
Nov 22nd, 2018 8:27 am
PPF (paint protection) the entire hood

Hood deflector can crack from debris, then what!?!?!
i ended up gettug a hood protector / deflector from Toyota Australia after my mishap with PPF on the bumper. i think that sums up the junk im gonna be putting on it...or into . it.

one thing about PPF is it will not always save a car from rocks, especially the leading edge. its a thing flexible maliable material that will help absorb some impact but thats not a gurantee. with the hood deflector, its an actual piece of hard plastic that will stop bigger rocks.

there easy to put on. save the money from the stealership from putting it on.

in canada there normally black but toyota australia has tis clear one as an option that i thought looks nicer then the black on a white vehicle. any other car color id pick black.

its also slightly differenc design, sits higher up so more "deflecting" away from the back end of the hood.

overall, i prefer the look without anything on but i think this looks good. may not be everyones tastes but i am content.

only thing i dont like is i hope the side metal clips that "slide" onto the hood dont dig into the paint, even with the anti abrsive 3m tape on.

and of course, yellowing of the deflector since its clear, but the acylic should hold up since it was designed for the australian outback.

thats my 2 cents. its a good accessory that can give a car a sportier look and offer a bit of chip protection, and much cheaper then PPF.

thank you everyone for your input on hood deflectors and i hope this thread helps anyone else decide whether to buy one for there vehicle.
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Yeah I don't see how a hood deflector protects the bumper, fenders, side mirrors, above windshield, under door handle when wife scratches with nails. You just have so much more coverage with protective film. On a brand new car I'd want to protect it as much as possible. But I do a lot of driving and summer road trips, so film was the only way to go.
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Kkhan15 wrote:
Dec 4th, 2018 4:57 pm
Yeah I don't see how a hood deflector protects the bumper, fenders, side mirrors, above windshield, under door handle when wife scratches with nails. You just have so much more coverage with protective film. On a brand new car I'd want to protect it as much as possible. But I do a lot of driving and summer road trips, so film was the only way to go.
i ment just PPF for the hood compared to the deflector. obviously having PPF on other parts of the car are beneficial lol
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Nice car OP. Personally I like the look of black accents on white cars so I would’ve gone with a black hood deflector but your clear one is unique since it’s from Australia and not available here.

BTW, I noticed you don’t have center caps on your winter steel wheels. You can probably find a set of aftermarket ones for fairly cheap. They make the wheels look nicer and keep the salt and road grime away from the wheel bearing hubs.

I don’t like the look of rusted bearing hubs but maybe that’s just me.
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seeparks wrote:
Dec 5th, 2018 7:25 am
Nice car OP. Personally I like the look of black accents on white cars so I would’ve gone with a black hood deflector but your clear one is unique since it’s from Australia and not available here.

BTW, I noticed you don’t have center caps on your winter steel wheels. You can probably find a set of aftermarket ones for fairly cheap. They make the wheels look nicer and keep the salt and road grime away from the wheel bearing hubs.

I don’t like the look of rusted bearing hubs but maybe that’s just me.
yeah i see alot of peoples center thing is all rusty. where do u buy these center caps and how do they go on?

like these thiungs?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/07-17-Toyota-T ... rk:10:pf:0

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2001-2007-TOYO ... rk:31:pf:0
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thatsnazzyiphoneguy wrote: yeah i see alot of peoples center thing is all rusty. where do u buy these center caps and how do they go on?

Easiest place would be a Toyota dealership but OEM can be quite pricey. If you want OEM, just call a few dealerships and see which one gives you the best price for a set. Otherwise try used or aftermarket online.

The center caps literally just snap into the center of the wheel. Align them properly and smack them in with the palm of your hand. Alternatively, if you have weak or delicate hands, use a rubber mallet.
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seeparks wrote:
Dec 5th, 2018 4:35 pm
Easiest place would be a Toyota dealership but OEM can be quite pricey. If you want OEM, just call a few dealerships and see which one gives you the best price for a set. Otherwise try used or aftermarket online.

The center caps literally just snap into the center of the wheel. Align them properly and smack them in with the palm of your hand. Alternatively, if you have weak or delicate hands, use a rubber mallet.
Or by the time you do that, buy some after market alloys and not get steelies
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WikkiWikki wrote: Or by the time you do that, buy some after market alloys and not get steelies

OP already has steelies on their ride. It would be up to them if they want to upgrade to alloys or not.
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seeparks wrote:
Dec 5th, 2018 4:35 pm

Easiest place would be a Toyota dealership but OEM can be quite pricey. If you want OEM, just call a few dealerships and see which one gives you the best price for a set. Otherwise try used or aftermarket online.

The center caps literally just snap into the center of the wheel. Align them properly and smack them in with the palm of your hand. Alternatively, if you have weak or delicate hands, use a rubber mallet.
@seeparks are these the center caps your refering too?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/07-17-Toyota-T ... rk:10:pf:0

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2001-2007-TOYO ... rk:31:pf:0
WikkiWikki wrote:
Dec 5th, 2018 5:15 pm
Or by the time you do that, buy some after market alloys and not get steelies
I have the factory alloys. they have the all seasons on em. steelies for the snow tires. i could ahve bought some nicer alloys but i figured, steelies or nice alloys are gonna be covered in snow, slush, dirt etc regardless so neither would look nice. the one thing alloys would ahve been better for would no rusting. so far my steelies have held up, i should put a coat of wax or somethoing to keep em that way
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carmaster wrote:
Nov 2nd, 2018 4:45 pm
Looks ugly. Try 3M invisible bra instead.
Bought it works great looks good.
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Been using one for years
works on the camry fine
Got it off a guy who had a camry for free
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