East Liverpool, Ohio
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Bought my wife a Subaru Forester which she loves. For Mother's Day I got her the best WeatherTech floor mats and side window deflectors (with clips).

Floor mats worked out great, but the side window deflectors are a whole other can of worms. Very minimal written instructions and their online install video makes it look like a myopic fumbler could put these on with their eyes closed. Not so, first mistake is that after you open one end of the box you're under the impression that you can simply slide the parts out. No way, have to basically take the box "apart" in order to get the parts out.

Not sure whether the box designer also engineered the deflectors or vice-versa. In any event, I've installed plenty of this stuff when I worked on a truck conversion project years ago. Understand this design wasn't simply a "peel & stick" design which was what I was after, something that was more of a custom design. Figuring out how to make the clips work in the Subaru's weatherstripping was the first challenge, this took about 5 minutes and 3 or 4 tries to get the first clip in.

Once they were in place I followed the "written" instructions on how to install the deflector itself. After a couple of aborted attempts I've decided to wait until I have an extra set of hands and have had a chance to look at a few "real life" videos online of actual owners doing the install. Not the factory "fairy tale"- oops, I slipped and fell and my WeatherTech deflectors just happened to fall into place. Yippee!!

Nice look, but a very poor design!

Product or Service Mentioned: Weathertech Window Deflector.

Reason of review: Very difficult to install.

Preferred solution: provide specific instructions for the Subaru Forester, not generic.

Weathertech Pros: Floor mats.

Weathertech Cons: Lousy window deflector install instructions, No sunroof deflector available for a popular model.

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