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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-12-2019, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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Roof Rack Windguard.

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Recently I bought a Garvin Roof rack over my soft top, like the rack, seems sturdy. Bought the optional windguard. I’m getting a lot of wind noise and my best guess is that it’s coming from the wind hitting the guard.
Has anyone had this problem, and found the rack got quieter after removing the windguard?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-13-2019, 07:47 AM
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I cannot answer your question, but maybe a picture would help.
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Wind does crazy things and exposes flaws in loading. I have a ladder rack on my F150. I used to haul around a 26í tipi and once a ratchet strap made the truck sound like it had major mechanical issues.

Itís a letdown when an accessory has unwanted impact. I suppose I would remove the wind guard and see what happens on a test drive.
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Wind does crazy things and exposes flaws in loading. I have a ladder rack on my F150. I used to haul around a 26í tipi and once a ratchet strap made the truck sound like it had major mechanical issues.
I've found if I turn off my OCD and put a couple of twists in the straps holding the cargo, the noise goes away.
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-14-2019, 01:51 AM
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I'm talking about an empty rack, with optional wind guard installed. Not my jeep, but this is the rack with wind guard. I think that guard might help cut wind resistance, but the sound of the wind passing over that guard I think is causing a lot of wind noise.

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I was just making conversation with the tipi talk. You probably missed the suggestion in the end.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-14-2019, 05:38 AM
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Looks like the deflector should be tilted back a bit more for less noise. It likely quiets down when there is a load up there. Maybe devise a means to remove it easily when not loaded.
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From the limited view, looks like your light bar would interfere with the function of the air deflection. I'm thinking your hearing/possibly feeling buffeting from over the light bar and then under the air deflector. You've got a wing of sorts in front of an air disruptor.
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From the limited view, looks like your light bar would interfere with the function of the air deflection. I'm thinking your hearing/possibly feeling buffeting from over the light bar and then under the air deflector. You've got a wing of sorts in front of an air disruptor.

I saw the light bar, until now I was focused on the deflector. Yep, seems he has a couple things going on.
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I'm talking about an empty rack, with optional wind guard installed. Not my jeep, but this is the rack with wind guard. I think that guard might help cut wind resistance, but the sound of the wind passing over that guard I think is causing a lot of wind noise.

Sorry I got off topic of your post.
Anyway... I realize that is not your Jeep, so it may not have the light bar as shown.
Does it sound like a wind buffeting noise?
Possibly the rack or deflector has changed the airflow over your soft top such that is causing the top to
act like the surface of a drum.
If so, maybe try some temporarily stuffing some rags,etc. between the bows to tighten it up to see if the sound changes.
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