Window Socks

Submitted: Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 06:31
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Thinking about getting some "window socks" (I think thats what they're called) for the rear passenger windows/doorframe, for shade for the kids. Does anyone have these themselves and if so do they do any damage to the paintwork around the door frames. I imagine dust would get under the material and possibly have a sandpaper effedt on the paintwork.

Cheers,
Rob
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Reply By: flappan - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 09:08

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 09:08
I have had window sox on my Patrol for probably 12 months or so. It very rarely gets washed (water restrictions and all) , and there are no visable signs of scratches . . .

I think they are great things.
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Follow Up By: 3.0turbob - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 09:34

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 09:34
Thanks flappan, I've seen quite a few cars around with them on.Seems like a good idea.

Rob
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Reply By: Willem - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 09:15

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 09:15
We made our own Window Sox from fibreglass gauze. Cost about $4 each. Only use it when stopped to keep flies and mozzies out.
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Follow Up By: 3.0turbob - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 09:38

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 09:38
G'Day Willem,
Sounds like cheap insurance against those pesky little insects, might look into makin' my own from shade cloth or simmilar.

Rob
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Follow Up By: James M - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 09:42

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 09:42
Hi Willem,
Looking at your rig profile I noticed that you carry 80liters of diesel in jerries. I have a GQ as well and was wondering where you put 4 jerry cans.
I have two and I just place them behind the front seats on the floor. This locks them in quite well.
Looks like your pretty set up in the accessary department.

All the best
James.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 09:58

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 09:58
Hi James

I carry the 4 jerries in the rear, 2+2 behind each other in my storage compartment. The jerries are standing upright. Next to them are my 5 tucker boxes and airpump and there is still space for two fold up chairs.
I carry 2x20litrecontainers of water behind the rear seats. I can send you a photo of the rear set up. Email me through my website below if you wish.
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (WA) - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 10:18

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 10:18
I had them on my 80 when I bought them they are great but only lasted one trip as they ripped to bits perhaps if you were smart unlike me pull them off when 4wding
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Reply By: Member - Melissa - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 11:02

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 11:02
Hi Rob,

As we have littlies, we've had/have window sox on several cars over the last few years and never had any problems with their performance or damage to duco. Be fair to say we've tested them first hand across all conditions - wind, rain, dust, heat, UV etc. They come with velcro tabs to stop them from riding up the window frame but these tabs always seem to come unstuck after a few months. Even without the velcro attached we haven't experienced any problems with the sox riding up the window frame. Pretty good things IMHO although they do cut down your visibility when driving (ie checking for traffic over your shoulder) and I find you have to consciously have a good look for oncoming traffic etc - but no problem if you're careful.

:o) Melissa
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Follow Up By: flappan - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 11:42

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 11:42
I agree about the velcro . . . lasted about a week. No great concern though , the door keeps them in place.

As noted , you do need to check yourself , as the rear windows are obviously covered.

Night time is the worst. Of course you can say , why have them on at night . . . just cant be bothered taking them on and off during summer.
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Follow Up By: 3.0turbob - Tuesday, Jan 18, 2005 at 08:54

Tuesday, Jan 18, 2005 at 08:54
Thanks for the reply Melissa, I've got a day of tomorrow so I'll have a look in the shops for some. Will also come in handy to provide shade to view the new portable DVD player I picked up yesterday. The things you do to keep the kids happy on extended trips. (2 girls 4, & 7)
Cheers
Rob
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Reply By: Member - Andrew(WA) - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 14:16

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 14:16
turbobob

I have had window socks on my cars for the last 7 years and my Patrol is no exception. I had the car for about 6 months before installing a Safari Snorkel. After the snorkel was fitted, I noticed it changed the aeodynamics down the passenger side and caused the window sock on that side to 'flutter' around against the window. (it didn't do it before) When I took the sock off one day to wash the car, I noticed the rubbing effect of the 'flapping' around had removed some of the black stick-on plastic stuff around the window frame and the paint work undernieth was now visable. Not a real drama but something to be aware of.

cheers
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 15:29

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 15:29
ha ha, yeah I felt like a total spoon head. I too thought they would be a great idea, went and bought two. Got home went to put them on and reliased that the Jap import has windflectors on the back windows as well as the front!! :-) Oh well, we just put the pillow case in the window! LOL

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Reply By: Pilbara Wayne - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 20:17

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 20:17
We have two of these on the Patrol. The biggest problem I have is that the bottom of them flap when the wind is coming from the side. The one on the leeward side of the car flaps at the bottom.

Will be looking at putting a couple of velcro buttons on the bottom to stop it moving flapping. Otherwise they're great, keeps the sun off the dog so he can sleep well in the car.

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Wayne

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Reply By: Member - Darren & Janella (WA) - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 20:43

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 20:43
Hi 3.0turbob,

Had been thinking about getting some for a while and came across some in K-mart (BRAND - Wild Multi-Fit) a couple of weeks ago and thought for $15 a pair why not. If they work, they work. They've got different sizes, small medium & large and give you a listing of which ones fit which vehicle. I've been happy with them so far.

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Follow Up By: 3.0turbob - Tuesday, Jan 18, 2005 at 08:58

Tuesday, Jan 18, 2005 at 08:58
Thanks Darren,
I'll check out K-Mart tomorrow (Sydney) and see what they have in stock.
Hopefully can't go too wrong for $15.

Regards,
Rob
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