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Last year I found myself cleaning these things out once a week during the autumn and in its height, once every couple of days.
They have rubber flaps over the end to help stop the debris getting into the wings but they won't stop it when combined with the heavy rain and eventually block, well not this year, hopefully this addition will simply mean removal of the pollen filters and scoop out the leaves and rubbish.
 

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Looks like it should work, unless the leaves breakdown & clog the screen. Then water might try & enter the main fuse box when it has no wear to go?
 

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It won't get that far, I'm in the habbit of checking them very regularly so it's much easier for me this way to just pull the pollen filters and clear the rubbish than to pull all the panels, clear the leaves and get the Hoover out for the wings (as I found myself doing last year).
It's just the nature of where I am, lots of trees here and being on the top of a hill the wind comes straight in off the sea and whips up the leaves, dust and dirt into every knook and cranny you can imagine, this isn't something I'd recommend to everyone but for my environment it's certainly making my life a lot easier.
The mesh is only 2mm square so it's catching the vast majority of rubbish, just need to put some piping round it so it looks a bit better.:D
 

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Quick Update

Ok, so the idea was good and it did indeed stop all the debris going into the drains but when your forced to clear them on a daily basis even removing the pollen filters can get to be a pain, so a quick re-design was needed.



The mesh fits flush under the pollen filter so the leaves can't get under there, now it's just a case of pop the bonnet (hood) and pick out the leaves.





My situation is quite severe with these leaves but if there is anyone out there that decides they want to make something similar ensure you take out both pollen filter trays when you're getting your dimensions as they are a slightly different shape.
Materials used was 2mm stainless steel mesh, 10mm rubber edging and 0.2mm marine grade stainless steel wire to tie it in.

I'm now working on a new set since as you can see in the first pic there is a small amount of debris under the gas strut, from there it can work it's way under the plastic wiper trim and end up in the lower drains for the master cylinder and the EBox.
 

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A recent thread reminded me I hadn't put up the pics of the additional sets for under the gas struts so here they are.







Since installing these I went from dismantling everything and clearing the drains every day or so (more so in the autumn) to now just popping the bonnet and pulling the debris from around the pollen filters (no need to remove the filters themselves), the drains get checked every so often but I've never yet had to clear them after these were put in.
 
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