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.
Rain guards are a must. When I first drove my 4runner in the rain the driver and passenger windows were streams of water. Couldn’t use my windows. One thing that gives me anxiety is not seeing out of my back window or my sides. If this is how people feel in elevators, me no like..But AVS rain guards all but eliminated the problem and made it nice when sleeping in 4runner to drop windows a bit in the rain. Solid product. Had for years on my last 4runner, just ordered 2nd set for new one.
Do these in channel visors ruin your window motors
Thank you Brenan. It’s refreshing to read about a mod that doesn’t seem like it was sponsored by the manufacturer. It’s OK to not be totally enthralled by a mod and WE want to hear about it. Truth matters!
How’s the wind noise on the low profile ones? I have WeatherTechs and they make significant noise on the freeway.
Agreed. WTs are noisy. I wonder whether it will matter much, if I add the additional turbulence of a roof rack?
No noise at all with either AVS rain guards. That’s interesting you say that about the WT, the last 5 email replies said they love the WeatherTechs.
Will the low profile guards fit a 2018 4Runner?
We have them on our 18′ Just like the review, they do not allow for much airflow or guard from the rain. We like them because in Texas we can crack the windows just enough to let some heat out while we are away from vehicle.
Yeah for sure.
Any preference for the stick on vs the in channel version?
I have the low profile avs version, I love mine but they are mainly aesthetically pleasing more so than function. The avs logo only appears on the front pieces and not the rears. I’m super picky as my truck is all blacked out… and you know what, I’ve never noticed the small logo lettering before.
I really like the look of these – so clean. But – I would have to figure out that logo – I get it, but I want clean – not sponsored look.
The logo comes off easily. I just scraped it like a scratch off lotto ticket using my thumb nail. It left zero marks on the plastic.
Yeah, I agree. Not a big fan.
These are intriguing, do they stop the weird aero effects of washer/rain on the lower 1/4 of the passange/driver front windows?
They got rid of the aero effects on my 18’. I tried different window configurations cabs speeds. No buffeting.
Great look at the UpTop Alpha, too!
This is a Pro6 M-Rack from KC.