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I've been researching ways to make my commander quieter in cab. From the sound deadening "temp" tape to the inside of panals to the console cover. What are your recommendations for the most effective ways of making a commander quieter in cab? Besides ear muffs and thats just how commanders are.
 

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It's 80% how any SxS is. Doing things like a windshield//doors/roof are a double edged sword because while you're trying to add protection they also hold a lot in (noise, heat, dust), then you end up going through extra lengths to combat those things. I have given up on trying to "fix" all these things inherent with any side by side but have incrementally done what I can to feasibly mitigate. With the heat, it seems like each "upgrade" has been noticeable at first, but as you're riding for long periods it still just starts to get heat soaked to some extent.

Pulled console panels and added dynamat (thermotec/dei etc) for heat/sound. Slight heat improvement, slight sound improvement.

Added console cover. More improvement that the dynamat on both heat and sound.

Just wrapped exhaust. Noticable sound change, similar improvement to sound level as the cover. I have not spent any extended time riding, but probably 2 20-30 minute cycles around the neighborhood to burn it in. Initial impression is noticeable heat reduction, more than dynamat/cover together. Will be up in the woods this week with hot weather so I'll see how it works.

As far as what's involved in the wrap...Removed both console side panels and driver's under-seat panel. Pulled the front o2 sensor then front exhaust pipe. Replaced the gasket & donut on this pipe (look up Partzilla). Did that one out of the rig, which was all I was planning to do, then had enough to do the rest of the pipes all the way to the muffler and just did them in place. Used one roll of this. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012C5FOLK/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
 

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It's 80% how any SxS is. Doing things like a windshield//doors/roof are a double edged sword because while you're trying to add protection they also hold a lot in (noise, heat, dust), then you end up going through extra lengths to combat those things. I have given up on trying to "fix" all these things inherent with any side by side but have incrementally done what I can to feasibly mitigate. With the heat, it seems like each "upgrade" has been noticeable at first, but as you're riding for long periods it still just starts to get heat soaked to some extent.

Pulled console panels and added dynamat (thermotec/dei etc) for heat/sound. Slight heat improvement, slight sound improvement.

Added console cover. More improvement that the dynamat on both heat and sound.

Just wrapped exhaust. Noticable sound change, similar improvement to sound level as the cover. I have not spent any extended time riding, but probably 2 20-30 minute cycles around the neighborhood to burn it in. Initial impression is noticeable heat reduction, more than dynamat/cover together. Will be up in the woods this week with hot weather so I'll see how it works.

As far as what's involved in the wrap...Removed both console side panels and driver's under-seat panel. Pulled the front o2 sensor then front exhaust pipe. Replaced the gasket & donut on this pipe (look up Partzilla). Did that one out of the rig, which was all I was planning to do, then had enough to do the rest of the pipes all the way to the muffler and just did them in place. Used one roll of this. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012C5FOLK/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
This ^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Priceless. Thank you so much for your well written reply. Just ordered the wrap you recommended.
 

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Since you're going down that road... Wear gloves, it's twice as bad as handling fiberglass insulation. Notice that one side of the wrap is woven to keep it from unraveling, be sure you put that to the "outside" when wrapping over itself. Be careful not to cut the wrap anywhere you don't mean to or it will fray and unravel. When I was clamping the front pipe in the vice as I went, I was very intentional about the handling and force, it's somewhat fragile stuff. Once it's on and burned in (I like to soak it first as it seems to shrink up a bit after some heat cycles) it's fairly tough stuff. The included ties kind of suck but will work. Here's a couple photos I took. I'll get a better photo of the rear pipes later today, currently strapped down in the backend of my truck.
Also, welcome to the forum, lots of good stuff here.
 

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I have done many pipes in header wrap and soaking the wrap in hot water before install helps lots . It helps the wrap form to the pipe . It stops the wrap dust. Dry wrap is very dusty if you wiggle it in sunlight . I didn’t want any of that crap in my eyes . I found that wet wrap can be put on tighter with less effort


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The wrap grows in length when wet . So when it drys it shrinks and tightens up. Most of the wrap manufacturers tell you to soak in water for 15 minutes before applying the wrap .
 

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I have done the exhaust wrap, and the console cover. But remember you are seating on top of the motor and all motors get hot when they are running hard. it is not going to be like riding in a Cadillac and as cool as air conditioning. SxS's are hot and noisy, no way around it, especially the commanders.
 

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I wonder what this is? Its wrapped around the exhaust of the defenders. Its thick metal.
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