Join Date: May 2006
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
Car Year: 2009
Car Model: Outback XT-B
Feedback Score: 6 reviews
Solved window wind noise!
I did it!
I was getting really ticked off by wind noise when on the highway at 80mph. So much so that I decided to do something about it.
I tried lubricating and rejuvenating the rubber, but that didn't work.
So I went to Pepboys in search of a solution.
I picked up some LifeLine brand vinyl tubing. I believe it was 5/32" vinyl tubing. I have the part number in the car.
The OD of the tubing is just over 1/4". It's sold in 6 foot lengths, and you'll need one package for each window (I've only done the drivers window and it took about 5.5 feet).
The process is simple.
Start stuffing the tubing between the weather stripping and the interior trim panel. Run it all the way around the window. Then, go back and pull back on the stripping so that it fully encapsulates the vinyl tubing.
This will push the weather stripping out a bit more, and help it seal against the window.
I'll post pictures with the other windows.
The tubing costs about $5 a package, but the results were great. $20 and you don't have to worry about it anymore. I might do the hatch stripping as well, to try and get a better seal around that.
09 SWP Outback 2.5XT 5MT 263whp, 337 lb-ft