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Old 09-13-2012, 08:47 PM   #1
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Noise Reduction

My Focus is very quiet compared to my 2012 Civic, but I would like to reduce the road noise further. My commute is around 200 miles a day. Any ideas?


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Old 09-13-2012, 10:11 PM   #2
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I've got an SE Hatch with the 16" sport package. Overall, I think Ford did a darn good job as the car is impressively quiet.

One thing I have noticed though is the factory Continentals, while pretty quiet most of the time, tend to make a noticeable amount of road noise when driving on concrete. More so at highway/interstate speeds (50+)

Not sure if changing to a different tire would improve this, but it could be worth a try. My experience has been that some tires are definitely noisier than others. YMMV

There may be something to be said for what size wheel you have as well, but I believe that's usually a ride quality vs handling concern rather than noise.
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:05 AM   #3
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if you realy wanted you could rip up your carpits and lay down some dyno mat sound deadning.
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I have a hatch and a dog. When I fold down the seat I use a 6ft by 8ft canvas tarp to cover everything. When I am not hauling my dog around I fold the tarp and put it in the trunk area. I found that this helps to reduce road noise. Also, I bought some some thick carpet, cut it, and put it in the rear footwell extending under the front seats. I have a set of Weather Tech carpet liners in the front. All of this seems to help and did not cost much. I agree with Hodge Podge about the tires. You may want to check with Tire Rack and see which tires they recommend to reduce road noise. Good luck.
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earplugs?

for its size the focus is very quiet.
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Or you could replace the horrid Dunlops with better tires.
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Old 09-14-2012, 04:23 PM   #7
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Best bet is to dynamat the wheel wells... that's where most of the noise is coming from. Isn't too hard to do, really, and makes a huge difference (especially the rear wheel wells).
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thicker floor mats maybe as well.
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Best bet is to dynamat the wheel wells... that's where most of the noise is coming from. Isn't too hard to do, really, and makes a huge difference (especially the rear wheel wells).
There already is quite a bit of insulation in the rear wheel house inside the car behind the trim, not sure on how easy it would be to fit more in though.
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Your Ford dealer might offer a coating of your entire undercarriage with their soundproofing. I got it for free when I bought mine, made a HUGE difference.
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