In channel design window visors use a flange on the outside of the visor, that slides up into the window channel. The visor is held in place by tension. Some applications also use the 3M tape to hold the visor to the inside of the window channel without contacting the paint. This design offers a slim, low profile look because the mounting flanges are hidden up inside the window channel. They also are easily removable if necessary, with zero damage to the vehicle.
On the flip side, in-channel visors can require bending and significant force to lock them into the channel. One must be careful while doing this as the visors can break. Some consumers have reported that after time, in channel visors can loosen, rattle, and even fall out completely. Routine inspection of your Tacoma’s visors is recommended.
Lastly, they come in contact with the very top of the window. This may facilitate damage to the visor or the top of the window, from operating the window up and down.
Tape-on visors are incredibly easy to install. Simply clean the vehicle’s surface with the included alcohol wipes, pull off the backing of the 3M foam tape, verify alignment, and stick the visor onto the vehicle. Because they rest outside the window, they provide a larger area of protection around the outside of the window. They also do not contact the window, so there is no risk of damage to the visor or the window when opening and closing the window.
Tape-on visors also have some negative points to mention. They are not easily removeable, and if removed or broken, they will leave behind adhesive residue. This can be a downright pain to remove. Also, because the mounting flange adheres to the outside of the window frame, they have a bulkier, less low-profile appearance.
To install the in-channel type window visors, adhere to the following steps:
- Clean the inside and outside of all of the windows you will be installing visors on
- Lower all windows fully
- To install the front visors, position the visor so that the bottom end of the front edge is resting outside and on top of the window sill weather strip
- With the leading edge of the visor slid into forward window channel, bow the visor outward (towards you) and slide the rear flange upward and into the rear window channel, leaving ½" of space between the top window channel and the top of the visor
- Starting at the front of the window, twist and slide the top flange into the upper window channel
- Apply a little outward pressure on the inside of the visor, in order to properly seat the visor in place
- Repeat procedure on opposite side front window
- To install the rear visors, check to see if there is adhesive tape on the upper flange. If so, remove the backing from the adhesive tape
- Hold the visor at a slight angle and slide the front and rear flanges into the front and rear window channels
- Slide the visor upward as you straighten its orientation
- Slide the visor fully upward into the upper window channel
- Again, apply a little outward pressure on the inside of the visor to fully seat it in place
- Repeat procedure on the other rear window
- Pull the bottom of the visor slightly outward while you roll up the window. This will help to make sure the visor is seated fully. Pulling outward on the visor is only required for the first time you roll up the window
- Repeat the window roll up procedure on the other 3 windows
- Allow vehicle windows to remain closed for 12 hours
- Enjoy your new window visors!