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Old 11-17-2012, 11:12 AM   #1
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Headliner choices - best for noise reduction?

My Jeep (on order) will be my work vehicle which requires lots of phone time. I know there are many headliner options out there, including the new Jeep brand liner, but most seem more aimed at temp control with road noise reduction taking the back seat. Does anyone know which may be best for a quieter cabin? Thanks!

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Old 11-17-2012, 01:32 PM   #2
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I think most people on here go for the Hothead liners. If you check their website, they are running a sale right now. Also, most of aftermarket stuff jeep sells are products that they buy and rebrand. Another option is DIY.

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go with the Hotheads. I just installed these on my 2door and I am VERY happy. The quality is excellent. They look OEM. The material is very nice and it really makes a huge difference in noise. make sure you get the window side panels too as they really finish off the look. Mark is a really nice guy and easy to work with. you can research his business practices. he is quick to resolve ANY issues u might have. i'm pissed i waited so long to get these in. they are one of the best mods i have done to my rig!!!
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:43 AM   #4
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Good God did these things recently go up even more than they were?? I thought they used to be about $300 for the whole package and now it's almost $400??? Wow, I thought they were expensive before...
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I went with the boom mat. I love it. Easy installation does great with sound deadening and with insulation properties. Plus I believe it was much less than hot head. I am very satisfied.
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I went with the boom mat. I love it. Easy installation does great with sound deadening and with insulation properties. Plus I believe it was much less than hot head. I am very satisfied.
I'm leaning towards Boom mat right now.....it is the best price I've found.

The Mopar version is actually the best overall price because it comes with the side panels.....but it is out of stock everywhere.

I guess the Hotheads are not bad if you catch them on sale (right now)...but are still the most expensive of the three.
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Good God did these things recently go up even more than they were?? I thought they used to be about $300 for the whole package and now it's almost $400??? Wow, I thought they were expensive before...

not sure what you are looking at, but the 3M kit for a 2012 4door with the window side panels is $282.49, the velcro kit is $306.75. I went with 3M, but the side window panels all come in velcro only.

The boommat is NOT cheaper from what I have seen. They are listed on Q-tec for $199 for a 4 door. The Hotheads are also $199 for the headliner kit only. its $80 extra if you want window side panels. I dont see sidepanels offered from boommat. I think the hotheads give a much cleaner and more oem look though.

The apples to apples comparison puts them at the same price.
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I was talking about the before discount price. I could have sworn it used to be low $300's BEFORE a discount and I thought that was expensive. It's almost $400 now for the full kit without the discount.
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not sure what you are looking at, but the 3M kit for a 2012 4door with the window side panels is $282.49, the velcro kit is $306.75. I went with 3M, but the side window panels all come in velcro only.

The boommat is NOT cheaper from what I have seen. They are listed on Q-tec for $199 for a 4 door. The Hotheads are also $199 for the headliner kit only. its $80 extra if you want window side panels. I dont see sidepanels offered from boommat. I think the hotheads give a much cleaner and more oem look though.

The apples to apples comparison puts them at the same price.
I have Boommat on my watchlist. The best price I have found for the 4 door version is $184.98 with free shipping on e-bay. White, black, or gray...top only...non-removable.

Best price I've found on the 4 door Mopar Headliners is $186.96 + shipping at Mopar Super Center. Total price for me was $200.94 shipped....but they are not in stock and don't have a date as to when they will be back in. Black only, top and sides, removable.

Hotheads has the 4 door top only, non-removable version on sale for $199.99 + $15 shipping. But they do come in multiple colors.

So right now, Hotheads are the most expensive for top only, non removable headliners.
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they are NEVER sold on their website for full retail, or no discount. they always have them at 10% or 15% off the retail list price everyday. holiday sales put the discount up to 25%.
like i said though in comparison to the other product, these can be had for the SAME price and are much nicer. $199 will get you the same coverage as the boom mat kit in your 4 door. to each their own.
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I have Boommat on my watchlist. The best price I have found for the 4 door version is $184.98 with free shipping on e-bay. White, black, or gray...top only...non-removable.

Best price I've found on the 4 door Mopar Headliners is $186.96 + shipping at Mopar Super Center. Total price for me was $200.94 shipped....but they are not in stock and don't have a date as to when they will be back in. Black only, top and sides, removable.

Hotheads has the 4 door top only, non-removable version on sale for $199.99 + $15 shipping. But they do come in multiple colors.

So right now, Hotheads are the most expensive for top only, non removable headliners.
u are correct....i think you only get free shipping if you buy the side window panels as well. i'm telling you that once you get em in they are nice. i have to rec the side panels as well. it just really finishes it off on my 2door. i think it may look strange without them, and with the boommat you have no option to add them later. i have heard the mopar ones are on nat'l backorder as well with no date for stock.
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Has anyone seen the Mopar HL's? Are they upholstery like HH's or foam?
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Boommat is 1" in total. Mostly marine grade acoustic foam with with a fabric cover.

Hotheads are much thinner but seem to be of very high quaility:
HotHead Headliners are made using only quality materials: 1/8" water-proof automotive panel boards, 1/8" foamed back headliner fabric, and Velcro brand adhesive fasteners or 3M transfer adhesive. They are made and inspected one at a time when they are ordered by experienced upholsterers. HotHead Headliners is a division of Ambrose Upholstery (ambroseupholstery.com) which is a working custom shop, not a factory with assembly lines. We take pride in each and every job that comes out of our shop, and you will see that reflected in your new HotHead Headliner.
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I would prefer to have the sides...so I would really like to have the Mopar options...but I don't know how they look or feel.
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just to add: i was down at their shop over the weekend. a couple guys making these by hand as a small American business competing with the big boys...and to top it off they are supporting vendors on a few forums. thats worth the same price or a couple extra bucks for shipping imo
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yeah...the post i made about the pricing and discounts was in response to jOnx. he was saying they are almost $400 when not on sale. i was just clarifying that they are always discounted from the retail pricing, just varying percentages.

i wasn't saying your numbers were wrong or anything like that. just wanted to be clear that you will never have to pay the listed retail price.
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I just installed the hotheads! Love them. I also chose to have the interior of the top painted black prior to install to make it look really nice. The results were beyond my expectations:



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Sounds more quiet and looks factory IMHO
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I just installed the hotheads! Love them. I also chose to have the interior of the top painted black prior to install to make it look really nice. The results were beyond my expectations:

Sounds more quiet and looks factory IMHO
Who painted it? Dealer?
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Who painted it? Dealer?
Got a couple quotes at local Autobody shops and took the most reasonable. It was $375 but they said we forgot material costs adding that it was way more work than they anticipated. Instead they just should have called me and said "hey, we underbid this project. We need to increase the bid it to turn a profit." I would have said that's cool. I am all about being fair. So I gladly paid the additional $50 for "paint/materials". Lol

Most other bids were $600.

I installed the hotheads and I recommend using your legs to apply additional pressure to the ceiling panels. You will need someone very tall because I'm 6'3" and all legs, which was perfect height for my legs
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Got a couple quotes at local Autobody shops and took the most reasonable. It was $375 but they said we forgot material costs adding that it was way more work than they anticipated. Instead they just should have called me and said "hey, we underbid this project. We need to increase the bid it to turn a profit." I would have said that's cool. I am all about being fair. So I gladly paid the additional $50 for "paint/materials". Lol

Most other bids were $600.

I installed the hotheads and I recommend using your legs to apply additional pressure to the ceiling panels. You will need someone very tall because I'm 6'3" and all legs, which was perfect height for my legs
Wouldn't plastidip have been much cheaper?
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Wouldn't plastidip have been much cheaper?
Yes. If plastidip fits your needs.

But plastidip wouldn't hold up to large dog abuse. So, for me absolutely not. And doing things right the first time is how I strive to operate. Once those panels are on, redoing the plastidip isn't feasible.
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I just installed the hotheads! Love them. I also chose to have the interior of the top painted black prior to install to make it look really nice. The results were beyond my expectations:



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Sounds more quiet and looks factory IMHO
Dude that looks amazing will you disclose how much or did you do all that yourself? details pleeeeeze!!
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Dude that looks amazing will you disclose how much or did you do all that yourself? details pleeeeeze!!
sorry skipped a few posts lol still amazing thoughmust have been drooling lol
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Dude that looks amazing will you disclose how much or did you do all that yourself? details pleeeeeze!!
Thank you. Although, I can't take any credit for the idea, read on this forum about painting the top. Read on here about HotHeads too. Just put the two ideas together! LOL

To clarify it was $450 for painting the interior of the hard top, but they underbid the job as mentioned above.

The HotHeads headliners were on sale (25% off) at the time.

Those pictures are from a phone and the sun was ruining any halfway decent shot. The first one of the freedom top shows the truest quality, but it looks much nicer in person.
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sorry skipped a few posts lol still amazing thoughmust have been drooling lol
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I have Hotheads... At speeds over 65 the road noise is usually too loud to use the Bluetooth hands free (730 RHR) for phone calls. I can hear perfectly but the person on the other end often complains of road noise.

Using the phone at my ear is fine - no road noise noticed.
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I know this is my decision, but curious in opinion. Is it worth it for me who only uses the top in the winter and the top sits in Garage for the summer?

Does it make that much difference?
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I know this is my decision, but curious in opinion. Is it worth it for me who only uses the top in the winter and the top sits in Garage for the summer?

Does it make that much difference?
I ended up going with Hotheads, and my top sits in the garage during summer.

"Worth" is always hard to quantify...but I really like my Hotheads.
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What specific material are the hothead made of? they look like fiberglass but can't find on their website. I believe they are too stiff to have any useful acoustic properties compared to a good acoustic foam/rubber liner. But their temp insulation properties is really good.
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I got the Mopar headliner for my '13 JKU. Basically hard foam with the same carpet type material that comes on the wranglers covering the foam, and 3M type tape holds things in place. I ordered the kit through my local Jeep dealer and it took a little less than 2 weeks to get them. Got a small discount and it came out to around $240 after California taxes. Fit and finish is great and my wife said that it looks like it came stock that way, so it does give the interior an nicer, more finished look. Does not seem to do that much for the noise, but it sure does make a difference in the heat. No longer feels like I have a hot plate on top of my head. Sorry, no pictures.

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