When I was in Montreal last week, I saw a red R/T with a bug deflector from Proflex. Has anyone installed one of these on their Intrepid? My hood is getting mugged by rocks and stuff, and I'm thinking about getting one.
What I don't see the purpose in is that it protects just the hood, which is high and away compared to the whole nose of the front of car, where all the stones go. It's not protecting enough surface area. The bra's are a little bit better, but you have to be careful to keep it clean underneath or any dust/sand will rub away the finish. Not to mention that it also hides the paint from the sun so it won't shade like the rest of the car. You just can't win I tell ya.
As far as I've seen the bra does a fairly good job of keeping bugs off the windshield too. Those two little flaps deflect enough air to let a lot em miss the top of the window by about an inch or so. At least thats what I've found.
There is a company that makes and sells the very thin plastic coat to place over the front of your car. They are model specific and are supposed to be a nice fit and almost transparent. www.invinca-shield.com/home.asp You might give that a look. There was another company that sells the same stuff pre-cut for headlights, but i'll be darned if I can remember that company ..... anyone help?
I have the deflector installed and although it probably won't help with rocks as Intrepid98 said it does work very well against bugs on the winshield. I travel on the highway at least 2-3hrs a day and I may have only one or two that actually hit the window although there are thousands on the bumper. I used to always have a bra on my cars but as also was stated you have to take it off and keep it clean or your paint will look sandblasted. All my other cars had slight rubbing of the paint and also a color difference where the fading took place even after taking good care of the car and bra. Also after awhile they start to retain moisture and can cause rust and paint gumminess but then again this was after a few years wear in an area that is damp alot. Just be careful. I figure it costs less to have a hood fixed for a few chips than to get a two- toned and rusted hood fixed.
Hey I have the same problem, I'm thinking about getting a bra for my car. but it's like everyone is saying that the paint will be darker under the bra if i ever decide to take it off... Which make good since. and the thin plastic don't look right... Oh well Guess I'll keep dodging those rocks and bugs on the highway until I can find something... but until then, someone plez get that green Intrepid in that pic some tint on those windows .......
I don't know if its just my car or what, but I've had my bra on for about a year now and have only taken it off when I washed it, minus the winter time, and there is no wear or discoloration. I keep my car waxed really good, and so far not trouble. Anybody else not having problems?
I have never had a bad experience with bra's. I had one on my '95 Avenger (Dark Green, LeBra brand) for over a year and on my '01 Stratus R/T (Silver, factory embroidered) for over a year. I saw no paint fading, dulling, or scratches. I did not leave it on for extended periods of time in the winter and would wash my vehilce and bra at least once a week if possible. I may just have been lucky with my cars but I know that it sure took well to the always changing seasons of Cleveland. Everyone has thier own view and opionion, mine just happens to be a positive one. I guess you learn by trial and error.