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I just recently traded in my 2014 Frontier for a new 2017. I want to put on a hood protector and I have read many of the posts on the hood protectors/bug deflectors. I am leaning toward the OEM hood protector as I like that it fits the contours of the hood and I need one with some space behind it to be able to clean out debris, wax underneath, etc. In the summer the truck has to give up its garage spot to our collector car. We live in a wooded area and as a result have a lot of debris, pine needles, etc. blowing down on the truck at different times. I know the AVS protectors are car wash safe. Their snug fit would probably keep out debris but, I worry about water being trapped underneath. Is the OEM hood protector car wash safe? With these things in mind is this a good choice? Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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I just recently traded in my 2014 Frontier for a new 2017. I want to put on a hood protector and I have read many of the posts on the hood protectors/bug deflectors. I am leaning toward the OEM hood protector as I like that it fits the contours of the hood and I need one with some space behind it to be able to clean out debris, wax underneath, etc. In the summer the truck has to give up its garage spot to our collector car. We live in a wooded area and as a result have a lot of debris, pine needles, etc. blowing down on the truck at different times. I know the AVS protectors are car wash safe. Their snug fit would probably keep out debris but, I worry about water being trapped underneath. Is the OEM hood protector car wash safe? With these things in mind is this a good choice? Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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I decided against OEM hood protector. I decided to go with Weathertech hood protector. Install was easy on my 2017 Frontier and I have repeatedly gone through "brushless car wash bays". Occasionally went through car wash that have brushes and had no problem. Keep in mind not all automated car washes are the same, my preference are the high pressure, brustless type. I feel there is less chance of something getting caught.

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IIRC, the OEM will turn a kind of brown color/tint over time => IMHO, not a good look/contrast with some truck colors.

I went w/ AVS = a snug fit. Will recommend having 2 folks for the install since it is a one time/one-chance stick-on.
 

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Have the OEM one on my 2006. No problems with car washes.

I believe it offers some rock protection too. Knock on wood, but I haven't needed to replace a windshield in the 11 years of owning the vehicle.
 

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IIRC, the OEM will turn a kind of brown color/tint over time => IMHO, not a good look/contrast with some truck colors.

I went w/ AVS = a snug fit. Will recommend having 2 folks for the install since it is a one time/one-chance stick-on.
I was attracted to the snug fit feature of the AVS. Which AVS protector did you use? Any problems with water/debris being trapped underneath? Can you get underneath to clean? Thanks.

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Didn't realize that AVS had 2 for the Frontier.

I have the Auto Ventshade 25519 Bugflector II Hood Shield, the AEROSKIN is the close mount that uses only sticky tape.

The Bugflector does not that I recall require any drilling but uses the holes already under the hood for mounting screws and only takes a couple minutes to install.

I'm pleased with mine...
 

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I've installed Weathertech units before on many vehicles and never had a problem with them in washes. They will all eventually fade some...
 

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Have the OEM one on my 2006. No problems with car washes. I believe it offers some rock protection too. Knock on wood, but I haven't needed to replace a windshield in the 11 years of owning the vehicle.
I too have one on my '06 and it's been stout for 11-1/2 Years now. I drilled a small hole in the Protector toward the bottom in the center just above the hoodline to drain rainwater and washwater, else it could pool there.
 

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I was attracted to the snug fit feature of the AVS. Which AVS protector did you use? Any problems with water/debris being trapped underneath? Can you get underneath to clean? Thanks.

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AVS Aeroskin - snug fit. Personal preference. The raised type = they look 'old-timey' somehow. No offense anyone! No idea about water/debris being trapped due to the dark charcoal almost black plastic. At the carwash, it does appear water can flow underneath except where the adhesive surfaces are.
~ If I could change anything it would be to also include 2 smaller pieces to affix to the front corners of the quarter panels that align with the hood's edge. Some of the raised kinds extend out to offer protection, so there is that.
 

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I have the AVS Bugdeflector on my 08. I walked out this morning and it was full of leaves. I just ran my hand the length of ought and every one of them came out. I also have not noticed any problems with the car wash.

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I have an aftermarket bug deflector that uses the hoods normal underside mounts to attach and it has worked really well (not sure the brand, maybe AVS?). No discoloration, no problems at all. I take it through all types of car washes and it has never had an issue.
 

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AVS Aeroskin - snug fit. Personal preference. The raised type = they look 'old-timey' somehow. No offense anyone!
None at all taken as your spot on - sorta...

I like the slightly more molded shaped look of the NISSAN branded protector but shied away from is as I simply prefer to try and stay with the same brand as the window shades so that they will be more inclined to match each other in color...
 
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