Jeep Wranglers are loud! But in my view, that’s all part of the fun of driving a Jeep.
However, some owners do want to soundproof their Jeep Wrangler, and there are countless forum posts in the Jeep community from owners who have successfully completed a Jeep Wrangler sound deadening project.
What I have done today is compile all of the best tips into one handy place.
That means if you do want to soundproof your Jeep Wrangler, all you need to do is follow this guide on noise reduction tips, and you should have a far quieter ride as a result.
8 Jeep Wrangler Soundproofing & Noise Reduction Tips
Follow these hints and tips. I am not suggesting that you do all of them, as most of the time it will be a process of elimination, plus depends on how far you want to take your soundproofing project. Some of the 8 tips are more expensive than others, but there are some very cheap solutions in there… and best of all it should be stuff you can easily do yourself.
Step 1: Padding & Insulation Underneath the Carpet
There are a number of options that you can use, all of which will help with sound deadening of road noise coming up into the Jeep.
Many Jeep owners swear by Jute padding carpet, but I have personally had amazing results with FatMat self-adhesive sound deadening foam (buy on Amazon).
All you need to do is;
- Remove front floor mats
- Cut FatMat to fit the space
- Lay it in the space (it has adhesive so it will stick)
- Place original floor mats back on top
Don’t stop there though.
To make things even better, and for improved Jeep Wrangler noise reduction I would also recommend that you use reflective insulation foam underneath of the FatMat product.
This stuff is designed to stop heat coming up into the Jeep, but a by-product is the sound deadening it also offers. If you want to do this yourself, then my recommended insulation foam would be EZ-Cool – it’s cheap and cheerful and does a great job.
You will need to cut both of these products to size and then cover every inch of the floor space internally. It will take a few hours but if you do it right and don’t leave any gaps then you will get amazing soundproofing results using these Jeep sound deadening insulation tips.
Step 2: Ready Made Boom Mat Sound Deadening Headliner Kit
You can buy a boom mat sound deadening headliner kit on Amazon, which not only lets you insulate the Jeep, but will also prevent noise.
This is a great solution if you want everything already cut to size – although I do believe my insulation solution further up the page will work better.
But if you want an easy solution that comes pre-made then you can’t really go wrong with the sound deadening headliner kit product – buy on Amazon now.
Step 3: Bestop Sailcloth Top
Bestop Sailcloth tops are said to be 50% quieter then regular ones. Yes, they are a little more money, but the general consensus amongst Jeep enthusiasts is that they are well worth the money, as well as being the market-leaders in the industry.
Depending on your Wrangler, you will need to choose the best one to suit your year and model. Again, I recommend Amazon as it’s just an easy place to buy from, and you can view product reviews for the entire range available online.
Some of the customer reviews include statements such as:
“I’ve seen a noticeable noise reduction and find this top much easier to take on and off with its zipless feature”
“The twill material is thick and insulates the cab from road noise a lot better than I expected.”
Step 4: Replace Weather Strips
Some older Jeep Wrangler’s will experience wind noise coming into the cabin, especially when hitting certain speeds. The issue could be that the existing weather stripping around the doors might not be as well sealed as they once were.
You can buy various weatherstrip kits for Jeep at the JC Whitney webstore. They have a wide selection. All easy to fit and could be the answer to your prayers.
Step 5: Buy Aerodynamic Mirrors
JustAddMud have a great range of aerodynamic mirrors for the Jeep Wrangler range. Their products have rounded mirror heads which will improve the slipstream passing over the vehicle.
But how does this help with soundproofing and noise reduction?
Because the air passes over in a more streamlined manner, it will pass over the mirrors far more efficiently and reduce vibrational noise which is one of the main noise complaints with Wranglers.
Step 6: Change to Non-Aggressive Tires
If you swap the existing tires to non-aggressive car tires, you will hear a marked difference in the noise reduction. In many cases drivers have switched to the Michelin brand and chosen skinnier tires to decrease noise coming up through the Jeep from the road.
You can get some great deals on Michelin tires for your Jeep Wrangler at The Tire Rack; they have some offers on at the moment so worth a look if you want to fit them yourself.
Step 7: Earplugs for Longer Journeys
An interesting comment on the Jeep Forums was from a guy who actually bought earplug to wear for longer journeys lasting over 30 minutes. It’s not a bad idea actually, especially if you are driving with the door-tops off.
One brand worth a look are Eargasm. They are used by motorcyclists for noise reduction and are relatively cheap considering the high quality. You can expect to pay under $30 for Eargasm earplugs on Amazon.com – they will protect your hearing from harmful noise levels over prolonged periods of time.
Step 8: Insulation Materials Under the Hood
I would only do this once you have exhausted all of the other options for soundproofing your Jeep Wrangler as outlined in this guide. Some users say that they do notice a noise difference, other don’t – so don’t spend this money unless you think it is 100% necessary.
It might help with noise, but it will certainly help with heat coming into the Jeep.
So there you have it.
I hope that this soundproofing guide has helped. I have deliberately published tips that is already working for owners of this vehicle, and a couple of them I have done myself. As long as you have the time and patience, there’s no reason why you can’t make your Wrangler much quieter than it already is.
Please feel free to send any more tips or advice in, as over time I plan on expanding this guide further.