HOW-TO dampen rattle from soft top compartment shelf

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HOW-TO dampen rattle from soft top compartment shelf

Post by DMike » Tue Sep 13, 2011 9:22 pm

An easy mod for rattling soft top compartment shelf.

My ’05 Z4 had some stubborn rattles, which I have managed to eliminate one by one (A-pillar, roll-over hoop plastic, soft top latch). The compartment shelf rattled and squeaked a lot, especially at uneven surfaces and sub-zero temperatures. The shelf is hard plastic and contains at both ends plastic flaps with springs, i.e. it’s undoubtedly designed a rattle resonator for genuine sports car experience!

Remove the shelf: close the top, shelf down, pull fabric loose from the shelf, remove two clips on either side, remove shelf. This has been covered previously on the forum and TIS.

Shelf removed.
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Squeaking flap. Pictures on Realoem.com don’t have them, maybe they disappeared at facelift?
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Underside of the shelf. Hard plastic. No dampening.
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Adding some self adhesive bitumen mat, cut into strips.
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Covered the entire underside…
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…and the flaps too. Also added some felt tape where the springs touch plastic.
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Final images with shelf put back in place. Rattle free for three years and counting...
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Re: HOW-TO dampen rattle from soft top compartment shelf

Post by Andy » Tue Sep 13, 2011 9:55 pm

DMike wrote: Final images with shelf put back in place. Rattle free for three years and counting...
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You kept this to yourself for 3 years? :poke: Mine defo rattles & I'm sure most do, it's just how noticeable it gets so good work on taking the time to do the mod.

Do you have any tips on how to replace the little clips in your penultimate photo? Got a couple come off & can't work out how to clip them back in.
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Re: HOW-TO dampen rattle from soft top compartment shelf

Post by gannet » Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:35 pm

Ive neva noticed any rattling from mine...
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Re: HOW-TO dampen rattle from soft top compartment shelf

Post by DMike » Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:50 pm

Andy wrote:
DMike wrote: Final images with shelf put back in place. Rattle free for three years and counting...
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You kept this to yourself for 3 years? :poke: Mine defo rattles & I'm sure most do, it's just how noticeable it gets so good work on taking the time to do the mod.

Do you have any tips on how to replace the little clips in your penultimate photo? Got a couple come off & can't work out how to clip them back in.
The shelf can be reached from the cabin to re-insert the clips. Requires acrobatic maneuvers or an accessory elbow joint.

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Post by TINO » Sun Sep 18, 2011 3:39 pm

cant say i here mine.welcome,nice to come across a hands on fix it yourself! :thumbsup:
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Post by andysat » Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:46 pm

Cant say i hear mine either, but thanks for the write up :thumbsup:
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Re: HOW-TO dampen rattle from soft top compartment shelf

Post by nicollow » Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:33 pm

Theres a clatter from the boot of my car even though theres nothing in it. Pretty much traked it down to the flappy rattle shelf. On my list of mods, so thanks very much for the write up :thumbsup:

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Post by VENDAR » Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:31 pm

photos are gone. can you reupload them?
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Re: HOW-TO dampen rattle from soft top compartment shelf

Post by DMike » Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:11 pm

VENDAR wrote:photos are gone. can you reupload them?
Links updated.

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Post by Swiftly » Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:45 pm

Thanks, mine rattles sometimes.
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Re: HOW-TO dampen rattle from soft top compartment shelf

Post by VENDAR » Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:08 pm

thanks for reuploading the photos!
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