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There are lots of obvious spots in a Ford Transit, or any van for that matter, that should be insulated to help keep the interior quiet and temperature comfortable – the giant wall panels and roof for example. There are all sorts of other nooks and crannies that are just as important and often get overlooked. The slider door is one of those, and fortunately, its super easy to remove the factory panel covering it to gain access to the cavities in the door. This spot is significantly easier to access than above the headliner, which I covered in my last post, so tackle this area first if you need to build up some confidence before dropping the headliner!
Tools You’ll Need
- Trim Tool Remover [19 Piece Kit or 5 Piece Kit]
- Screwdriver Set with T25 Torx bit
- Noico Sound Deadening Mat
- Noico Barrel Roller
- Isopropyl alcohol (surface prep)
- Havelock Wool
- Blue Painters Tape (optional)
Step 1: Remove Factory Panel
The plastic panel covering the slider door is held in place by 14 push pin clips and four T25 Torx screws. You can use a trim removal tool or screw driver to pop out the pins and then the clips detach from the door with ease. Work from the bottom up, removing the center pins along the top row last so that the panel is held in place until the very end.
Three of the four T25 Torx screws along the bottom are easily accessible, the last one I could only reach by fully opening the door and using the space created by the wheel well to access the screw.
Step 2: Remove Clear Plastic Film
There is a clear plastic film adhered to the door with a bead of black tacky adhesive. Pick any spot and gently pull the plastic towards you. The adhesive may stretch a bit, but it should release from the metal and stay fully attached to the plastic film all the way around.
I chose to leave the film attached to the door along the top, and used blue painters tape to keep it up out of the way.
Step 3: Install Noico Sound Dampener
I used some random bits of Noico left over from other projects to fill in behind the door, or you can cut it to size. Make sure where ever you place it, you have sufficient room to use a barrel roller to adhere it to the door, and don’t forget to clean the surface with isopropyl alcohol first!
Step 4: Install Havelock Wool
One of the great things about Havelock Wool is that you can squeeze it in all the tight and hard to reach spots around your van. The door has all sorts of wires and things running through it, but you can easily fill in around them with the wool. I didn’t use any kind of adhesive, and the wool seemed to stay snugly in its spot through multiple cycles of opening and closing the door.
Step 5: Re-adhere Plastic Film To Door
Now that your sound dampener and insulation is installed, its time to close the door back up, starting with replacing the plastic film. The bead around the film requires a bit of force to re-adhere it to the door, a Noico Barrel Roller was the perfect tool for the job!
Step 6: Reinstall Factory Panel
The last step is to realign the factory door panel with the push pin and screw holes. Start by getting a few pins along the top in place to hold the panel up and then work your way around the rest. Thats it! Now you have one less place for road noise to creep in and one less place for hot or cold air to escape your van. You may even also notice that your door rattles less when you close it.
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