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Old 08-29-2018, 03:42 PM   #1
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Isata 3 - Cab Sound Upgrade

The stock speakers in the Sprinter are cheap with tin can sound. When you think of it these are mostly delivery vans just repurposed for RV use. I looked up all the sound upgrades mostly by the camper van crowd. I opted for something less extensive and used the existing grill on door panels. While I had the door panels off, I added sound proofing to the bare metal outer shell to deaden the road noise coming through the doors.

There are lots of YouTube videos on removing the door panels. First picture is the passenger door with the panel removed. Then removed the white foam layer that provides some noise abatement. Then added the Noico sound deadening material against the outer metal panel. Make sure you get the metal roller to seal the Noico to the metal panel. Added my speakers using nylon spaces to place them in the same position as the stock speakers. In reused the foam ring from the stock speakers to seal the new speakers against the grill. You can buy aftermarket frames to accomplish the same thing as the nylon spaces, but my solution as a couple of bucks vs about $25 for the frames.

System sounds great and a big upgrade over the stock speakers. Waiting for the next trip to see how the Noico material lessens road noise.

Here are the speakers I used ($40) -

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00BF...op_mb_pd_title

Here is the Noico material. 18 sqft was plenty, had three sheets left which I may put under the floorboard ($35) -

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B012B...op_mb_pd_title

I may look at replacing the stock tweeter on the dash as it’s a stock 1” tweeter which should be an easy replacement. I also read suggestions to unplug the center speaker in the middle of the dash as it’s not it not designed for music.

Whole project took about 4 hrs working at a slow pace.
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Old 08-29-2018, 05:05 PM   #2
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Great post! Thanks, canít wait to hear about the noise reduction.
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Old 08-30-2018, 02:34 AM   #3
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Nice write-up Milkman55. You have inspired me to make this mod on my Forester. Thank you.

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Old 08-30-2018, 07:24 AM   #4
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One footnote, you have to cut off the MB speaker connectors and use the connectors that came with the speakers. The MB speaker positive wire is the orange/brown on the passenger side and the purple/brown on the drivers side. The spades on the speaker are different and the positive spade is the larger one and the negative is smaller.

You can dig this info out of the WWW, but I thought I would post it for convenience.
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Very helpful! Thank you.
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Old 09-25-2018, 10:19 AM   #6
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milkman55 ... Nice job! ... I think I will copy you! I think your speaker selection is also a good choice. Thank you for the post and nice details.
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Old 09-27-2018, 12:22 PM   #7
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Do you know if a 6.5Ē speaker will fit? The local auto stereo shop recommended the Pioneer ts-a1676r because we like to listen to audiobooks while driving. We can do the modifications you show. Really like the sound deadening material, will have to give that a try.
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6 1/2Ē will not fit in the stock opening which is for 5 1/4Ē speakers (which I used). There is a guy on eBay that sells adapter rings for the 6 1/2Ē speakers.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Speaker-Ada...-/141887556531
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Got the Noico mats today. How far down into the door did you cover? Did you cover the very lower area thatís not easy to get to? Any other areas we should cover? Lots of material to work with.
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I did cover the lower area. If you have the roller that they sell with the Noico, itís fairly easy to get in there. I used a left over piece of the backing paper to make a pattern to fit the lower area. It takes pretty much a full sheet to cover that area.
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