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How to insulate Land Rover Defender Hard Top Sides

Earlier this year, I showed you how to add insulation to the roof of your Land Rover. Now its the turn of the side panels.

Having fitted the hard top last week, it was time to insulate the side panels, and hopefully retain some heat in the back of the Land Rover.

There are various ways of insulating a hard top. You can use camping mats cut to size and stuck to the side panels, or cover the hardtop with foam backed carpet. Whichever way you do it, it all works, you just have to weigh up what will be best for your application.

As I am going to be wanting to live out the back of the Land Rover, and use it to sleep in, I wanted something with a bit more of a “homely” feel to it.

So I bought some pine cladding and thick eco loft insulation from B&Q and set about sorting out the side panels. I had thought about ply lining the back of the Land Rover, but decided the interlocking pine cladding would do well for the side panels.

Why pine cladding?

Well, firstly it’s about the right length for the 110 hardtop sides and secondly, it can be stained to bring out the wood grain, and thus add a more of a homely feel to living out the back on the Landy. Its also cheaper than buying an 8×4 piece of plywood and cutting it to size!

The insulation

The eco loft insulation i used from B&QThe insulation that I used is eco loft insulation, which is made from recycled plastic bottles. It was a little thicker than I expected but it compacted nicely in behind the wood panels.

It cost just over £10, and was enough to do both sides of the Land Rover hard top.

Screwing it all together

The hard top panels on a Land Rover have vertical strengthening sections which make for an ideal platform to screw the wood into. This leaves an inch and half gap between the metal panel sides and the wood – a perfect space to add insulation.

With 2 of the pine panels in place, we packed in the insulation behindAdding more pine panels. Notice the vertical strengthening bar on the right of the picture. I screwed the wood into this1 panel left to fit to the top

The end result

It took about 2 hours to do the job, and it isn’t that difficult to do. There’s already a noticeable reduction in panel vibrations/noise, but there is still a lot more to do.

The view from the back door with all the pine panels in placeA closer look at the pine panels with the insulation fully enclosed behind

The roof already has carpet on it, but I would like to add some more insulation there, and I need to construct the storage and bed area in the back. I will also be adding some 12v lighting too.

So that’s what will be coming up in the next few weeks! Stay tuned!

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