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Old 04-29-2004, 04:34 PM   #1
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Question Deflectors

Does anyone have either the hood or sunroof air deflectors?

I'm considering both but want to hear what people think about them and maybe get some details on the installation. I do a lot of highway driving so I'm thinking the hood deflector might help with either the bugs that slap on the car or pits/pings from road grit. True or am I just dreaming?

I also don't use the sunroof much because of the noise when I'm driving. Does the roof deflector do much to cut down on the noise?

How do these install? Do they attach using existing screws/bolts or do they need new installation hardware/attachments? I hesitate to cut into a brand new vehicle (the first cuts are always the hardest <grin>).

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Old 04-29-2004, 09:09 PM   #2
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I have both the acrylic (sp) hood protector and the Sun roof deflector. I like them both. The hood protector is good because subaru uses a thin coat of paint on their cars and it chips easily. It doesn't deflect the air at all. I had the dealier install mine because it was part of the deal. I also do a lot of highway driving and it doesn't deflect the bugs at all. I think that it is better than the one for the WRX and FXT's because their deflector has a notch cut out for the air to flow w/out restriction into the hood scoop. The baja's doesn't have a lip so. you can see mine at: http://snafu.wgz.org/bmeyer/pic/Subaru/baja .

The Sunroof deflector makes a lot of differance. Not when it is in the up position, but when it is open. I hardly knotice that the roof is open now. before I had it, it was quiter to have it poped up and now it is a lot quieter having it open. I love it.

The install on the hood protector is pritty simple, I got to watch them install them. Pop the hood and then remove the grill from the hood and the brackets attach to the mounting points there and a couple of other places. It took the guy about 10 minutes doing it, so it would take us about 30 doing it w/out experiance.

The Sunroof deflector is a pain in the a** though. It took the shop guy about an hour to do it because you have to get it into just the right position before the clamp catches where it is suposed to and it is not a confortable position on the center console as well. I would recommend on paying for it to be installed. I was glad that they did it when I was watching.

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Old 04-29-2004, 09:36 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info. I have the Baja Turbo and the dealer said that Subaru does not sell the hood deflector for the Baja Turbo because it deflects the path of the air over the hood scoop for the turbo cooler. They said my only choices were a bra (not recommended due to water getting underneath) and a tape kind of stuff 3M makes.

I'm going to go with the roof deflector though.

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Old 04-30-2004, 02:08 AM   #4
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I would definatlly recommend the rockblocker or simular product for your baja. It is really nice and it doesn't show mutch. You really have to look for it. take a look here: http://www.rockblocker.com.

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Old 04-30-2004, 10:55 AM   #5
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colonelcorn76: Your dealer was wrong, the hood deflector is available for the Turbo, and doesn't affect the turbo intake at all. I installed it myself; took about an hour to do it like the instructions say...cleaning the hood with alcohol, putting
clear plastic stick-ons at attachment and rub-points, etc. Doesn't require any drilling. I don't even know it's there because you can't see it while driving and it has the same profile as the hood, and it's dark.

OT; , I notice you have leather, didn't the "shiny" wheels come with it, not gun metal?

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Old 04-30-2004, 12:31 PM   #6
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Question Roadblocker

Thanks for the lead. I checked their site and wonder if you've any experience with the difference between the 3M and the VentureShield films for the Paint Protection product. They say the VentureShield is removable without leaving an adhesive residue but they don't say anything about the 3M stuff in terms of it leaving a residue.

I also checked out the StonGard Light Protection and if I place an order I can select from 2 stock numbers with a $40 difference in price but no description of the product except the generic Light Protection info so I don't know which to get.

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Old 04-30-2004, 12:43 PM   #7
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I have seen both on WRX's when I was in Seattle (that is where rockblocker is located) and there was little differance that I knoticed. I asked the rep and if I remember right there is not mutch other than name. but I don't remember. PM rockblocker and they will get back to you promptly. They are on the board all the time.
They are a great company to purchase from. I will be buying mine in the near future for mine from them.

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Old 04-30-2004, 12:49 PM   #8
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I 've heard of at least 4 or 5 products, and all are similar. I've concluded that they all use the same 3M product; the difference is in the pattern and the install. Some cars are harder to do (tighter curves, etc.) and some need more protection (e.g. rear fenders on an M Coupe). Some products come with a more "custom cut". All need to be very carefully installed (professional install can run $3-400 on top of material. The material yellows a bit after several years, and is not really recommend for light colored cars. With black, all you'd see was the line at the edge of the material.
I've heard that none will last more than 5-6 years, from a practical perspective. Edges start to pull up, wax and dirt get under a corner, etc. All need to be removed very carefully or they can pull up the paint. I researched this all 3 years ago, and for my 01 M Coupe, decided that it wasn't worth it. YMMV

About your wheels!!! Leather = 6 spoke or what?

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Old 04-30-2004, 12:52 PM   #9
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Road Toad, is it the same as the one that I have on mine: http://snafu.wgz.org/bmeyer/pic/Suba...ja%20pics.html ?
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Old 05-06-2004, 01:08 PM   #10
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Yep

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Old 05-06-2004, 01:57 PM   #11
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Oh, cool - it does blend in nicely with the hood line... Is it a PITA to take it off and put it back on every time you wax your car?
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Old 05-06-2004, 02:34 PM   #12
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To hatake:

Yep ; ) Reel easy to drop screws and lose 'em on ground, or worse into engine compartment, aligning it, etc.

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Old 05-06-2004, 04:08 PM   #13
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Post Turbo Acrylic Hood Deflector

Subaru offers a Turbo acrylic deflector for the hood (thanks Road Toad -- my dealer is embarassed). Autowebaccessories has updated their site and now offers it as well. (subaru.autowebaccessories.com) For the price it looks like a good alternative to the 3M based films in terms of protecting the leading edge from rocks & chips.

(BTW, RT, the wheels that came with my leather pkg are 6 spoke and not shiny.)

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Old 05-09-2004, 10:19 PM   #14
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Post Roof Air Deflector

OK. I got my deflector from autowebaccessories.com and installed it last night (actually early this morning while waiting up for my son to get home from the prom).

The directions were fine but I'd recommend stopping by 1stsubaruparts.com/library to check out their documentation. The official Subaru install info relies almost entirely on pictures (drawings) of what you're supposed to do. While this can be good, a little explanation can sometimes be much better.

At any rate, took about a 1/2 hour to install and it definitely works. (Looks cool too since my car is a black turbo, the black deflector fits nicely into the roofline.) It seems that it is much quieter (although this is a non-objective evaluation --- hard to remember how noisy it was vs. how much quieter it is now). It is quieter with the sunroof open now then it is with just the rear portion tilted up.

Up to about 50mph wind noise isn't much of an issue at all.

Jim
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