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#590 of 629 door edge guards, what are....
Nov 30, 2009 (10:02 am)
What exactly are door edge guards? I am looking at Mazda's pictures and I can't figure out how they look like.
Can anybody post a picture here? Thank you!
#591 of 629 Re: door edge guards, what are.... [vicenac]
Nov 30, 2009 (10:28 am)
They are body-color painted plastic strips that you or your dealer paste onto the trailing edges of the front doors, to prevent chipping from door swinging into things like my driveway retaining wall. Probably minimizes door dings on the vehicles you park next to too. There's no point to having them on the sliding doors so Mazda provides only two in the set. The Mazda-sourced ones fit very well and are very subtle visually. They are a snap to install DIY. You can also buy for cheap from NAPA or wherever, but generic ones are probably going to be black, and not preformed to the MZ5 body contour. I have a so-so photo that shows them but it's not obvious to me how to post here...">
#592 of 629 Re: door edge guards, what are.... [whobodym]
Nov 30, 2009 (2:18 pm)
I looked closer at Mazda's photo and now I understand.
For posting photos you can upload the photo to your carspace photo album and link to it. Don't do it for this one, as I am edified.
#593 of 629 Sunroof wind deflector
Feb 17, 2010 (6:09 am)
Was thinking of installing the factory sunroof wind deflector. Has anyone done this? if so was the install easy?
#594 of 629 Re: Sunroof wind deflector [ldisler]
Feb 17, 2010 (7:28 am)
I haven't done it, but the installation is simply clean the area, peel the tape, and stick it down. So, yes, it is easy.
#595 of 629 Re: Sunroof wind deflector [ldisler]
Feb 17, 2010 (10:13 am)
Not sure if it is the same one as I purchased form mazda for my 2006 car or not but the one I got did not require any sticking down I just cleaned the area well and it came with 2 clips that fit over the edge of the area which you tightened down. I used mine for a few weeks and found that because the sunroof area is small to start with and the glass goes out that between that and the tinted wind deflector that there was only a few inches free open air. I took it out and have not used it since. If you can get a clear one that might be more advantageous.
#596 of 629 Re: Sunroof wind deflector [athenasius]
Feb 17, 2010 (12:23 pm)
Yikes! Screw-down clips? If I'm understanding the install correctly, there are 2 problems with that. One being they would prevent the weather strip from sealing tightly, and two that it could very likely damage the paint.
I really just assumed it was tape-down because that is the safest, cheapest, easiest option and it is how many accessories like this do install.
#597 of 629 Re: Sunroof wind deflector [qbrozen]
Feb 17, 2010 (8:08 pm)
It installs easy and there is a rubber seal that is between it and the roof so no chance of leaking. there is nothing to worry about with leaving a mark or anything, the part that clips down is inside the sunroof and is covered with rubber. I personally do not like the stick down kind as i would be afraid if i had to remove it, but i guess it is whatever you are comfortable with.
#598 of 629 Re: Sunroof wind deflector [ldisler]
Feb 17, 2010 (10:44 pm)
How long have you owned your car? We're two years and 40,000 miles in, use the sunroof a fair bit and I would suggest that at speeds up to 60 mph it doesn't make an intrusive noise. I understand that the deflector impinges substantially on the (smallish) opening and think that it is undesirable for that reason.
#599 of 629 Re: Sunroof wind deflector [athenasius]
Feb 18, 2010 (3:43 pm)
Just for future reference, if you are curious, stick down stuff is fairly easy to remove. Just some bug & tar remover from the auto parts store and some elbow grease.
The only issue is after many many years of it being in place, the paint underneath would be less faded than the rest of the car. But you'd have the same issue with the unit you describe.