Bug and stone deflectors

Submitted: Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 16:36
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I see a few Toyota Landcruisers with perspex strips across the front bonnet which I presume are meant to deflect stones and perhaps bugs. How useful are they? Haven't priced one but I imagine, like anything, they aren't cheap.
Whatcha reckon?
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Reply By: Member - Matthew C - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 16:38

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 16:38
Thought about it a few times, so i priced one up from the UTE SHED here in perth and they are $150 so not real bad.

Still making up my mind though.

Matt
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Yalgoo) - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 16:56

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 16:56
They are great for putting some slogan like go hard or go home and then pullling the ute up with a dog in the back at the B and S ball with full length RM williams rear mudflaps and 15 ariels
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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 18:37

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 18:37
Dont forget..... the ear tags hanging from the rear veiw mirror, the side pipes, the long horn sticker (whoops, Ive got one of them!) and the truck bull bar!

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Follow Up By: kym111 - Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 00:32

Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 00:32
And a truck exhaust cable tied on the back!
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Reply By: Motherhen - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 16:58

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 16:58
Hi harryopal

It sounds like the stone guard we have on the front of the bonnet of the Patrol, which i think cost us around $45. Is this what you mean?

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It does save the front edge of the bonnet from a lot of stone chips, as it protects the front facing angle of the bonnet that cops the stones.

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Follow Up By: harryopal - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 17:15

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 17:15
Can't ctually see the perspex in your pic but I suspect it is not what I am referring to. The one's I have in mind sit back a bit from the front of the bonnet and stand up at almost right angles, presumably to deflect stones and bugs from the windscreen, and are usually about 8 inches high.
I appreciate the other comments but am still left wondering... do they actually work and are they worthwhile as a means of deflecting stones or bugs from the windscreen?
Thanks.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 17:20

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 17:20
Yes, i know the sort of thing you mean now. I wouldn't choose one, and i think there would be a wind deflection factor causing an increase in fuel usage, even if only slight.

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Reply By: hotfishez - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 17:13

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 17:13
It does make a significant difference with the bugs on the windscreen, not so much with the rocks. Mine was $85 on ebay out of perth. Tinted model.
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Reply By: Robin hood - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 21:18

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 21:18
try any of the truck accessory places, they have several different lengths and colours available.
I had one on a 75 series cruiser when I did alot of country driving for work, kept alot of bugs of windscreen. you can watch them bounce off at high speed lol

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Reply By: Bushtrek - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 21:58

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 21:58
I had one on the Cruiser until about a month ago. Travelling in to Hay a B-Double flicked a stone going past and the plastic thing exploded. Took what was left off and chucked it in the recycling bin. BlOOdy useless waste of $100.
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt (Perth-WA) - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 23:33

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 23:33
Dont want to sound pedantic Bushy but didnt it save your windscreen?? How is that a waste?

I dont particularly think they are useful but your reply sounds like they are!!
Matt.
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Reply By: harryopal - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 09:41

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 09:41
Good gentlemen,
Thank you all for your replies. Think, I will keep an eye out for one at a wreckers.
Safe driving.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rob S (NSW) - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 16:59

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 16:59
Try Toyota i have an 80 series They have bonnet and head light protectors in stock.
I just replaced my bonnet guard $75 and head light protectors $52,From Toyota
I have found these prices equal or better than Ebay and some
auto shops.
You may find it hard to second hand as they become brittle over time and crack.
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Follow Up By: Member - Hugh (WA) - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 22:19

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 22:19
Hi Harry,

I saw one of these on a troopy last weekend - well the mounting detail as this was in place but perspex missing. Looked to be something you could make yourself. Rectangular section perspex which could be sourced from most plastic suppliers, 2 L-shaped mounting brackets and fixings.

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