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Weathertech bug deflector installation fail.

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by ywen, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. Feb 12, 2010 at 6:14 PM
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    ywen

    ywen [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Just tried to install the weathertech bug deflector tonight. it was an epic fail.

    The anchor screws wouldn't screw in because I assume the anchors did not get pushed in far enough therefore it couldn't expand.. Only got one of four screws in and that was with me forcing the screw in instead of threading it in. The order I had things stacked was: hood->rubber strip->bug deflector

    Then I read the instruction again and it said to put the deflector in between the hood and the rubber stripping.. tried it that way but then the fit was even worse.

    I'd be interested to hear how you installed it..
     
  2. Feb 12, 2010 at 6:17 PM
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    steve o 77

    steve o 77 braaap

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    I have an avs one and I have it: hood, deflector, weatherstripping. I had the same problem as you and my fix was smaller screws. It is holding great after a year and a half.
     
  3. Feb 12, 2010 at 6:23 PM
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    I bought the weathertech bug shield and I was very dissappointed, I ended up returning it! I have pictures of when I installed it, I would post them but it is hard to tell where the shield did not even line up correctly with the hood or the grill. I definately do not recommend this product, now the floor mats are a different story:D
     
  4. Feb 12, 2010 at 6:27 PM
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    Okay so you have the deflector in between hood and weatherstripping.. when I tried that way, the weather stripping was wrapping around the deflector all weirdly and the deflector was touching the metal hood directly so I figured no way it was designed like this...

    When you installed it did you put the deflector mounting tabs between the hood and weatherstripping?
     
  5. Feb 12, 2010 at 6:32 PM
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    Yes, I that is how I have it. Im not sure if the AVS one is different than yours but it works great on mine. Here is the best pic I have of it.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Feb 12, 2010 at 6:33 PM
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    MAYBE you bought the wrong year/style, I have a 99 and I got a deal from a guy that included a bug deflector, but he had a 2002 and the styles are completely different. Yours has a curve and mine is just straight and the 2nd gens are obviously much different. Just a thought...
     
  7. Feb 12, 2010 at 6:39 PM
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    I can't really remember, I think like you I tried it both ways as I could not believe this was the way it was supposed to fit. I to thought the mounting hardware was not correct for the application. My trucks an 09 and may be different from yours but like I said before the fit was the main issue for me.
     
  8. Feb 12, 2010 at 6:41 PM
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    Nope.. bought it new from Weathertech and picked it up from their show room.. curve matches my hood..


    I'm thinking maybe perhaps it had to do with it being 20 deg out when I tried to install it.. maybe i'll try it again when it warms up..
     
  9. Apr 30, 2012 at 9:52 PM
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    Hate to resurrect a 2 year old thread but did you ever find a solution? I bought one and have the same problem. I called Macneil they said I had the wrong fastener kit and sent the very same one. I'm two weeks in and no bug shield.
     
  10. Apr 30, 2012 at 10:05 PM
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    I have an OEM bug deflector but its essentially the same. You need to press on the plastic clip to keep it from rotating while you tighten the screw. If your hardware is shot, ask your dealer parts guy for a bug deflector hardware kit... I recently picked one up for $5.49
     
  11. May 6, 2012 at 5:50 PM
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    Thanks. WeatherTech now thinks they sent me the wrong part. I didn't have a problem with the plastic clips rotating. They'd bend at the end and you couldn't tighten the screw to expand them. We'll see what WT comes up with.
     
  12. May 9, 2012 at 6:48 PM
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    Well it turns out all I needed was power tools and someone to help hold it in place so the fasteners could go in straight. Took it to my friends house, put the middle fasteners in first and with a power drill with a phillips bit managed to get the fasteners to expand with a little force. The outside fasteners were a breeze after that and fits perfectly. Took a while but finally got it on.

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  13. May 28, 2012 at 9:25 AM
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    When I checked the price of the little plastic cone-shaped bumpers that stick to the outside of the hood to keep the deflector from shaking, the dealer wanted $2 each, and they had to be special-ordered. Lousy parts department, hafta special-order damn near everything. :mad:

    When I checked the price of the mounting screws, the dealer wanted over $16. Can't remember if that included the bumpers. Also unable to find the right sized replacement at the hardware and box stores. :(
     
  14. May 29, 2012 at 3:24 PM
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    Not sure if its too late or anyone has posted this but i just took my weather strip off and put the bug reflector on.
     
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