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do people prefer?

Post by spanwah » Wed 05 Jun, 2013 22:23

do people prefer the hoops by themselves or a wind deflector fitted?
took my wind deflector off and have to say i like the hoops by themselves looks good!

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Re: do people prefer?

Post by sirius-c » Wed 05 Jun, 2013 22:25

lemme know if you wanna sell your wind deflector :D
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Re: do people prefer?

Post by spanwah » Wed 05 Jun, 2013 22:27

sirius-c wrote:lemme know if you wanna sell your wind deflector :D

:lol: see which side of the fence your sitting :lol:

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Re: do people prefer?

Post by sirius-c » Wed 05 Jun, 2013 22:29

spanwah wrote:
sirius-c wrote:lemme know if you wanna sell your wind deflector :D

:lol: see which side of the fence your sitting :lol:


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Re: do people prefer?

Post by Brian H » Wed 05 Jun, 2013 22:35

Hoops do look good on there own but if you are driving any distance or at any speed you need some form of wind deflector.

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Re: do people prefer?

Post by spanwah » Wed 05 Jun, 2013 22:41

Brian H wrote:Hoops do look good on there own but if you are driving any distance or at any speed you need some form of wind deflector.
brian i have to say i did put the wind deflector back on though :wink:

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Re: do people prefer?

Post by Southernboy » Thu 06 Jun, 2013 08:15

Deflector on. Makes driving more comfortable...Deflector off...for pure looks. So, that defines the deflector...it's a driving / motion requirement...should be removed when stationary.... :D
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Re: do people prefer?

Post by BladeRunner919 » Thu 06 Jun, 2013 08:59

Southernboy wrote:Deflector on. Makes driving more comfortable...Deflector off...for pure looks. So, that defines the deflector...it's a driving / motion requirement...should be removed when stationary.... :D
I agree about the on/off depending on what you're doing. i don't have hoops, but do have the wind deflector that hinges back out of the way. I tend to leave it down unless I'm driving for a period of time at speed. I prefer the look of the car when it's out of sight, but the practicality of driving at speed does really necessitate it.

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Re: do people prefer?

Post by Southernboy » Thu 06 Jun, 2013 09:23

Blades...you really need to put the hoops on...makes the car complete top side...
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Re: do people prefer?

Post by Batchem1 » Thu 06 Jun, 2013 10:01

Interesting debate - deflector on or off.
In this last few days of sunny weather I've tried both options and from a comfort/driving point of view I find very little difference. It may be that my height (6'3") seats me above the wind deflector's benefits - anybody else have a similar experience?
So, I'm really down to the aesthetic considerations - which means no deflector for me!

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Re: do people prefer?

Post by Rafolian » Thu 06 Jun, 2013 17:15

Have to agree on that one. I find there is not a lot of difference with the wind deflecter on or off, and I am 5 foot 9!

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Re: do people prefer?

Post by Southernboy » Thu 06 Jun, 2013 17:26

Maybe you're not driving fast enough... :D Try something over 70MPH...the deflector makes a substantial difference.. :wink:
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Re: do people prefer?

Post by XVar » Thu 06 Jun, 2013 20:06

Southernboy wrote:Maybe you're not driving fast enough... :D Try something over 70MPH...the deflector makes a substantial difference.. :wink:
Confirming that 110mph with the roof down without a wind deflector is...unpleasant.
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Re: do people prefer?

Post by Woody1000 » Thu 06 Jun, 2013 20:14

I have a question on the subject if I may. I have hoops but was wondering what is the best type of wind deflector ? I have seen home made deflectors from plastic and I've seen mesh type so what's the best ?
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Re: do people prefer?

Post by billz » Thu 06 Jun, 2013 20:28

We have both the mesh and perspex one. In summer we use the perspex with the chrome hoops and in winter we use the mesh with the oem hoops as it does reduce the wind better but on hot days its nice to have that bit extra breeze

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Re: do people prefer?

Post by snoops » Thu 06 Jun, 2013 21:12

Batchem1 wrote:Interesting debate - deflector on or off.
In this last few days of sunny weather I've tried both options and from a comfort/driving point of view I find very little difference. It may be that my height (6'3") seats me above the wind deflector's benefits - anybody else have a similar experience?
So, I'm really down to the aesthetic considerations - which means no deflector for me!

Well I am the opposite in the sense of height being only 5' 2" I am below the top of the seat, I have no hoops or wind deflector and have no problem with comfort whilst driving at any speed.

I do find having the windows down stops wind buffering around the cab as has been demonstrated on occasion when I have left a receipt or similar on the passenger seat and it blows around like being in a vortex until I put the windows down.
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Re: do people prefer?

Post by Del » Thu 06 Jun, 2013 21:43

Drove my car for three months without a wind deflector, it seemed to suffer from a lot of buffeting above 40 MPH caused by the vortex of air that builds up behind the car. Fitted the mesh style deflector to my OE hoops and it made a big difference for me. You still feel the rush of air overhead as you drive along, but lose the unpleasant buffeting/turbulence pushing air forwards. I now never take it off.

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Re: do people prefer?

Post by EnthuZiaZT » Thu 06 Jun, 2013 23:07

snoops wrote:Well I am the opposite in the sense of height being only 5' 2" I am below the top of the seat, I have no hoops or wind deflector and have no problem with comfort whilst driving at any speed.

I do find having the windows down stops wind buffering around the cab as has been demonstrated on occasion when I have left a receipt or similar on the passenger seat and it blows around like being in a vortex until I put the windows down.
Talk about Vortex, Snoops, while we were motoring 'top down' on the Autoroute in France in the silver Zed about 5 years ago, the tax disc blew up out of the plastic wallet on the windscreen, straight down into the footwell. :o We can't imagine how hard it would have been, if we had to prove in France that we were taxed!! We fastened it back in the holder, that had warped with the heat of the sun, using a plaster out of the first aid kit!! :lol: It was so hot on hols that year, we did not mind the draft in the cockpit! 8-)
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Re: do people prefer?

Post by snoops » Fri 07 Jun, 2013 00:21

EnthuZiaZT wrote:
snoops wrote:Well I am the opposite in the sense of height being only 5' 2" I am below the top of the seat, I have no hoops or wind deflector and have no problem with comfort whilst driving at any speed.

I do find having the windows down stops wind buffering around the cab as has been demonstrated on occasion when I have left a receipt or similar on the passenger seat and it blows around like being in a vortex until I put the windows down.
Talk about Vortex, Snoops, while we were motoring 'top down' on the Autoroute in France in the silver Zed about 5 years ago, the tax disc blew up out of the plastic wallet on the windscreen, straight down into the footwell. :o We can't imagine how hard it would have been, if we had to prove in France that we were taxed!! We fastened it back in the holder, that had warped with the heat of the sun, using a plaster out of the first aid kit!! :lol: It was so hot on hols that year, we did not mind the draft in the cockpit! 8-)
I can imagine there was a bit of a panicky quick quick grab the tax disk followed by a phew that was close... :shock: occasionally I have thought OMG what's that blowing around thinking all my £50 notes had fell out of my purse :D
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Re: do people prefer?

Post by Badman gee » Fri 07 Jun, 2013 00:25

Time to buy a quality tax disc holder mike!
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Re: do people prefer?

Post by John Wilson » Fri 07 Jun, 2013 01:31

I have been thinking of making a perspex deflector, but was wondering about drilling it out to allow a bit of air through to give the same propeties as the mesh one. Has this been done before.?

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Post by paul.s » Fri 07 Jun, 2013 06:56

EnthuZiaZT wrote:
snoops wrote:Well I am the opposite in the sense of height being only 5' 2" I am below the top of the seat, I have no hoops or wind deflector and have no problem with comfort whilst driving at any speed.

I do find having the windows down stops wind buffering around the cab as has been demonstrated on occasion when I have left a receipt or similar on the passenger seat and it blows around like being in a vortex until I put the windows down.
Talk about Vortex, Snoops, while we were motoring 'top down' on the Autoroute in France in the silver Zed about 5 years ago, the tax disc blew up out of the plastic wallet on the windscreen, straight down into the footwell. :o We can't imagine how hard it would have been, if we had to prove in France that we were taxed!! We fastened it back in the holder, that had warped with the heat of the sun, using a plaster out of the first aid kit!! :lol: It was so hot on hols that year, we did not mind the draft in the cockpit! 8-)
we drove from zeebruges to perpignon in one day 900 miles at 120mph for most of them with no wind deflector and had no problems we didn't bother with it as both me and swmbo think they make not a blind bit of difference. wearing a cap tho is a different matter :lol:

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Re: do people prefer?

Post by snoops » Fri 07 Jun, 2013 07:59

John Wilson wrote:I have been thinking of making a perspex deflector, but was wondering about drilling it out to allow a bit of air through to give the same propeties as the mesh one. Has this been done before.?

Would you not get a whistling noise wind rushing through the holes ?
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Re: do people prefer?

Post by Phil » Fri 07 Jun, 2013 08:41

Rafolian wrote:Have to agree on that one. I find there is not a lot of difference with the wind deflecter on or off, and I am 5 foot 9!
Wow - We notice the difference instantly when the deflector is down.
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