AVS Low Profile Rain Guards for the 5th Gen 4Runner – Application and Quick Review
Rain guards are pretty functional. They allow for a few things, but the most important is obviously keeping the rain out of your cabin.
When it’s raining outside and you still want to let some fresh air into your 4Runner, rain guards help by letting you crack the window to lets the fresh air in and keeps the rain out. Rain guards are also incredibly helpful for preventing rain from trickling down the roof gutter into your cabin when you come to a complete stop. There’s nothing worse than coming to a full stop and having a bunch of water rush into your cabin.
We previously covered the AVS (Auto Ventshade) window visors and rain guards a few years ago. In that post, we went over basically everything on rain guards, bug guards, and window visors.
In this post, we are going to look at their updated low profile rain guards and window visors and give you a quick overview of how to throw them on. It’s basically the same exact product, just a lower profile.
You can trust that AVS makes a solid product. Their products are made in the USA and backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
Find it online:
- Low Profile Rain Guards (pictured here): Check Price
- Original Rain Guards: Check Price
- Bug Deflector: Check Price
- Front driver side visor
- Front passenger-side visor
- Rear driver side visor
- Rear passenger side visor
- Car cleaning supplies
- Clean towels
- No special hardware or drilling required – installs fast with pre-applied 3M automotive-grade adhesive
- A trial fit is recommended to ensure proper positioning.
- Check the fitment of all parts before fully applying the visors into place as you will not be able to return the visors if you remove the packing tape.
- Wash and dry your 4Runner to remove any debris from the installation area.
Start by cleaning the window frames with an alcohol pad or your vehicle cleaner of choice. Once you have cleaned the area around the window trim, you can proceed to remove the backing tape from the visors.
Before you peel off the tape on the backside of the window visors, you want to make sure you leave the protective film over the front of the visors. If you fail to leave the protective film on, you may risk scratching the visors when you go to peel the backing tape off.
Step 1. Peel Back Tape
Peel back 2″ of the tape liner from each end of the top flange. Remove the tape liner from the bottom flange as well.
Step 2. Line Up on Door Frame
Align the front visor on the outside of the door frame. The top flange of the front visor will attach to the door frame. Gently press the exposed areas and tape against the surface and verify position. With the front visor in its final position, remove the remaining tape liner by pulling it free from both ends.
Once you have the tape free from the backside of the visor, you can proceed to press the visor into the door trim in order for the tape to fully adhere.
Step 3. Repeat On Rear Door
Repeat the process from above.
Do they work?
They’re definitely much lower of a profile than the last set I had on our other 4Runner. So far they have been working, however, the other rain guards they make definitely prevent more water from coming into the cabin.
It’s pretty simple. These lower profile guards protect a small gap of open window space and the larger rain guards protect more open window space. If you are looking for the most protection and water prevention, go with the regular size window guards. the regular size guards have a larger lip that hangs over the glass much farther than these low profile ones.
Original AVS Rain Guards
If I had to choose an option between the two, I would go with the original ones. Even though the low profile ones look cleaner, the original ones actually do a better job at preventing water from entering the cabin. My main gripe with the low profile version is that you have to really find the sweet spot with where the window sits and what the visor can protect. The full-size rain guards allow you to open your windows more, letting more fresh air in, all while keeping the rain and water out.