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Old 05-19-2004, 04:29 PM   #1
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Default Canoe Rack Wind Noise

Got the Subary Canoe Rack for the Forester, and it made a lot of whistling noise, even at low speed. It consists of extension bars and small attachments for the straps that fits onto the standard Subaru Forester Roof Rack.

After experimenting for a while, I came to this solution to get rid of the noise:

buy an extra rubber strip ($10), which is designed to cover the original roof rack rail, and using the existing ones as well, cut them into sections to fit just about any visible track opening you can find, even the one inside the plastic loops used to attach the buckles. Et voila...! noise is all gone...!
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Old 05-20-2004, 10:08 AM   #2
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stpierrer

Sounds interesting (ha, ha). I'm not quite sure I understand what you've done -- I only use bike mounts. Could you clarify or post some pix?

Cheers,

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Old 05-20-2004, 10:17 AM   #3
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Default pics please

with the BWCA at my door the canoe rack will be my next accessory.

ttiwwp....not really....but pics would be nice!

thanks!
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Old 06-04-2004, 08:15 PM   #4
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Good idea,


I will take some pictures and post them on if I can within the next few days.

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Old 06-04-2004, 11:01 PM   #5
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I read somewhere that there is a fairly easy solution to eliminating the noise. If you remove the tie down straps, lift the canoe gently off the roof, place it on the ground, and drive around that way, the noise will just go away! he.he. just kidding
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Old 06-05-2004, 08:36 AM   #6
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Even better... take the rack off, I find that one works best... Anyhow, can't figure out how to upload images... usually this type of site has an uploader or attachment feature where you can upload your images without having to have a [IMG] http:// URL[/IMG]. Anyone knows a way of doing this???
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Old 06-05-2004, 10:45 PM   #7
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I couldn't say. I don't think this site does any image hosting. So far, I've just hosted my images on www.imageshack.us (free) then used the url to post them here.
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Old 06-06-2004, 10:11 PM   #8
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Do you have a wind fairing on the rack?

I know that did a lot to cut down on noise from my Yakima Bike rails...
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Old 06-06-2004, 11:20 PM   #9
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There is no image hosting here. You have to host your pics on another server and link to them.

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I read somewhere that there is a fairly easy solution to eliminating the noise. If you remove the tie down straps, lift the canoe gently off the roof, place it on the ground, and drive around that way, the noise will just go away! he.he. just kidding
Actually an empty rack will make more noise. Having a canoe on it will block some of the air from hitting the rack.


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Old 06-08-2004, 11:33 AM   #10
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OK, I've received the photo and put it up here:

Wind Noise Eliminator For Rack

http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/...%20For%20Rack/


Thanks Roger!

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Old 06-08-2004, 12:21 PM   #11
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I had a similar problem with the Thule rack add-ons for the factory WRX wagon racks.
I didn't want to put a fairing on, because it would have to rest on the paint, which even
with the clear plastic strips, wasn't an option. Someone suggested wrapping
the bars with black parachute cord to provide a spoiling effect, like you see on many
radio antennas. I tried it first with plain yellow nylon rope, and it worked. I couldn't
find black cord, but the local store had stretchy black "shock" cord. The install was
and the incessant howling is gone. There is still wind noise, but there's no way to
get rid of it completely. It also cost about $6.

Good Luck...Stu
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Old 06-09-2004, 09:52 AM   #12
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Is that wrapped tight? loose? Do you have any pix of this? Does the diameter of the cord matter ?

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Old 06-10-2004, 12:59 PM   #13
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Is that wrapped tight? loose? Do you have any pix of this? Does the diameter of the cord matter ?

Bob
Wrapped tight. The shockcord is actually somewhat elastic so you have
to stretch it, but it holds well. It is pretty thin stuff, maybe 3/16 and there
wasn't much of a difference from the experimental, standard yellow
nylon rope. I guess just about anything that can spoil the airflow over the
bars will do. I'll try and snap a pic soon.

S.
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