What I wopuld like to know is what is the consensus between the AVS in-channel (which requires some tape) and the WeatherTech in-channel, which doesn't require tape....please respond by discussing the amount of effort or difficulty to install, the finished look, how long you have had them and how well have they held up (any re-do's?)....and what you paid for yours.
Sorry if this sounds like a test (and who needs that?)...but trying to make a good decision, cause I got several vehicles I want to get them for.
I just got the Putco in channel today and they SUCK MAJOR BALLS!!! Very loose and the only 3m tape doesn't even touch anything to hold it out of the way. Can't roll up the window at all it always catches on it. I have to roll the window back down then push out the visor as I'm rolling the window back up. Not happy with the Putco in channel.
On my 2 previous FJ's I installed the stick-ons. One set was AVS the other set was WeatherTec.
Neither brand had any significant advantage over the other and both were easy to install if you followed the "chinese directions", and paid attention to WTF you were doing.
Mostly I picked the stick-ons because they were the only ones the dealer carried at the time. Neither one leaked, peeled, cracked or came loose in the 2 years I had each vehicle...........and it rains a lot here - I mean A LOT!!!!!! 37 OUT OF THE LAST 42 DAYS IT HAS RAINED.
Having just picked up an '11 NSSE, I just ordered another set of vent shades and now the dealer only sells the in-channel. So we'll see how this goes. I have read before that there have been some complaints about being to snug and possibly causing power window motor failure in the long run.
I just put on a pair of weathertech in channel on my front windows. It has no adhesive, but I can tell you there is NO WAY these things are going to pop-out. So far they are really great. I went with the "smoke" version (lighter color) to minimize the cheese factor.
The FJ came with AVS stick-on's when I bought it. So far, they've been great.
But a while back on my way up to Sacramento, I did have a bird hit my from turn signal, roll up the fender and get stuck in the vent visor. All this did was give a little blood splatter and remove the tape from the back end up the visor. Not really here nor there but this was at 70 mph and they stayed strong, even with tape.
So I say to anyone deciding between stick-on and in-channel, my vote goes to stick-on.