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ARB 3/4 roofrack

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by concretejungle, Jan 29, 2004.

  1. concretejungle

    concretejungle SILVER Star

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    Does anyone have the ARB 3/4 rack? I have one, and must say it is very high quality and tough, i can actually walk around up there. But it hangs about 1/2 way over the sunroof. Now, even going 45 mph it's just so loud. And if the sunroof is open it's deafening.

    I was thinking of chopping a 6 inch section out and re-welding it to shorten it just to line up with the back of the sunroof. Any thoughts on this issue?
     
  2. Jomama

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    I've a 6-inch style con-fer rack that sits just behind the sunroof opening. Taller than the ARB style. I don't think shortening it will reduce the noise thru the sunroof much tho. Mines loud despite being behind the opening. I was thinking of rigging a wind-dam like is on some thule/yakima racks, but to get the right angle the damn would be out over the sunroof hole.

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  3. Greddy0

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    Are aftermarket roofrack noisy? Why would the aftermarket roofracks make noise while the stock doesn't? I still have factory roofrack my LX450 but am looking for something more sturdy. Looking to hold ~200lbs worth of camping gear. Any suggestions on roofracks? Thanks
     
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    You're going to get wind noise with any aftermarket rack, from Yakima to con-fer. You can try to make a wind dam out of plexiglass or modify a Yakima/Thule one, which will help. There is no way you'll get it to be as quiet as a factory rack, which is more aerodynamicly pleasing than useful anyway...

    -H-
     
  5. Jomama

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    [quote author=Greddy0 link=board=2;threadid=10775;start=msg96807#msg96807 date=1075414696]
    Why would the aftermarket roofracks make noise while the stock doesn't?
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    Lots, and lots of drag on the aftermarkets, 10x the surface area of the stock plastic rack, gives you all types of areas to make nice little whistles.
     
  6. alia176

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    Like someone said, get a wind fairing like the one from Yakima. I think there's a "van" wind fairing which is much wider than a standard one. With the fairing, you can open the sunroof and not hear a thing!

    Ali