(approx) 15 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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Hey, guys. Adam here with americanmuscle.com and today we're taking a quick look at and of course installing the Rear Window Louvers in gloss black available for the '09 to '14 Challenger. You should be checking these out if you're looking to spice up the rear end look of your Challenger by getting that retro classic muscle-style look to your car while getting a modern spin on it. This guy isn't like traditional window louvers in the sense that it's got three slats going across. It's split up into two sections with this V in the middle. So this is a little bit different than some of the more traditional options, so if you're looking to stray away from those, this is a great way to go.Now classic muscle cars we know from the '60s and '70s had these rear window louvers on and this is a great way to kind of give that retro style to your modern muscle car. Now this guy's made of a top quality marine grade ABS plastic. It's relatively thick there and it's got a gloss black finish over top of it. The gloss black finish is smooth so there's no texture to it whatsoever. Now if you're looking for something that is a matte black finish or something that you can paint yourself, those options are out there in the category in either unpainted, pre-painted or textured. This one is for the gloss black fans.Now this guy comes in right around 400 bucks and I will say in my opinion it seems a bit on the higher end of the spectrum. It does have branding right in the middle there from GlassSkinz, the manufacturer of the rear window louvers. For 400 bucks you are getting a very sturdy window louver. Now it attaches these using 3M automotive bonding tape and adhesion promoter to make sure it gets the best bond possible without needing any included brackets or anything like that. Now the downside to not having any brackets attached to it like some of the other options such as MMD is that you don't get to remove it to clean your windshield. Now the good thing about that is it's on for the lifetime so you don't have to worry about it flying off on the highway as long as you prep it properly. I'm gonna walk you through what all those steps look like and really the main portion of it is just making sure you clean it properly with a soap and water mixture. The 3M tape are really thick strips all around the edges. They're not really weak strips which you can get with some of the other kits out there. So really sturdy installation there but it doesn't require any brackets.Now the install I'm gonna give one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. It'll take you about 30 minutes from start to finish, if that. Now I'm gonna take you through the process. Let's get started.Tools used in this install include a spray bottle with soap and water mixture, clean microfiber, an adhesion promoter included in the kit. All right, guys. The first step here and arguably the most important of the entire install is making sure your back windshield is completely clean. Any of the particles around the edges where the 3M tape is going to apply will prohibit a good bond between the 3M and the windshield. So that can cause problems especially if you're driving at highway speeds. You don't want the thing flying off. So make sure it's properly cleaned. I'm gonna use a soap and water mixture in this spray bottle here and a clean microfiber and we're just gonna go around and clean up this entire windshield. You wanna focus a lot on the edges there but just make sure the entire windshield is clean. It's also worth noting here, guys, I'm sure a lot of you will feel inclined to use something like Windex on your windshield. The chemicals in Windex and other window cleaners like that can prohibit a good bond as well. Soap and water is your best bet.Now the next step is optional but heavily recommended. This stick in my hand here is included in the kit. This is a 3M adhesion promoter stick. What this is gonna help do is it's basically gonna strengthen the bond for that stickiness of the 3M tape. You can see it's all pre-applied here to the back of the louver and I've got half of it peeled off to make it easier to apply. Now before you stick this guy in place, I'd recommend taking this stick, and there are two of them to make sure you have enough, and recommend breaking it and going around the edges of the windshield just to make sure it gives it that layer of promoter and then applying this. Now we are only going to be installing this for video's sake. We're taking it off right away so I'm not gonna be using this. But in order to use it, push up against it to break that seal and then rub it around the edges.All right, once you have that taken care of, I'd recommend peeling back half of the 3M on each side and then lining it up into position. You don't wanna put pressure on it just yet. Just make sure that you like the position it's in. Use the edges of the windshield glass as a marker. See, I like where it's at here and at the top there so I'm just gonna stick it into place lightly. Now I can go to the other side and line that up. All right, so this side looks good so I'm gonna peel off this 3M backing. And stick that down. And do the same thing for each of the other ones.All right, so once you have each one of them peeled back, double-check the position because before you put pressure on it, you have a little bit of room for play and adjustment. I think it looks good here. So you can go back around and put firm pressure on all the edges. Perfect. From there you're good to go.That's gonna wrap up my review and install for the Rear Window Louvers in gloss black available for the '09 to '14 Challenger. You can get yours right here at americanmuscle.com.
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Boosts the Challenger’s Powerful Appearance. Show off your Dodge Challenger’s powerful performance and form by installing a Hellion Rear Window Louver. These aftermarket accessories boast an aggressive, split design that gives your vehicle an assertive presence on the road. Plus, each louver is made from digitally scanned CAD data to fit the Challenger’s sleek contours.
Crafted From High-Quality Material. These rear window louvers are constructed entirely out of marine-grade ABS plastic, so they’re highly durable and will last you a good long time. The material also gives the louvers their sun-resistant quality, making them capable of keeping your vehicle’s interior cool and comfortable.
No Fuss Installation. Securing the Hellion Rear Window Louver onto your vehicle will only take you 15 minutes. This is because 3M brand OEM grade VHB tapes are pre-installed at the back of the louver, allowing you to attach the product onto the rear window with ease.
Includes 2 Types of Warranties. The Hellion Rear Window Louvers come with a Limited Lifetime Structural Warranty and a Limited 1-Year warranty on their finish.
Application. These Hellion Rear Window Louvers are compatible with all 2008-2020 Dodge Challenger models.
Fitment: 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
This looks to be a one piece unit - so how do you clean the rear window glass after this is installed ?
In order to clean the rear window, you would need to remove this.
Do the louvers block the 3rd brake light (top center of rear window)? If yes, can the manufacture logo be removed or modified to open a view angle?
The louvers do not block the third brake light.
Do these louvers make noise, or chatter, at interstate speeds?
If installed properly, these should indeed withstand highway speeds just fine.
Would removing the louver to clean the window weaken the adhesive ?
It can weaken the adhesive, yes.
How long will the tape keep it attached to the window before needing replaced?
As long as the window is properly prepped and the louvers installed properly. The tape shouldn't wear or need to be replaced.
While the louvers do limit visibility, the manner in which they are "stacked" leaves gaps between the louvers so visibility is not blocked entirely.
(approx) 15 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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