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Old 03-10-2010, 08:05 PM
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Soft Top Wind Noise

My S2000 has had this wind noise problem since I bought it back in '04. It's a whistling noise from the front of the top. I've put off fixing it because I wasn't sure of a way to fix it other than folding a bunch of receipts and crap and stuffing them under the driver's side clip. Anyone else have this problem and can it be fixed? More importantly if it can be fixed... will it cost me my appendix to get it fixed?
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Old 03-10-2010, 08:57 PM
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Did you ever lubricate the rubber sealing surfaces?

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Old 03-11-2010, 05:57 AM
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^^^ What he said.

Clean all of the rubber and treat it with this stuff. Put some on a cloth and rub it into the rubber. Wipe off excess. If that doesn't take care of it, stop back here for advice on latches.

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Old 03-11-2010, 06:42 AM
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The top itself is loose too though... sorry I forgot to mention that. If you latch it... you can pull it up and down by hand with a little effort. I fear this may be a problem a little grease can't solve.
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:20 AM
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When you put the top up and latch it are you pulling it back down a bit to sinch it tight? If it's that loose something is wrong.
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:08 PM
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I just hope my windshield frame isn't bent or something... whoever owned this car before me must have auto crossed and then treated it like crap or something. the diff disintegrated at 83000, it comes out of 4th by itself sometimes, the bottom of the front bumper has not one speck of silver on it anymore, The exhaust rattles, the cupholder lid won't stay closed and the top is messed up. The engine also makes funny squeaky noises when you turn the car off and idles funny when the a/c is on. other than that it runs perfect
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Old 03-17-2010, 11:13 PM
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Hah, looks like I have Many of the sane problems. I'm in for an update of how to fix all of the above issues. I purchased new strike plates and it seems to help the passenger side but the drivers side needs work. I think it may need some shims.. Good luck fixing and keep is all updated.
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Old 03-18-2010, 06:09 AM
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yeah I have a problem with the wind sound from my top too. I have a brand new top on my 00' and for some reason I hear wind When its closed I can pull it down a little like the latches aren't tight enough or something.
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Old 03-18-2010, 06:12 AM
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buy new latches...
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:25 AM
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If the latches rattle, take them off the car. And you will find plastic covering the metal latch. I glued it on with silicon cement. And the rattling stopped. There is not much adjustment so if the top is really loose new latches are a must.

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Old 03-31-2010, 03:05 PM
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I did the cheap fix for now... I put double seal weatherstripping on the front recess on the soft top and that made the noise stop. The top is about worn out and i want to replace it with one of the glass window ones soon anyways.
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Old 11-21-2010, 01:40 AM
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I saw this technique on some forum or elsewhere which I forgot. I did it and it works great for me. I bought a clear half to one inch open tubing (about a foot long) and shoved the tubing into the hook on the latch. Then I cut a 3/4 length of the tube line and slit it down the center so that it opens up and cover the frameslot where the hook latches onto the frame that holds the top tights. Because of the extra thickness of the tubing and plastic friction, it pulls the soft top forward a little bit more and secure it down tighter than without the tube. I literally drove 120mph without any wind noise.
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Old 11-17-2011, 07:40 AM
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I test drove a 2000 model. With the top up it was like standing next to jet aircraft. Anything over 50 mph made a dBA of probably above 85 or 90. Of course no problems with the roof down. I asked the dealership to ask their mechanics if anything could be done. No one ever got back to me and I would have made them a good offer if I thought the problem could be solved. I heard that wind noise was a serious problem on the early models when they had the plastic back window. I ended up getting an 07 and it's fine--no significant wind noise with top up.

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Old 11-17-2011, 08:28 AM
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Sounds like the latches need adjustment. Rather than my detailed suggestion I'll offer this thread that has links and ideas on adjusting your latches. Best of luck!

http://www.s2ki.com/s2000/topic/8321...#entry19873277
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:03 PM
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I just put some shrink tubing on and heated it so it stays on- works really well.

You can also follow Vanishing's link to tighten screws or add washers.

Lastly, you can pick up some GP Strikers which tighten up that area greatly, from what I hear.
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:25 AM
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Does anyone have a rough idea of how much it would cost to replace the latches instead?
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