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Posted: Fri May 27, 2005 6:46 pm 
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In my ef faimont ghia the stock sub rattles sometimes when i have the bass to loud. Is there any way to make it stop doing that, something cheap?
I like the bass even when its not turned up to loud it still somethimes does it. Could you put like rubber or mdf etc under the sub?
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Posted: Fri May 27, 2005 6:49 pm 
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In my ef faimont ghia the stock sub rattles sometimes when i have the bass to loud. Is there any way to make it stop doing that, something cheap?
I like the bass even when its not turned up to loud it still somethimes does it. Could you put like rubber or mdf etc under the sub?
Please help.

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not mdf but a thin layer of rubber around where the parcel shelf and speaker ring meet would no doubt help - it should have some there anyway but it may have gotten too thin over the years!

 

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Posted: Fri May 27, 2005 6:52 pm 
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Its usually the high mount stop light thats doing the rattling.

Head down to Bunnings or something and buy some foam door/window sealing tape (about $2 a metre), take out the stoplight and run the tape under the light and around it where it touches the window. On my car, that was the only thing that rattled.

Also put some high density foam under the centre seat belt retracter, as the spring in that rattles as well...

I also made some MDF rings and bolted them to the underside of parcel shelf around the sub to strengthen the area. I think it was about 10mm of MDF fit under there.

Been rattle free for 4 years now.
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Posted: Fri May 27, 2005 6:53 pm 
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Happy wrote:
dyl wrote:
In my ef faimont ghia the stock sub rattles sometimes when i have the bass to loud. Is there any way to make it stop doing that, something cheap?
I like the bass even when its not turned up to loud it still somethimes does it. Could you put like rubber or mdf etc under the sub?
Please help.

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not mdf but a thin layer of rubber around where the parcel shelf and speaker ring meet would no doubt help - it should have some there anyway but it may have gotten too thin over the years!


There is rubber there already, but its really thin crap... less than 1mm thick, and just doesnt do a good job. Mine is still there and its still soft and pliable 7 years on.
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Posted: Fri May 27, 2005 7:20 pm 
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is all that stuff pretty easy to do nothin that i can stuff up. so the brake light in the rear window is the one that rattles? and the middle seat belt thingy? so do i just pull up the parcel shelf carpet then get to work?

 

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Posted: Fri May 27, 2005 7:23 pm 
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Nothing that can be stuffed up. Just need to lift parcel shelf carpet to get to it all.

You will have to remove the speaker covers (3 bolts from under the parcel shelf) before the carpet will come off. Then it just pulls up. You will have to bend it a bit to get it out, but it doesnt hurt it.
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Posted: Fri May 27, 2005 7:33 pm 
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cheers arm79
might go to bunnins tonight, some i need that faom tape stuff and "high density faom"? and put the tape round the stop/brake light and the foam aound seatbelt tensioner? worth getting new rubber for under the sub? how long would it roughly take?.

thanks heaps for all the info you have helped heaps.
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Posted: Fri May 27, 2005 7:45 pm 
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The high density foam i meant is a sheet of stuff I once bought from a Clark Rubber. Its about 3mm thick and like stiff packing foam. Its about $20 per metre, but you need something like 30mm x 30mm, I wouldnt worry.

I guess just run some of the window sealing strip under the belt tensioner and bolt it back down tight.

Dont worry about the rubber under the sub. I dont think mine is there anymore. Went missing when Ford replaced the sub a long time ago. Its all the other stuff I did that solved the problem.

Shouldn't take anymore than an hour I'm guessing. Probably alot less.
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Posted: Fri May 27, 2005 8:04 pm 
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thanks arm97 you have been a huge help. if this stuff works like you say it does i will be one happy camper. any way thanks for the replys.

 

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Posted: Sun May 29, 2005 4:22 pm 
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If you want a real easy solution, undo the screws/bolts a little, the get some paddle pop sticks, and from underneash just stick them in between the speaker and the parcel shelf. I cut out a balso wood template and used that on one car, and then did the paddle pop stick on my mates car - seems too simple, but it works.

Also works on standard speakers - you may have to snap the paddle pop sticks so they do rub/contact the speaker cones

PS - retighten the screws!!

 

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