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Merideth: Hey guys. So today we're checking out the Weathertech Low Profile Hood Protector in Dark Smoke, fitting all 2016 and newer Toyota Tacomas. Now, this will be a great option for the Tacoma owners who are in search of a styling change and a bit of protection to the front end of their truck. Now the front of the hood is incredibly prone to any rock chips, especially from the trail if you take your truck off-road and on the highway. And this will do a good job at protecting the paint keeping the hood in mint condition. This will also just be a good option for you if you're a fan of that deflector look and wanna add some small black accents to your truck while getting some protection in the meantime.Now this will be made of aero grade acrylic material that will be scratch-resistant and durable enough to take the hit from any kick up while driving. It will also have a dark smoke look to it which will match with any other smoked window deflectors or smoked accessories on your truck. Not to mention, this will have a ton of 3M automotive-grade tape on the back to make sure that this is not going to go anywhere when installed on your Tacoma.Now when it comes to the price, this will be pretty affordable for a hood deflector at roughly $100. Now in comparing this to some other choices in the category, this will have a smoked look and a very simple acrylic build while some may have different finishes like a matte black or texture black and some may include lighting on the deflector itself. Not to mention, other options may not be as low profile as this choice and may stick up a bit, especially in the back when it comes to the overall build. Now, I think if you're just looking for something simplistic, low profile, and very sleek at a very affordable price, then this is going to be the hood deflector to choose.Now when it comes to install, this will be a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, taking you about 15 minutes to get the job done, and again, it is going to be very straightforward. The only tools that you'll need are going to be the supplied alcohol prep pads included in the kit, and you might wanna have a rag on hand just to make sure that the hood or wherever the 3M is sticking to is free of any dirt or dust to help the adhesion process.Now, one of our customers here at Extreme Terrain has actually installed this on their Tacoma and is going to walk you through that process step by step. That's gonna wrap it up for my review. Let's go ahead and get into the install.Man: These items here it'll come with, you have directions, alcohol prep pads, and a surface prep pad. In addition to that, some masking take will be helpful.The first thing you wanna do, unwrap it here. This installation should be pretty simple. There are not really any tools needed. It's just simply double-sided tape works excellent that's just under here. So the first thing I'm gonna do is take the part over here to protect it. And just gonna do sort of a dry fit. Set it on where it's gonna end up going which is right about here. I'm gonna grab that masking tape.So, we'll just kind of lay it on here where it's gonna end up. We're just gonna take the masking tape or painter's tape and just kinda outline the backside of this where it's gonna end up. And this primarily is just gonna be used as a guide. It is gonna mark where this is gonna end up and then we're gonna take this off of here and then use this tape as a guide to where we need to clean with the prep pads.So this doesn't have to be perfect, but you wanna somewhat outline where this is going to end up, something like that. So that you can see the tape just kinda running along the backside of where this protector will end up. I'm gonna take that off, set it aside here. The first thing I'm gonna use are the alcohol prep pads which did come with it. You get a couple of them with it. I'm just gonna take this out and just clean the area with this. This will get of any extra...it's great to wash the truck first, but this will, after it's dry, this will additionally get off any extra grime on there that you didn't see. I'm just gonna go over the entire area with this. Get any extra dirt off there that you don't see. There's two, so I'm doing about half of it with one and then I'll...it starts to dry out a little, so I'll use the other one for the other half here. Run along the edge and just kind of clean the whole area here.All right. So that's that. The next item I'm gonna use will be the surface prep. That'll be the next step here. I just wanna give this a second. It dries almost instantly but just make sure that that alcohol prep pad is all dry that we just used, which it is. So we're gonna take this prep pad and this just further preps the surface for the double-sided tape to have a good adhesion to it.So with this prep pad, you wanna go primarily where your tape is going to be which is right along the front and the back which is why we have this masking tape here. So I'm gonna go along here, right along the front where the tape is on the guide, at the sides, and then along the back right along that tape, that masking tape you put on there. You can see now it's kinda just a guide so we know how far up we need to clean before we start installing that, just like that.So that cleans that. It also just preps it for the double-sided tape to adhere a bit. You wanna give that just a little bit to dry as well. It's pretty quick. Same as the alcohol pads. But you just wanna obviously be sure that it is dry before you move on. You'll notice on the protector itself, it does have a protective film on the front side which we're just gonna leave on during installation just to keep from scuffing it up or whatever. On the backside, this is where you'll see the tape. So all these red pieces are the different double-sided tape pieces. The red is actually just the backing that we're gonna peel off. And then once we get it peeled off, we'll set it on.So basically, where there are so many pieces, what we'll do is we'll just start, get the backing of each of these pieces of tape started. Gonna be a little bit tricky. I'll probably turn here. We're just gonna get it started just a little bit, a couple of inches maybe, and just kinda press it here so that it's sticking up. So that way there, once we set it down onto the truck, we'll be able to pull it off as we press it on there. I'll just do that with all these pieces real quick. There are about six or eight pieces we're gonna do that to.Just pull back and give it a little crease just to keep it held up like that. You'll find that the double-sided tape is good quality. It's very sticky. So this will keep you from accidentally setting it down and having a hard time picking it up to get it where it needs to be. You don't want to set it down prematurely on the truck and have it stuck in the wrong place. So by doing this, this enables you to set it on, get it where you like it, and then peel the tape off. I found it's a good idea just to...I realize that's the same piece. I just like to do both ends. As we get it onto the truck, you might find it easier to pull one side than the other side.Get these started. Another one down here. So we've got these all started and just kinda folded back. So what I'll do is come over to the truck. And as you can see that crack is all dry in there. So you want to try to get as close as you can to where you want the final product to end up here. Pretty good there. So I'm just gonna set it down like that. And then I'm just gonna start in the center. So I'm gonna start here. This is looking like it's pretty well centered. I'm gonna start at the center tape here. And this is where I've already peeled it so I can press this down here.And then by grabbing this piece that I grabbed here, just kinda carefully pull it out and just work your way down, and then, you'll get to the end of the tape right there. And then once that's off, you can just kinda gently push it down and you're just adhering that tape to the truck. And same thing will all the other pieces here, just work your way down with that one. Get this one started here. As you go just kinda working as I go. I like to start in the center and work out just kinda pressing it down nice and easy as you get that tape out so you don't rip that tape. And then you can push it down pretty good. And do the same thing, go in this direction here like that. Push that down. The bottom piece there. And then start doing the top part here. [inaudible 00:12:17]You can take this tape off anytime after you've cleaned the pad. And then again, same process, we're just peeling this tape, the backing off of here, and press this down. The adjacent piece has folded in on me when I was...I wasn't paying attention to that. Get that started again.Woman: I think you forgot to do that one or the other.Man: So that one I either didn't grab or it folded in on me. So a little tricky to get that out after that point. So you'll do what you can to get it out. Keep going here. And then last one here. And then once you have all those off, you can go over where all that tape is and just kinda give it a more firm pressing down, seat it all down all around like that. And then you can, on either end, you can get it started here. You can grab this protective film on the guard itself and this just peels right off like that. And that's the Weathertech Low Profile Hood Protector on a 2022 Toyota Tacoma.Merideth: So that's gonna wrap it up for my review and the install of the Weathertech Low Profile Hood Protector in Dark Smoke, fitting all 2016 and newer Toyota Tacomas. For more videos and products just like this, remember to always keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Protect Your Hood. Protect your Tacoma’s hood area from minor dings, scratches, and stains with the Weathertech Dark Smoke Low Profile Hood Protector. This easy-install hood protector is designed to easily deflect flying pebbles, insects, and other similar hazards you may encounter on the trail from damaging your truck hood’s paint job. Plus, its slim, aerodynamic design gives your truck a dynamic look up front.
Sturdy Acrylic Build Quality. The Weathertech Dark Smoke Low Profile Hood Protector is manufactured from sturdy aerospace-grade acrylic for flexibility as well as durability. This low-profile hood protector is custom-made to follow the contours of your truck’s hood for a clean, tight fit. Additionally, its dark smoke color provides your front end with a nice stylistic contrast.
Fast Installation. The Weathertech Dark Smoke Low Profile Hood Protector mounts on your hood in a matter of minutes using automotive-grade, double-sided tape. Minor prep work in the form of cleaning your hood is all you need. Absolutely no modifications to your vehicle are necessary. Additionally, this component can be removed without damaging your truck’s finish.
Comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty. The Weathertech Dark Smoke Rear Side Window Deflector comes with a limited lifetime warranty covering manufacturing defects. Please visit the manufacturer’s website for further details.
Application. Weathertech's Dark Smoke Low Profile Hood Protector fits all 2016 to 2023 Toyota Tacoma models.
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(approx) 15 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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