As most of us know, Wranglers are not the world’s quietest vehicles to ride in, despite being impressively civilized these days. And while most of us would gladly take the tradeoff of increased sound levels for the experience Wranglers can give us on the trail, nobody is going to say no to a quieter interior. The Wrangler JL does use increased sound deadening over the JK, and is quieter overall; however, the hardtop is thinner, making wind noise noticeable and sound insulation a must-have upgrade.
We were hunting for a product that looked premium, was durable and easy to clean, and would lower the interior sound levels in our AEV-equipped ’20 Jeep Wrangler JL Unlimited. With a huge selection of products on the market, including the ones you can now order from the factory, choosing the right option was overwhelming.
After a significant amount of research, we settled on Boom Mat from Design Engineering, Inc. (DEI). DEI was formed in 1995 and specializes in thermal and acoustic control products. Plus, the company’s Boom Mat kit has received a ton of good reviews for performance and fit and finish.
Boom Mat insulation panels are constructed from a high-quality, marine-grade acoustic foam that resists mold and mildew, and the leather-look version we installed is easy to clean with a quick wipe down with a damp rag. Boom Mat’s Jeep Wrangler JL 4-door Sound Deadening Headliner kit comes in nine CNC-cut, peel and stick pieces, including the hardtop’s central depressions, which aren’t covered by all kits. In addition to leather-look, there are versions available in black, gray, and white.
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