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Wind deflector issues


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I was driving on the interstate this past weekend in my '03 and noticed the the wind deflector had came loose from the bottom support. Of course I pulled over and put the top up until I got home. When I inspected the wind deflector all the parts were there, I looked for screws or something to tighten but could not find any, the supports attached to the roll bar were tightly secured. So I basically snapped the wind deflector back in place. Did I miss anything? Should I look for something else? I can't believe that the deflector is only snapped in place. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks. I wonder what caused it to come loose.

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I've seen that with mine. I'm pretty sure the problem was that when putting it back on after a wash I snapped the upper clips without first ensuring the bottom of the deflector was properly centered on the gizmo in the middle of the roll bar. In other words, operator error. :o

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I was driving on the interstate this past weekend in my '03 and noticed the the wind deflector had came loose from the bottom support. Of course I pulled over and put the top up until I got home. When I inspected the wind deflector all the parts were there, I looked for screws or something to tighten but could not find any, the supports attached to the roll bar were tightly secured. So I basically snapped the wind deflector back in place. Did I miss anything? Should I look for something else? I can't believe that the deflector is only snapped in place. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks. I wonder what caused it to come loose.

Yes, the design of the wind deflector leaves much to be desired. Most of us have added a thicker "shim" at the bottom of the deflector to lift it, thereby putting more pressure on the top clips. Some have used weatherstip, I used a self-sticking piece of velcro. Unfortunately, when I first got my '99, I couldn't understand the directions in the manual about installing and removing, and I ended up breaking a clip trying to remove the deflector. I have since driven a small screw down through the top of the clip into the roll bar receiver. I painted the screw, so it's not really noticeable, and the deflector does hold on much better, and hopefully, should be harder to steal. Some day I'll buy the replacement clip set and replace it.

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Well I checked the clips attached to the roll bar again, and they are on pretty tight. However, I can hear the deflector rattling when the car is driven. Should there be a little play in the snaps? or once the deflector is snapped on it should be a tight attachment?

Thanks guys.

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Well I checked the clips attached to the roll bar again, and they are on pretty tight. However, I can hear the deflector rattling when the car is driven. Should there be a little play in the snaps? or once the deflector is snapped on it should be a tight attachment?

Thanks guys.

Mine does not rattle. I have been to 110 without trouble.

The only scare was when my daughter reclined the passenger seat and the headrest pushed the screen out of the roll bar. Thankfully, it stayed resting on the deck while I reached over the lexan to grab it. I have a PCS badge screwed on to the screen - I think the weight of the badge kept it there.

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  • 2 months later...

Mine rattled too. I ran a thin line of foam tape up the sides and trimmed it with a exacto knife. My rattle is now gone.

I did however have the experience of losing my roll bar deflector insert on the right side. I moved my passenger seat back after getting a CD case and I guess it went back too far. When I got home that night the deflector was gone!

I cant decide if I am going to replace it or not.

Has anybody filled these in with a solid deflector? I am thinking of making a deflector that would be solid lexan/epoxy or perhaps have a logo in the middle of it.

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I was driving on the interstate this past weekend in my '03 and noticed the the wind deflector had came loose from the bottom support. Of course I pulled over and put the top up until I got home. When I inspected the wind deflector all the parts were there, I looked for screws or something to tighten but could not find any, the supports attached to the roll bar were tightly secured. So I basically snapped the wind deflector back in place. Did I miss anything? Should I look for something else? I can't believe that the deflector is only snapped in place. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks. I wonder what caused it to come loose.

All of the mounting clips for the center lexan screen are held onto the roll bar with pop rivets, the complete mounting kit is about $25, you can get new clips for the lexan as well, the last set I got from eBay was about $10, but check with the dealer because they are likely not too expensive.

Mine does not rattle, I can see it vibrate when I look at it through the rear view mirror, but nothing serious.

One thing I may do, the same I did for the baskets behind the headrests, is to secure them with removable ty-wraps, one single black one at the bottom (almost invisible) will prevent the dissappearance of these expensive plastic pieces over the side (sure to crushed by the following semi ! :eek: ). To secure the lexan piece, I would consider drilling a small hole near the bottom so that a ty-wrap can be laced around the bar.

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  • 5 years later...

I must apologize ahead of time for resurrecting an old topic but I just replaced the clear lexan with a smoked one. Unfortunately it was a poor fit but I eventually got it to fit well in the frame. But putting the frame back in I broke part of the mount on the rollover. I know they're pop riveted somehow but I can't for the life of me figure it out. Some help would make my weekend!

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