Your Yakima rack or accessory is an aftermarket part and as such will change how the air flows over your vehicle. While we take steps to limit the effect our product has on the air flow, the fact is they will change it. Some noise is not uncommon and should be expected, the level varies between vehicles, accessories and loads.
Some steps that will help reduce the potential for noise;
- Ensure the rack is installed properly, especially that clips are seated around door seals per the fit instructions
- If you are using RoundBars, always have an accessory mounted to the bars. This will change the air flow, and dampen the bars ability to vibrate and create noise
- Use a a fairing. We offer our Windshield Fairing which attaches to the front crossbar and goes almost all the way across the roof line. They are designed to push the wind over the top of the rack and will further reduce the wind noise. Fairings come in various sizes, to determine which size would best fit your vehicle please check our online fit guide. Please note that fairings may not be compatible with all accessories.
These suggestions will help to reduce wind noise but may not completely eliminate it from some vehicles.
If you have additional questions please contact our support team here, or by phone at 888-925-4621 M-F from 7 to 4 PT