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I was just wondering if any of you have done a firewall for noise reduction and dust management? (Dust in the draft is the worse) This is one thing I plan on doing because it (for me) is two of the biggest drawbacks in cruising off road. I've seen that they have kits available for Rhino's (probably the others too) ; and it seems like it would be fairly easy to pretty much seal up that area between the seats and the motor. I guess I'm fishing to see if anyone has already made a template. ;)

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I was just wondering if any of you have done a firewall for noise reduction and dust management? (Dust in the draft is the worse) This is one thing I plan on doing because it (for me) is two of the biggest drawbacks in cruising off road. I've seen that they have kits available for Rhino's (probably the others too) ; and it seems like it would be fairly easy to pretty much seal up that area between the seats and the motor. I guess I'm fishing to see if anyone has already made a template. ;)

I did mine quite a while back. A lot nicer. I'll post pics and a description of how I did it soon. Real easy.

Lenny

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I was just wondering if any of you have done a firewall for noise reduction and dust management? (Dust in the draft is the worse) This is one thing I plan on doing because it (for me) is two of the biggest drawbacks in cruising off road. I've seen that they have kits available for Rhino's (probably the others too) ; and it seems like it would be fairly easy to pretty much seal up that area between the seats and the motor. I guess I'm fishing to see if anyone has already made a template. ;)

Here is what I did. I welded a 3/4" x 1/8" strip of steel to the horizontal frame bar behind the seat. This would secure the top part of the firewall panels. On the same bar I also welded a piece of 2"x 1/8" strip to the upper rear of the same bar to close off the gap between the frame bar and the deck horizontal bar. You can see these in the pics. Using about an 18 ga aluminum, I bent panels for each side. This is thin enough to easily bend by hand over the edge of the work bench. These would fasten to the 3/4" strip on top and the aprox. 1" square bar below the rear of the seats. I used sheet metal screws for this. The panels had cutouts for the seat latches of the passenger seat to stick through and a cutout for access to the passenger seat inner latch. It's outer latch can be accessed by reaching through the side by the gas filler tube. The drivers seat has been changed to two t-handle fasteners that actually bolt the rear of the seat firmly down. This provides easier access and a much more secure seat fastening. Haven't done it to the passenger seat yet. The panel behind the drivers seat has a cutout for for easy access to the fuse box and relays. All of this is covered with an aprox 3/16" thick rubber floor mat material which is fastened with contact cement. The top part of my center console is cut off, it just ended being in my way. This provides good sound insulation. When the two panels are in place, I used an aluminum strip to cover the seam inbetween the two panels. When done it provides a good, very light, sound resistant and decent looking firewall.

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Greetings,

What I did to help with the dust was to cover the area behind the seats with a large window. It snaps in to the roll cage and is made of clear plastic like you'd find in a convertible top. I works really well, is easy to clean and was not real expensive. If you're interested in one I'll see if my upholstery guy will make you one. The cost will probably be around $75.00.

Gumball

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Wow; thats pretty slick! Thanks guys! I was gonna just use some poly plastic sheeting; but if I did have a fire; that wouldn't be good.......In fact it would PROVIDE fuel for the flames :mellow: Maybe I'll go ahead with sheet metal and some sound deadening material. I bought this stuff for my Mini project; and they say it works really well with rattling metal. My Mini van sounds like yer driving inside a beer can; so I needed it pretty bad as I'm at the point of priming; painting, and re-assembly

http://www.quietrock.com/soundproof-products/quietcoat.html

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