Review & Install Video
I'm Ryan from ExtremeTerrain.com, and this is my review of the Weathertech bug and stone deflector in dark smoke, fitting all 2007 to 2016 JKs.
For a lot of you guys, this is going to be an appearance modification. This is something that's fairly inexpensive and easy to install, that will change up the look of the front of your Jeep and make it look different from all of the other ones that rolled off of the assembly line. But, this is also a bit of protection. The leading edge of your hood is very prone to stone throws and this will definitely help to protect against those. This also has a little bit of an aerodynamic lip on it that is designed to push bugs or light stones up and over the top of the Jeep instead of directly into the windshield.
Now, that aerodynamic change can also make it a little bit difficult to get your windshield washer fluid from the hood directly onto the windshield, but that is a small price to pay for most of you for something that is, again, an inexpensive modification that changes up the look of the Jeep and adds some light protection. And, in my opinion, the Weathertech version of this bug and stone deflector does all of that at a fairly reasonable price.
This bug and stone deflector is made of an aerospace grade material that is scratch, crack, and warp resistant. The whole thing is aerodynamic, as I mentioned, to give you a little bit of that deflection up and over the windshield from the leading edge of the hood, and it's designed to install very, very easily using 3M tape and just a couple of self-tapping screws.
Getting this installed on your Jeep is pretty simple, and the installation process starts in the same way that it does anytime you're using 3M to stick anything onto your vehicle, and that is with cleaning the surface. You'll open up the hood and hold the bug guard up to the hood to make sure that you know exactly the area that you need to clean, and that's actually going to be on the underside of the hood, not on the outside. Then, you can use the included alcohol prep pad to clean the area carefully.
After that, hold the bug guard up again and mark for the holes you'll have to drill into the hood to get this thing attached. From there, you'll just want to remove the protective covering that comes on the 3M adhesive, press the bug guard into place, and install the self-tapping screws that come in the kit. From there, you're finished up. The whole process will only take you about an hour and you won't need any specialty tools, but you will need a drill with a sharp drill bit and a Phillips head screwdriver.
Like I said before, I do think that this bug guard is priced appropriately for what it is. It's made of really high-quality material, it's finished nice, it fits really well, and I like the way that it attaches. The kit includes everything you need to get it attached to the Jeep, including the alcohol prep pad and some rubber bumpers to keep the bug guard from chafing the paint on the hood. So, all in all, I think if you're looking for some protection and you're looking for something that gives you this look, this is a nice option.
So, if you're looking for something that's going to add protection to the leading edge of your hood against stone throws, and also redirect small particles and bugs up over the windshield instead of into it, I think this is an option that fits well, looks nice, and is fairly priced.
So, that's my review of the Weathertech stone and bug deflector in dark smoke, fitting all 2007 to 2016 JKs, that you can find right here at ExtremeTerrain.com.