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Next on my list of things to do was install some window visors.   It's getting harder to find this for our old trucks, so I recommend buying the kit before they're no longer available.  Unlike the little chrome ones from my 1982 S10 pickup, the modern plastic ones probably won't be recycled for future use.

 

My AC has been broken for quite some time and in the rain being able to crack the window helps reduce inside fog.  Doing so however results in some rain coming in the car.  I also always like to leave my windows cracked in the summertime to let the heat out of the interior, but leaves the opportunity for rain, theft, or mischief.  I've always wanted some visors.  I don't like the version that sticks on the side of the car door.  Personally, I don't like their look and I don't like sticking things to the paint.  The in-channel visors are a little more expensive, but really it's about like eating out one or two times so it's an easy trade off.

 

I ended up buying a kit off eBay for about $50.  Here's the package.

 

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It comes with the 4 visors, 4 very small alcohol wipes, and asmall scrub pad.  I recommend a few cotton balls, more alcohol and a pair of tweezers.  Oh, and a fairly clean car.

 

This is how she looked without the visors

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Give everything a little test fit first, make sure you know what goes where.  

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When you're finished playing, the instructions read that you should use the little scrub pad to clean the inside of the channel.  Not sure why exactly, but I follow instructions well.

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Next the instructions say to use the alcohol pad and wipe out the channel.  I like to think my car is pretty clean now, but this very small pad got dirty quick!

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This is where the extra cotton balls and alcohol come into play.  I continued to clean the channels.  The cotton balls never stopped coming out dirty, but they got better.  I figured it was as good as it would get.  The channels ended up pretty wet, so I let them sit for 10 mins or so to dry out.

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Eventually I was ready to install.  This is where the cute little tweezers come in.  I don't think I would have ever been able to get the back off the 3M tape without them.

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The visors have tape down the sides (on the front) and one side (on the back).  Remove the side piece.  Remove a few inches from each end of the top piece.  Install as you tested and slowly pull the tape backing off.  Push around to make sure it's fitting well.  

 

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Roll the window up and let it sit 24 hours.

 

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I hope y'all find this helpful.

 

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Looks great!  I loved the OEM ones on my Infiniti, but I agree about preferring not to put things on the paint.  When I get some for my current vehicle I'm definitely going with in-channel ones, this little writeup is useful!

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Next on my list of things to do was install some window visors.   It's getting harder to find this for our old trucks, so I recommend buying the kit before they're no longer available.  Unlike the little chrome ones from my 1982 S10 pickup, the modern plastic ones probably won't be recycled for future use.
 
My AC has been broken for quite some time and in the rain being able to crack the window helps reduce inside fog.  Doing so however results in some rain coming in the car.  I also always like to leave my windows cracked in the summertime to let the heat out of the interior, but leaves the opportunity for rain, theft, or mischief.  I've always wanted some visors.  I don't like the version that sticks on the side of the car door.  Personally, I don't like their look and I don't like sticking things to the paint.  The in-channel visors are a little more expensive, but really it's about like eating out one or two times so it's an easy trade off.
 
I ended up buying a kit off eBay for about $50.  Here's the package.
 
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It comes with the 4 visors, 4 very small alcohol wipes, and asmall scrub pad.  I recommend a few cotton balls, more alcohol and a pair of tweezers.  Oh, and a fairly clean car.
 
This is how she looked without the visors
E3BCBAD9-7A4C-4AB0-A831-977EAB2CE27B_zpssdiurw1v.jpg
 
Give everything a little test fit first, make sure you know what goes where.  
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When you're finished playing, the instructions read that you should use the little scrub pad to clean the inside of the channel.  Not sure why exactly, but I follow instructions well.
03EBEC33-6875-4339-98F6-D020ABD24321_zpskpdmtnsg.jpg?1536889460593&1536889461382&1536889463208
 
Next the instructions say to use the alcohol pad and wipe out the channel.  I like to think my car is pretty clean now, but this very small pad got dirty quick!
3E2A2600-B477-440D-8D43-C03B6154C0B3_zps6ydu6zqq.jpg?1536889460593&1536889461383&1536889463208
 
This is where the extra cotton balls and alcohol come into play.  I continued to clean the channels.  The cotton balls never stopped coming out dirty, but they got better.  I figured it was as good as it would get.  The channels ended up pretty wet, so I let them sit for 10 mins or so to dry out.
F29E0204-5AC3-4C18-B316-5ED7CE5953D0_zpszpinq6il.jpg?1536889460593&1536889461383&1536889463208
 
Eventually I was ready to install.  This is where the cute little tweezers come in.  I don't think I would have ever been able to get the back off the 3M tape without them.
3B63EC2B-51AD-4C9C-BAFA-E91B0C03429E_zps0tbszwrb.jpg?1536889460593&1536889461383&1536889463209
 
The visors have tape down the sides (on the front) and one side (on the back).  Remove the side piece.  Remove a few inches from each end of the top piece.  Install as you tested and slowly pull the tape backing off.  Push around to make sure it's fitting well.  
 
B4354F72-CD82-4670-B0FC-0ED6BAC62214_zps6zbnpqmr.jpg?1536889460593&1536889461383&1536889463208
 
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Roll the window up and let it sit 24 hours.
 
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I hope y'all find this helpful.
 

Great little write up. Maybe Admin can sticky it or make it its own thread! Nice job.
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Love the look of those! Keep your eye on the top of the glass and let us know how long it takes for it to scratch.


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14 hours ago, Astrorami said:

Love the look of those! Keep your eye on the top of the glass and let us know how long it takes for it to scratch.


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I don't think plastic will scratch the glass.  Thanks, I like the look of them too.

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25 minutes ago, AlabamaDan said:

I don't think plastic will scratch the glass.  Thanks, I like the look of them too.

I don't think it is the plastic itself that causes the scratching, it's probably debris on the plastic. 

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Maybe it will be fine.

 

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Rest assured, I've had in-channel visors on several vehicles and never had any issues with scratching, all of which were frequently in dusty, dirty, muddy environments.

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Update:  After waiting the 24 hours for the 3M tape to set one of the rear windows won't roll up without pushing out on the visor.  I'm not sure if it was an installation problem or a small defect in the visor itself.  Seems so simple to install, I don't know what I could've done wrong.  I'm talking to the bay seller.

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It appears that there is a small trick for installing the rear visors.  I think this solved my problem.  This was not in my version of instructions.

 

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REVIEW:  I've had the visors in for a little while now and they're still holding up strong.  Today I drove to work, ran errands, and drove home and more errands after work.  I drove on the interstate and side roads.  With the windows cracked but still within the visors there was good airflow to keep me a little cool, but not enough that I felt like I was in a wind tunnel.  There is no additional road noise from the visors.  It kept the car significantly cooler.  I was actually able to do all my driving today without breaking a sweat.

 

It is supposed to rain tonight so I've parked outside and left the windows cracked.  We'll see what happens!

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