Originally Posted by ABJ
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Very nice review! Exactly what I was looking for (i.e. real-world opinions and pics).
I am the proud new owner of a 2009 Double Cab Sport, bright white. I love the look of the in-channel model, and actually wondered exactly how they worked until I read this review. As with most things that have many positives, there are usually some negatives......in this case, the possibility of scratching the glass over time, and the possiblility of losing one while in transit. I had an idea on how to reduce the likelihood of scratching the glass. What if you got some very thin felt-type material and lined the insides of the channels? You guys think this would work? Regarding the acual functionality debate, I personally think they are functional in that you can leave your windows cracked on a hot day, and should a storm blow up (as they do here in GA), rain doesn't get inside. Plus, the aesthetics alone make it worth it for me personally. Also, what about those of us who want (or have) tinted windows? Anyone had experience with how the tint holds up to repeatedly going in and out of the channel? When I get my front two tinted, I'll probably just have them leave about a 1/4" strip untinted at the top, which will be hidden when the windows are up anyway. Thoughts?
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Regarding the 2 negatives...both true.
I added small pieces of double-sided tape to the OUTSIDE of the rear guards. If the tape was on the inside, the window would hit it. Actually, I added this tape to the front guards as well for the added stability (no fluttering). The pieces of tape need to be about 1/8" wide or you will see them from the outside. Black tape would be ideal. I put about 10 pieces across each visor.
As for the window scratching, I have not experienced this yet but figure it may happen. It probably depends how dirty your window is when you put it up. If you wheel your truck, you may experience this sooner (but will probably have other scratches and dents to worry about too).
I'm not really concerned about it though as you won't really see it when the window is up or down - only when it's partial. And even then, it's only the top 1/2".
As for the tint, I was concerned about that. It was one reason why I decided against getting my windows tinted (and it's illegal in PA). I spoke to the window tinter and had front tint with in-channel visors and has not had an issue. He said if I would feel more comfortable, he would stop the tint 1/2" from the top.
I leave my windows cracked everyday at work. We get some pretty nasty T-storms and I have never had evidence of water in the truck. And you can't see that window is cracked from the outside.
If I am driving 70mph down the highway, I can open my driver-side window all the way and the rear window halfway (double cab). When the windows are like this, I get little or NO wind in my face. It's also not very loud. I don't know if it was like that before the visors but I LOVE IT. I can't stand driving while getting blasted in the face by wind - gives me a headache.
And an updated picture...