Problem with Alien Sun Shade

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Thanks for this thread, won't be ordering from Alienshade now.
The sunshades are solid, it is just the front clips that are the issue. As I mentioned before I was never a fan of the clips...I will report back with a work around this weekend.





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I came up with a fix for the clips...simply use the bold holes in the windshield frame. Simply use your tool kit and take out the 4 windshield bolts on the sides of the sin visors. I used my cordless drill to quickly remove and reinstall the bolts. You do not need to lower the entire windshield. I just used a pool noodle to give me enough room to work.
I used 6" bungee balls to secure the front of the sunscreen. It was nice and tight in the front. If you would rather have some slack, use 8" bungee balls that can be ordered on amazon for a reasonable price. Be sure to put the balls on the top so it does not interfere with the sun visors. I also used the holes on the side of the roll bar frame for the side bungee ball mounts to even out the mesh. Overall I am very satisfied with the results...and yes I know the mesh in upside down...I would rather see the logo in the Jeep than from the top which few people see.
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I have resorted to using the windshield bolts to retain the t-bar bungees that come with the shade. I spaced the windshield away from the cross bar similar to what you did and used painters tape to hold them in place while the loop of the bungee was around the raised portion of the crossbar bolt holes. I then lowered the windshield, installed the bolts and removed the painters tape. Then installed the shade per the shade instructions.
 

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I have resorted to using the windshield bolts to retain the t-bar bungees that come with the shade. I spaced the windshield away from the cross bar similar to what you did and used painters tape to hold them in place while the loop of the bungee was around the raised portion of the crossbar bolt holes. I then lowered the windshield, installed the bolts and removed the painters tape. Then installed the shade per the shade instructions.
I like how tight mine is to the front. There is no gap to that the sun will blind you. The gap in the back is nice for the air to escape when the windows are down. The key is to lower you back windows a little for air flow.

Did your method pull the sunshade forward a little? That little front gap in Florida is a killer with the sun here in the summer.

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The gap is close to what it was using the clips. Maybe a little more. It is pretty much covered by the visors.

I live in San Diego and hear you about the sun in that gap. I may try your method to see if I like it better.
 

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I have the exact same issue, all of my front clips bent and can't use the shade in the front now
 

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Hey Andrew @AlienSunshade - thank you for the offer but not necessary. The straps actually work better without the clips when you use the windshield bolts to hold the front bungees. Not sure why everyone is so freaked out by tilting the windshield forward. It's actually faster than fiddling with the clips.

Really appreciate you reaching out.
So I was told using the bolts for the bungee cords makes the Gap not as big is that true
 

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So I was told using the bolts for the bungee cords makes the Gap not as big is that true
My solution:

I purchased the "long" style SpiderBalls ($1 each) from their competitor (SPIDERWEBSHADE), which are about 8" long.

https://www.spiderwebshade.com/collections/accessories/products/spiderballs-1

These appear to be identical match to the bungee balls which get installed onto the side bars, provided in the Alien Sunshade kit.

So, I ended up with eight of the same length bungee balls for the front windshield bar (4 total) and the driver and passenger side bars (4 total; 2 per side).

I installed the front bungee balls passing through the holes for the windshield mounting bolts.

I also installed the side bar bungees passing through holes in the frame, which differs from the installation instructions. I think the holes are used for mounting a soft top, which I don't have. I did this because I previously installed some grab handles onto the bars and utilizing the frame holes keeps the bungees from interfering with the handles.

There is a little section of slightly "loose" shade material between the front two center bungees, which I don't mind.

I can confirm that this configuration keeps the sunshade tight up against the front bar, without any gaps.

Sorry, I don't have any pictures. It's raining out now and I can't get any good pictures in my dark garage.
 
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So I was told using the bolts for the bungee cords makes the Gap not as big is that true
The difference is negligible. It’s plenty stretchy to pull the front back and undo the latches for the freedom tops. The fit is near perfect when you use the bolts.
 

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I had two issues, the clips stretched on mine and the shade itself started to tear at the the holding points. Complete garbage. I called alien sunshade and waited over 6 months and still nothing..Their service is not good and their product is worse
 

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I had two issues, the clips stretched on mine and the shade itself started to tear at the the holding points. Complete garbage. I called alien sunshade and waited over 6 months and still nothing..Their service is not good and their product is worse
They went out of business a couple months ago you won't get no warranty.Alan the owner sold it to some people that offered him a price he couldn't refuse couple months later they let it go don't understand why he was pretty upset himself
 

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The clips in mine all bent after about a month too. The 2 on the edges popped right out when I was unlatching the freedom panels. Going to try looping around the bolt. The bungee balls all seem to be holding up fine.

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The clips in mine all bent after about a month too. The 2 on the edges popped right out when I was unlatching the freedom panels. Going to try looping around the bolt. The bungee balls all seem to be holding up fine.

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That's so weird my clips were fine and held up when we titled my windshield. We did not have to take the windshield wipers off like I see people which is crazy all we did was just hold it with one hand a few inches back friend of mine did and then we took all the clips off and they were fine they weren't busted or bent which I'm surprised. We wrapped the bungee cords around it but it was very tight. All it did was pull it tight to the front and leave a gap in the back of it. It looks bad in my opinion I said I'm done I'm tired of all the bungee balls anyway. I ordered the two piece for my 4-door Rubicon JL buy spider web shades. Should have done this a long time ago it's so much better made it fits better and looks better and no more damn bungee balls except one on each side at the front of the rear peice which you can hide pretty good. they even have a discount code right now going that you can use which gives you 15% off. Jtops is very heavy and well-made but I don't like the fact they only make it one piece right now and at the rear of it it comes down and covers the back of the row bar which is good if you like that but I like the back of my robe are showing that's why I just think overall the two piece that's cleaner look and I'm very glad I went with spider web shades. Here's a picture of my spiderwebshade now and then here's a picture also of the alienshade when I pulled it with the bungee cords instead of the clips what it did to the rare piece in the front

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I just reinstalled the front cords around the windshield bolts. The shade fits a lot better now and feels more secure. Just hoping the metal bolts don’t start to eat into the cords. The only time they should really have any extra stress on them is when I’m taking the freedom panels off and putting them back on. For those that have done this, how is it holding up?

Overall, I’m very happy with the fit of the front and rear alien shades. Don’t mind the bungee balls.
 
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I just reinstalled the front cords around the windshield bolts. The shade fits a lot better now and feels more secure. Just hoping the metal bolts don’t start to eat into the cords. For those that have done this, how is it holding up?

Overall, I’m very happy with the fit of the front and rear alien shades. Don’t mind the bungee balls.
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You can buy bungees, just like what came with the Alien for cheap cheap, on eBAY.
 

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