Noisy Roof Straps

Anybody who carries their boards on a soft roof rack will know all about the howling noise it can make, especially when its windy. Before I got my new board, I used to carry my old NSP Board and sometimes up to 2 others on a Ocean Earth Soft Roof Rack.

The rack was great and it did the job but I was always tormented by the vibrating noise it made. So I’ll share a handy piece of info with you that should help keep the noise down…
All you’ll need is a roll of insulation tape!

Firstly ensure your straps are tightened well and that your board(s) are securely fastened. The trick is to bend the piece of strap between the soft pad and the door into a c-shape with your fingers. While bending the strap, wrap the insulation tape around it a few times to keep it in shape. Try and have the c-shape facing the back of the car.

If you do this on the four pieces of strap around the car you’ll definitely notice the difference while driving and might even be able to hold a conversation with your mates!
Colin Cooney
Surfer, Amateur photographer and Garden Designer. Co Owner of Surf Around Ireland….need to know more, get in touch!


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