Fitting Heko Wind DeflectorsDecember 27, 2018
We Yeti owners are well aware of our car’s ONE and ONLY design flaw.
Unfortunately for us, it’s quite a big one. 🙁
Every driver likes the window down sometimes, either fully, or just a little bit. The weather outside is of no real concern; it’s the fresh air that counts.
But for Yeti owners the weather IS a real concern!
There can be no open window for us when it’s raining. Not even a little. Nothing.
Because we Yeti owners know only too well that rain is commanded by the Heavens to chase us down at every turn and attack our driver’s window. If that rain finds an opening, however slight, a deluge inside the car will ensue.
Many a Yeti owner has learnt this the hard way. That includes me. When it rains, that window is rammed shut.
Although, much like email with ‘You’ve WON!’ in the title, there’s always some fool who’ll open it 🤡
You might think that the rain is far too busy wreaking terror and destruction upon Mazdas to ever bother about our feisty Yeti.
But rain will attack anything, like sharks. And it is these switches it has a particular taste for…
I have literally seen a POOL of rainwater dancing about in there like it’s Party in the Park 😡
It’s just a question of time before a short circuit happens. Then things will stop working and big money will need spending. And the rain will have achieved its goal.
But I WANT my driver’s window open sometimes. Why should that be denied to me by the weather?
So I see there are a couple of different brands. I’ll go for the smoked Hekos after reading the reviews here on Amazon
As expected, they arrive fast.
Let’s unpack them and see what is what.
So I’ll start by running this screwdriver all along the rubber channel
Eviction time for any moths or other freeloaders that think it’s okay to squat in there. It isn’t. 😡
Before I peel off the little pieces of yellow tape I just want to offer up the deflector to be certain these are the right ones.
Yep. Looks like good times. 🙂
Yellow tape off. Heko deflector fed into the channel starting from the wing mirror end.
Now it’s time to bend this last part
It feels scary to me to bend plastic like this. But I’m sure it must be done this way.
I’m going to fit two of these clips that are supplied to every deflector.
I test where the deflector wobbles the most and push in the clip about an inch away from the wobble.
Shiny side facing outwards.
Moth-evicting screwdriver returns!
I use it to push the clip up.
Testing the window and it’s making contact with the deflector in the channel somewhere and the anti-pinch detector is sending the window tumbling back down again.
I fiddle a bit. Test. Fiddle some more. Test again. Fiddle again.
And it’s done
The window is flying up and down as freely as Stormy Daniels’ thong. 😮
And so to the rear…
It is as well. 😮
I put a clip in either end.
Then round to the other side and fit the other two deflectors.
I had no distractions doing this job today
Tesco management must’ve known I’d be doing it in their car park so cleared it completely for me. 👍
Though they forgot to inform the trolley lad.
Feel free to stay tuned for more modifications I have planned.
You can see what I have done so far, here: Yeti Customisation
If you want these Hekos, they are here on Amazon
And I am always interested to hear about your Yeti, customised or not.
Would you care to share and help me grow my site?