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Old 07-02-2007, 07:49 AM   #1
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Wade OE Bug Deflector install question

So I've been searching about this install after spending a half hour trying to figure out what should be a very simply install. I found some great advice so far but before I go back out and frustrate myself even more, I had a question about the rubber weather stripping.

How many of you who have the Wade Bug Deflectors have removed this rubber stripping all together and how many have mounted the deflector between the hood and the rubber stripping ?

Is removing the rubber stripping going to cause any problems with water or wind noise?

As always, any insight is greatly appreciated...
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Old 07-02-2007, 07:53 AM   #2
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Re: Wade OE Bug Deflector install question

I've mounted my Wade deflector between the hood and rubber gasket. No problems here after probably about a year!
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Old 07-02-2007, 08:02 AM   #3
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Re: Wade OE Bug Deflector install question

My body shop guy, who also spray painted it to match my beautiful Steel Blue RL , removed the gasket entirely.

There is no additional wind noise and in over a year I haven't had any water problems.
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Old 07-02-2007, 08:11 AM   #4
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Re: Wade OE Bug Deflector install question

Thanks for the quick responses!!!
Looks like at 50/50, I can install either way...
And Jsant01, I mean, PizzaMan, thanks for the original idea about a year ago. I'm a slow adapter... Actually, the bug guts on my window and the rock dings finally started wearing on me...
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Old 07-02-2007, 08:27 AM   #5
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And Jsant01, I mean, PizzaMan, thanks for the original idea about a year ago.
Yeah, I guess it's hard to keep track of me!
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Yeah, I guess it's hard to keep track of me!
Ya but it's fun and the pay off is worth it...
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Re: Wade OE Bug Deflector install question

I took off the rubber gasket and the install was much easier...15 minutes... Except, the deflector is not the best quality. It's not symetrical on both ends. I wish I had noticed this before I painted it. The left end has a nice curve to it that conforms the the bottom of the hood and makes it really easy to screw in. The drivers side does not have the same curve and was very difficult screwing into place. It is noticable to me but I'm not so sure it's as obvious just taking a quick look. It's on, it looks nice and really wasn't all that expensive.
$35 plus I think $18 for shipping from Nulime. And it arrive very quickly. Less than 2 weeks. I ordered a can of spray touch up paint online and painted myself for about $20... I'll live with it for now but I'm not 100% in love with it. I should say, I'm not 100% in love with the fact that it's not symetrical. I do love the look 100%...
Thanks for the help on this...

I'll post pics later
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Old 07-03-2007, 07:22 AM   #8
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Re: Wade OE Bug Deflector install question

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I took off the rubber gasket and the install was much easier...15 minutes... Except, the deflector is not the best quality. It's not symetrical on both ends. I wish I had noticed this before I painted it. The left end has a nice curve to it that conforms the the bottom of the hood and makes it really easy to screw in. The drivers side does not have the same curve and was very difficult screwing into place. It is noticable to me but I'm not so sure it's as obvious just taking a quick look. It's on, it looks nice and really wasn't all that expensive.
You described my experience with the Wade deflector quite accurately. I did leave the rubber gasket in place, but was not able to use the factory mounting hole on the driver's side mounting tab, so I drilled my own. You should share your post with Danny at Wade. I also complained of this problem, but he said that he had no problems with the six he installed on Ridgelines.

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Re: Wade OE Bug Deflector install question

I'm sorry to hear of the troubles you guys had with your Wade deflectors. I did not install mine, it was done by the body shop that painted it for me. They gave me no indication there was an installation problem and mine appears to be symmetrical. There are no holes drilled that i can see.
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Old 07-03-2007, 07:59 AM   #10
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Re: Wade OE Bug Deflector install question

It's all part of the fun of mods PizzaMan...
It's a great look. This is from someone who actually bought this truck because of the looks and who has not added any mods because of this love of the look.
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