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Old 11-15-2019, 10:34 PM
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Question JKU hardtop insulation

has anybody tried any of the hard top insulation kits? Live in Arizona and when the top heats up defeats the AC, cranky wife happens....
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I have been happy with my mopar headliner.
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I would have your A/C checked. I think I could run with the top off my Jeep and it would still freeze me out. Same for the heat, canít leave it on high but a min or so.
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I bought an installed the hothead kit it was simple and straight forward. live in Waddell just west of Phoenix. It worked great this summer the AC didn't have to work as hard. Also it cuts down the road noise. let me know if you want to check it out or if you have any questions.
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For the DIY guys, buy a sheet of 1/2" foam insulation and a can of spray adhesive and save yourself around $75 for a 2 door JK. You can make a pattern out of newspaper or light weight cardboard. The foam can be cut with a utility knife or a jig saw if you what the curves real nice.
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I live in the Phoenix area as well. I have the black JKU top. I recently installed the full Hot heads headliner kit including the side panels. Iím happy with that solution. The main problem is the black hardtop. It absorbs solar radiation like water to a sponge. If you had a colored hard top like red or something like that it wouldnít be so bad. Iím thinking just as an experiment that if you painted the very top of your black hardtop white or something like that then that would serve to reflect a lot of sunlight rather than absorb it. Just make sure your jeep is lifted so nobody can see that youíve done that. It would look a little strange I suppose but it would probably work really great.

Yes, when living in Phoenix area you climb into the oven to stay cool during the summer.
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I also have the OEM headliner.

My issue thus far has been the adhesive on the foam blocks that holds it to the hard top, isn’t very good. I’ve had multiple pieces fall off
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Arizona heat

thank you ... did you purchase online or is there a local dealer for this? Most folks will never understand Arizona HOT... i was going to say stan in front of LIT bbq grill but last sept that was cooler thn the sun on my back.
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I live in the Phoenix area as well. I have the black JKU top. I recently installed the full Hot heads headliner kit including the side panels. Iím happy with that solution. The main problem is the black hardtop. It absorbs solar radiation like water to a sponge. If you had a colored hard top like red or something like that it wouldnít be so bad. Iím thinking just as an experiment that if you painted the very top of your black hardtop white or something like that then that would serve to reflect a lot of sunlight rather than absorb it. Just make sure your jeep is lifted so nobody can see that youíve done that. It would look a little strange I suppose but it would probably work really great.

Yes, when living in Phoenix area you climb into the oven to stay cool during the summer.
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where didyou get it?

thank you ... did you purchase online or is there a local dealer for this? My top is black too. thru sept you could not hold yor hand on the UNDERSIDE of the top. ... think i will pass on the paint though ... or maybe where it is not raised
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I bought an installed the hothead kit it was simple and straight forward. live in Waddell just west of Phoenix. It worked great this summer the AC didn't have to work as hard. Also it cuts down the road noise. let me know if you want to check it out or if you have any questions.
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Another option might be to add solar panels. The panels would reflect the sunlight and with all of the electricity created you could carry a small refrigerator in the back full of ice cold beer......
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I agree with the other poster. You may want to have your AC checked out. I also live in Southern Arizona and have never had a problem feeling like the AC was not working and keeping me cool. You can try pointing an IR thermometer at the vent, I believe it should be below 50įF. Most of the heat comes in through the windshields anyway I would think, at least thatís how most cars are.
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Check to see if you have filters in your system behind your glove box. Had the problem of low air flow and found that my filters were clogged up. Changed them out and than froze in the Jeep with all the COLD air coming in from the vents.

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ac works fine

ac works fine, i changed //// jeep hard top is hot
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I agree with the other poster. You may want to have your AC checked out. I also live in Southern Arizona and have never had a problem feeling like the AC was not working and keeping me cool. You can try pointing an IR thermometer at the vent, I believe it should be below 50įF. Most of the heat comes in through the windshields anyway I would think, at least thatís how most cars are.
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I agree. Hardtop is hot. Lots of radiant heat from the single wall sections. Measured the temp in the sun with an IR thermometer at 150 degrees inside. I also made my own headliners like the Hothead ones for about $70. About a 30 degree difference measuring the headliners with the IR thermometer. I didn't notice any drop in road noise but with music there is less echo.
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Just to describe AZ heat for the non-natives.

A man living in AZ, married 3 times, had a lot of fun during his life. Too much probably. After he died and went to HELL. Satan greets him at the entrance. Satan laughs and says this is the hottest and most miserable place that exists.

The man says, hey, I've been married 3 times and I from AZ. I just came here for the peace and cooler weather.
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