We don’t just write about Land Rovers we own them
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,