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When I test drove my new Venue on the highway the wind noise was not too bad. I decided to purchase the vehicle and had the dealer install a Hyundai bug deflector on the hood.
The first time I drove it on the highway afterwards there was a horrendous wind noise over 90 km/h. I ran a piece of masking tape along the front of the deflector to close off the air from going through the gap between the bug deflector and the hood. Took it on the same highway route and the wind noise was gone.
I checked in with my dealer today. He booked an appointment for next week. I suggested that they take the deflector off and put a strip of foam tape thick enough to close the gap and then reinstall it. Not sure what their plan is but it doesn't matter as long as the noise is gone.
 

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Did a few runs up and down a stretch of highway between 2 exits.
First run I measured a peak of 81.9 db.
Next run was about the same but this time I ran tape across the gap at the top of the windshield.
Same for next run with tape across the windshield removed but added tape down the windshield pillars.
Last run, I removed the tape from the pillars and applied it over the gap between the defector and hood. Peak was 68.2 db.

 

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That actually looks pretty good. The "dead/empty space" behind the deflector might be causing the wind noise.
I was thinking about buying one, but I just haven't made up my mind (don't have enough expendable money as of late)


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I'm fascinated by your experimentation, but I don't understand what you expected the tape on the windshield to do? Did you expect it to lower the wind noise? And did it help? Just curious! Thanks!

By the way, I haven't found bugs to be a problem at all. Do you live someplace where the insects are unusually annoying?
 

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I'm fascinated by your experimentation, but I don't understand what you expected the tape on the windshield to do? Did you expect it to lower the wind noise? And did it help? Just curious! Thanks!

By the way, I haven't found bugs to be a problem at all. Do you live someplace where the insects are unusually annoying?
I mainly did it all to print off and give to my dealer in an effort to reduce the troubleshooting time since I already knew blocking the air flow under the deflector reduced the noise. The tests around the windshield area didn't noticeably reduce the wind noise.
There is a space between the roof and the top of the windshield. On some vehicles a rubber strip is put in the gap to reduce wind noise. I put tape over it in my test, in case the deflector was disrupting the air flow up in that area but the noise wasn't stopped.
Along the windshield pillars there are plastic strips that press against the windshield that help to reduce wind noise. I thought that maybe the bug deflector might have distorted the air flow causing them to flutter but I saw no improvement.
When I put the tape along the deflector and hood gap the measured noise level in the cabin was reduced to an acceptable level.
I actually had the deflector installed as more of a hood protector. During my highway test drive the front of the car was pelted, a few times, with small rocks being released from the tires of the cars ahead of me.
I just want the dealer to take the deflector off and apply foam tape along the leading edge to seal the gap. and put it back on.
 

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That all makes sense, thanks. My Venue also has that small grove between the roof and the top of the windshield. I'm surprised it isn't filled in with a rubber strip, but it doesn't seem to be doing any harm.

I can understand the flying rocks issue, especially if you drive on the highway a lot or on gravel roads. Where I live in the city, bullets are a much bigger problem than rocks!
 

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That all makes sense, thanks. My Venue also has that small grove between the roof and the top of the windshield. I'm surprised it isn't filled in with a rubber strip, but it doesn't seem to be doing any harm.

I can understand the flying rocks issue, especially if you drive on the highway a lot or on gravel roads. Where I live in the city, bullets are a much bigger problem than rocks!
I've only had 1 experience in Chicago, I was driving across USA on my way to Alberta, Canada. I wanted to say I had been to Chicago. I got tied up amongst all the tall buildings. My GPS had me going in circles, kept getting blocked and re-calculating over and over...thankfully, we didn't experience any stray bullets.
 

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I've only had 1 experience in Chicago, I was driving across USA on my way to Alberta, Canada. I wanted to say I had been to Chicago. I got tied up amongst all the tall buildings. My GPS had me going in circles, kept getting blocked and re-calculating over and over...thankfully, we didn't experience any stray bullets.
Yeah, GPS is pretty much useless around here. There is so much road construction that they can't keep the maps updated often enough! I'm glad you didn't get shot at.
 

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Success...wind noise gone...only needed foam weatherstripping on the underside of the bug deflector, between the arrows in the pic. Effectively closing off the area above the grill.

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Where did you get the bug shield? I can't find them anywhere! Thanks in advance!
Got it from the dealer I purchased the Venue from. It's a Hyundai deflector. The part # K2H24 AP000 on the invoice. I was charged $129.95 CDN. $200 installed, taxes in.
 

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I got ahold of them because I want one of these bug guards for my Venue and was told they cant ship to the USA
Maybe use this tool to look up Canadian dealers and call around different Provinces to see if you can find one that will sell and ship to you in USA.
 
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