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Unread 11-04-2012, 08:35 AM   #1
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Hardtop Insulation

Looking for something cheap to insulate the Hardtop with than spending $500 on insul-lining. Any ideas? Thanks

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Unread 11-04-2012, 08:59 AM   #2
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Are you looking for sound or to keep it warm? Probably both i assume.You could use that Dynomat stuff, but its really expensive. When i was roofing we used a product called " Grace " Just like Dynomat. But for like $100 you could get a 4'x8' sheet. That would help with the sound aspect of it. But am not sure about keeping it warmer.
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Unread 11-04-2012, 09:42 AM   #3
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the foam insulating sheets are very cheap. do some cutting and get some spray adhesive, paint one side and install.

what kind of jeep? both TJ's and YJ that i have owned have had sick heaters, cab was warm in minutes, even with a soft top
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Unread 11-04-2012, 10:24 AM   #4
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Go with foam. Flip your top upside down so you can work in it.

Get a nice pair of scissors (I dropped $75 on a pair)
Clean your top with soap and water, remove all the hardware
Cut your foam. In the corners cut a 45* angle and the two pieces will overlap. Cut them equally down the middle. It should make a pretty good seam, now tape both sides. Once you are done with it spray your top with adhesive and kind of roll it on. I went front to back. Since the area above the cockpit is pretty much square it provided a good place to start.
Let the foam bond with the adhesive for a day.

Go get some thin black carpet and apply it over the foam using the methods above.

Take you 3-4 days to do it right. Not including scissors I spent about $150 and that includes two rolls of tint.



Picture to show because I did something similar.
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Unread 11-04-2012, 01:24 PM   #5
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Wow...that looks great. Hows it handle sound? Heat is of no issue as my heater is almost too much.
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Unread 11-04-2012, 01:43 PM   #6
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That's does look awesome but not wanting to spend a lot on money and time. Heater is ok but takes a bit to warm . Not to worried about sound... Thanks for the input
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Unread 11-04-2012, 04:40 PM   #7
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Simple solution. Don't bother.
I drive around with the window cracked even when it's 30 below.
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