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Old 08-10-2014, 11:48 PM   #1
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Insulating for winter?

Jeeps are awesome for summer, but we all know they are not the greatest for winter months. What would be the best procedure for insulating the vehicles hard top and or other parts to help keep it warm?
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Old 08-11-2014, 12:13 AM   #2
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Actually I found my jeep with the softop, full carpet kit with backing heated up just fine during the winters in the Sierras, some guys put an electric floor heater in back but that was more for passengers. I did carry a full slip in snowmobile suit for emergencies

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Old 08-11-2014, 01:37 AM   #3
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Best thing I did was install a new heater core and upgraded my heater blower motor to a bigger than my stock one, helped significantly for me. If you haven't done it yet, here is some info, Siemens p/n: pm-102 Here's a good article http://www.jeeptech.com/body/heater.html
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Best thing I did was install a new heater core and upgraded my heater blower motor to a bigger than my stock one, helped significantly for me. If you haven't done it yet, here is some info, Siemens p/n: pm-102 Here's a good article Jeep Heater Blower Motor Upgrade
In that article is the guy only talking about upgrading the blower motor or also the heater core? His wording is a little confusing.
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He talks about the heater blower motor upgrade. In order to do this, the heater core needs to come out with the heater box. And that is a perfect time to install a new heater core.
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What would you do as far as insulation though? Is there really anything that could provide much help?
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I'd seriously try a hat and some gloves, not trying to be an ass, it's cheaper than changing the capabilities of your jeep, and your better prepared for a breakdown. I know maybe being dressed properly for the conditions may not be cool, there's a guy I work with who uses his car starter to get everything toasty warm so he can wear shorts all year long blissfully oblivious as to what can happen in 10 minutes of -10 degree weather once his car breakdown.
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If you are searching for advice on adding insulation to a hard top YJ in the winter, you either live in the great white north, or you need a new heater core.

Unless you are in the extreme sub zero temps like -40* or below, you need a new heater core or at least a flush of the system.

I have an 87 with a hardtop, and in the winter my fan is never above the low setting, other than to defrost the windows. Riding down the road once it reaches normal operating temp, the fan is on the low setting and the window is usually cracked at least a little. Max cold temp around here last winter was -20*.

If a Jeep heater doesn't cook you out of the cab, then you need some work done to it. I have never had a Jeep that I actually was cold in. Other than my '53 WILLYS and that was because it didn't have anything more than a bikini top for it.
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What would you do as far as insulation though? Is there really anything that could provide much help?
There have been a couple of threads where guys lined their hard tops with carpet, you could do a search. They actually looked pretty good.
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If you are searching for advice on adding insulation to a hard top YJ in the winter, you either live in the great white north, or you need a new heater core. Unless you are in the extreme sub zero temps like -40* or below, you need a new heater core or at least a flush of the system. I have an 87 with a hardtop, and in the winter my fan is never above the low setting, other than to defrost the windows. Riding down the road once it reaches normal operating temp, the fan is on the low setting and the window is usually cracked at least a little. Max cold temp around here last winter was -20*. If a Jeep heater doesn't cook you out of the cab, then you need some work done to it. I have never had a Jeep that I actually was cold in. Other than my '53 WILLYS and that was because it didn't have anything more than a bikini top for it.
Same here mine is blazing hot inside once its warmed up, a '94.
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It got to - 35 here in montana and once mine warmed up was perfect... Wasn't like my ole chevy truck where 5 min it's running temp and windows r defrosted but it worked just fine. Even my 47 willys with m38 hard top with no heater and gaps to let cold air in stayed 50 degrees in -5 up in the hills. All the radiator heat just blowed into the cab.
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My 92 soft top with the required 195 stat is toasty warm in the winter. The only one that wasn't warm s my 82 CJ8. No matter what I did It never got warm... And it was only a half cab.

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