Hey, this is my first post but I've been a member for a few months. This site has been a tremendous resource for me, and I thank all of those who contribute.
I've always been a fan of proper sound deadening. I've deadened the last 3 vehicles I've owned and in all cases, the results were nothing short of phenomenal. My TJ however, posed a new challenge for me though... she's loud, clunky, and basically transparent to outside sounds in general. Like a lot of folks, I wanted to have quality audio, with the top down, at highway speeds. In an effort to keep this write-up on topic, I'm not going to touch much on the audio gear that I decided to go with but basically I firmly believe that you can get ultra high-end (high $) sound out of a decent setup if you deaden. It's MUCH cheaper to properly deaden, than to overcompensate acoustic challenges with high-end gear... much cheaper.
The product I chose to go with this round was RAAMmat BXT and Ensolite, both offered by Rick over at www.raamaudio.com
. His customer service is unmatched and his products are great. Engine noise was a huge concern of mine and I asked Rick his opinion with regard to using a layer of BXT on the inside of my hood. He straight up told me that he doesn't endorse his products for the engine bay and suggested I go with Dynamat's hood liner. Of course, I didn't listen to Rick and ended up laying down a layer of BXT anyhow . I used the Dynamat hood liner on top of it. After nearly 1k miles, there is no peeling or weakening of the adhesive and at idle, I can barely hear a faint hummmm coming from the engine.
Ok, on with the pics:
Rear seats and carpet removed, area cleaned:
Shot of BXT down and then Ensolite, doubled the BXT in the very rear because this area will be facilitating two 10" Alpine Type-R subs:
Here is the rear door with a layer of BXT, then Ensolite: