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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-09-2019, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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Bug deflector 2018 install

Have an AVS deflector. Question on mounting - is the existing rubber seal under the hood lip removed or is the deflector installed over it or between the seal and the hood?
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Have an AVS deflector. Question on mounting - is the existing rubber seal under the hood lip removed or is the deflector installed over it or between the seal and the hood?
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Rubber seal stays on. Remove pins where deflector tabs are located. Deflector tabs installed between seal and hood.


Might want to rethink installing the 4 bumpers on the rear of the deflector instead of directly on the surface of the hood.....same difference in protection only easier to clean and wax the hood surface that way.
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Rubber seal stays on. Remove pins where deflector tabs are located. Deflector tabs installed between seal and hood.


Might want to rethink installing the 4 bumpers on the rear of the deflector instead of directly on the surface of the hood.....same difference in protection only easier to clean and wax the hood surface that way.
Great thanks. Will do on the bumpers.
Would you please resend pic 1? I was not able to open it.
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What do you think of this hood deflector? It seems to mount to the top of the hood.

https://www.weathertech.com/chevrole...ood-protector/
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What do you think of this hood deflector? It seems to mount to the top of the hood.

https://www.weathertech.com/chevrole...ood-protector/

Personally I don't like stick-ons. If tape lifts with age or not 100% intact, dirt/water/soap/etc. will get trapped under the plastic and cook/dull the clearcoat. Besides protects the nose but no wing effect updraft to deflect small bugs.


Removal of the screw on deflector is fairlly easy with no trace remaining. Ever want to remove the stick-on and you have a sticky mess to deal with.

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I actually don't fully agree with mounting bumpers to the shield..... It depends on how close the deflector is to the hood.

I say this because I had a deflector at one time and stuck the rubber to the deflector. In certain wind and speeds, the bumpers came in contact with the hood and actually rubbed through the paint over time. Mounting directly to hood will prevent this, and if done with the correct adhesive will have very minimal impact to the paint.
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......Might want to rethink installing the 4 bumpers on the rear of the deflector instead of directly on the surface of the hood.....same difference in protection only easier to clean and wax the hood surface that way.
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I actually don't fully agree with mounting bumpers to the shield..... It depends on how close the deflector is to the hood.

I say this because I had a deflector at one time and stuck the rubber to the deflector. In certain wind and speeds, the bumpers came in contact with the hood and actually rubbed through the paint over time. Mounting directly to hood will prevent this, and if done with the correct adhesive will have very minimal impact to the paint.

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Deflectors are like floor mats and side window rain deflectors not all up to the same standard for appearance and durability. I agree, bumpers on the hood if the deflector is so flimsy it deforms that easily under pressure; I've seen some of the thin gauge cheapos; won't put them on my hoods. Must have installed at least a dozen by now, and haven't put a Weathertech on yet that has ever bent enough under heat or wind load, nor marred any paint below. On the Traverse almost two years and hasn't touched the paint on the hood yet.


Had to install another brand side window deflectors on my '19 Silvy because Weathertech hasn't manufactured ones for the rear windows as yet. Even though this is a non critical area for flexing, as soon as the heavier gauge Weathertech in-channels come out for the rear, the others are going into the trash.

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