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The Brit­part Dy­na­mat Xtreme sound dead­en­ing that I stuck to the un­der­side of the bon­net of my Ninety last month has cut down the noise from my clat­tery nat­u­rally-as­pi­rated 2.5 diesel en­gine. Not only have I been pleas­antly sur­prised by its per­for­mance, I was even more im­pressed with the ease with which I had been able to fit the self-ad­he­sive, pre-cut sec­tions.

And that was the clincher for me: it re­ally had been a dod­dle. So, I de­cided to go the whole hog and give the rest of the ve­hi­cle the Dy­na­mat treat­ment.

I’ve got to be hon­est – if it had been tricky or fid­dly, I prob­a­bly wouldn’t have both­ered. Life is too short to spend a week­end cut­ting out sound­proof­ing mat­ting to fit and fix­ing it in place with ad­he­sive. I’d rather put up with the noise.

The clever thing about Dy­na­mat is that Brit­part have pre-cut the ma­te­rial to fit your Land Rover. All you have to do is peel off the back­ing and stick it in place, easy as that. The tacky butyl layer has a grip that sim­ply doesn’t shift once it’s pushed into place, while the alu­minium con­strain­ing layer makes it easy to mould into shape. Like, re­ally easy.

It took me a morn­ing to fit out the floors, front and rear, as well as the trans­mis­sion tun­nel, footwells, seat boxes and rear shelves.

The trans­for­ma­tion was re­mark­able – not only is it qui­eter, it is also bet­ter in­su­lated against the weather. That was an ad­di­tional ben­e­fit I hadn’t bar­gained for, but was very wel­come on cold morn­ings – as we all know how pa­thetic the heater/ demis­ter is on a 1984 Land Rover.

As for the quiet­ness, I am now se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing fit­ting a stereo sys­tem,

DAVE PHILLIPS ED­I­TOR

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