Window Visors & Deflectors: the Guide to Upscale Windows
Most of us in the aftermarket community think first of our truck and Jeep windows when we consider upgrades. We rarely go right to tuning or wheel upgrades. No, no, no. Most of us start with something simple, like window deflectors.
Alright, that’s probably overstating things. I mean, even if we didn’t install custom wheels on our very first truck when we were sixteen years old, I mean, if I could have afforded it, I totally would have. And maybe back then I was more about adding in some subwoofers and bass to my truck’s stereo than trying to squeeze a few extra horse out of my engine. Sue me! I was young and dumb.
The point is, a simple but useful product like a set of window visors is often a great first aftermarket purchase and install, for that matter. When I bring up window visors to my wife, she often comments that this particular product is just for smokers. When I installed a set on my truck years ago, she gave me hell because she thought I would be lighting up a cigar every day on the way home for work.
I put her at ease by only having a cigar once a week or to celebrate really big events like birthdays, holidays, sunny days, days when it is raining, Fridays, days that end in the letter “y,” and other occasions like that that occur from time to time.
But what I’m trying to tell you is that window visors aren’t just for smokers. In fact, they make for a great first install on just about any new truck or Jeep. The reason is simple: the weather.
Why should I install window visors on my vehicle?
What is the purpose of window deflectors?
Window visors & deflectors have many uses including:
Allowing drivers to keep their windows cracked during rain storms
Preventing strong gusts of wind from blowing into your cab when windows are partially open
Allowing smoke and vaping fumes to escape your vehicle easily
Gives air flow and added security to your parked vehicle
Adding style to any truck, Jeep, or SUV
And that’s just the beginning. In our guide to all things Window Deflectors, we’ll breakdown the various styles and reasons why Window Visors are still one of the first products people purchase for their new truck or Jeep.
The Use of Window Visors
Window Deflectors allow you to have your windows cracked without letting excessive wind or rain or snow or just about anything in. With that in mind, there are a number of reasons why you might want to install a set today.
Where’s There’s Smoke There’s...
As my wife well points out, back in the day and still today, window visor are common installs for smokers. The reasons are pretty obvious. As a former smoker myself who still indulges in the occasional cigar, I love my visors and can’t imagine not having them installed on my truck.
I do like to partake in a gentle peaty draw on a stogie regularly. Hell, I might even have one on the drive home tonight. But before I had my window visors installed, every time I decided to light one up--not kidding here, it really seemed like every time, it started to rain.
There’s nothing worse than trying to smoke a cigar with rain pelleting in on you through your driver’s side window. Talk about refreshing.
I remember heading out on a road trip to a town about an hour away because my buddy was doing a comedy gig there. I had just gotten off work. I was flying solo cause the wife was at work and the little one with the babysitter. And I had a few minutes to kill, so I swung on by the local smoke shop, and what did I find there but a nice Gurkha Evil Toro cigar. I’m not saying this is the greatest cigar on the market, but it is a $7 cigar. So this isn’t anything to waste.
I fired her up before I left the parking lot. I had a soda in the cup holder, and two in reserve. I was ready to roll. Then I pulled out onto the highway. Now I’m not talking about no interstate here. This is just a state highway, Route 16, in fact. But you know how it is. You get cruising, maybe you kick your Pedal Commander up to Sport+ mode or your Edge Pulsar on up to 8 cause it’s the open road, my man.
And I’ve got the window on my driver’s side cracked, the passenger and backseat ones most of the way down. And once I got ‘er up to about 65 mph, that wind was a little much. I was already cursing myself for not getting new window visors as soon as I picked up my new truck. What was I thinking?
If I’d had window deflectors, I could have had my front windows cracked, allowing the smoke to get out and some air flow in, and my rear windows down even some more, for more air flow. As it was, I was getting wind gusts from the West at odd intervals, blowing smoke into my face and making for a particularly unpleasant ride.
And that’s before it started to rain.
Believe it or not, I’ve been down this road before. I used to live out in Colorado, and I made the trip back to Illinois a few times a year for holidays and birthdays and such. I’d often partake of a cigar or two on this long, arduous 15 hour tour. And let me tell you, high wind on the Interstate highway coupled with rain, that ain’t no joke.
So when it started to pour down on me on the way to my buddy’s comedy show, I didn’t panic and put my Gurkha out. No, no! I rolled up the windows on the passenger side completely, left the driver’s side windows cracked. This allowed airflow in my front window and out the back. Easy peasy. Except I was starting to get a bit wet. Not fun. And I just wasn’t allowed to enjoy my smoke as much as I wanted to. Now still, that Evil was one of the best draws I have ever had--well worthy of her 90 point rating from Cigar Afficionado. But it would have been even better if I hadn’t had to deal with the rain and wind that day. If only I’d installed my Window Visors sooner.
Needless to say, it wasn’t long after that day, I went and picked up my set. And again, even if you aren’t a smoker, if you like to have those windows down or cracked, I can’t tell you how wonderful the difference is now that I have my window deflectors installed. I catch a lot less wind gusts and just find the experience more enjoyable in general.
The Parking Lot and Hot Hot Summers
Another major reason customers install window visors is the summer heat. I don’t care what color your vehicle is or how much shade you parked under, once your vehicle sits out in the Summer sun for a few hours, its gosh darn sweltering inside. You Texas folks know what I’m talking about.
So it becomes a real tough choice for the average driver: to leave your windows cracked or closed? That is the age old conundrum. There are pros and cons to each. If you leave those windows cracked, you will allow some air circulation which will help keep your vehicle a little bit cooler, especially if you’ve got some wind a-blowing.
But what if it rains? Man, I have been that guy. I’m at work or lunch, and suddenly someone shouts that it’s pouring, and some dingbat left his windows open. Yup, that would be me. And I’d have to rush out, into the gales of wind and rain to close up my truck windows. And 9 times outta 10, my driver’s side seat would already be pretty soaked. Sigh.
Same scenario with window visors installed, no worries. It starts to rain, and you’re fine. You don’t need to rush out to your truck or Jeep to roll up those windows. You can leave them cracked. And that rain is likely to cool off your ride even more. Rain becomes a pro in the story instead of a con. And suddenly you’re the guy laughing at the dingbat rushing out into the elements to roll up his window.
Styles and Materials of Window Visors
Window Deflectors come in a couple styles and varieties. Once you are ready to buy, the first thing you should consider is which type of visor you want. You need to figure out what color you want, what kind of install, and whether you want traditional or lower profile visors.
Visors come in everything from OEM paint code matched to chrome to the more traditional black or smoke visors. This really is all about your personal take and preference as well as what color your truck is and what other accessories you have installed or plan to install.
Personally, I’m not really into the chrome these days. But that’s just me. And if you are rocking chrome rims, a chrome step bar, and chrome grill, you know what’d just go great with all that chrome? More chrome! Get yourself some chrome visors and be done with it.
Traditional Black Deflectors are super common, and that isn’t because they are cliche. It’s because they go with everything. Some companies, like AVS, call their particular shade of black “Smoke.” This isn’t a reference to actual smoking. It’s just a color thing.
Finally, you can opt for matching your window visors to your vehicles paint job. I find this is especially great if you have a stunning paint job or a really unique one. Ever seen a bright orange Chevy Silverado with matching orange window visors? What about a Dodge Ram Rumble Bee with yellow window deflectors? You haven’t? Well, just trust me then. They look pretty sick.
Once you’ve got your color locked in, you’ve got to decide on what kind of install you want.
Installation Type for Window Visors
There are two main installation methods for window deflectors: 3M Tape and In-Channel. These are pretty self explanatory, but they are sometimes referred to as “stick on” vs. “stick in” deflectors.
3M tape or stick on visors, like Stampede’s Tape-Onz, attach to your window frame using two-sided industrial strength tape. When doing the install, often times we recommend that you leave the vehicle in a garage afterwards for an hour or two to let the tape really setup. These kinds of visors often extend further out away from your window. But some customers fear that should they ever want to replace these visors, removing the tape may damage their paint job.
In-Channels or stick in visors, like Stampede’s Snap-Inz, slide up into the window channel itself. These deflectors are held in place by the rubber seal and friction. When doing the install, you are often recommended to leave the window all the way up after install for a few hours or over night. Most of the time, In-Channel visors have a more low-profile look, meaning they don’t extend too far out away from your window. This has a more sleek look than stick on visors.
Low Profile Vs Extended or Traditional Visors
A final way to look at these various styles is whether you want a more traditional visor that extends more away from your window or a more low profile visor that is closer in. The difference has to do with style but also could change airflow and rain patterns.
The airflow part is pretty obvious. A bigger gap, the more air you can move through it. Easy. But the rain pattern is a little different and has to do with aerodynamics. Want to experience this first hand? The next time you are cruising along, likely at highway speeds--65 mph plus--and it starts to rain, pay attention to the way the water moves along your windows. Your speed coupled with the aerodynamics (or lack thereof) of your vehicle will force those beads of rain in certain common patterns along your window and windshield. On some makes or models, this could cause the water to push up near the top of your window. Of course, the window visor will prevent this, but you might want to consider how it will change the rain flow. This isn’t a major consideration, but if you have a crew cab or supercrew, sometimes the rain flow can bead up on traditional visors, and if your back window is more open than the front, you might see some minor spray off the front visor. This is pretty rare, but it could be another reason to consider lower profile deflectors.
No matter what style of visors you go with, tape on visors and in-channels are both super easy to install right in the comfort of your own garage. Both do require some setup time after install, so don’t try to put your visors on your vehicle right before you have to hit the road. Typically an hour or two will do it, though, but you should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
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