The Ford Bronco is a popular choice amongst off-roading lovers and people who have interest in vehicles with a rugged and sleek design. It is no surprise that this Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) has stormed the market in the past years and has gained a lot of popularity. The Ford Bronco balances both off-roading and daily driving which is one of the reasons why it is a top choice.
Ever since the release of the new Ford Bronco back in 2021, a lot of dealerships have been selling out this vehicle. It is in high demand so some people cannot even seem to add it to their collection of vehicles. The Ford Bronco is offered in both four and two-door configurations and it uses lighter but durable materials to cut weight. This, of course, has its advantages and disadvantages.
When used for off-roading adventures often, the Ford Bronco takes a beating and this results in cabin noise and also tire noise which will definitely become annoying as time goes on. We read through a Bronco forum where a Bronco driver was interested in knowing how to deaden the soft top sound from his Bronco. So, if you are also interested, keep reading for more information.
How to Deaden Soft Top Sound According to Bronco Forum
As stated above, the Bronco driver wanted to know if it was possible to deaden the sound coming from the soft top. He asked if he could use any kind of foam and place it around the top of the frame to reduce the sound or stop it completely. He did not forget to mention how the noise coming from the soft top was extremely disadvantageous.
After reading through the forum, we found a couple of answers from other Bronco drivers that have faced the same problem which you might want to take note of. The first response was from one Bronco driver who suggested getting a blanket, installing a Bimini and then placing the blanket between the soft top and the Bimini. The driver mentioned that this method worked really well after trying it on a 300 mile freeway road trip. Although, he stated that the noise got loud over 80 MPH but when driving below that speed, it was quiet.
Another driver agreed with the blanket method. He stated that he placed a picnic blanket over the soft top and did not even remember that he did because it became quiet. One stated that he used a GearShade Bimini and a DMI Foam Mattress Topper which he purchased on Amazon which cleared out the noise completely. A Bronco driver on the forum recommended trying the Bestop Trek Top Soft Top which makes less noise than the OEM soft top because it seals better. In addition to that, it was rested during the winter and was confirmed to retain heat very well.
Other comments on the forum talked about how 70 percent of the soft top noise comes from the back plastic windows and how the Bronco Soft Top has significantly less noise than the Hard Top. Regardless of that, Bronco drivers dealing with the Soft Top Sound need a way to get rid of it so we did more research.
More Information on Deadening Soft Top Sound
The major result we got from the best way to deaden the soft top sound is by placing a blanket in between a Bimini Top and the Soft Top. There are different types of blankets – the thin ones, the thick ones – so the results you get from this method somewhat depends on the type of blanket you use. Also, you need to be sure if this method is good enough and worth it because you will need to take the blanket down every time you flip the Soft Top down which can be quite stressful. But if it does the job excellently well, it might be worth the pain.
From the test we watched, two blanket layers were placed in between the Soft Top and the Bimini Top – the blankets were thin-layered, hence the reason why more than one was used. They went for a 32-second drive with the blanket and without it. The results showed that there was a slight difference between the noise when they used the blanket and when they did not use it.
Driving with the blanket between the Bronco’s Soft Top and the Bimini Top was quieter than driving without it but the difference was not so significant and could easily be ignored. This is because you are mostly just putting a sound deadening on the top of the vehicle without worrying about the windows and the side where most of the noise comes from. So, it does not make much of a difference.
Keeping it in mind that every time you want to take the Soft Top down, you will have to remove the blankets and when you want to take them up again, you will have to place the blankets back which can be quite stressful. But, you may get used to it if you like the difference that it makes or you think that it deadens the sound completely.
After reading this article, you will be stuck between choosing to use a blanket or a mattress or simply just go with the Bimini Top. It all depends on if you are ready to handle the stress that comes with it and if you see it as a great choice to deaden the noise coming from your Soft Top completely.