My Rhino Rack Vortex 2500 RS is a very quiet rack. Still, I had to know if it could be even quieter with a fairing, particularly with my ShowCase cargo box mounted. My only concern was whether the fairing’s mounting hardware would interfere with the proper seating of the ShowCase. I also wondered if the fairing’s “landing pads” along its leading edge would mar the paint. Unfortunately, the fairing produced more noise than just a naked rack. Even worse, at least one of the fairing’s landing pads vibrated against the paint as speeds exceeded 75 mph. I don’t drive that fast very often, but there still was no way I was going to risk paint damage from a fairing that does nothing to reduce noise. Therefore, I didn’t even bother to test it with the ShowCase.
As mentioned in my Vortex 2500 RS entry, the naked bars are almost silent… almost. I can hear a change in pitch as wind flows over the car, but there is no measurable difference in the sound level. I measured 68-dBA with and without the rack at 60 mph. Then I added the fairing. I’m not sure if the wind was blowing in a different direction and skewed my results, but I could tell right away that something was different. On the highway, it was nearly as loud as having a cargo box on top of the car, measuring 70 dBA at 60 mph (compared to 71 dBA with the box). It was even louder at higher speeds. I thought about keeping it just a little longer for more testing, but rain was coming and it was time to prepare for BugOut. Instead, I decided to just send it back since I knew I didn’t want it on my car.
I bought the fairing through Amazon, so returning it was fast and easy. In fact, the fairing was in my possession for less than 48 hours. I didn’t even leave it installed long enough to take good photographs (these are phone pics). To summarize, the Rhino Rack Vortex 2500 RS is better without the fairing by far.
Less is More,