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Unread 04-10-2010, 10:48 PM   #1
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My first mod...the headliner!

After a few weeks of thinking, "How hard could it be?", I finally got up the nerve to yank the saggy headliner out of my '98 XJ Limited and make it unique. Off we go! First things first, pull it, peel it, take a scrub brush to the deteriorating foam, and then let it take up space in your garage...

...while waiting on delivery of this! Three yards of the US Navy's blue digital camo:

Didn't know it when I ordered it, but it even has the Navy logo scattered around the pattern:

Took a break to go fishing...that flat water behind my friend is far enough out in the Atlantic Ocean to be considered outside of the country! Which is why I took a break to go fishing...

I don't figure there is any hope of this ever being properly reassembled...

Adhesive applied - Point of no return!

Fours cans of headliner adhesive later...Voila!

What the heck...let's do the visors, too. Plus, I was able to get the console back together! Here, after install:

My very first mod, all done flying solo, in its final state:


I love the way the blue, gray and black of the pattern really go with the colors of my XJ. Living in a town with a Naval Air Station in one direction and the Naval Port in the other direction, I see these fine folks in their fatigues all the time and it hit me that the fabric would be perfect as a headliner for the 'N2Fix'. Luckily, I was able to find some in a 60" width, so I didn't have to seam it down the middle. Thanks to the Jeep Forum - wouldn't have been able to do this without it!

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Unread 04-10-2010, 10:50 PM   #2
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Looks awesome!
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Unread 04-10-2010, 10:53 PM   #3
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The headliner came out great man, i'm jealous of the your ability to fish. The closest lake from here is over 2hrs, let alone its trash for fishing.
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Unread 04-11-2010, 12:10 AM   #4
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Looks good! Army ACU would have been better though
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Unread 04-11-2010, 06:49 AM   #5
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Thanks for the kind words! I have to say that the decision to use the Navy fabric, as opposed to any other branch of service, is strictly based in fashion. After all, those shades of blue and gray aren't found in the others. If I still had my first XJ (RIP) which had the tan interior, I would have certainly used the camo pattern that we're currently sporting in the middle-east. However, my father-in-law, the retired Master Chief, is pretty happy with my choice of the Navy's colors. Go figure.

I just realized that I have been talking about fashion and the matching of headliners and interior trim. Makes me feel like I'm about one pink shirt away from waving at folks who are driving a Liberty. Maybe I should get back on the fishing topic!
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Unread 04-11-2010, 07:39 PM   #6
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Where'd you order that headliner from? I've been looking for digi camo for awhile and can't find anything good.
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Unread 04-11-2010, 07:42 PM   #7
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Looks nice! Just curious, what kind of adhesive did you use?
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Unread 04-11-2010, 09:06 PM   #8
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gotta say at first i thought that was going to look terrible, but you proved me wrong. well done, looks very nice.
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Unread 04-11-2010, 10:43 PM   #9
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that liner is tight!!!
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Unread 04-12-2010, 08:22 AM   #10
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Thanks again for the compliments! The fabric came from Fashion Fabrics Club and they had a big selection, even other colors of digital camo. It now looks as though the wife's KJ is going to get a headliner facelift...something in pink. Imagine that...I may have created a monster!
The adhesive I used came from Advance Auto Parts. It is the Permatex carpet and headliner adhesive, $11 per can at my store. According to the technical data sheet, it should hold up to the Florida heat - fingers crossed!
Now, let me share some tips for doing the visors: Remove the fabric first! If you just pry and pull to unfold the plastic clamshell base of the visor you will be rewarded with very loud cracks and showered with little broken plastic pieces. Found that out when doing the passenger side. When doing the driver side, I cut and pulled the fabric off first, as best I could, which allowed me to see the places where it clips shut. Then I could get a screwdriver in there to release the clip and it all opens nicely. Also, pull the short plastic stub (opposite side from the point that it attaches to the roof) out of the visor. With a little pulling and twisting, it will slide straight out. If you don't pull it before opening the visor, guess what happens? Yep, more cracking and flying plastic! Looking back, I should have taken more pictures of the visor disassembly and recovering because I'm sure someone would have benefited from them.
Also found out that the wife's sticky lint roller works perfectly for getting off tiny little bits of foam left behind after scrubbing the headliner backer board. Just put it back in her drawer when you're done!
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Unread 04-12-2010, 02:55 PM   #11
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I need to do this soooo bad. Your getting me motivated to get off my butt and do it. Looks good
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Unread 04-12-2010, 04:25 PM   #12
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I see your located in Jax...Just bought a house down there in Orange Park last week. Going to be moving next month. Let me know how well your headliner holds up. I did the same thing last year with the same fabric. Mine didnt work out so well because of the brand of glue or the lack of glue...Thats some thick fabric. Yours looks great though!
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Unread 04-12-2010, 08:05 PM   #13
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I see your located in Jax...Just bought a house down there in Orange Park last week. Going to be moving next month. Let me know how well your headliner holds up. I did the same thing last year with the same fabric. Mine didnt work out so well because of the brand of glue or the lack of glue...Thats some thick fabric. Yours looks great though!
Welcome to the neighborhood! You're going to be close to the Jennings State Forest down there in OP, I've heard of lots of people run the trails out there. A nudge further south is the Ocala National Forest - I was down there turkey hunting a couple weeks back and just loved rolling down miles and miles of trails.

As for the amount of glue, my tally came up to nearly 3.5 cans to just do the headliner. I don't think I was stingy with the application of glue! Also, I applied it to both the board and the fabric.

I was driving down the road today and must have seen a half-dozen Navy folks driving to or from the base. Found myself wanting to yell out the window, "Hey, come look at my headliner!"
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Unread 04-12-2010, 08:24 PM   #14
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Man that looks good! I really need to fix my headliner it is sagging like crazy now. What did you use to replace the foam you removed?
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Unread 04-12-2010, 08:29 PM   #15
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Man that looks good! I really need to fix my headliner it is sagging like crazy now. What did you use to replace the foam you removed?
Not a thing! The fabric is glued straight to the backerboard.
Thanks for the compliment, really appreciate it.
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