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Old 11-05-2007, 06:17 PM   #1
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Bug Deflector

Has anyone found a bug deflector that they really like?

I have been considering getting one since I drive a lot of highway miles and that tends to be directly connected to little paint chips all over the hood.
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The avs deflectors seem to work well according to the other bug shield discussion on here.
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Old 11-05-2007, 06:37 PM   #3
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Thanks for the follow up. I read the thread, very helpful.
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i never get bugs on my windows but i have been getting quite a few small chips in my paint from rocks, those bug shields will actually help that?
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Old 11-06-2007, 12:32 PM   #5
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just dont get the toyota one ...mine has been sitting in the garage for over a year
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just dont get the toyota one ...mine has been sitting in the garage for over a year
Uh, why? Thats the one i got and its perfect.

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There have been alot of complaints about the Tacoma bug deflector gradually wearing away paint on the hood on the edges. I think the wind and engine vibration cause rubbing. So far i haven't heard anyone praise the toyota deflector but i've heard alot of complaints about it
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There have been alot of complaints about the Tacoma bug deflector gradually wearing away paint on the hood on the edges. I think the wind and engine vibration cause rubbing. So far i haven't heard anyone praise the toyota deflector but i've heard alot of complaints about it
Hmmm... did they install the mylar pads that come with it?
Mine was a very snug tight fit with the brackets, I had to seat them
with a small plastic mallet. I guess I'll have to cehck that when I get home.

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What I've heard is that the mylar pads wear away over time. I've got the AVS Bugflector II and window shades on my Christmas list.
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i dont know if i'd do the bug deflector but i for sure want the window things for when it's raining, i always drive with my windows open a little even if it's freezing outside. the fresh air keeps me alert and reminds me that i'm not playing a video game ya know
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There have been alot of complaints about the Tacoma bug deflector gradually wearing away paint on the hood on the edges. I think the wind and engine vibration cause rubbing. So far i haven't heard anyone praise the toyota deflector but i've heard alot of complaints about it

exactly what happened to mine....so instead of rock chips i got paint chips from the mylar rubbing away and eventually having the bracket just dig into the paint ...took it off a year ago ..not one rock chip
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Old 11-08-2007, 04:23 PM   #12
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so whats the general consensus on whats the bet one. i want to get one, i dont want the oem one i think it looks bad and now i know it works bad too. so whats a good looking good working one?
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TRUST ME GUYS, the toyota bug guards kevlar strips are just a couple pieces of plastic that the metal brackets wear right through. I went and bitched to the dealer I bought it at a year before and they were so surprised by the damage their bug guard did to my hood that they gave me a free paint job. It happened in less than 3 months on my buddies new tacoma and he got painted too at a different dealership. Good luck on getting your new paint job. Hint, hint.





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Newly Painted Hood=hood Swap!!!

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what did u do to your grille?? i havent ever seen one done like that before
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Yeah, that's actually one of the better grills I've seen.
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I dont remember what brand it is but its also one of the cheaper grilles i've seen. I think he said he paid about $70 for it. I think it snaps on over the original grill so you dont have to do any cutting. The only thing i dont like is that its not solid and you can see the toyota emblem. I'm thinking about getting it though and just painting the emblem black
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I dont remember what brand it is but its also one of the cheaper grilles i've seen. I think he said he paid about $70 for it. I think it snaps on over the original grill so you dont have to do any cutting. The only thing i dont like is that its not solid and you can see the toyota emblem. I'm thinking about getting it though and just painting the emblem black
the emblem takes 4 seconds to pop off and back on, i painted mine black. when i debadged my truck i was planning on painting the emblems and putting them back on, but i think if i put them back on at all i'm going to cut the "ma" off of tacoma so it just says taco lol
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Finally got around to looking at the Toyota hood protector clips today.

I removed the shield and each clip seperately.
The mylar pads were fine except for the center pad, which did show
more pressure had been applied to this one than any of the others.

I removed the mylar pads and am happy to report there is no damage.

It had only been on the truck for 3 weeks so it wasnt enough time for
the pads to ware through.

Now it needs a bath as I have 5 square super clean areas on the hood
where the hood protector used to be mounted. :P

Thanks for the heads up and saving me from damaging my hood.

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ok this has all been very interesting to say the least!! and I do like the grill!
soooo.....? Does anyone have there out and out favorite??
I have my trusk store ordering some,not sure of the brand name yet..thats why I'm kind of in a hurry..it'll be here this week.They put my vent shades in last month,I got the type that went in the channell instead of outside for a cleaner look..pictures too come.

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