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Roof racks are notorious for causing wind noise - the only solution I have seen (other than dealing with the noise or removing the racks altogeher) involves a molded piece of tinted plastic that attaches to the front rack and re-directs the airflow that would normally traverse the racks and cause wind noise from the windshield up and over the racks - (They are available on-line, I believe, and called "Roof Rack wind deflectors" -) I'd check with the manufacturer of the racks, and see if they offer an accompanying wind deflector - but you also may be able to find one in JC whitney or somewhere as well...

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Take it off

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