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Old 11-13-2017, 04:42 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Vibration Damping (1st Step in Soundproofing)

Hey all! I just tested out this idea after reading a ton on soundproofing for my T1N cargo van conversion. Before soundproofing, a step that is often forgotten is VIBRATION CONTROL. And I found a great, relatively cheap way to do it! Hope this will help you out!

Basically a lot of people talk about MLV (Mass Loaded Vinyl) for this first step in vibration reduction, and there are a lot of companies that sell various products specifically designed for vehicles. The downside is that they tend to be pricey. After looking into asphalt (in the roofing section) and rubber (in the flooring section) I finally stumbled upon self-adhesive vinyl tiles.

I added a bit of construction adhesive to reinforce the adhesive that was already on the tiles so I don't get any surprises next summer with them melting off, and stuck them on the wall. I've heard that you only need about 25% coverage to get great results, and so far it seems to be true. I only just started and it is SIGNIFICANTLY quieter when driving now. I can't wait to finish it up!

Here's a video of me giving an example after installing on a few panels.
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Did you end up putting this in the door panels as well?
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Did you end up putting this in the door panels as well?
Not yet but I'm planning on it, depending what it looks like in there. Just tested a part of the roof too and it worked beautifully.
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Update! Finished the tiles for vibration control on the whole van; it sounds amazing so far. I used 43 tiles and one tube of Fuze It for the full installation. Less than $100CAD total including tax.

Can't wait to get the soundproofing/insulation on. I'll be using Roxul Safe n Sound to get maximum moisture resistance, warmth, and soundproofing all in one go. Saved the front doors for later as they already sound pretty decent (and are harder to get at). I'll see if they really need it once I replace the stereo and have music to check if I can hear the saucy details.

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I used blue jean insulation, pulled the grey liner panels off, stuff the insulation in all areas including filling the frame holes

might even be cheaper than your 43 tiles, and also insulates the van, i have zero echo on any panel, totally solid thump

I think the blue jean insulation bag was about $40, and i have enough for the ceiling also, havent done that yet. i believe i used the 4" thick insulation. It comes in batts just like fiberglass
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I used blue jean insulation, pulled the grey liner panels off, stuff the insulation in all areas including filling the frame holes

might even be cheaper than your 43 tiles, and also insulates the van, i have zero echo on any panel, totally solid thump

I think the blue jean insulation bag was about $40, and i have enough for the ceiling also, havent done that yet. i believe i used the 4" thick insulation. It comes in batts just like fiberglass
Nice! I'm doing Rock Wool insulation as my next step, so should be similar. I would love to compare our vans side-by-side to see if the added step of the vinyl made any difference. Thanks for the input!
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Partial coverage is effective? Placing the tiles in the center of the panels is best? Looks great, I'm gonna copy it.
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Yeah, 25% is enough. I probably covered closer to 50, but you can definitely do less. And yes, centre of the panel works the best.
Awesome! Let me know how it goes.

Side note: I just met someone with the same van who had insulated with Roxul soundproofing, but not done vibration damping. When we compared our panel resonance side by side, the difference was crazy! His sounded good, but it was significantly boomier than my panels with the tiles and Roxul combined. Stoked!
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