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Wind Deflectors?

I don't a wind deflector now, but I have a few questions:
  1. Do they really make a difference? How so? (I do a lot of highway driving)
  2. Who's got the best looking one out there? (I don't need a light up one)
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You can get a plain one from our site sponsor (with a 10% discount) @Windrestrictor

https://www.slkworld.com/windrestrictor/
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They do indeed have a good looking product! From a functional standpoint, do they really make that much difference?
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They honestly do make a difference...not a huge one but enough to make them worth the effort. I still just use the one that came with the car...but if you don't have one of those, they're quite expensive...I'd go with the clear aftermarket that was suggested....

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Hi! All questions have been asked before.
Remember to use our search feature
I spent good money on it!

here is a search on it

https://www.slkworld.com/slk-r171-ge...deflector.html

https://www.google.com/search?source...10.otqqkLPskAo

best one? Mine


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They do indeed have a good looking product! From a functional standpoint, do they really make that much difference?
Yes, the R171 OEM deflector on the R171 does make a massive difference & makes a 500 mile motorway drive, top down a pleasure while still being able to converse with Your passenger

The one time I took it out, due to the R171 going into the garage for some roof adjustment, I could then see why people drive around on a sunny 20'c day with roof up....!!
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The sun has been out lately in Ireland so I have been doing some top down driving. I have my windrestrictor wrapped up and ready for posting as it is for sale so I have been using the mesh one which I got recently. I find it restricts visibility a bit and my wife hates it. So now I have a dilemma, which one to use.These are the things that keep me awake at night I was selling the glass one due to reflections at night. I know there was some discussion on this so I would like to know did anyone solve this issue.
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Cut the mesh from the frame. No visibility problems then
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Even the OEM ones made a difference on my R172. I bought mine (car) as a dealer demo and it came nearly fully specced. I would not have bought the deflectors otherwise so, not trying to justify a purchase but they do work and can simply be flipped out of the way when not in use.
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The sun has been out lately in Ireland so I have been doing some top down driving. I have my windrestrictor wrapped up and ready for posting as it is for sale so I have been using the mesh one which I got recently. I find it restricts visibility a bit and my wife hates it. So now I have a dilemma, which one to use.These are the things that keep me awake at night I was selling the glass one due to reflections at night. I know there was some discussion on this so I would like to know did anyone solve this issue.
like floaters in your eye, you will soon not notice any reflections

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tilt your windrestrictor a bit to eliminate and reflection


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I purchased my Wind Restrictor about 5 months ago. Very thick and high quality compared to the eBay fodder. As to glare, mine came with a slight tilt built-in to stop the glare. Some of you may have bought one before this was incorporated at the factory. The WR people and product are absolutely top notch! You won’t regret buying one.
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Which way is the tilt supposed to face ? I have mine facing forwards.


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I would say backwards.


The 171 WR fitting only goes one way. Leaves a slight back tilt.


Plus, roof down the wind is deflected, rather than trapped.

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I purchased my Wind Restrictor about 5 months ago. Very thick and high quality compared to the eBay fodder. As to glare, mine came with a slight tilt built-in to stop the glare. Some of you may have bought one before this was incorporated at the factory. The WR people and product are absolutely top notch! You won’t regret buying one.

I'm putting mine back on at the weekend, which way is yours tilted.
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The sun has been out lately in Ireland so I have been doing some top down driving. I have my windrestrictor wrapped up and ready for posting as it is for sale so I have been using the mesh one which I got recently. I find it restricts visibility a bit and my wife hates it. So now I have a dilemma, which one to use.These are the things that keep me awake at night I was selling the glass one due to reflections at night. I know there was some discussion on this so I would like to know did anyone solve this issue.
Hi, I put a computer screen anti-reflex cover for a 27” screen over it, and it took care of about 80% of the night time reflections with very little loss in visibility, there is a pic of the car on Windrestrictor’s web page, I just noticed...

https://www.windrestrictor.com/photo...en-photo-album

I found the anti reflex thingy on Ebay a couple of years back. No problems so far after a few years of use. I took my plain vanilla Windrestrictor off the car and mounted the plastic anti reflex sheet on it like a huge XXXL phone screen protector, 15 minutes of easy work. Just make sure to clean it first and do it in a dust free place.

Not a 100% perfect solution but a solid 80-90% remedy to the night time light reflections problem. And yes, the rear end cover does make a worth while difference, in my humble opinion.
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The enclosed instructions said to put the tilt forward. The way the screw mounts are, that was the only way it would go. The tilt is very slight but has zero glare. Works fine.
Only clean it with the included solution and towel or something similar.
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