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post #1 of 19 Old 07-28-2016, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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Insulating above the cab

Do it.

When I was first insulating the van, I did not insulate above the cab because I did not yet have the tool to remove the buttons that hold the liner. When I took the ceiling down to install the solar wires, I decided to insulate that area with Thinsulate. It only took a few minutes of riding down the road to realize what a huge difference it makes in the noise level, which I thought was already pretty good.

I did not remove the liner. I just lowered the rear edge of the liner and stuffed the sheet of insulation in. It only took a few minutes for a huge benefit.
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I was doing so much insulation at once, and the rest of the van was bare, wasn't sure how much difference it made, but it was something that I completed early on.


After popping the buttons, I had the liner pulled completely out to get the Thinsulate stuffed way down low, almost to the overhead console with the visors. Then put it back in and laid the Thinsulate in for the top part. The lower section was glued in place (3M 90), the top was laid in place, didn't want to mess up the wiring and light fixtures should I need to access it in the future.

Agree with MsNomer though... if you're insulating for noise and/or temperature, don't forget this area.










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Were either of you able to find tan/beige plastic rivets to replace the ones you pulled?
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Didn't need to. Pop 'em out gently, put 'em right back in.

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Didn't need to. Pop 'em out gently, put 'em right back in.
Correct. I've had mine in and out 3 times now.
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I thought my van was insulated pretty well. I was humbled this past trip when we found ourselves in 118 degree heat. Any and all exposed metal radiates an unbelievable amount of heat. My overhead area (where Zyzzyx posted the photo above) was blazing hot.
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Where might one find said tool?
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Where might one find said tool?
I used the middle one of these from harbor freight.



http://www.harborfreight.com/5-piece...set-67021.html

I think the first time I took them out I just used a putty knife. Just get them started then pull em straight out.
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This:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003W...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Have a second person cup their hands around it to catch the button when it flies off.
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I have the same one as MsNomer, works great. I use masking tape on the bottom of the metal when working on sensitive areas.

I insulated above the cab and storage yesterday, thanks for the inspiration!
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