Question about 2008 Subaru Impreza Wrx
Bought a new 2009 Impreza and just got the (Subaru) roof rack on--but the whistle noise is UNBEARABLE. Husband is outside right now trying to somehow ''fix'' it. So far, no luck.
Anyone ideas on how to stop this? Would a different brand rack system make any difference? With ski season around the corner...we are desperate to find a solution...
Take a thin utility cord. Tie it to one end of the front bar and wrap it repeatedly around the bar to the other end of the front bar (spaced about an inch per loop, working around anything attached to the rack) where you tie it tight. Can disrupt the airflow to break the noise - got rid of all of the noise from my rack. I used a 10 foot cord cost $1.60. Doesn't look as cool as a fairing, but much cheaper and no one will steal it from your car. And you don't have to move the bars so that you can't use them.
Posted on Sep 13, 2010
There's a quick fix, that works like a champ in most roof rack whistle situations. Run down to the hardware store and pick up a 2 or 3 foot bungee cord. Black is ideal, but a color that complements your bike/kayak/whatever is nice too.
Wrap it around the front crossbar about 10 or so times, (at least enough to get it semi-tight around the bar - not so tight you couldn't pluck a snap out of it, nor so loose to the point of hanging), affixing it to the sidebars.
Mine is looped around the towers of my rack. However you can.
The bungee material absorbs a great deal of the vibration that causes the "whistling" sound you hear.
Posted on Aug 15, 2010
My boyfriend fixed mine by putting black silicone under the rubber strip at the top on both sides. It cleans up so well you can't even notice it is there but it works like a charm.
My problem though is being single and using the j hooks on this roof rack, I can't life it. I have to find out if I can get the cradle ones instead so my kayak slides up easier.
Posted on Apr 24, 2009
You can try to move the front cross back, a lot of subaru owners swear that this helps out tremendously. I would try this first
Posted on Jun 26, 2009
Check out this product, also the video, these guys are wind noise reduction gurus. I've got one of these and wouldn't go back. www.prorack-international.com http://www.prorack-international.com/nz/Products/Whispbar/Experience-the-Whispbar-in-action.aspx
Posted on May 25, 2009
If any of the tubes have open ends. plug them with something ( eg.. wax, epoxy, tape ect...)anything that will stop the airflow from mecoming a whistle
Posted on Nov 16, 2008
Try a wind jammer failing that remove bars
Posted on Nov 16, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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