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My doors go "kfump" now, instead of "klang",
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This review is from: Dynamat 10455 18" x 32" x 0.067" Thick Self-Adhesive Sound Deadener with Xtreme Bulk Pack, (Set of 9) (Automotive)I agree with the others; anyone who doesn't like this product must have installed it wrong.
I have a 2000 Honda CR-V SE. I lined the underside of the hood, the entire roof, all four doors (inside the doors and the surface), much of the floor, the spare tire well, the rear quarters (inside, behind the rear speakers) and lots of the tailgate with two (2x) Bulk Packs (9 sheets each.) I had not planned to line the roof, but after gutting the seats, all trim panels, and all the carpeting it seemed worthwhile. I cannot explain how differently the vehicle sounds now. EVERYONE compliments it (including my wife, who could not understand why I was spending the time and money on the project in the first place, but now wants me to Dynamat her Solara!) The doors go "kfump". Knocking on the hood, roof, or doors sounds like hitting a solid wood desk. There are NO vibrations or rattles in the car whatsoever (I also got some cheap self-adhesive felt sheets from a hobby store and lined the ashtray, glove box, and little change compartments. Now it's like driving around with ear muffs on. There is still some road noise, because I have pretty knobby tires, but the incredible thing is that I can no longer hear my exhaust from the rear of the car, and sometimes I'll look sideways and notice an 18 wheeler beside me that I did not even hear. When I pass vehicles going the opposite direction I am used to the "whee-owwww" as they go by, but now it is a "whiff", or just silent.
Lining the roof made a huge difference when driving in the rain, but since the windshield is so noisy in a downpour the cabin is still pretty loud, but there is no "ratta-tat-tat" from the metal anymore at all.
I bought a heat gun and the rubber Dynamat roller specifically for this project (though I'm sure I'll get plenty more use out of the heat gun). I agree with many of the other reviewers that if you do not press this stuff down in FIRM contact with your vehicle that you will not get the best results. I've done MUCH (much, much, much, much...) research on this and the bottom line is that this product is so effective because of "vibration damping", NOT sound blocking. If you hold a sheet up in midair between you and a speaker it will have no effect. If you glue it to the speaker you will virtually stop the sound.
I can also go on about how AMAZINGLY different that my stereo sounds, but I think everyone else covered that. Yes; more mid-bass. Yes; you will hear things in your music that you never heard before. Something that surprised me though was how much quieter your music is OUTSIDE your car. I am not a loud person, and I always turn the volume down at stop lights, and in residential neighborhoods, but one time I stepped out of my car and left the stereo on at a pretty comfortable level. When I closed the door I could not hear it at all. Nothing. Nada. That was a nice bonus.
This stuff is incredible when installed right. Amazon had the best prices in all my searches. You will ache, you will probably bleed, but a weekend or two of hard work should reward you for years. Enjoy!
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Initial post: Nov 3, 2009 2:48:02 PM PST
P. Lee says:
I have the same car, thanks for posting your experiences.
Posted on Nov 2, 2011 4:26:52 PM PDT
Richard Jankowski says:
Good review, just one thing though. How do you say it is not a sound blocker but finish by saying that you couldn't hear your music outside the car after installation...CONTRADICTION
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2011 5:29:54 PM PDT
Dane Shepherd says:
LOL. Yah, sounds contradictory, but what I'm trying to explain is that this "stops" sound by eliminating vibration, not because it is a sound "muffler". Accordingly, you will get the best results only when it is in good contact with your surfaces (hence the recommendation of a heat gun and the rubber roller.)
If you hold this material up between yourself and a loudspeaker it will not reduce the volume level, but if you stick it firmly to the surface you will all but silence it.
My point is that it is not a "sound blocker" (like a pair of earplugs), it is a vibration dampener, and since sounds are produced by vibrating airwaves this works well only when installed correctly. Very cool stuff!
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