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Old 09-26-2007, 05:28 PM   #1
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Question Using a Blanket to Insulate a Soft Top?

For those of you who have done this could you tell how much of a difference it made and maybe include pictures of how yours is done. With winter comming on I have been questioning how much this could really help considering how well the heater works. I like the idea and think that this could be an effective way of cutting down on the noise and helping some of the heat reach the back seat. I am about to become a father and would like to be sure that my baby is getting enough heat. Also would the blanket help in the summer? If it does it would make me feel alot better about taking an infant on a ride!

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Old 09-26-2007, 06:06 PM   #2
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For those of you who have done this could you tell how much of a difference it made and maybe include pictures of how yours is done. With winter comming on I have been questioning how much this could really help considering how well the heater works. I like the idea and think that this could be an effective way of cutting down on the noise and helping some of the heat reach the back seat. I am about to become a father and would like to be sure that my baby is getting enough heat. Also would the blanket help in the summer? If it does it would make me feel alot better about taking an infant on a ride!
You could use a blanket. I used some mil spec camo and put a windsheild sun blocker between the camo and the top.

writeup/pics: http://www.savagesun4x4.com/camo_head_liner_for_tj.html

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Old 09-26-2007, 06:29 PM   #3
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That looks awesome. I will have to look into getting a windshield blocker for the top before i put the blanket up. I don't think my wife would be to pleased with buying camo when she has a supply of old blankets to use.
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Actually, I'd think the alumfoil insul they sell for your attic would work real well. Menards avertises the product allot. It is supposed to reradiate the heat in your attic outward and to insulate at the same time.

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Old 09-26-2007, 07:37 PM   #5
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will it still fold well into the rear? or will it not fold as well?
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I would hit a shipping store, they have a stiff foam that comes in a roll, comes in various thickness's. That kind of foam would tend to sit flatter between the top and the bars. There was some discussion on this back a few years ago on jeeps+willys newsgroups about the time the sailcloth tops came out and I remember there being some rather ingenious solutions. I did not have a TJ at the time so other than a passing 'sounds good' I did not pay much attention to it.
There is a german company thats makes soft top liners for S2K's, it's discussed here http://www.s2ki.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=497560

Thinking about it I wonder if a bikini could be rigged up under the soft top and the area between stuffed with some kind of insulation, now you have me thinking, usually I just drive my cherokee in really bad and cold weather.
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Old 09-27-2007, 08:27 AM   #7
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For those of you who have done this could you tell how much of a difference it made and maybe include pictures of how yours is done. With winter comming on I have been questioning how much this could really help considering how well the heater works. I like the idea and think that this could be an effective way of cutting down on the noise and helping some of the heat reach the back seat. I am about to become a father and would like to be sure that my baby is getting enough heat. Also would the blanket help in the summer? If it does it would make me feel alot better about taking an infant on a ride!
Might be time to consider a hard top. :/ It's gets cold in Texas in the winter where I live and we've not had a real issue with the soft-top.
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Wrap and cover the baby in blankets and crank the heat and you should be ok.
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Old 09-27-2007, 01:54 PM   #9
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THere was a dealer on here a while back spydertop or something to that effect and its a mesh like bikini top that you are supposed to be able to leave in alll the time cause it doesnt get int the way of anything and you could stuff pillow or blankets in there...
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