Personnaly storage is the least of my worries, I just stash it behind the drivers seat. Never take passangers in the back. I look only for protection. The foil is much better than the fabric for one simple reason, heat. The foil will repel most of it and does make a huge effect. Also getting you back windos tinted with heat repelling tint makes a whole lot of different.pkarmouche said:Thanks for the replies.
So far most of you use the foil type and don't dislike anything about them. I would think the foil type would take up a lot of space or be hard to easily store when folded up.
Reading information on those "pop-open" fabric ones, it would appear that they are as effective blocking heat and UV rays - but lighter and easier to fold up and stash away under a seat. The ones my wife uses in her Accord don't fit the M5 windshield well, they leave a big gap under the rearview mirror...
I have to agree with kid at some level...any protection is good. I personally use the cheapie ones from Kragen ($8). They fold up nice and fit in the pocket behind the seat. That said, I don't use them that often...M5Kid said:My god, it's a sun shield. Run to your local automotive store, and grab whatever looks like it's effective. The foiled probably is a little better. Expect to pay 20 bucks. End of story.
I guess you're right. I was thinking I'd find gobs of scientific details about foil vs. fabric and brands (like are so often discussed of waxes, leather cleaners, etc.). However it is obvious that anything is better than nothing, and this isn't a big concern here.M5Kid said:My god, it's a sun shield. Run to your local automotive store, and grab whatever looks like it's effective. The foiled probably is a little better. Expect to pay 20 bucks. End of story.
Thanks Jeff, good point. I am also aware that for aircraft, it is important that the (typically foil reflective) sunshades be pressed firmly against the windshield, otherwise heat builds up in between damaging the wet compass that is typically mounted high on the windshield.M-Fünf said:Paul,In my older thread about storing the M5 outside, somebody mentioned that the sunshade could reflect the heat back to the windshield, possible weakening the adhesive bond holding it to the frame...not sure how important or relevant that is for short term use, but the point was raised...
Since the V1 is mounted so high on the windsheild I would tuck the sunshade under/behind the unit (another score for the pop-open fabric type). I used this procedure in my previous car with a Solo radar detector.M-Fünf said:Paul,
Do you think too much heat reflected from these can cause damage to a V1? I normally leave it up when I'm parked at work or somewhere else. I don't take it down unless I'm somewhere I don't know or don't trust.
Haven't started the project yet, so the beast still has garage privileges. There is one other project that will require a large drop-box in the driveway, and I can't start the other project until that one is done, as I don't want to be parking the M5 on the street...I've got plenty to keep me busy until then...
HEY!M5Kid said:My god, it's a sun shield. Run to your local automotive store, and grab whatever looks like it's effective. The foiled probably is a little better. Expect to pay 20 bucks. End of story.
That might be the ticket, Knox, thanks.knox said:The $50 "UV Windshield Sunscreen" from Bavarian Motorsport is the one I have and it's an excellent product.
Come on guys...you drive a gorgeous, high-performance M5 and you're using those cheap, ugly foil shades. What a crime!
Get the best for your M5...cheers!