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    Door panel removal + Insulation

    Hi folks. I installed sound insulation on three of the doors so far (need more for the other one), and the results are amazing.

    Materials:
    Noico 80 mil ($1.77 per sqft)
    Roller
    Trim tools
    Duct tape
    Duct insulation (from Home Depot)
    Rubbing alcohol.


    To remove the door panel, you have to unscrew the screws highlighted on the picture (5 on the front doors and 3 on the rear doors). The hardest part of removing the panel is getting your hands behind it. The clips are $1.50 + tax at the FIAT dealership, so no problem if you break them.


    Once you remove the door panel, you'll see there's another panel that holds the window motor. Remove the two rubber lids shown on the picture, roll the window down so you can see the screws through the holes, and loosen up the screws a bit.

    Now you just roll the window up with your hands. I used duct tape to keep it up.

    Finally, loosen up these clips with an 1/2" wrench. Also, I cleaned the surface with rubbing alcohol, so it could stick better without dirt. I added the duct insulation as the second layer.
    I couldn't get it completely off, but got enough room to install the insulation. The rear doors are easier than the front doors.
    I hope you guys find this helpful.
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    Nice DIY.......thanks for posting.
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    Wish you could have also done a "before" and "after" video so we can compare the sound difference. :P lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anson500x View Post
    Wish you could have also done a "before" and "after" video so we can compare the sound difference. :P lol
    Actually I do have a video.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/4khgm78e3a...%20AM.mov?dl=0

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    Quote Originally Posted by dnc11 View Post
    Oh wow, the "after" does sound really impressive!!! This is a must-do project for everyone here!!!

    Thanks for sharing such a great idea!!!

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    Hello there; I want to do my own tooling insulation but I do not understand what I need to do to dismantle that black plastic region I apologize for bad english because I use google translation
    Hello there; I want to do my own tooling insulation but I do not understand what I need to do to dismantle that black plastic region I apologize for bad english because I use google translation

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    I love this idea and I’d like to do this to my X.
    However, I’m a novice... is this something I should get help with or can a reasonably inclined fellow pull this off?
    how long did it take?

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    this is a great mod for sound-proofing AND it helps the speakers sound better too, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rcpopovic View Post
    I love this idea and I’d like to do this to my X.
    However, I’m a novice... is this something I should get help with or can a reasonably inclined fellow pull this off?
    how long did it take?
    This was my first time ever to do something like this - honestly, I never thought I would be capable of doing it, but I got inspired after a shop wanted to charge me around $800 using dynamat.
    However, I removed the backseat, all the panels behind the backseat, the tailgate, and the four doors; it took me around three days. Because I did not know how to do this, I broke some clips pulling the panels off; especially the door panels ones. Luckily, the dealership had them in stock and they are pretty cheap; less than $1 per clip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattsnapz View Post
    this is a great mod for sound-proofing AND it helps the speakers sound better too, right?
    Yes, the speakers sound way better now. I think I am happier by the fact that the doors are more solid; before, they were kind of hollow and it bothered me every time I shut them. Vibration on the side mirrors caused by the speakers is pretty much gone as well.
    Note: the material makes all the doors heavier, especially the tailgate. The tailgate does not go all the way up by itself like before; Instead, I have to push it but it stays up. It closes with little effort, and so all the doors.

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