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Bryan the Locksmith

Sound deadening solution for noisy vans

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I have roof racks on my 2015 LWB cargo TC and was getting a lot of interior noise at a variety of speeds. Since I bought the van used with the racks I didn’t know what the general noise level was without them but I wanted to try to solve the problem without removing them. I found some references online about using butyl automotive sound deadening mat typically used in cars with powerful sound systems. I purchased a 36 sq ft pack of Noico 80 mil sound deadening mat and applied it to the ceiling, the upper sliding door panels and on the rear side upper panels. I have the lift gate so I didn’t put any on the rear door. The interior noise was so dramatically reduced that is seems like I’m now riding in a luxury car. This has been the best value addition to my cargo van.

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I agree with the sound deadening materials. I upgraded my sound system, and in the process used a product called B-Quiet throughout the drivers compartment. Treated the entire floor, A-Pillars, front roof, both doors and the sound difference is really amazing. I have a Ranger partition behind the front seats that also does a good job of cancelling out the rear area sound, combined together, what a difference. Systems like voice activation and Bluetooth work so much better with a lower noise floor. Very good investment. I also drive a TC as a work truck, so I can compare the difference between them, the personal van is so much nicer to ride in.

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I also used butyl tiles (CLD) during a sound system upgrade. I read a lot about them on forums and most interesting is you only need 25% coverage to get good results. This product rated very good and the website explains the coverage requirements.

https://www.sounddeadenershowdown.com/understanding-vehicle-noise

 

So, definitely add CLD tiles and don't worry about 100% coverage.

 

FYI, Ford applies a tar or butyl CLD- type material on the doors and floor already to help reduce noise. You will see patches of rough material on the doors and floor.

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