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Old 11-25-2007, 07:39 AM   #1
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Noise Levels with the Rag Top

Recently I stumbled on a video report for a Rag Top (not sure of the year of the top), in which the owner shows the Noise level readings on a meter, with a newly installed top.

Anyone done any research in this regard? What is "reasonable" noise level tolerance? By the way, after posting this, I note that the rag top replacement was on a TJ, so if this is not the correct thread section, I apologize ahead of time. However, the issue is relative to all models, as I'm sure you would agree.

For the record, I DID find that my Rag Top was VERY quiet, when I test drove it on the highway. I'm just wondering about the technically "acceptable" levels, as per OSHA.

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P.S.: The link to the video I saw in the online website for JPmagazine.com
is: Top Replacement Video

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Old 11-25-2007, 08:07 AM   #2
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http://www.coolmath.com/decibels1.htm

There is a link to a list of common decibel levels. I can tell you that the video was a little rigged. Any top that is worn out like their factory sailcloth top is going to be louder than normal. So their ripped top mey very well have been as loud as their canvas sunrider that they had installed. (i acually read this article a while back to get the extra information not in teh video.)

I, however just installed a sailcloth replace-a-top on my 97 and I can now carry on conversations at highway speed without yelling. Its nice.

According to OSHA an employee may be exposed to 90dB for as long as 8 full hours without need for hearing protection. So according to them spending a few hours a day in a Jeep at 80-85dB without hearing protection is 100% ok.

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Old 11-25-2007, 02:03 PM   #3
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I can talk in a normal voice at 65 MPH with my soft half door combo......hell I can clearly hear the Infinity stereo with the top off at 65..in fact everyone else within 50 yards prob can to.......g
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Old 11-25-2007, 03:59 PM   #4
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Why not just put a liner in? Mine is fine. Get them online.
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Old 11-27-2007, 05:45 AM   #5
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Never considered a liner for the Rag Top. When I initially test drove the JK it had the Rag Top on, and was "not loud" as it was, (IMHO).

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Old 11-27-2007, 07:32 PM   #6
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With a liner, it's great. Once you try it, you'll love it.
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Old 11-27-2007, 09:36 PM   #7
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thats what i plan on doing, buying a sheet and some insulationa dn then sexing it and then sticking on some fo the really sitcky velcro and velcroing it to the top
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thats what i plan on doing, buying a sheet and some insulationa dn then sexing it and then sticking on some fo the really sitcky velcro and velcroing it to the top
Alright junior, we've talked about this before, it's bad enough that you are a sick twisted little freak, but we don't need to hear about how your are defiling your Jeep!

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Old 11-28-2007, 04:44 AM   #9
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now, now, children....let's play nice....lol

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