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I cannot wait to see pics and do this myself.
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Any luck with the rest of the project?

P.S. - pics!
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I have been way to busy to do anything more with this... I am still planning to do pics when I get two seconds to breathe.

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I just drive with the windows down all the time. Mine is so loud, that's there's not much difference between them up or down. I'm eager to hear more from this.

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Hey you got a fix for the side windows or side mirror noise?
You mean like drive slower?

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I know what causes this problem


THe window gussets at the corners (the triangle that the side mirror is bolted to and that the glass rides into the channel)....

These gussets get bent over time by shutting the door by the glass or with the windows up even.... and the cabin pressure does it...

notice that a brand new forester doesn't do this, it is just the older ones...

I have been so annoyed by it that I was determined to find out what was ruining my otherwise quiet and peaceful ride....

I will post pics and part numbers for all to see....

THEY ARE EXPENSIVE.... normally $95 each side....

and it will require the removal of the doorpanel , side mirror, tweeter, etc. to change out...

I am thinking about having these installed when I get a sound deadening kit from RAAMAUDIO and have the doors and panels done with RAAM Mat....
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Took my Forester to the dealer for the wind noise. They said it was just a gusset adjustment. Sure enough, they fixed it and the noise has come back. I believe there's a thread around here about adjusting the gusset. I found that the simplest solution is to turn the radio up. It also cures the rattles!

Out of all seriousness, if this solution cures the wind noise for good and doesn't eventually throw the gussets off even more, I'm in.
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So where are the pictures?

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I've been way too busy with exams.

I found yet another use for the vinyl tubing that seems to have helped cut down noise a little. I'm getting closer to totally noise free.

I'll get pics when I finish exams and have a chance to fix the noise once and for all.

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Ok, I upgraded to 5/16" vinyl tubing and it has helped a lot. Also, at Lowe's hardware this was only 14 cents a foot.

Here's a few pics of my install.

The tubing...


Starting at the rear of the door...


Continuing to pull out the rubber and insert it around the top...


Cutting it off at the end...


Tucking in the rubber...


I took a video clip with my phone while on the freeway I hope to post soon, although I didn't take a before clip so it might be irrelevant.

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What kind of results did you see?? Errr... hear?? Err.....not hear?? You know what I mean.

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Now I hear road noise instead of wind noise!

Really, driving to work today was one of the first times I didn't try and roll up my windows because of wind noise.

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Now I hear road noise instead of wind noise!

Really, driving to work today was one of the first times I didn't try and roll up my windows because of wind noise.
Cool. How many feet did it take per window?

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I think I had between 3 and 6 inches left on each side. Get six feet per window and you'll be fine.

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