Works for me
Not sure what you mean, so perhaps the answer is no.Especially since the original is not available, it's a good solution.
Does yours have a clear film between the paint and the gasket?
Great idea, thanks!Agreed. You use what works. Especially as parts become more and more difficult to find. Another option is the foam gasket material that's used for truck canopies/campers. It's sold in rolls and is adhesive on one side.
I permanently removed the basket and deflector on my 2000 Xterra. I think it looks better and cleaner. Also, now I can open the sunroof without that useless basket getting in the way. In addition, I removed the side steps and those big mud flaps. This has improved the overall look of the vehicle considerably.My son decided to remove the roof basket and deflector off my 2004 because he wanted to see what it looks like without. After doing so we discovered that the gasket under the deflector has shrunk and there is some scratching of the paint underneath. We cleaned up the roof, used a clay bar and polished the scratched areas then used Black on Black on the deflector and roof basket to restore them to like new. I discovered I can't buy that gasket any more so... I created a replacement gasket using two layers of neoprene (the material used to make scuba diving suits). This material is about 1/8th of an inch thick, water proof, heat and cold resistant, soft and squishy. It's black so it's not immediately noticeable when looking at the vehicle.
My question is, is there something different or better I could have done? Was it a clever hack or a bad idea for some reason? Thanks in advance for your input!
Deflector 5.jpgReplacement hack for gasket under the roof deflector, two layers of neoprene (used to make...
No sunroof on mine. The basket and deflector came in handy this weekend holding three 2 gal. gas cans and a 5 gal jug of water. The four of them lined up neatly across the top.I permanently removed the basket and deflector on my 2000 Xterra. I think it looks better and cleaner. Also, now I can open the sunroof without that useless basket getting in the way. In addition, I removed the side steps and those big mud flaps. This has improved the overall look of the vehicle considerably.