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Bug Deflector???

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by ETaco23, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. Jul 2, 2010 at 9:06 PM
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    Ive been thinking about taking off my Bug deflector, bc Ive heard they can damage the hood. Ive tryed looking and cant see much of anything. But I would like some oppinions. should I take it off or leave it?
    Thanks!

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  2. Jul 2, 2010 at 9:19 PM
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    IMO bug deflector is a misnomer. Should be called a rock chip protector. Much more effective at preventing chips. Especially on the lower front area. Bugs continue to immolate themselves on my windsheild even though I have one of then deflectors. Curious, what kind of damage are bug deflectors causing?
     
  3. Jul 2, 2010 at 9:21 PM
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    SlurpeeBlueMetallic

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    Depending on how they mount, lots of folks see rub/scratch marks in their paint. I'm personally not a big fan of deflectors on Tacomas but that's mostly because of the curved hood profile... makes it look like some kind of jacked up moustache. But it's your truck... do what YOU want to do with it.
     
  4. Jul 2, 2010 at 9:30 PM
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    Yeah, thats what I think too. I think I might just pull it off and see how it works out. And I want to see If it left any damage.
     
  5. Jul 2, 2010 at 10:45 PM
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    I'd say leave it for the rock chip protection.
     
  7. Jul 2, 2010 at 10:49 PM
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    19 looks like it'll fit my hood perfectley;)
     
  8. Jul 3, 2010 at 10:09 AM
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    :).. Thats Funny! Now that look closer at it. It does look like a moustache...HA
     
  9. Jul 3, 2010 at 10:10 AM
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    Some more inputs would be nice.... Thanks guys!
     
  10. Jul 3, 2010 at 11:47 AM
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    Personally I like it on your truck. It breaks up the front nicely. As for the damage they cause, some flap around in the wind and rub your paint off. Look under it. Mine has little rubber dome things on the Hood to keep it from hitting. It hasn't damaged my truck at all and its been on since I got it.
     
  11. Jul 3, 2010 at 2:30 PM
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    leave it! I think lighter colored first gens need one to look right. Plus its mostly 2nd gens with the damage.
     
  12. Jul 3, 2010 at 8:33 PM
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    Well, today I took it off. And I am sooooo Glad I did. There was a ton of crud under it. I had to use Goof Off to get it clean, then wash and wax twice. It was soo dirty and caked on. Im ganna leave it off for now. I kinda like it.
    Im also kinda glad I did it, bc my paint isnt faded yet, the 2 area's look the same. Im sure If I waited longer it wouldve been bad.
    I will get some new pics when I get my new Camera this week. (Nikon S8000) :)

    Nah... Im ganna get a pic now! Cant wait..:)
     
  13. Jul 3, 2010 at 8:45 PM
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    Here's some after pics....

    Sorry they suck!


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    There's still a little bit of crud, but its hardly noticable. I mite try and get it off later..

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    And a before..........


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    What you think?
     
  14. Jul 3, 2010 at 8:49 PM
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    I think it kinda looks cleaner, But I might get sick of this look and put it back..lol..
    who knows! Im always changing shit an my truck. This damn Mod Bug wont go away...:D
     
  15. Jul 3, 2010 at 9:58 PM
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    When it comes down to it...its a taco. Its gonna look good no matter what. Just do what you like better
     
  16. Jul 3, 2010 at 10:22 PM
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    True! True! thanks.

    I think I have the same one you have. And I would def. take yours off to clean under it every now and then. mine was nasty.
     
  17. Jul 4, 2010 at 9:57 PM
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    Could you tell what brand it it? It seems to be a pretty well made one.
     
  18. Jul 4, 2010 at 10:00 PM
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    yeah, I think its the LUND one.
     
  19. Jul 5, 2010 at 7:39 AM
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    congrats on removing the deflector.. now get ready to start counting the rock chips.. I guarantee you.
     
  20. Jul 5, 2010 at 10:33 AM
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    I hope Not! If so, It will go back on. :(
     
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