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Big Red 1 09-13-2013 10:25 AM

OEM Air Deflector
 
As I was driving the other evening, I noticed an extraordanary amount of bugs hitting the windshield. I have always had a bug deflector on my prior trucks and am now considering one for my 2013 Ram. I would most likely get the OEM Chrome #82213793 if I do this. A few questions to all who have one on their truck. 1. Do you have to remove the rubber seal between the hood and grille? 2. Is there enough clearance between the hood and grille without causing damage to either when closed? (On my last truck, I had to adjust the striker / bumpers to allow for proper latching) 3. Are there any adverse effects (Side mirror flutter, wind noise, flapping of the side windshield mouldings) that any have experienced? The reason I ask, Is because I had most of these effects on my last truck (Avalanche). As always, thanks to all who respond.

dparise 09-13-2013 03:16 PM

I installed the Mopar bug deflector you are asking about roughly 2 months ago.

You need to trim off about one inch off the ends of the rubber seal (as per Mopar instructions)
There is no damage to the hood, or grill, I have found that I need to "slam" it a little harder when closing, nothing major but just a little more. Dropping it from 8" up works every time. It just becomes a problem if you are someone that gently closes the hood and then pushes on it to latch it.

I haven't noticed any adverse affects that you are talking about.

I was very happy with it because it uses plastic screw clips that go in existing holes, no drilling, no breaking the paint, no rust issues.

I would recommend it.

Chunkem 09-13-2013 07:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dparise (Post 1198986)
I installed the Mopar bug deflector you are asking about roughly 2 months ago.

You need to trim off about one inch off the ends of the rubber seal (as per Mopar instructions)
There is no damage to the hood, or grill, I have found that I need to "slam" it a little harder when closing, nothing major but just a little more. Dropping it from 8" up works every time. It just becomes a problem if you are someone that gently closes the hood and then pushes on it to latch it.

I haven't noticed any adverse affects that you are talking about.

I was very happy with it because it uses plastic screw clips that go in existing holes, no drilling, no breaking the paint, no rust issues.

I would recommend it.

Totally agree....I recommend getting one......

Big Red 1 09-13-2013 10:55 PM

Thanks to you both for the replys. I will order one, along with the mud guards. I think Mopar Parts Online has the best prices that I have seen but have to see what the shipping charges are. When I installed the OEM deflector on my previous truck (Avalanche) I had to raise the hood stops and the striker because the hood would not latch without dropping it down hard. I will probably do the same on the Ram so I do not have to drop the hood down hard. It's critical not to push on the front to close it due to the aluminum construction. I have an Allante with a aluminum hood and trunk; the previous owner must have pushed down on the hood to close it and it has a few shallow dents along the edge. I get kind of nutty when it comes to my vehicles LOL.

Omac 09-13-2013 11:01 PM

I just installed the smoke deflector. It was easy and took about 15 minutes. You do have to remove the rubber strip and cut an 1 .5 inches off each end before installing it on top of the deflector mounting tabs. Make sure you install the clear tape on the top part of the grill like the instructions say. that prevents any noise and rubbing. My hood shut the same as before I installed it.

Big Red 1 09-14-2013 11:10 AM

Does the clear tape go across the top of the grille end to end, or just a piece under each mounting tab of the deflector? Did you have to use soapy water and a squeege or just apply the tape dry? Also, when the hood is closed, is it a tight fit between the deflector and grille? Thanks in advance for the info.

Omac 09-15-2013 02:36 AM

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Originally Posted by Big Red 1 (Post 1199500)
Does the clear tape go across the top of the grille end to end, or just a piece under each mounting tab of the deflector? Did you have to use soapy water and a squeege or just apply the tape dry? Also, when the hood is closed, is it a tight fit between the deflector and grille? Thanks in advance for the info.

The tape goes along the entire grill top in the curved part not on the very top with the rough surface. I didnt use any soap and water. The fit is tight with the rubber seal as it should be. But not where it affects the closing of the hood.

ValleyRacer 09-15-2013 04:46 AM

Comeon!! Show us some photos!!
 
All the folks having installed this bug & smoke deflector - post up some photos!!

sablefish 09-15-2013 07:27 PM

Yes. Pics please:smiley_thumbs_up:

naturecannon 09-16-2013 04:21 AM

I never understood the bug deflectors. They look good and I want one but how does a 2-4 inch high (or whatever the size) piece of plastic help deflect bugs??

Wouldn't you need a piece of plastic to go from the bottom of bumper to the top of cab for it to to any good :LOL:

Seriosly though, what is so magical about the few inches of plastic above the hood/grill (bug deflector), I always wondered about this. Few inches higher and they splat the window anyways, few inches lower and they are splatted on the grill :4-dontknow:


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