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    Thread: Step-by-step Door panel rattle fix (dynamat sound proofing)

    1. Member FOXYINAPASSAT's Avatar
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      11-20-2005 12:31 PM #1
      Ok I have a step by step with results for eliminating door rattle and issues related to base vibration. (Also note that the door has two panels an outer and a metal inner. The metal inner panel was not removed by me but VW did install their vibration kit behind it, which does not do much)
      I did the work with the help of my local audio shop, the sound proofing material was inventory at the shop (but it can also be bought here:
      http://www.scosche.com/accumat.aspx)
      The 100$ was for materials and labor (1 sound tech to remove door and place the accumat material - I did all the planning and prep for this fix and was worried it might not even work, till we cranked the volume and immediate results):
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      Some key findings... the two main vibration sources came from the door panel moving against the door metal, and the door handle on all four doors vibrating with medium base levels
      Door handle vibrations:

      step by step...
      Open driver door:

      Carefully pry door control panel off (note the two screws that need removing after the window control panel is off, there are also two screws at the very bottom of the door panel):

      unplug wires from window controls:

      Slowly but firmly pop all the clips that can be found around the rim of the door panel and remove:

      CLoser view (as you remove the panel note there is a wire that runs from the door handle to the inner door lever, it needs unhooking but remember to hook it back or your door wont open from the inside):

      View of dynaudio speaker setup

      View of hardware behind the removed door panel:

      View behind speaker case:

      Apply the sound proofing (has a sticky back (has aluminium shiny surface)

      Even more:

      Even more: cover the door with the stuff!

      Put the door back and repeat for all doors...

      It works! My car is now perfect... not a single vibration!

      Modified by FOXYINAPASSAT at 5:23 PM 11-20-2005


      Modified by FOXYINAPASSAT at 12:07 AM 11-21-2005

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    3. 11-20-2005 12:38 PM #2
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      11-20-2005 12:58 PM #3
      thanks pix posted

    5. 11-20-2005 01:15 PM #4
      Thanks for taking the time to post that. I appreciate it. BTW, I believe the dome driver you see is a midrange, not a tweeter.
      Very nice looking drivers.

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      11-20-2005 01:22 PM #5
      cool, i made the edits, they looked like super tweeters (what ever they are they are full of juice)

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      11-20-2005 05:15 PM #6
      materials for this job cost $100

    8. 11-20-2005 07:35 PM #7
      Foxy, you may have already mentioned my following question in your earlier postst.
      Who did the work for you. A nearby autobody shop or VW service? What can you tell us about the soundproofing material? Who makes it and where can it be purchased? And finally, you said the material costs $100, how much was the labor?

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      11-20-2005 08:07 PM #8
      I did the work with the help of my local audio shop, the sound proofing material was inventory at the shop (but it can also be bought here:
      http://www.scosche.com/accumat.aspx)
      The 100$ was for materials and labor (1 sound tech to remove door and place the accumat material - I did all the planning and prep for this fix and was worried it might not even work, till we cranked the volume and immediate results):
      Gold Star Audio
      (949) 752-1446
      16500 Aston
      Irvine, CA 92606

    10. 11-20-2005 09:09 PM #9
      good stuff, this should be in a faq/diy section. Thankfully haven't had this issue yet.

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      11-21-2005 10:34 AM #10
      posted in audio section...

    12. 11-21-2005 01:42 PM #11
      Great info. I just checked the accumat site and was wondeing which product you used. Accumat has 4 "types" Absorber, Barrier, Damper and HyperFlex. I was wondering which was used.
      How difficult was the coor panel removal? I have done it on other cars and was curious.
      Thanks again for this great info.
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      11-21-2005 06:05 PM #12
      Quote, originally posted by niehinunter »
      good stuff, this should be in a faq/diy section. Thankfully haven't had this issue yet.

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    14. 11-21-2005 06:53 PM #13
      hmmm, was wondering about this....Was just about a weekend away from putting in some dynamat extreme in the same way. Glad to hear that it works.....

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      11-22-2005 11:31 PM #14
      let me know your results...

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      11-25-2005 10:41 PM #15
      getting IM's about the rattle so bringing this post back to top...

    17. 03-28-2006 06:06 PM #16
      i'm not able to find an audio section.
      may i have a link, please?
      thanks

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      03-28-2006 06:16 PM #17
      Nice pix -- its always kewl to see what Passats look like taken apart. It's a pity that Dynaudio and VW couldn't have worked together to, you know, make sure that rattles wouldn't be an issue in the first place! I mean, who doesn't like a little bass now and again?
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      this is great ... hopefully now I'm getting closer to finding out info on how to swap the Dynaudio into MY Passat
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      04-19-2007 01:08 PM #19
      .. omg... now i have to add this to my future mod list.. thanks!.. jk
      Nice. thanks for the post.
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    21. 06-20-2008 06:07 PM #20
      Thanks! This is going to help me with my door rattles in my 07 GLI.
      I which I read you posting earlier, because I could had help a guy at the Honda dealship from not trading in a 07 Passet with only 12K miles just because he had a rattle in the door.

    22. 08-01-2008 03:51 PM #21
      Thanks so much for posting this! You almost certainly saved me from destroying my driver's door interior panel by following some B5 instructions that I'd found elsewhere on the web.
      I do see one minor error in your instructions. In the third pic from the top (with the window control panel removed), the note says that there are two screws to remove. At least on my B6 (2008) there were three screws behind the handle in addition to the two at the very bottom of the door. You can see the hole for the third screw to the right of the power lock harness that protrudes from under the fabric.
      Anyway, not a huge deal as I was able to figure it out easily enough once I got the window control panel off...

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      01-22-2009 08:11 PM #23
      WOW! I happened to see this post again - didnt realize just how many people it helped out... hope it worked out for everyone... I just got a passat cc 4Motion now so will be busy messing around with that for a while...

    25. 02-03-2009 05:56 PM #24
      Sorry to bring this back but thank you, needed this, rattles are driving me nuts.
      Quick question, is this the similar way to do all the other doors? Planning on doing this once the weather gets warmer.

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      05-23-2009 12:02 PM #25
      Yep - all the doors have a similar setup....

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