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What is a Bug deflector?

A bug deflector, also known as a bug shield is usually used in sports utility vehicles and trucks to prevent insects and grit from sticking on the windshield and hood. As any vehicle owner knows, debris and insect remains can cause a mess on windshields and they can be difficult to remove once stuck. Bug shields for trucks and SUVs feature a wing design that allows them to append on the hood’s outline. This deflector also features raised ridges that in turn carries insects and debris over the vehicle. In addition to protecting the windshield, a bug deflector also shields the hood from debris found on the road, including tar and lose pebbles. Automax Styling has the best deals on bug deflectors, bug shields and bug guards. In addition to great selection, Automax Styling also offers free shipping on your bug deflector and 10% off for first time customers. Take a minute to read customer reviews before purchasing your bug deflector- you'll find that Automax Styling is the best place to order your bug shields online. We buy direct from our bug deflector manufacturers and stock them in our own warehouse- making sure that our customers get their EGR bug shield or Wade bug shield on time and at the best prices possible.

What material are bug deflectors made of?

A large majority of good quality bug deflectors are made from acrylic. They feature different colors ranging from non-transparent black hints to semi-transparent grays, and rose hues. If your vehicle spots a chrome trim, it might be a good idea to use a chrome stainless steel bug deflector. If you are not able to find the type of bug deflector you are looking for from one store, be sure to look around in other stores, you will be surprised by the variety. How high the bug deflector shield is determines the degree to which wind will be deflected. Thus, if you choose a wade bug shield that is too shallow it might not give your hood and windshield the protection they require. On the other hand, a bug deflector ridge that is too high may not be too visually appealing. Additionally, it advisable that you look for bug shields for trucks that suit your truck or SUV instead of a generic one.

Why you need bug guards and how you can benefit from them

If you have never encountered bugs in your vehicles, you might not understand the extent of damage that these bugs may cause to a car. Because the bugs are flying, they simply collide with your car and unless you have a bug deflector, there is no way of avoiding them if you live in an area prone to bugs. This can compromise your visibility as you drive, and can lead to potentially dangerous situations. The narrow acrylic rim on your hood can allow bugs to get into the hood, resulting to possible pitting in the hood.  Insect remains have a high acidity level and they can easily merge with the hood paint, leading to rust and unsightly blemishes on your hood. What this means is that you will have to spend more money at the vehicle body shop getting the rust and blemishes cleared off.  If you live in a bug prone area, this could mean many trips to the body shop and a lot of money spend there. Alternatively, you could use bug guards that will keep bugs from wrecking havoc on your vehicle. Bug guards are a sensible investment given the protection they provide your vehicle with.

Why is it that not all cars use bug shields?

The truth is that most vehicles already have aerodynamic designs that feature tilted windshields and downward looking hoods that lower wind resistance or drag and at the same time minimizing the amount of fuel or gasoline a vehicle uses at any given time. The aerodynamic design allows wind to move over the vehicle. In contrast, SUVs and Trucks are designed primarily for utility. The vehicles’ bodies are designed in such as a way that they offer enhanced cabin space as well as greater visibility. As such, the windshields for trucks and SUVs are typically verticals with minimal convex and a hood with a higher profile. The steep angle between the hood and the windshield makes it is easy for these types of vehicles to catch insects and debris on the road. Therefore, truck bug shields play a significant role in helping to keep off the bugs and debris that are likely to stick on SUVs and trucks. Thus, one of the reasons why you want to use one is that the number of insects and the amount of debris that sticks on the windshield is greatly reduced. Having a bug shield for trucks means that fewer insects and stubborn dirt are less likely to splatter on the windshield and on the hood where they can cause damage to the paint, as it is likely to chip off.

Overall, the benefits of a bug deflector are:

  • Bug guards are effective in redirecting insects from sticking on your windshield and hood
  • Bug shields play a major role in deflecting rocks and pebbles from scratching your windshield and hood
  • Bug deflectors contribute to the fuel economy of your vehicle, given that drag from wind resistance is virtually eliminated.

How to Install and Use a Bug Shield for Trucks

You can easily install an EGR bug shield or Wade bug shield by yourself. Install a bug deflector on your own to start enjoying the benefits offered by this accessory. First, open your vehicle’s hood, find the hood release, and then pull it to allow the hood catch to hold the hood in place. Bring it close to the hood and then look at how the installing holes are aligned. The bug deflector shield should be in alignment with the holes in the hood; go ahead and put a mark on these holes to make installation easy. Next, install the anchor of the deflector into the marked hole. These anchors should be able to affix the deflector to the hood. Then align the plugs in the hood with the bug deflector holes and insert the hood plugs into the bug deflectors’ holes. This should firmly affix the bug deflector as you continue with the installation process.  Install the four hood screws into the plugs to firmly keep it to the hood. Generally, when you purchase a bug deflector, it will be accompanied by all the requisite hardware needed to install it as well as the instructions. Installing the accessory can take just about 15 minutes when you use the screws provided by the manufacturer. These screws affix to the bottom of the hood. The pads work to protect the bug deflector from scratching off the hood’s paint.

Great accessories to pick up along with your bug deflector

Consider picking up a set of front and rear vent visors with your bug deflector. A Ford F150 bug deflector will match perfectly with a set of Ford F150 vent visors. Both accessories are made of a similar material and will give your car or truck that Sport Edition look. People who bought the EGR bug deflector for their Ford F150 truck also purchased F150 nerf bars.

We all buy cars with the sole intention of transportation. Even if transportation is not the sole intention, I am sure that no one has the intention to build a bug lair when buying a car. Is your windshield smeared with bug juice? Are you often distracted by incoming bugs on your windshield while driving? I have solved your problem once and for all. Automax Styling offers a variety of bug deflectors much to your liking, including Ford Ranger Window Deflectors and GMC Yukon Window Deflectors. The bug deflector, or also known as the bug shield, is an attachment on car’s hood that prevents insects from crashing onto your windshield, obstructing your vision, which may lead to even worse crash. Comparatively, bug shields are much cheap price to pay than the cost of a life. People who buy over $200 at Automax Styling qualify for our instand rebate program. If you are buying a set of GMC Sierra Window Deflectors, add a pair of GMC Sierra Nerf Bars to your purchase and you can get $25 instant rebate.

Billet Grille Insert How Do Bug Deflectors Work?

The level of effectiveness of bug deflectors has long been a controversial topic. While some individuals may say the work, others will say they are not effective at all. With so many stores going around today about each side, it may be difficult to know who to believe. If you are considering purchasing bug deflectors yourself, it is important to understand how they function.