Do you like the drive with the windows down?
Do you find it's annoying that any speed over 50 MPH you get some annoying sounds from the wind in the cabin?
Well NO MORE!!! For $30 and 30 minutes of your time it's gone.
Kudos to MAR8 for showing me how to do this. It's buried in a different thread about track days posted here but this is definitely deserving of it's own thread. I slightly tweaked his directions but the original thread I linked just above. The areas I edited/added I put in BOLD.
Buffet Buster install guide!
Here is what you want: Wiper blade is about $20 and the tape is around $8. I am figuring everyone else has the remaining tools. Unlike his guide I used a sharpie pen instead of a pencil to mark the cutting on the 3M tape.
You can source this wiper at Advanced Autoparts. Buy this length and you’ll have plenty of wiper for both sides. If you can’t find this wiper, any good wiper with an airfoil will do. You’ll just find that some are not solid rubber like this one and are molded in an arc to form the airfoil, like this:
Just build up a couple layers with the tape to fill the void and don’t cut the slots off. The rest of this guide still applies. Personally for mine I just used one layer of 3M tape on my car (Ara Blue Crystal photos at bottom).
Start by removing the end caps with needle nose pliers.
Then slide the airfoil out.
You’ll see there are slots on each side of the airfoil. Carefully cut them off to create a good flat surface for the tape to adhere to. I like this wiper because the width is identical to the width of the tape. This process is a bit time consuming. I used a mix of a scissor and the razor to try and get it to look nice. I also filed it down as well to make it smooth..
Go ahead and apply the tape, leaving the outside still covered.
Now you can head to the car to make some pencil marks that will determine the angles to cut. Open the hood for this. You’ll see that there is a natural line on the bottom of the A pillar trim. Use that as a guide and mark the airfoil. I did not install it where he installed it. He installed it on the actual paint trim which required opening the hood. This is optional. I also did not use a pencil but rather a sharpie on the actual red area of the 3M tape to mark where to cut. I cut the piece a tad larger than necessary so I could simply trim it down and test fit the part. See photo with the arrows as to where I put mine compared to his
Using the utility knife, cut the end to match the marks.
Now do the same with the top part. Make sure you have the bottom lined up and then mark the top. I like to follow the line created by the window triangle trim piece. Cut it and test fit to ensure your angles are spot on.
Carefully peel the protective layer off using the utility knife. Don’t pry the very top. Pry the lower portion of the angle to maintain a better adherence in that tiny top corner.
Head back to the car and wipe the trim so you have a clean surface for the tape. Carefully affix it to the trim.
Close the hood and see if you need to trim anything. I needed to cut a small little section for a perfect fit.
You’re done! Repeat on the other side and enjoy buffet free driving!
For my final set of directions, I started installing the piece from the TOP and worked my way down. I only pulled off a small piece of the 3M tape to get it to stick on the top. I then gently tugged the 3M tape downward allowing me to slowly mold the airfoil onto the body panel. My final product is as seen below. You can use the first one you made as a guide to quickly make the second piece. The second piece is essentially a mirror image of the first. .