Alloy Roof Rack

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 14:27
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Hiya all.....Just recently purchased a secondhand alloy roof rack. I have placed on Prado and now have this god awful wail where ever I go. Rained for the first time today and it is twice as load.....any advice on what i can do to eliminate or lower the sound of the thing.
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Reply By: Brew69(SA) - Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 14:31

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 14:31
Wait for the replies lol
Some will tell you what works for them............foam on the bars...ummmm a wind deflector at one of 50 different angles. Some say the deflector does nothing. I live with the noise as its only when empty i get it. If you search the archives you should find an hour or so of reading on the topic.
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Reply By: drifta - Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 14:52

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 14:52
My rack which has a mesh floor made an awful wail when I got it. Probably the same noise it would make if I had Harold scrubby straped up there but I could live with that one. I couldn't put up with the empty rack making that noise though. I found with mine it was the wind coming up the windscreen and through the mesh floor at the front. I put a thin piece of ply on the mesh floor across the front that went about a foot back. No more noise. This worked for me but as Brew69 says it could be alot of things you will probably just have to experiment.
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Follow Up By: Member - John L G - Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 15:26

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 15:26
Drifta

Interesting your comment regarding 'wind off the windscreen' as I have just had an alloy rack custom built for my 75 crew cab ( rig below) but finished it a bit back from the front of the vehicle and guess what - no noise.

My son however has just brought a ARB rack for his 100 series and it makes a hell of a racket until something is thrown up there.
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Follow Up By: 120scruiser - Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 18:04

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 18:04
Funny you mention the position of your rack John
I have a 120 Prado with an ECB aluminium roof rack.
It is positioned towards the rear and is quiet as a church mouse.

The TJM rack on my 80 series howled.
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Reply By: brian - Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 15:42

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 15:42
My full length rack did the same fixed with piece of perspex wind deflector fitted to front of rack same rake as the screen deflects wind over the rack
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Reply By: youngharry52 - Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 15:47

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 15:47
Hi folks,

In my minimal experience with roof racks, the idea of placing it as far back as practicable was to "leave the noise behind you" ............... Just a thought.

Regards

Chris
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Follow Up By: Pajman Pete (SA) - Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 16:43

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 16:43
Or don't bolt it on and leave both rack and noise behind you! :o)
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 17:04

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 17:04
I have a Formula Off Road alloy rack and it has never made a sound . Maybe it's because it has a wind deflector on the front .
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Reply By: Member - BANJO (WA) - Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 08:42

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 08:42
I have a Jarram aluminium rack that sits about 500mm behind the top of the windscreen.

No noise at all.

Maybe one day on a big long downhill run I might get enough speed to produce enough wind to make a noise!

Banjo (WA)
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