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I found that the simplest solution is to turn the radio up. It also cures the rattles!
Some of us don't have radios!

Anyway, looks like it's time to make another trip to Home Depot.

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saweeet....! i'm gonna try this for sure, thanks....!

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Some of us don't have radios!

Anyway, looks like it's time to make another trip to Home Depot.

I would get bored to death and start to break the law if I didn't have a radio sing to, while being thankful that nobody else can hear me. Sometimes I check the cell phone to make sure that nobody is still on, listening to me.
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OK, so I've made SOME headway in ridding the cabin of actual noise from the seals. I stiffened up the bead running around the trim of the window (there is some piping between the black plastic "overhang" and the glass which I reinforced).

So far so good. But the noise from the mirrors (Thanks William, I never would have noticed) is totally due to the design of the mirrors. Without wind tunnel testing, it's going to be tough to solve that one, but I'll give it a crack this summer.

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Not sure if this will show the reduction in wind noise, but here's a clip from within the car after while on the freeway after adding the tubing.


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I just picked up 10' (sold in this quantity) at The Home Depot and did it in their parking lot. Covered the driver and passenger windows. Not sure if it was placebo or not, but I was happy. I'm going to pick up another 10' and do the back windows in the next few days. I forgot which measurement I used, but I think it was slightly fatter than the others. I'll find out and post it later.
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I put some tape to seal the hole (were the wire for the side mirror go) and the side mirror noise is gone...
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I put some tape to seal the hole (were the wire for the side mirror go) and the side mirror noise is gone...
pics?

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I did a 200 mile drive this morning, and I wasn't annoyed by the wind noise, so it does seem that my weather strip modifications seemed to help.

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When I wash my car, or when it rains, I can see areas inbetween the window and weather-stripping that get moisture buildup. Not really water droplets but moisture vapor like a mist in those spots. I can't help but think that it is those areas where the wind noise is coming into the cabin, because those areas show that there are locations where the windows don't make as good of contact with the weather-stripping. And since the outside moisture can get into these areas, why can't the wind?

Just thought I'd throw this observation out there.

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5/16" vinyl tubing is effective but I noticed noise is also coming from the side mirror so this is what I did, I plug the hole with tape
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I put the tubing in and I definitely got a sound difference, but still have some noise coming through, and it's positively around the window gusset. With the window down, I pressed the gusset together and rolled it back up and immediately had reduced noise.

Looking at the above fix is definitely something I want to do...how does one remove the gusset so I can tape the hole?

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Thanks for the pics, sa_lontoc, i'll try that out...!

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Gusset TSB for legacy, may apply to Forester

Just wanted to point out that ScoobyMods.com has a TSB about the gusset noise:
http://www.scoobymods.com/forums/sho...ghlight=gusset

I just had my passenger door replaced and have an aweful sound at freeway speeds. The faster you go the louder it gets. I'm hoping with this TSB in hand the body shop can fix it. I'll post the conclusion later on.
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Haven't really paid much attention to wind noise when driving my '08 FSXT. I usually have my iPod going anyways. I believe they did something to improve the wind noise vs. my '04 XT. I haven't gotten the annoying reed whistle from my window from the front or side wind like on my '04. I will double check this and give my impressions after I drive up to PA again this weekend.
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