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Old 07-01-2014, 01:44 AM   #1
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Default Rain Deflector - what's the point? How to remove?

I upgraded my 02 RS to a 11 STI sedan this past January. The car came with the rain/wind deflectors on the windows. Now I've only driven with them for about 6 months now - but I can't see what purpose they serve.

I don't do a lot of driving with the windows open in the rain. Yeah, it rains a lot - but the windows are generally closed all the time.

I'm not entirely sold on the appearance of them, and they are messing a bit with my vision in traffic.

So - my questions:/
1) What is the purpose of these deflectors? Will I miss them if they're gone? Wind noise?
2) How the heck do you take them off. Do I need to watch out for anything to avoid damaging either them or my car?

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Old 07-01-2014, 07:05 AM   #2
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They help with air venting during drives in the rain. Unless you run heat or air con, your window fog up unless you crack a window. I don't have them for my sti but I do want to get them. I try not to run my air if I can help it.
Use a heat gun and a squeegee and or hands to remove them.
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Old 07-01-2014, 08:34 AM   #3
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I also use them so I can leave my windows cracked open when I park my car in the summer. Keeps the heat down. No one can tell ur windows are open and if it happens to rain, it wont get in. Ive also noticed it keeps the wind noise down when the windows are open while driving at highway speeds.
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Old 07-01-2014, 08:42 AM   #4
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lol if you're thinking they're useless with the window completely down.

The other purpose it serves are smokers actually. Can still leave the window cracked enough and not get wet in the rain.
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:05 AM   #5
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I think they are pointless. I understand their function but they aren't for me. You won't miss them. I have always removed them if they came on a car I have purchased. As for removal, if they are 3M taped on it's a huge PITA to get all the residue off. A heat gun, goo-gone and a lot of elbow grease cleaning up after you are able to peel them off.
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:33 AM   #6
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I have them on my car. The Subaru ones are useless. They taper so thin at the front you can't even have your window open 1/4 inch without water/rain getting in.

They don't serve their purpose but I personally like the way they look.
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Old 07-03-2014, 01:59 PM   #7
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Quote:
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I think they are pointless. I understand their function but they aren't for me. You won't miss them. I have always removed them if they came on a car I have purchased. As for removal, if they are 3M taped on it's a huge PITA to get all the residue off. A heat gun, goo-gone and a lot of elbow grease cleaning up after you are able to peel them off.
Is there a link to a guide somewhere? I've had a couple of bad experiences where I applied the elbow grease at the wrong point in the install, and had less than satisfactory results. I don't mind pulling hard on a part that is meant to be yanked off - but don't want to do that to the wrong bit.

They are the Subaru ones.
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Old 07-03-2014, 05:05 PM   #8
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I must admit they are nice in the rain/ leaving windows open in the summer. I think recently people are putting them on for looks too. Idk I'm torn on them. Removal is probably best with a blow dryer for heat and lacquer thinner that's what I use.
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Old 07-03-2014, 05:18 PM   #9
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i have the rain/wind deflectors on mine and i absolutely love them, and they serve a purpose for more than just rain.

In california we have alot of nights that range between 68-75 degrees so it doesnt quite warrant the ac being on, but it can still get kind of stuffy in the cockpit. And say i have the company of a female in the car, they dont always like it when the window is down and the wind is blowing their hair everywhere. Also, when the windows are down at 70mph, its quite loud. What i do on those beautiful nights that are so frequent here in socal is crack all four of my windows just to the bottom of the deflector and then i prop the sunroof open as well. This creates a very nice circulation of air that circumvents using the ac and is still quiet enough to have a conversation. It doesnt blow everything around in the car, just a gentle breeze. That is my favorite part of owning them, but I can agree that they are not the most visually appealing, but they are quite subtle and i have gotten used to them.

i can see how they would benefit smokers as well, but most of us who smoke choose not to smoke in our cars


but if you do decide that you do not like them and want them removed the plastic itself has a solid strip of adhesive that sticks to the weather stripping on the door. Also there are several tabs on the deflectors that are tucked under the channel gasket (or atleast i think thats what its called). You can just pull down on it and remove the tabs and then tuck it back into place. (or you can just watch this video and do it in reverse) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-LsU8DOXHE
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Old 07-03-2014, 07:26 PM   #10
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Idk if it happens to anyone else, but when I wipe rain or anything else off while driving, it tends to slide up and on to the door, leaking into my car.

Its very annoying and I'd hope that rainguards would address that.

I'm not certain since I don't own any, but I'd chalk that in a "For" column.
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Old 07-04-2014, 11:59 AM   #11
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The deflectors are not necessary.

Use a hair-dryer to slowly heat-up one deflector at a time so that the double-sided tape becomes much easier to break and pull-apart. Use the hair-dryer in a slow, sweeping motion to apply the heat as evenly as possible.

Use a plastic tool with rounded edges to break the double-sided tape and slowly work off of the door.
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Old 07-06-2014, 01:28 AM   #12
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Thanks for the video link. Seeing how they went on makes a big difference in my comfort in removing them. Now I just have to decide if I want to.
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Old 07-06-2014, 01:57 AM   #13
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Whenever I see those on a car I automatically assume the owner is a smoker... that is the only function I've ever known them for. I guess you could crack your windows in the rain with them too which would be nice sometimes.

I think they are ugly but if function>form for you then keep them on.
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Old 07-06-2014, 10:40 AM   #14
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If you live somewhere with a hot a wet summer they allow you it leave the windows cracked while your car is parked and not get water in the car. Add a windshield screen and it will significantly drop the interior temperature of your car.
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