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So I would like to put on the side window deflectors I have now for my 13 OB.
I am confused by the instructions though. Specifically, I dont understand what the "run channel gasket" is and how it comes out from the trim.
The photos seem to imply its the rubber gasket that runs on the bottom edge of the chrome trim - but that gasket is very thin and I have no idea how it comes out. But at the end of the instructions, it shows putting a gasket back in and shows a finger within it - as if its a very wide gasket - so I dont know if Im looking at the right gasket.

What needs to come out and how does it come out?

Thanks!
 

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Did you buy weathertec or OEM

weathertec has a video you can watch, real easy (Nothing to take off)

OEM goes over your chrome strips (Nothing to take off)
 

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Did you buy weathertec or OEM

weathertec has a video you can watch, real easy (Nothing to take off)

OEM goes over your chrome strips (Nothing to take off)
OEM - see photos for what I was talking about - from the install instructions:
 

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Send them back and order the weathertech. They go in the channel and are much more durable than most of the ones offered by the vehicle manufacturers.
 

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You have to pull that down to put the clips in. Also, it prevents accidental contact of sticky side of deflector with the rubber window seal. It's easy just to pul it down and then with your fingers (or plastic spatula) put it back. WeatherTechs don't look that good (in my opinion) and they keep flying off (my personal experience) on my wife's Honda and on some of my previous applications. You made a right choice!
 

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Since there is self stick on deflectors they want you to pull those rubber gaskets out/down so that the deflector does not accidentaly touches the rubber. The rubber is very soft and if you would touch it with the deflector's self stick, it would damage it! Just pull the sucker out/down its easy to put it back - or - better yet, be extremely careful with those sticky deflectors and then you don't have to pull that rubber out! It's just a precaution because once you damage the rubber seals it a pain to have the whole thing replaced. When I put on mine, I did not bother pulling the rubber seal down....
I cant even tell what rubber seals its talking about. By the picture - it seems like the little tiny seal on the lower side of the trim - but thats really tight and small so I have no idea how that comes out if thats the one- or are they talking about the big rubber seal that seals the door to the car?
I have no idea how they come out.
 

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I think I am not understanding which part the picture is showing.
 

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It's the upper/top rubber channel the window rests against when closed. If you open the front window about 1/2" it exposes the trim. If you feel closely at the bottom of that rubber piece(window open) you can catch the edge with your fingernail and separate it from the piece behind it and pull it down. They don't want you sticking anything to it.
 

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unfortunately, i didn't take a pic of my install but you simply pull down on the rubber seal/gasket.

if you place the deflector up to the window and align it... look at where the clip touches the window frame.

you will see where the metal and rubber trim piece touch.

separate the rubber from the metal frame.

i used a plastic tool used to work on trim pieces.

if you use a small screwdriver wrap the end with tape.

joel
 

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ok, I get it-
One small detail led to my idiocy - I wasnt considering the window being down. I was looking at the diagrams assuming the window was up. I literally was looking at that one picture as if it was showing a gasket hanging down IN FRONT of the window or BEHIND the window - not the window down.
:banghead:
now it makes a lot more sense.

Guess I should stick to my day job. ;)

thanks guys.
 

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Well, OBnube described it better than me... English is not my native tongue/language as you might have figured out by now....LOL
 

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I purchased a front/rear set today off Amazon for 88.67 shipped.
 

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Sequoia - how did your installation go yesterday?
 

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WeatherTechs don't look that good (in my opinion) and they keep flying off (my personal experience) on my wife's Honda and on some of my previous applications. You made a right choice!
I've had Weathertechs on my last 2 vehicles, never had issues with them "flying off". Considering they're mounted INSIDE the window channel and held in with pressure from the window closing I don't see how a set of Weathertechs can just "fly off", it's a VERY secure fit. In fact, it's such a tight fit they need to be removed for a few days after having windows tinted to prevent peeling the fresh tint film off the window.

I also prefer how they fit within the boundaries of the window channel and barely stick out.
 

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Well, I am not making this up. When the window was partially open, it flew off so far 3 times on my wife's Honda Civic. The problem is that although it's in the window channel, when you partially open the window the only thing that holds that WeatherTech is the sticky surface facing outwards. When the windows is closed, it's fine because its held in by the pressure of the window.
In high FL heat, after several years, the sticky surface loses the grip and it flies off. Next time it does, I send you a picture of me picking it up from the road.... LOL
I had the same issue with 2010 VW Tdi but at that time, it flew off and it broke into pieces. That was the end of my confidence in WeatherTech side window deflectors. I just speak from my personal experience!
As far as OB, the OEM deflectors stick out less than Weathertech. OEMs are much closer to the windows than WeatherTech. Go and have a look at it sometimes and measure the gap!
 
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