WellVisors Side Window Visor Wind Deflector / Rain Guard: A Product Overview For 5th Gen 4Runner
When shopping for window visors (rain guards), what are you looking for?
There are many different designs and styles to choose from. I had WeatherTech for a few years but was not too impressed with their products.
I had them on my 2003 Infiniti QX4 and then my 2011 4Runner. I discovered WellVisors when looking for an OEM/JDM looking set for my 3rd Gen Prius.
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They fit so well and looked so sleek that I put them on all my vehicles, including the 5th Gen 4Runner.
Looks and Function
We all have different tastes when it comes to style but for me, I like the width of these visors.
They are almost double the size of the WeatherTech. The extra width serves a wonderful purpose of letting you roll down the window slightly lower than other brands without worrying about rain getting in.
This past winter in Northern California, we had lots of rain. I had no issue driving with the window cracked down approximately one to two inches.
Honestly, I think the thicker and wider visors make the 4Runner looks even tougher.
Window Visor Fitment
WeatherTech visors sit in between the outside of the glass window and the weather guard rubber. What that does is puts pressure on your glass. There were numerous times where I had trouble rolling up the window because it would get caught by the bottom edge of the visor.
Other times, the automatic roll-up function does not work properly because it thinks something is caught in between the window. Perhaps I installed them incorrectly?
Another issue I had was that the 2 rear visors would slide down to the bottom.
After a while, the adhesive gets dirty or wears out since it is sticking to the rubber of the window frame. Those rubber trims are flexible so imagine rolling the windows up and down over time.
Benefits of WellVisors Rain Guards vs. WeatherTech
WellVisors rain guard, on the other hand, is held on to the outside of your window/door trim.
They come with 3M tape pre-cut and ready for application. In addition to the 3M double-sided tape, there are 2 clips on each visor.
One end of the soft stainless-steel clip anchors itself between the weatherstrip and the window door frame.
The other end of the metal clip has a hole that allows the plastic tapered lock pin to slide into and attach to the visor. What you see on the outside is a circle plastic dot. The plastic push pins are small enough that you might not even notice them.
I have heard stories about water getting into these tiny holes and thus gets inside the cabin. I did not experience these issues on the 4Runner nor any of my other cars.
I’ve had these WellVisors rain guard for almost 2 years and have had no issue. They serve their purpose in looking badass as well as letting me get some fresh air occasionally.
The models that I’ve installed these on include:
- 3rd Gen Toyota Prius
- 3rd Gen Acura TL
- 3rd Gen 4Runner
- 8th Gen Civic
- 1st Gen NX300
- 2nd Gen Tacoma
For these different models, I had to replace the stock 3M double-sided tape with thicker tape from 3M and Gorilla.
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At one point, the visor on my Prius was hanging on by just the clips. The replacement double-sided tape sticks better to both the surface of the car and the visors.
Since replacing the tape on those vehicles, I’ve had no other issue.
Here are some specs from Wellvisors.net:
- Injection-molded for heavy duty thickness.
- Made of polycarbonate for high strength and lightweight
- Reduces sun glare for greater visibility
- Reduce wind noise
- Improve ventilation by letting fresh air in
- Easy installation. No-drilling required.
- Visors are secured to your window with clip-on and 3 m tape
- Smooth-beveled edges and stylish smoke finish for sleek appearance
- Limited one-year warranty
So, are these visors for you?
I like them thick and functional.
Others may like them slick and subtle. I can tell you certainly these are not subtle. You see them, they are there, they stand out. It feels as if they cover the upper half of my windows (figuratively).
Whatever the case may be, for less than $60 (sixty dollars), they are much cheaper than WeatherTech. Unbeatable fit and finish with the look to match the rest of the mods on my rig.
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