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Has anyone installed the bug shield on a 2010 or 2011 outback? Just wondering what your feedback is?

I actually ordered one for my car because of the constant rocks on the front end of the hood but after looking at it, it looks like it would do more damage over time to the paint than the rocks. It looks like it would rattle from the wind and I don't trust two sided tape over time.

Any feedback appreciated.

ps. I did order the anti sway bar. It should be to my house this week . Love to see how this does on a windy day.
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It shouldn't rattle in the wind because at the front of the car it's getting clean smooth air. The design of the shield should only press it up against the hood.
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The OEM one is screwed into 6 standoffs that are clipped on the hood. It appears to be pretty solid to me.
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I have one on my 2010 and it is rock solid and is great for protecting the front of the hood. I had one on my 2009 Forester and it was the same. Since they went to the new design they are much better. I would not be without one..
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I have one on my o11. I like it because I can take it off easy to wax under it, by just removing the 6 screws. My 97 outback was a pain to get off and would get real dirty under it. The new one is a great fit and looks good on our pearl white Subie.
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Has anyone installed the bug shield on a 2010 or 2011 outback? Just wondering what your feedback is?

I actually ordered one for my car because of the constant rocks on the front end of the hood but after looking at it, it looks like it would do more damage over time to the paint than the rocks. It looks like it would rattle from the wind and I don't trust two sided tape over time.

Any feedback appreciated.

ps. I did order the anti sway bar. It should be to my house this week . Love to see how this does on a windy day.

The 2010/2011 Outback LeBra car mask is now (finally) available for less than $70. I purchased it and it looks very good on my 2010 Outback. I'll only use the top portion for shorter trips but the entire mask is easy to install for longer treks. If you know how to use a mask (and I do) you may wish to consider it.

(Please, no debates on mask versus shield versus invisible bra.)
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I have one on my o11. I like it because I can take it off easy to wax under it, by just removing the 6 screws. My 97 outback was a pain to get off and would get real dirty under it. The new one is a great fit and looks good on our pearl white Subie.
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The bug/stone shield on my '97 Outback was a pain to remove and to reinstall.

The one on my '02 Outback was a bit better in terms of removal and reinstallation, but it broke in an automatic car wash. Luckily, since I had ordered it as an option on that car, it was covered by the Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty, and was replaced at no charge.

The bug/stone shield on my '11 Outback is far sturdier and is attached much more securely than either of the two previous ones. Trust me--it does NOT rattle or even move. That is how rigid and well-secured it is.
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Also wanted to note that when it's installed, you can't see it from the drivers seat which is nice. It took a long time to install though because you have to place the 6 clips.
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I installed one on our OB and love it. As previous posters have noted, it is not visible from the driver's seat and doesn't vibrate or make any noise. When properly installed it is very sturdy. Installation includes some clear 3M pads for the bumpers on the back of the shield to rest on, so as not to mar the paint/clearcoat. Additional pads are used for the clips to straddle the lip of the hood.

I found installation of the clips to be extremely frustrating and requiring much patience. Sway bar install was infinitely less aggravating. They're pretty tight and some can require some force to get on the hood. But ultimately a great product and solid installation.

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Installation includes some clear 3M pads for the bumpers on the back of the shield to rest on, so as not to mar the paint/clearcoat.
Sorry to take this a little off topic, but does anyone know a good source for getting some extra 3M clear strips?
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