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Unread 02-01-2014, 08:08 PM   #1
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Vent Shades - In channel or out???

I have read online the pros & cons but I am looking for anyone to comment from personal experience on their WJ?

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Unread 02-01-2014, 08:13 PM   #2
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We had the out of the channel shades for a few years on my wife's WJ before the 3M tape started to fail. Plus from day one we got a lot of wind noise from them, especially on the driver's side.

Replaced them about a year ago with the in channel's and couldn't be happier. They're much quieter than the old ones, plus I think they look a little cleaner. They're also impossible to install crooked.

The only thing I don't like about them is they wedge in between the glass and the window frame molding, causing the window lift motor to strain a bit when full up. Given the issues WJ's have with window regulators, it might be an issue down the road, but so far so good.
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That's what happened to my wife's exploder. . .she had the in channel and the window eventually gave up trying to close all the way. I'd go out and save $$$. Even the cheap ones I got are molded to fit around the rear view mirrors. Just take your time installing and line everything up.
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good opinions here...I already have the outs on one of my WJ's (came that way) and I have had to replace part of the tape from time to time...Also, for my ZJ they apparently don't make in-channel so the choice is clear for it, but I was tempted to try in-channel now for my other WJ. Anyone have any pics of in-channel on a WJ???

Also, just an FYI, I got some brand new knock-off outers thinking I was buying the name brand (my fault for not paying attn, not sellers). I have not installed them or anything and would be willing to sell them for a slightly reduced price than I paid for them if anyone wants some cheaper ones than LUND or Weathertech.

My PM's likely full now but I will re-post with a price shipped and a pic after I see what I got in them; I had been meaning to post them in FS but since I had a question about vent shades, I figured I'd go ahead and do a feeler to see if there was any interest. They look fine and are a seemingly more streamlined design than the Lund AVS ones on my WJ but since I have the AVS already, i wanted to get the same brand and I accidentally bought some with a misleading similar name that were a little cheaper. I figured someone might want them for their budget WJ?
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I have in channel ones and love them. My friend with a Chevy had the outside channel ones on his car for a day, but someone ripped them off literally...
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I'll post up some pics of my wife's in channels tomorrow when I wrap up the mechanical work on it.
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We had the out of the channel shades for a few years on my wife's WJ before the 3M tape started to fail. Plus from day one we got a lot of wind noise from them, especially on the driver's side.

Replaced them about a year ago with the in channel's and couldn't be happier. They're much quieter than the old ones, plus I think they look a little cleaner. They're also impossible to install crooked.

The only thing I don't like about them is they wedge in between the glass and the window frame molding, causing the window lift motor to strain a bit when full up. Given the issues WJ's have with window regulators, it might be an issue down the road, but so far so good.
Every couple of weeks, go spray the window channels all around with silicone spray, use the nozzle tip to get it in the channel. It helps relieve the strain on the motor. This is if you have vent shades or not.

I have done this with all my cars since I got my first vehicle in 1999.
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Go with the in channel ones. They are the best. I had the the other kind and one day driving 65 down the highway one blew right off after being on the truck for a year or so.
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That's what happened to my wife's exploder. . .she had the in channel and the window eventually gave up trying to close all the way. I'd go out and save $$$. Even the cheap ones I got are molded to fit around the rear view mirrors. Just take your time installing and line everything up.
^^ I have to agree; I tried some in-channel ones, and even though they installed easily, as soon as I closed the window the first time I could tell the window was straining to close. Left them in for a few weeks to see if they would "loosen up", but they didn't. They do look better, but not so much as to risk having my window motors fail prematurely. I replaced them with outside mounts.

I have run outside mounts on several vehicles for years with no issues, no separation from the tape. This notion of "things flying off" should not happen if the install was done correctly. As with most installs, prep is key. Use the alcohol pads to clean off any dirt, wax, grease, etc.
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I have used the Weathertech in-track pieces on 3 vehicles and have not had a problem with window motors on any of them. They have been installed on my WJ for over a year and love them.





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I have used the Weathertech in-track pieces on 3 vehicles and have not had a problem with window motors on any of them. They have been installed on my WJ for over a year and love them.


Nice clean look. I like the in channel ones.
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Okay so this adds a new layer of decision...it appears the Weathertech brang might be better than the AVS ones for the in-channel design. I was going to buy AVS regardless whether I decided to get ins or outs...now it seems, to be safe I'd have to get the Weathertechs to protect the window motors and the issue is, the Weather techs are like twice the cost...so I have a decision to make. AVS outs or Weathertech ins...LOL, and I was gonna get the AVS ins but OF COURSE they are the ones with the issue...LOL, that is my luck though. I am leaning towards the AVS outs since they have been good on my other WJ...I have some other things going on in life and am looking to save some money so the budget helps the decision but I must admit, the Weathertech's look very nice.
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Unread 02-07-2014, 10:21 AM   #13
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well fellas, it seems there are pros & cons to both...I stubbornly decided to just get the same as what I already have on my other WJ...I ordered some outers for my '04 WJ and my 5.9L...I will live with these I guess but thanks to all who contributed because i do think the in-channels look real nice as well.
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