Autotuning rarely finds a real end. There is always something to improve or change. Even if you do not change the essential features of the vehicle, the body, the interior, the electrical system, the lighting system or extravagant attachments always give you a reason to further improve or modify your car. One aspect is, especially when in possession of a convertible, the retrofitting or improvement of a wind deflector. We will briefly focus on this component in the following.
What is a wind deflector?
A wind deflector is a component that is designed to direct or block the flow of air created by driving. A wind deflector is mounted in the rear of the vehicle. Either after the front seats and / or after the rear seats. The attachment varies depending on the car model (two-seater or four-seater). The wind deflector is either attached to the car frame or mounted on the seats. Depending on the model and vehicle model, a wind deflector can also cover the complete rear seats so that nobody can sit on the back seat. Everyone has the same feeling that they protrude vertically straight up after the rows of seats and complete them with the top edge of the headrest.
A wind deflector can consist of different materials. It has either a sturdy plastic or metal frame, it can be made of carbon and for classics we have already seen self-made versions with a wooden frame. The actual bulkhead consists of either a dense plastic net or acrylic glass. There are also wood finishes here. Due to the wind, the air is swirled and blows in Cabriolets therefore from behind into the driver's compartment. This creates an air vortex in the head area, which, depending on the temperature, can be uncomfortable for the driver and front passenger. To interrupt this air vortex, the so-called wind deflector is installed. This prevents the air vortex from flowing back into the driver's cab when the roof is open.
What is the advantage of a wind deflector?
The advantage of a wind deflector is that this, depending on the design, can look very elegant. An acrylic glass panel or a version made of wood, aluminum, carbon, etc. looks very noble and upgrades the vehicle visually. Another advantage is that a wind deflector makes driving more enjoyable. It prevents the neck from cooling due to the backflowing air. Furthermore, the wind deflector prevents that the hair does not blow through and thus hairstyles are destroyed.
What is the disadvantage of a wind deflector?
A disadvantage is that the wind deflector, depending on the version, can restrict the view to the rear. Furthermore, a little of the Cabriofeeling is lost. Another disadvantage may be that, depending on the design, the rear row of seats can not use, as it is covered by the wind deflector. Also, increased driving noise caused by the wind deflector.
What to look for when buying a wind deflector?
When buying the wind deflector, you should make sure that the wind deflector is suitable for the vehicle model and can be attached to the original attachment points as possible. Furthermore, make sure that the installation is done correctly so that you do not lose the wind deflector. An improperly installed wind deflector can cause disturbing driving noise or even amplify the swirl effect.
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