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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 12:35 pm 
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Hi, it didn't take long for me to get tired of the flapping and humming down the highway. So i pulled over at a hardware store and bought some flexible vinyl tubing, hoping it would help. After cutting the tubing to my preferred length, I tied a small weight to a length of braided line and fed it through the tube, then tied the line to my strap and pulled it through. It was Pretty easy, I did it in the parking lot in 10 minutes, and it worked great. maybe a little bouncing on the bow line but it is silent. 5/8" I.D. was plenty wide enough for my cheap straps. I paid $15 for 20 feet. Sorry, I tried to shrink the images but I failed.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 12:42 pm 
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You can put a twist in the straps too. Anywhere it spans a gap. That usually does the trick.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:04 pm 
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I took a hot screw driver and melted a hole in all my strap tips for attaching a bungee. I bungee all my excess straps because its easier than tying them.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:56 pm 
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Drewyaker wrote:
I took a hot screw driver and melted a hole in all my strap tips for attaching a bungee. I bungee all my excess straps because its easier than tying them.



Hope the bungee doesn't break during a fast stop. Good Luck


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:56 am 
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Or you could just twist the straps to stop the humming.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:52 pm 
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Old Timer wrote:
Or you could just twist the straps to stop the humming.


Yeaper... easy solution plus would think the plastic tubing would make it difficult to store when not on the kayak. Kind of like a garden hose?


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 7:58 pm 
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thanks for the feed back. but I noticed the bow line humming a lot more when loosely twisted, like a series of little sails catching wind every which way. yes I could twist it 20+ times every time, but that doesn't really seem very practical, having to worry about making sure certain areas are twisted, but not getting twist into the buckle. the vinyl rolls up nice and tidy in the same duffel bag I was using for straps anyway and as a convenient side effect it doesn't get tangled at all. I know its not the invention of the century, and this is an open forum, but I really didn't expect that kind of negative feedback for sharing a simple Diy solution. Again, thanks for listening.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 9:07 pm 
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As a suggestion, slip the bow safety line (1" wide NRS nylon strap) in a pool noodle that is maybe 3 feet long so it goes up in from of the grill and onto the bug shield.......put 3 or 4 twists in the line and do not make it taunt......I have used this method to carry my Outback on top of my Subaru.....at 70 mph, never a problem with buzzing or making noise.

The two safety lines over the Outback, on the roof rack has a couple of twists in the 1" wide NRS nylon straps...snug those down....the stern line is loosely attached to my trailer hitch......that 's all there is to it... :idea:

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 6:23 am 
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Tinman, don't think anyone was trying to be negative.... they were just pointing out an age old solution to a problem that has been around for a long long time :mrgreen:

You are going to wear the paint off on the hood where your front tie-down comes across. Suggest you find some hood straps. Here is link for these straps. http://www.orsracksdirect.com/thule-529 ... strap.html


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 11:33 am 
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the straps don't come in contact with paint anywhere. that is plain to see in the pictures. those hood straps are for cars without attachment points. wouldn't they still rub at the area of the hood where it sticks out of the vehicle. sometimes new things are better than old ways. to me, twisting and twisting every time I load isn't any kind of solution. I think just pulling out my improved straps with no twists, no knots, no tangles is a lot easier than everything mentioned here. And it does sound negative when the comments start repeating themselves with the same negative dismissive review.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 12:03 pm 
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Thinwater skinner wrote:
Drewyaker wrote:
I took a hot screw driver and melted a hole in all my strap tips for attaching a bungee. I bungee all my excess straps because its easier than tying them.



Hope the bungee doesn't break during a fast stop. Good Luck

Just in the tips, the very end of the excess that has already been pulled through the buckle that is usually left dangling in the wind. It compromise nothing.


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