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How to Install a Roof Rack Wind Deflector?

Installing a roof rack wind deflector is an easy way to significantly improve the aerodynamics of your vehicle. These little devices help keep air from flowing up and over your car, which reduces drag and increases fuel efficiency. A well-installed roof rack wind deflector can also reduce noise levels inside the cabin by about 5dB (decibels). This blog post will provide some tips for installing a roof rack wind deflector on your car or truck as well as for instructions for how to do it yourself!

Check the fit of your vehicle before purchasing a roof rack wind deflector. They are designed to work on specific vehicles, so not all brands will be compatible with yours. Some models come in different sizes and shapes as well, which can make it difficult for you to find one that perfectly fits your car or truck.

 

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What is a roof rack wind deflector?

A roof rack wind deflector is an easy way for you to significantly improve the aerodynamics of your vehicle. This will keep your interior cooler and reduce the effects of wind noise, which can make it difficult to have a conversation with someone in the car or truck. In addition, installing one also helps decrease driver fatigue by up to 50%.

 

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What are the benefits of a roof rack wind deflector?

-Improved aerodynamics: this helps reduce fuel consumption by up to 15% and also reduces the effects of road noise.

-Driver fatigue reduction: installing one will help decrease driver fatigue by about 50%. This can be helpful for long trips, or if you drive often.

 

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How much does a roof rack wind deflector cost?

A roof rack wind deflector will generally end up costing between $100 and $150. This is something that you can do yourself, with the help of the right tools (such as a Phillips head screwdriver or drill driver). You might also need to purchase some rubber pads.

 

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In order to install a roof rack wind deflector, you will need the following tools:

-Phillips head screwdriver or drill driver

-Ratchet set with socket sizes of 17mm, 19mm, and 21 mm

-Rubber mallet (hammer) for panel removal on your car/truck

-Utility knife for cutting the deflector

-Tape measure (optional)

-Duct or masking tape to secure the mounting strips and screws when installing

 

TOOLS: Roof rack wind deflectors come with hard mounts that go on your exterior roof rails. They also include a set of rubber pads for installation inside your car. You will need some tools to install the deflector, such as a Phillips head screwdriver or drill driver, ratchet set with socket sizes of 17mm, 19mm, and 21 mm.

– Measure your roof rail width (horizontally) – this is where you will need to measure for hard mount placement on exterior rails.

-Measure from the front window to the back of your car: this is where you will need to measure for hard mount placement on interior rails (exterior and interior measurements should be about the same).

-Determine which rubber pads are needed. You can do so by measuring from windshield height down to ground level, then subtracting 15 inches. This measurement represents how high the deflector will need to go in order for it to come into contact with your roof.

-Place your hard mounts on your exterior rails so that they are centered and about 12 inches from the back of each side rail. It can be helpful to use duct or masking tape when installing them, as this will help keep them securely in place.

-Use your ratchet set to tighten exterior mounts until the deflector sits flush, then use a rubber mallet (hammer) to tap them into place for extra stability and security.

-Install hard mounts on interior rails: measure from top of roof rail to windshield height down to ground level – this should be about 15 inches. You will need to place your hard mounts so that they are centered and about 12 inches from the back of each side rail.

-Use a rubber mallet (hammer) on the interior mount until it sits flush, then tap them in with a rubber mallet for extra stability and security.

-Tape down mounting strips when installing: this will help keep them from falling off.

-Place rubber pads on the interior rails, then place your deflector inside and use a mallet to tap it in for extra stability. Once you have done so, run duct or masking tape around the perimeter of the deflector to keep it securely in place.

-You are now ready to enjoy these benefits with your new roof rack wind deflector!

 

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Why do I need a roof rack wind deflector?

If you don’t get one of these installed, your car’s roof rack will buffet in the wind. This can create a very uncomfortable drive for that inside. The buffeting may be violent enough to cause damage over time. While wax and sealant coatings may act as a temporary fix, nothing offers the same degree of protection that having a true deflector on your rack does.

The deflector acts by diverting air off of the roof and towards its side rather than directly above it, which creates less drag at higher speeds. When you are able to maintain higher speeds there is significantly less driving discomfort felt by all passengers in the vehicle (including the driver). And since more gas is conserved with a better aerodynamic design, you will find it easier to maintain your desired speed.

If you have a trailer hitch on your vehicle, roof rack wind deflectors are also available for purchase that attach to the back of the hitch as well so be sure to check those out too.

 

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Wind can get under the metal bumper and affect your ability to stop in inclement weather. It’s dangerous but worse than that, it causes undue stress on your vehicle. A wind deflector minimizes the intrusion of air underneath the vehicle without blocking visibility or otherwise interfering with normal travel.

A roof rack wind deflector is much more cheaply purchased than a new set of tires or brake pads, not to mention disastrous failure would be deadly at best. The cost isn’t for me to state as I’m no expert–but I do know my safety is worth it!

It is not wise to continually use your automobile’s roof rack (or hitch) when it comes to long-haul uses. Roof racks can cause damage that will cost you a great deal of money over the course of years or decades. Additionally, as cars are made out of lighter materials they are more susceptible to denting and wrinkles in the metal which could also spell trouble for consumers.

 

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A great idea is to use dimple protectors on both sides especially if you start off by simply opening up your sunroof while driving alongside a dividing highway or when leaving an airport parking lot. This will help prevent scratches and other dents caused by flying debris that may come your way during heavy winds and storms such as hurricanes or snowstorms.

You will need to measure the width of your vehicle’s roof rack, then subtract 12 inches for every side rail on each end that you have– this is how far in from either edge you should place a hard mount. You can install as many or few hard mounts as needed depending on the size and weight capacity of the car.

If you are installing a different brand or model of the deflector, please refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Do not use any other material than rubber for mounting strips as adhesive won’t work on most surfaces and metal is prone to sticking over time which could compromise your vehicle’s paint job.

 

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Which type of roof rack wind deflector should you get?

-The most popular type is the aerodynamic model which can be found in a variety of lengths and heights. The benefit to these particular deflectors is that they feature adjustable pendants on top to create even more wind protection for your vehicle’s windows while reducing drag. These types of roof rack wind deflectors usually have an adhesive base with instructions for which side should be facing the wind.

-Some models of deflectors are made to attach directly to your vehicle’s hitch, while others use straps and hooks that must wrap around the base from either end in order to hold it securely on top. These types typically have a strap or two with buckle closures that can allow for quick installation by anybody.

-The last type of deflector is the one that mounts to your vehicle’s bumper. These are a great option for those who have wobbly racks or who aren’t looking for much wind protection because they offer very little in terms of coverage and can be more easily removed when not needed.

 

What should you look out for?

-Be sure to purchase a deflector that is the correct size for your vehicle and its roof rack.

-Confirm with manufacturers the type of material used in mounting strips or adhesive before buying as some will not work on certain surfaces (e.g rubber).

-Inspect all clips, buckles, straps, and hooks prior to use and discard any that show signs of rust or other corrosion.

-Be sure to read installation instructions prior to use, paying close attention to mounting strips/adhesives as some will only be compatible with certain surfaces.

Final Thoughts

Have you installed a roof rack wind deflector on your vehicle? Comment below to share with the rest of our community. If not, we recommend that you try it! They are easy and affordable to install and can significantly improve aerodynamics, reduce noise levels inside the cabin by about 5dB (decibels), and increase fuel efficiency in most cars. Do-it-yourself instructions for installing a roof rack wind deflector can be found here. What do you think of this blog post? Please leave us feedback down below!

 

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