Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: Bensalem, PA, USA
I have the OEM roof rack and have tried everything to make them quieter in regards to placement. I have a sun roof and really like to use it. I have taken to only having them mounted when hauling our kayaks around. But recently I have found info about wrapping a bungee cord around the crossbars from end to end. Claims are that it make a world of difference. Just google it or look for it on YouTube. Should be easy enough to find examples and experiences. I will try it next year once our forever long MN winter ends.
Sorry for the delayed response - I had removed my roof rack by the time I read your post. Thank you for this suggestion! It works great! Had my roof rack on this weekend and noticed it humming pretty loud as soon as I got up to 40 MPH, even with some stuff tied on (on the passenger's side - the driver's side was clear). Got home and unloaded, and decided to leave the rack on for another day so I could try your suggestion. I had two short bungee cords that I hooked together in order to make one that was just barely long enough to go across the front cross bar and also wrap around the bar twice. Took it up to 60 today and it was virtually silent!
Now I'm trying to fathom what the scientific explanation is for this "cure". But at least I have one. Thanks again for suggesting this.
The bungee cords help reduce the vibrations caused by the wind, and vibrations ARE sound.
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Tom “Teeg” Joyce - Bensalem, PA
2019 Kia Niro LX w/ Adv. Tech. Pkg, deep cerulean
KIA Accessories: Hood Deflector, Window Visors, All-Weather Floor Mats, Cargo Cover, Cargo Net, Rear Bumper Applique.
Bulbs Swapped (LED): ALL interior (white), Back-Up/Reverse (White), Fog lights (6000K White), Headlights (6000K White)
Other Accessories & Mods: K&N Air Filter,
Future: Mud Flaps, Window Tint, Roof Rails, LED Turn Signals (Amber)?, Escort strobes?