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How To: Insulate and Silence Your Jeep’s Interior

Insulate And Silence Your Jeep

Steven RuppPhotographerStuart BourdonWriter

If you’ve ever driven a Jeep for an extended period of time (and who here hasn’t), then you know it can be noisy—really noisy. If it’s an open-top Jeep, then you’re driving it that way for a reason and you don’t care about noise. But if you have a newer Jeep (JK or TJ) with a hardtop, then you expect it to be quiet enough inside to talk to passengers without yelling and maybe even listen to tunes during those long drives. However, even the factory hardtops are not all that well insulated from road noise or temperature.

What can you do to cut down on the noise inside your Jeep and help insulate it from the heat and cold? Well, there are a number of companies and materials that can be used to reduce sound and insulate your Jeep’s interior from heat and cold extremes. We checked in with Hotheads Headliners in Buena Park, California, to explore a few solutions you can use to insulate the interior of your Jeep. Mark Ambrose, owner of Hotheads Headliners, used some products from Dynamat, another material called Sound Assassin, and his own proprietary Hotheads Headliner to help insulate our hardtopped Jeep JK Wrangler. If you have a soft top, Hotheads has you covered too. The two-ply headliner for soft tops has a radiant barrier sewn into the middle to help increase temperature insulation.

You’ll need a few basic tools: gloves because the foil on the material can cut you up, some sharp scissors to cut the Dynamat, and a roller like those available from Dynamat to help smooth out air pockets. Also, wear some old clothes because the black material on the Dynamat is pretty sticky and doesn’t come out in the wash. Follow along as we show you how Hotheads Headliners helped insulate our Jeep and how you can do it too.