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Seamless vs. In-Channel Vent Visors: What's the Best Window Deflector?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by PI Lvr83, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. Jun 27, 2012 at 6:17 AM
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    PI Lvr83

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    I have a 2007 Double Cab and yesterday purchased a set of window deflector's. The kind installed was the one that sticks to the window frame with double sided tape. After getting the truck I did not like the appearance and immediately turned around and ordered a set of in-channel. Now I am having second thoughts as co-workers say the in-channel type will crack and make the windows hard to raise.


    So, I am asking what is the best window deflector to use?
     
  2. Jun 27, 2012 at 6:21 AM
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    T@co_Pr3runn3r

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    Never had any issue with cracking on my in channels - only kind I would consider. The concern part would be the window tint on the top starting to come off due to the tight roll up when the window meets the in-channel that last inch or 2. On my 05 it did start to jack with the tint but the tint went too close to the edge of the glass to start with.
     
  3. Jun 27, 2012 at 6:22 AM
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    JTaco386

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    I had the in channel ones on my 2005, but they scratched the heck out of the top of my windows when closing and opening. This was due to the dusty conditions here in Oklahoma. I constantly cleaned the area where the window would make contact with them.
     
  4. Jun 27, 2012 at 6:27 AM
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    resq330

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    X2 - EGR In-Channel
     
  5. Jun 27, 2012 at 6:34 AM
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    udy2554

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    So far, no issues with my in-channels. 2 years of winter's salt,sand,and snow. Mudded up in the summers and pressure washed. I don't remember the make.:eek:
     
  6. Jun 27, 2012 at 6:45 AM
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    stewartx

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    I've used the in-channel ones for many years with various vehicles. Never had problem. One did crack once, but that had nothing to do with how it was mounted.

    Of course, I usually clean them (the area inside the channel) when washing the windows. Only takes a few extra seconds. If they're likely really dirty (after driving off-road or whatever), I gently scrub them with a thin pot scrubber designed for non-stick pans. Again only takes a few seconds.

    I wouldn't use the type which mount outside the channel. All that adhesive just cannot be good on the paint.

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  7. Jun 27, 2012 at 6:54 AM
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    I've only had the weathertech in channel ones for about 3 months. I think they are great except that if they are dirty and you close them you get a nice scratch/crunch sound sometimes.
     
  8. Jun 27, 2012 at 6:56 AM
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    AVS In-Channels here :D Love em and got no problems with em at all. Windows still work smoothly up and down and seal well also.
     
  9. Jun 27, 2012 at 7:01 AM
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    Mine were the EGR ones. Excellent quality, I just had to constantly clean them to avoid the scratching....I do not have them on my 2012 for that reason.
     
  10. Jun 27, 2012 at 7:01 AM
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    THESE are what I have, THANKS:D
     
  11. Jun 27, 2012 at 10:10 AM
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    x2. In channels have a cleaner look to them.
     
  12. Jun 27, 2012 at 10:36 AM
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    Had the EGR in channels on my old 09 and loved them. Bought them for my fathers 05 and he likes them.

    My new to me 05 has the ones with tape and I already dont like them. will be replacing them at some point with the EGR in channels. never had a issue with scratching.
     
  13. Jun 27, 2012 at 11:42 AM
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    PI Lvr83

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    Thank you for all the responses. I will return my seamless and get the in-channel today. Thanks for making the decision easier for me. :)
     
  14. Jun 27, 2012 at 3:01 PM
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    EGR in-channel installed ...

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  15. Jun 27, 2012 at 5:39 PM
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    I had in channel weather tecs on a previous truck for about 5 years, no problems, I loved them. Have AVS in channels on my current truck, no problems, I love them.
     
  16. Jun 27, 2012 at 5:44 PM
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    Deercantseeme

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    I have the avs in channels and have zero complaints so far.
     
  17. Jun 27, 2012 at 7:55 PM
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    Schwinn

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    Yup, in channels all the way. Personally, I think the style that tape to the frame look terrible unless it's a black truck.
     
  18. Jun 27, 2012 at 8:08 PM
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    Cypherian

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    Weather techs in channel are best in my opinon, if you live in a hot sunny climate .... the uv can get to them and cause them to be brittle if they are stuck on they are a pain in the ass to change and can cause paint damage if you have to take them off. Though they do crack in cold climates too so my opinion is get the ones that are easiest to change out regardless of how long they have been installed.

    Cypher
     
  19. Jun 27, 2012 at 8:09 PM
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    weathertech in channel, front and rear doors...no problems and i have tint on all windows
     
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    old thread I know, but my in channel visors, won't let me roll up my window and they also cracked...
     

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