Blog
Jeep JK and TJ Wrangler hardtops provide protection from the elements, but the hardtops are single wall construction and afford very little insulation. This means that when it's cold or hot outside, it's cold or hot inside. The Wrangler's HVAC system struggles to keep the interior comfortable when the weather's extreme (especially when it's extremely hot). Headliners are the solution to a more comfortable Wrangler interior and are a must-have product if we run our Jeeps with a hardtop and want to stay comfortable. Jeep agrees and now offers Mopar headliner panels as a factory option on all Wranglers. Mopar has made these very same headliners available to those who own 2011-2015 Wranglers: MOPAR® Hardtop Headliner. The Mopar headliners are headliner fabric similar to Wrangler carpet on 1/8 inch foam with adhesive transfer tape that permanently attaches the panels to the hardtop. They install easily and took about 20 minutes for the entire job. As the panels come from the same people that built our Wranglers, the fit is perfect. Once in place, Mopar headliners look great and insulate well. I’m looking forward to enjoying the Wrangler with its new Mopar headliners. It will be warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer, and a little quieter all the time. This installation is in my Wrangler 2-door. Wrangler Unlimited 4-door headliners are also available: MOPAR® Hardtop Headliner for 4 Door Wrangler. Follow along and I’ll show you how to install them . . . The Mopar Wrangler headliner comes with six panels for the Wrangler 2-door. The short adhesive strips shown in this Mopar photo have been changed to long strips for easier installation. First, ensure the air temperature is between 60 and 110 degrees F. Then, remove the sound bar. It’s easy – just remove the three 10mm bolts on each side and unplug the plug on the passenger side of the sound bar. The plug is easy to disconnect by pressing on the clip at the bottom of the plug. With the sound bar removed, it’s easy to access the entire roof to apply pressure to the panels. Remove the front Freedom Top panels and clean with alcohol. Remove the backing tape protecting the adhesive strips. Be careful not to touch the adhesive strips. Place the headliner panel in the roof. This is a little tricky, as the tape STICKS, so do this carefully. Mopar’s instructions say press in place using 20 pounds of force. What’s 20 pounds of force? I just pressed in place, then pressed again. Now, on to the rear panels. Clean the roof with alcohol and test fit the panels before removing the backing tape. Then, remove the backing tape and press in place as you did up front. An assistant will make installation easier when placing the panels and pressing them on, although I did it by myself. The window panels fit nicely and insulate the sides of the hardtop. When installing, fit the panels in place first, then reach around behind and remove the backing tape. After the backing tape’s removed, press into place. If the tape’s removed before placing the panels, they’ll stick to places you don’t want and be difficult to install. Connect the sound bar plug and reinstall the sound bar. It’s easy and all holes line up without issues. The Mopar headliner looks great. In the field, the headliner with side window panels made things a little quieter and the temperature in the Wrangler was noticeably better. Before installing the headliner, place your hands on the bare hardtop interior and notice how cold or hot it is when temps are extreme. Once the headliner’s installed, feel the top. Temperature is mild and the HVAC system is able to do its job.
Tags: 

Top Jeep Articles

Blog
Jeep's Gladiator Mojave Edition Shows Off New 'Desert Rated' Capability
  • Matt Konkle
  • February 14, 2020
Trim level designed for those who are looking for high speed desert fun, while still offering slower off-road proficiency.
Blog
NJ Jeep Invasion Displays Passion, History At Philly Auto Show
  • Matt Konkle
  • February 12, 2020
One of the largest East Coast Jeep events brings several Jeep types to show off inside the Philadelphia Convention Center.
Blog
Rocknob, Tire Covers Provide Great Way To Show Off Spring Baseball Fever
  • Matt Konkle
  • February 10, 2020
Warmer weather is just around the corner now that teams are just starting to report to spring training.
Blog
Responsible Off-Roading Builds Trust, Helps Improve Entire Four-Wheel Community
  • Kyle Buchter
  • February 10, 2020
Knowing where to take your vehicle off-road, is just as important as knowing how to off-road. Ignoring 'no trespass' signs only makes things more difficult for everyone in the off-road world.
IMAGE GALLERY
2020 King of the Hammers 'Hammertown' Photo Gallery
  • Matt Konkle
  • February 7, 2020

by Matt Konkle
Quadratec Channel Editor

Blog
King of the Hammers Attracts Tens of Thousands To Southern California Desert
  • Matt Konkle
  • February 6, 2020
Week long event schedule one of the toughest, and most demanding on the planet.
Blog
Jeep Played Helpful Role as We Celebrate 'National Thank A Mail Carrier Day'
  • Matt Konkle
  • February 4, 2020
Brand long a helping hand for the postal service, providing decades of successful service through all kinds of conditions.
Blog
Jeep 'Groundhog Day' Commercial Almost As Good As Story Behind the Ad
  • Matt Konkle
  • February 3, 2020
FCA's Big Game advertisement wins top prize in USA Today's Ad Meter, while company also releases longer version of the story.
Blog
Dealers Slash 2020 Gladiator Pricing To Begin Year
  • Matt Konkle
  • January 29, 2020
Combination of inventory levels, as well as diminishing hype, means many can find Jeep's newest truck at a better-than-ever price.