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Old 01-09-2012, 12:03 PM
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Help removing sunroof wind deflector

My 89 has a stock sunroof wind deflector that I'd like to remove but when I turn the thumbscrew nuts, the bolt in the deflector just spins. I don't see a good way to hold that bolt still while turning the nut.

Any tips on how to get this thing off without destroying the hardware?
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Re: Help removing sunroof wind deflector

Mine has phillips head screws with nylon nuts. I just grab the nut with a pair of pliers and turn the screw to remove it. Yours doesn't have phillips head screws?
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Re: Help removing sunroof wind deflector

No phillips head screws. I'll post some pics tomorrow of what it looks like.
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Re: Help removing sunroof wind deflector

Here are some pics of what I'm looking at:



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Re: Help removing sunroof wind deflector

Hmm...that's not the stock mounting hardware. The previous owner must not have had the right hardware so he improvised. You could try using a dremel to carefully cut a slot in the bolts so that you can use a flat screwdriver. I can pose a pic of the stock hardware if you're interested.
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Re: Help removing sunroof wind deflector

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I can pose a pic of the stock hardware if you're interested.
If you have the time, a pic of the stock hardware would be appreciated.

Since it's not stock, maybe I should just drill it out and get new hardware.
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Re: Help removing sunroof wind deflector

OK, I'll try to take a couple pics tonight. Drilling it out coule be destructive to the deflector since it's plastic. I'm assuming you're removing the deflector because you don't like it? There a lot of guys who would pay for it if you don't destroy it taking it off. I'd try the dremmel trick first before you get desperate.
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Re: Help removing sunroof wind deflector

Yeah I meant dremel a slot and replace the hardware. If I like it better off I'll put it up for sale here.
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Re: Help removing sunroof wind deflector

Lol, okay...that makes more sense.

You're probably gonna see a permanent stain in the paint where the visor was if it's been on there for a few years. I pulled the visor off my car for a couple years, but recently put it back on. I like it on better than off because I can have the sunroof partially open when it's raining and not get wet.
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Okay, here are a couple pics from my visor...



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