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Old 01-13-2011, 11:43 PM   #1
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any tips to reduce wind noise

so driving at highway speed into a headwind the soft top gets really loud, anyone got any tips to help reduce this? i dont know why but this year it just seems louder. god knows my hearing isnt getting any better

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Ear plugs!! Haha.

But, seriously, when you're on the highway, try putting your hand up and put a little pressure on the middle of the top (inside of course). If it quiets down a little, your fabric is just stretched. I've seen a bar in a catalog once that was meant to put tension on it. Mounts to the side of the sports bars. Was a little pricey, I thought, at $39 or $49.

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generally i have the heat on so it bloats the top upward giving it good tension. As far as i can tell its coming from where the windscreen meets the soft top. i wasnt sure if there was something like a deflector or the like.
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generally i have the heat on so it bloats the top upward giving it good tension. As far as i can tell its coming from where the windscreen meets the soft top. i wasnt sure if there was something like a deflector or the like.
Read what you just wrote. See if it does the same thing without the heat on.
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You could allways take the backroads so you wont drive so fast.
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Two Options:

1. Drive slower
2. Drive with the wind....Not into it

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I have a 2010 with 4k miles on it. I don't have problems with wind noise. I was driving 80mph last week with the Wife and we were having a normal volume conversation.
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Yeah yeah I knew those responses were coming, go slower..... Drive away from the wind blah blah blah. Thanks for the advise capt obvious.

As far as having 4k on the clocks you've hardly driven anywhere, drive 70 plus into a headwind I'm sure you'll have some noise.

Listen I know its a jeep and a soft top, some noise is to be expected and I'm fine with that. I was looking for tips or if there was a product to reduce said noise
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You may not like this idea but if it is the natural noise (meaning you are not leaking in air somewhere), I use handfree earbuds for my cellphone, but found I love the ride with the earbuds in. I can still hear the radio clearly and everything else but the earplugs take away the white noise. I honestly feel great even after a long drive. PS, I drive for a living...in the Jeep.
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I have the same problem. I was heading through the gorge last week when a storm was coming in, so it was super windy, the news said gusts of 60 mph, and it was so frickin loud, I had to literally scream at my girl to be heard. I talked to a friend of mine who also had a TJ, and he puts in non-adhesive weather stripping in the cracks. He says it works pretty well. I haven't done this yet. I don't know if the JK's top will allow this, but I guess it's worth a shot.
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I have 35 inch worn down procomp xtreme terrains and a soft top and i can have normal conversations at 80 mph, and my tires are as loud as they get.
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Dont drive, or put some padding between top/soft back windows/ replace mirrors with more aerodynamic ones. all help.
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I have 35 inch worn down procomp xtreme terrains and a soft top and i can have normal conversations at 80 mph, and my tires are as loud as they get.
It's not so much the speed as it is the head wind. I drive at 80 mph all the time and don't have an issue. However..... Same speed with a headwind and it's horrid.

Thanks everyone else I'll give those tips a try.
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I know that on the quadratec site there is a soft top head liner. They claim it keeps it warmer and cuts down on noise. That's the only thing I can think of for the top. You could also filter out other noises. Lizardskin makes a roll on noise dampening coating for the cabs or cars. You could lay that down, coat it with bedliner and put the carpets back in. This is gonna cut down on noise from the road. This would make it quieter
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I wonder whether that's just for when the top is off or not..?
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Sounds like you have a warped HEADER PANEL. Bring it the dealership and tell them to look up recall TSB#23-010-09 Rev"A". They replace the plastic header with a metal one. Takes about 1 hour to install. Mine was so loud I couldn't stand it any longer, now it's a lot quieter.
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Sounds like you have a warped HEADER PANEL. Bring it the dealership and tell them to look up recall TSB#23-010-09 Rev"A". They replace the plastic header with a metal one. Takes about 1 hour to install. Mine was so loud I couldn't stand it any longer, now it's a lot quieter.
Yes...I had this done too...took "my" dealer 4 hours though...idiots...
Definitely, made a difference in low speed wind noise but for highway noise with the soft top, it's great one day and loud the next depending on the winds, traffic etc...I live with it and just turn up the Sirius...
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I wonder whether that's just for when the top is off or not..?
you'd thing either way it would protect that seem.
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I used to use earplugs on my motorcycle any time I was going to take it on the highway. Even with my full-faced helmet and very large fairing.
Hearing is an important thing.

Using earbuds while driving is illegal, btw. You can use one earphone for communication purposes only (most states; check your local laws of course). But earplugs are legal.
Music stores sell very nice noise attenuators too. They cost a bit more than just plugs but fit better, are more comfy, and selectively filter a certain amount of noise out.

Or just drive slower. I take backroads and have a hardtop...
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I used to use earplugs on my motorcycle any time I was going to take it on the highway. Even with my full-faced helmet and very large fairing.
Hearing is an important thing.

Using earbuds while driving is illegal, btw. You can use one earphone for communication purposes only (most states; check your local laws of course). But earplugs are legal.
Music stores sell very nice noise attenuators too. They cost a bit more than just plugs but fit better, are more comfy, and selectively filter a certain amount of noise out.

Or just drive slower. I take backroads and have a hardtop...
Being a drummer in a band I've got some tailor made earplugs (180 euro). First couple of times it's a bit weird to have them in; especially when you are eating as your ear changes inner size when masticating. After those first times you don't feel them anymore. I use them for hours during gigs, no probs whatsoever.
However, they reduce noise in a very intelligent way resulting in absolutely no difference in difficulty when talking with somebody in the park or during a gig. I imagine the same occurs while driving: only the wind noise will be cancelled out. They exist with all kind of different filters, depending on the environment you use them in. Mines are especially for musicians, reducing 25dB but, as said, there are different types. I suppose motorcyclists earplugs would do the job pretty well.

There are also those earphones (from Bose) which have a 'noise cancelling' feature for e.g. in the airplane. Those earphones have microphones measuring the environmental noise, and then generate exactly the opposite sound. Result = silence. Absolutely great, you can put the volume of your mp3 player at 50% of normal and have a brilliant sound. Those are quite expensive though (around 300 euro's I think) and it's a bit weird having those on your head while driving So I suggest the first option is better if the dealer can't fix anything.
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Being a drummer in a band I've got some tailor made earplugs (180 euro). First couple of times it's a bit weird to have them in; especially when you are eating as your ear changes inner size when masticating. After those first times you don't feel them anymore. I use them for hours during gigs, no probs whatsoever.
However, they reduce noise in a very intelligent way resulting in absolutely no difference in difficulty when talking with somebody in the park or during a gig. I imagine the same occurs while driving: only the wind noise will be cancelled out. They exist with all kind of different filters, depending on the environment you use them in. Mines are especially for musicians, reducing 25dB but, as said, there are different types. I suppose motorcyclists earplugs would do the job pretty well.

There are also those earphones (from Bose) which have a 'noise cancelling' feature for e.g. in the airplane. Those earphones have microphones measuring the environmental noise, and then generate exactly the opposite sound. Result = silence. Absolutely great, you can put the volume of your mp3 player at 50% of normal and have a brilliant sound. Those are quite expensive though (around 300 euro's I think) and it's a bit weird having those on your head while driving So I suggest the first option is better if the dealer can't fix anything.
I have same and they do work great. I use them for trips. From my guitar playing days. You can hear everything you need to hear but the background noise is backed way down.

I just replaced the soft top with a Bestop sailcloth. It was quieter the first few days and then progressively got louder. Took it in to the shop that put it on and they are going to replace it. It's already bowing in the front, and, they didn't install it correctly in back and its sagging and pulling there. Hopefully that will work.
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Anyone have any update on the Wind deflector Shield? thinking about trying it out, if it works, otherwise looks like it'll be a trip to the dealer for a header replacement.
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Good morning i have a 2007 jeep wrangler sahara, still stock not much done to it. How ever I have a little problem with it, when I am going uphill the rmps allways go as low as 1500rpms I step on the gas all the way donw and it doesnt accelerate any more, I have to let go of the gas and then step on it in order for it to rub up the rmps and then go, any suggestions on how I can fix this issue? Thanks.
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Good morning i have a 2007 jeep wrangler sahara, still stock not much done to it. How ever I have a little problem with it, when I am going uphill the rmps allways go as low as 1500rpms I step on the gas all the way donw and it doesnt accelerate any more, I have to let go of the gas and then step on it in order for it to rub up the rmps and then go, any suggestions on how I can fix this issue? Thanks.
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Anyone have any update on the Wind deflector Shield? thinking about trying it out, if it works, otherwise looks like it'll be a trip to the dealer for a header replacement.
I bought the Wade wind deflector for my windshield and I had to take it off because it made a terrible noise when I closed up the top. I don't drive much with the top closed but my 2012 is very quiet when I do, even at 70mph. I'd take it in for the official fix because something must be wrong to be as loud as you describe.
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You haven't heard loud until you ride in a jeep with the soft upper doors in a strong crosswind.

Loud as hell.

But, having half doors makes it worth it when the top comes down.....





That said, I have the hard top and full doors on right now.
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I have a 2010 with 4k miles on it. I don't have problems with wind noise. I was driving 80mph last week with the Wife and we were having a normal volume conversation.
This is a tj problem. No they won't have those problems in the jk. Chrysler should be ashamed to call a jk a wrangler
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This is a tj problem. No they won't have those problems in the jk. Chrysler should be ashamed to call a jk a wrangler
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