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Considering that a ding in the windshield has potential for big problems especially with EyeSight, I'm looking into the Subaru OEM Hood Deflector. Are these actually effective or just mostly cosmetic? Any drawbacks from it? Problems with self-installation?

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The deflector on my trusty 2003 Forester was great but that was then and this snow. I'm not thinking about adding one on the 2019 (still have to place the official order next week) because I decided that the issue of chips here in NH is less than it was in road debris-laden New Jersey......ditto for construction truck traffic on the highways up here.

There was an issue on the previous Forester gen where Subaru stopped selling OEM defectors because they supposedly interfered with the EyeSight cameras.........I was surprised to see them offered again on the 2019 models. Whatever the issue was back then MUST have been addressed.
 

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Deflector or protector?

I've had a deflector on another vehicle and found that it worked well for insects and snow, deflecting most of the stuff over the roof. Really big bugs hit the windscreen but higher than without the deflector. Be advised that a protector is not necessarily a deflector.

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It isn't likely to deflect anything that would crack a windshield. They are very low profile.
 

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It isn't likely to deflect anything that would crack a windshield. They are very low profile.
So basically they really don't prevent rocks from hitting the windshield, but if one were to put it on anyway, would the vehicle have to go to the dealership to re calibrate Eyesight?
 

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Considering that a ding in the windshield has potential for big problems especially with EyeSight, I'm looking into the Subaru OEM Hood Deflector. Are these actually effective or just mostly cosmetic? Any drawbacks from it? Problems with self-installation?

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I had a hood deflector on my 2000 Forester since new. I would advise against them mainly for the damage it did to the car's hood: unable to clean it out underneath (between deflector and hood), the paint was worn away. This was due to all the crap that not only built up in there, but also when that aforementioned crap rubbed up against the hood when the deflector would move from the wind while driving. The hood was not a pretty sight after the deflector finally fell off (clips holding it broke) in 2017.

Maybe they made improvements to the deflectors since then, but I went with a clear bra on my '18 instead and am much happier with it.
 

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I have a 2017 with eyesight. Dealer told me not to use a deflector due to issues with eyesight. I went for a clear bra.
 

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I had a hood deflector on my 2000 Forester since new. I would advise against them mainly for the damage it did to the car's hood: unable to clean it out underneath (between deflector and hood), the paint was worn away. This was due to all the crap that not only built up in there, but also when that aforementioned crap rubbed up against the hood when the deflector would move from the wind while driving. The hood was not a pretty sight after the deflector finally fell off (clips holding it broke) in 2017.

Maybe they made improvements to the deflectors since then, but I went with a clear bra on my '18 instead and am much happier with it.
I had one on a previous vehicle as well. I concur, clear bra is the way to go!
 

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i didn't have to. If you go with the OEM one for the model year '19 it won't be an issue. But, as mentioned, it is low profile....
 

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The deflector on my trusty 2003 Forester was great but that was then and this snow. I'm not thinking about adding one on the 2019 (still have to place the official order next week) because I decided that the issue of chips here in NH is less than it was in road debris-laden New Jersey......ditto for construction truck traffic on the highways up here.

There was an issue on the previous Forester gen where Subaru stopped selling OEM defectors because they supposedly interfered with the EyeSight cameras.........I was surprised to see them offered again on the 2019 models. Whatever the issue was back then MUST have been addressed.
I have read this about the 2019s as well. At least on Amazon reviews of the OEM bug deflector for the 2019. It has stopped me getting one so far.
 
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