Bug deflectors ?

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Bug deflectors ?

Post by Die Judicii » 24 May 2018, 8:22 pm

Has any-one here had experience with "bug deflectors" ?

The kind that cover the width of yer bonnet (or for that matter the same as you see on most Kennys, Macks, Western Stars etc)

Do they have any real influence over the bugs trajectory ?

Would they also help deflect fine chips/gravel ?
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Post by Supaduke » 25 May 2018, 6:23 am

Make sure it's a see through deflector. Otherwise you may find yourself pinged for obstructed vision. And in many years in transport , they have really fallen by the wayside, not many use them anymore. I never noticed any appreciable difference with or without one.
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Post by Westaussieguy » 26 May 2018, 12:30 am

I spent 10 yrs driving 600 km a day on country roads with a BF Falcon ute and I would go through a wind screen washer bowl (2 lts) every couple of days. I mounted a bug deflector on the smart bar and I only had to refill the bowl once a week or more. The biggest improvement was the amount of windscreens I went through, from one a year from chips and pitting to one every three years, discounting big rocks and birds of course. I had one on my GQ patrol and had the same result.
Best $90.00 investment I ever made. Your results may vary.
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Post by Die Judicii » 27 May 2018, 12:08 am

Westaussieguy wrote:I spent 10 yrs driving 600 km a day on country roads with a BF Falcon ute and I would go through a wind screen washer bowl (2 lts) every couple of days. I mounted a bug deflector on the smart bar and I only had to refill the bowl once a week or more. The biggest improvement was the amount of windscreens I went through, from one a year from chips and pitting to one every three years, discounting big rocks and birds of course. I had one on my GQ patrol and had the same result.
Best $90.00 investment I ever made. Your results may vary.


Thanks Bloke,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, that's encouraging.
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Post by Member-Deleted » 16 Jun 2018, 12:19 pm

Westaussieguy wrote:I spent 10 yrs driving 600 km a day on country roads with a BF Falcon ute and I would go through a wind screen washer bowl (2 lts) every couple of days. I mounted a bug deflector on the smart bar and I only had to refill the bowl once a week or more. The biggest improvement was the amount of windscreens I went through, from one a year from chips and pitting to one every three years, discounting big rocks and birds of course. I had one on my GQ patrol and had the same result.
Best $90.00 investment I ever made. Your results may vary.


Same here, I use a transparent green one, mounted on the Tuff bar on my ute, it definitely keeps the windscreen cleaner.
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Post by Die Judicii » 24 Jul 2018, 8:51 pm

Well I fitted mine a month and a bit ago.
I know it's not full on bug season yet, but I haven't had to wash any bugs off the screen yet,,, only mud and dust.

So the jury was still out,,,,,, until that is, the other night.
Was driving and spotted a moth in the driving lights, and it looked as tho it was gonna kamakazi into the windscreen.

When about a metre away from the bullbar it suddenly did a "roller coaster" upwards, and went straight over the roof.
No where near hitting the windscreen.

So I guess it really does work. :thumbsup:

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Post by Wombat » 24 Jul 2018, 9:25 pm

Noticed any increase in fuel consumption?
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Post by Die Judicii » 25 Jul 2018, 10:39 pm

Wombat wrote:Noticed any increase in fuel consumption?


Wasn't even thinking about the possibility, but seeing as you've raised the point,,,,,,,,, I don't think so.
If there is, it would be minimal.
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Post by Wombat » 25 Jul 2018, 10:45 pm

Die Judicii wrote:
Wombat wrote:Noticed any increase in fuel consumption?


Wasn't even thinking about the possibility, but seeing as you've raised the point,,,,,,,,, I don't think so.
If there is, it would be minimal.
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Probably not on a Ute , but a bloke with a Patrol wagon I used to work with noticed a big rise.
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Post by Die Judicii » 26 Jul 2018, 9:42 am

Wombat wrote:
Die Judicii wrote:
Wombat wrote:Noticed any increase in fuel consumption?


Wasn't even thinking about the possibility, but seeing as you've raised the point,,,,,,,,, I don't think so.
If there is, it would be minimal.
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Probably not on a Ute , but a bloke with a Patrol wagon I used to work with noticed a big rise.


Really ?
They are only a very small "wing" when compared to the incline and surface area of the windscreen itself.
I can't imagine how just the bug deflector would have much influence over and above the windscreen that has been there all along.

Surely there must have been another causative factor,,,,,,,,,, clogged air filter, crook injector/s, low quality fuel, etc. ???

edited,,,, to include "Patrol Wagon" ? :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Post by Wombat » 26 Jul 2018, 7:10 pm

Die Judicii wrote:Really ?
They are only a very small "wing" when compared to the incline and surface area of the windscreen itself.
I can't imagine how just the bug deflector would have much influence over and above the windscreen that has been there all along.

Surely there must have been another causative factor,,,,,,,,,, clogged air filter, crook injector/s, low quality fuel, etc. ???

edited,,,, to include "Patrol Wagon" ? :lol: :lol: :lol:

Yes.Why is that funny? The aerodynamics of Utes and wagons are very different. I'm not going to bother trying to explain how to you, but wagons have less drag- even 4wd ones.
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Post by Die Judicii » 27 Jul 2018, 9:51 am

Wombat wrote:
edited,,,, to include "Patrol Wagon" ? :lol: :lol: :lol:

Yes.Why is that funny? The aerodynamics of Utes and wagons are very different. I'm not going to bother trying to explain how to you, but wagons have less drag- even 4wd ones.[/quote]

I was not laughing at what you say about the aerodynamics,,,,,,,, far from it.

What I was doing was having a cheap rse shot at Nissan, that's all.

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Post by Wombat » 27 Jul 2018, 6:19 pm

Fair enough. Sorry I got the wrong end of the stick :drinks:
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Post by Tiger650 » 27 Jul 2018, 10:31 pm

What's the last thing that goes through a bug's mind when it hits your windscreen ?

It's arse.
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