Sound Deadening /w eDead v1se

Sound deadening material.
eDead v1SE, the sound deadening material I choose, is a butyl acoustic mat composed of rubber with a thin layer of aluminum on top. It is a very similar to dynamat but at a much more affordable price ($1.60/sqft + 20% discount coupon). eDead v1SE is 60mils thick and weighs approximately .5lbs per square foot. I ordered 100sqft, so I added roughly 50lbs of weight to the vehicle. That may sound bad but it really isn’t. All the weight is evenly distributed throughout the car and at a very low center of gravity. That means the extra weight will have less of a negative affect on the car (handling-wise) as apposed to the weight being in all one location. Another cool thing about doing this project is that it will help insulate the car from outside temperatures as well as improve sound quality of the car stereo system, which is kinda nice.

To do a clean job, you have to take your time and be patient. The interior of the car is full of bumps, dips, humps, and angles. You have to make sure the material doesn’t fold over and stick to its self as well as capture air bubbles underneath. In doing so, the work becomes tedious and backbreaking. You’re constantly hunched over applying pressure with either your hands, a small wallpaper roller, or the back of a screwdriver. FYI, this material is peel and stick unlike dynamat.

In some places I choose not to use eDead, but some expansion foam instead. Both rear quarter panels I foamed the crap outta them. That stuff is messy so if you choose to use it make sure you wear gloves otherwise the crap will stick to your hands for days.

So, how’s the final project sound? Great! It’s so nice to actually be able to hold a conversation inside the car without having to shout or being able to listen to music down low without having it drawn out by the exhaust/road. Here’s the pics.

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As you can see, just about every square inch of the interior is covered. I have the motto, “If you’re going to go, GO BIG!” so I did just that. :)

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All I have to say is that it pays to have a brother who does carpet cleaning. He was kind enough to buzz through my interior before I put it all back together. Such a nice brother! :)

I ordered another 30sq-ft of eDead v1se to do the doors.

I did both doors but I only took pictures of the passenger side.

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I even put a layer on the inside of the door shell

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While I was at it I installed some new speakers. Alpine Type-R Componet speakers. They sound very nice and clean.

I followed Z’s article on fitting deeper than stock speakers into the doors. Instead of using a wood spacer, I used cardboard. That’s right, cardboard reinforced with duct tape. You might think it is ghetto (and it kinda is) but it gets the job done. Five layers of cardboard with duct tape around it, it’s freakin’ solid.

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All done.
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