The 2 Minute Fix - Sunroof Noise

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Since painting and sound deadening the 80, the last bit of unwanted noise was coming from the the sunroof. No matter how much I fidgetted with the switches, I just couldn't get rid of the wind noise. After a quick search, I found LC4LIFE's thread - Bicycle tube sunroof fix. Great idea, but its raining and I didn't feel like removing the trim and glass and digging into it today.

So here is the 2 minute quick fix that worked flawlessly for me and most likely will be my permanent fix.

1. Cut a piece of thin gauge shielded wire about the same length as the width of your sunroof. I used telephone chord, since its flat and just about the right size. Thinner the better, you don't want the super insulated stuff.

2. Open sun roof about 5 inches so the front edge is exposed and accessible from inside the vehicle.

3. Find the slot between the glass and weather stripping. The rubber/felt is fused to the glass on the top, but there is a gap all around the bottom. Insert the strip of wire. Use a flat head screwdriver to press the wire up into the groove the entire length of the sunroof. (I used the handle of a fork since it's not as sharp and I have a thing for transferring useful kitchen utensils to my garage)

That's it! This pushes the leading edge of the weather strip about 1/16" forward and allows the worn felt to seal again.
 
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Sounds like a quick (and cheap) fix!
 
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Yep! very cheap... and effective. Here's a picture for those who want the visual. The gray strip is the phone line, its a nice snug fit an wont fall out.
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Worked like a champ... and it really does take longer to find some wire, then it does to do the install!!

THANK YOU Schlaker!
 
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I am pleased... that you are pleased...
 

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Schlaker you are my hero for the day! :cheers:
 
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Nice cheap trick..
 
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I found some black cord to cut up ;). I'll probably remember what it was for later, :doh:.
 
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That worked great.


Now if I could figure out what gauge wire to use to get rid of the roof rack and tire noise;).
 

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Schlaker,

Do you have this plastic piece on your sunroof? (See pics below) Reason I'm asking is I haven't noticed any wind noise from sunroof unless it's open and mine's a '94, almost same age as yours.

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Schlaker,

Do you have this plastic piece on your sunroof? (See pics below) Reason I'm asking is I haven't noticed any wind noise from sunroof unless it's open and mine's a '94, almost same age as yours.


Nope no plastic above mine. Don't think many came with that. I would guess that would deflect wind pretty well.
 

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Nope no plastic above mine. Don't think many came with that. I would guess that would deflect wind pretty well.


Bought my 80 used with it on plus a wind deflector on leading edge of hood. Both sayToyota on them so may have been an option. I know the one on my hood has saved my windshield at least once. It took a chunk out on drivers side. It was a rock thrown up by a car coming opposite direction on 2-lane highway.
 
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I have the same wind deflector on my sunroof, mine apears to be aftermarket. When I got the cruiser the po had removed it but was nice enough to include when I bought it. I reinstalled it and it works great full open on the hwy and no heavy wind noise, I used to have slight noise when closed no longer with wind deflector.
 
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and nice job on the cheap fix when my deflector gets broken, I will remember to use this trick to stop the wind noise. I have a piece of black phone cable in my tool bag now I will probably forget why it is in there but saving it anyway.
 
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That's really helpful. Thanks, schlaker.
 

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Great solution :) Thank you.

Now if I could only quite the internal wind deflector while open ;)
 

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