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This thread answered almost all my questions about replacing my headliner with regular fabric, except: Why does the original headliner have foam? Is it for insulation or ease of installation? And, has anyone tried putting down a thin layer of batting before using a regular fabric to solve both those problems? I have a '99 Cherokee with only 107K miles on it! I'm slowly fixing the cosmetic problems. TIA
 

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The foam is from the headliner fabric. Headliner fabric is a specific material with a thin layer of foam backing which is helpful and forgiving when redoing one, but is a pain to remove after peeling off old nasty fabric.
 

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I have plans to replace mine as well but I want to take that power sunroof out and replace it with an aftermarket manual pop up sunroof first. Previous owner must not have figured out how to clean the drain tubes so it leaked and I have water stains on the headliner. Plus, he or she used some black sealant to seal all around the sunroof on the outside. What a pain.
 

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I will post pics when I get to the project. I think I will put a layer of thin foam "batting", then my fabric. I don't like any of the foam-backed fabric I've been able to find and it gets VERY HOT here in the sunny south - I think it will serve as slight insulation, as well.
 

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I need to do the headliner in the 5.9, but really don't feel like pulling it or doing the work. actually considering paying someone else to do it at this point. I've already done the headliner in my old ZJ, but finding a headliner cloth that matches the OEM 5.9 cloth is nearly impossible
 

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I need to do the headliner in the 5.9, but really don't feel like pulling it or doing the work. actually considering paying someone else to do it at this point. I've already done the headliner in my old ZJ, but finding a headliner cloth that matches the OEM 5.9 cloth is nearly impossible
Its not just a grey color? (Don't know anything about 5.9l trim packages.)
You know as well as I its not the work involved in the headliner but the intimidation before starting. The work isn't hard, just kinda stressful in preserving all the plastic and the board.
 

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It’s a much much darker grey that was only in the 5.9s. If I’m going to do it myself and not pay someone to do it, that means finding something that matches 100%.
 

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Are there any specialty tools that would be helpful in removing all the plastic trim? I have to redo my headliner also. I'm worried about breaking the plastic trim pieces.
 

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I will post pics when I get to the project. I think I will put a layer of thin foam "batting", then my fabric. I don't like any of the foam-backed fabric I've been able to find and it gets VERY HOT here in the sunny south - I think it will serve as slight insulation, as well.
How about some pictures of your Jeep?
 

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Phillips screwdriver and a T50 torx head for the seatbelt bolts.
Ok I was wondering if any tools for pulling plastic clips off. That crap always snaps off :devil:
Im going to wait for warm weather if we ever get any. plastic more pliable then.
 

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Phillips screwdriver and a T50 torx head for the seatbelt bolts.
Ok I was wondering if any tools for pulling plastic clips off. That crap always snaps off <img src="http://www.cherokeetalk.com/forum/images/smilies//23015497.devilsmiley011.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Devil" class="inlineimg" />
Im going to wait for warm weather if we ever get any. plastic more pliable then.
Never hurts to have a panel puller or a crows foot.
 

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This thread answered almost all my questions about replacing my headliner with regular fabric, except: Why does the original headliner have foam? Is it for insulation or ease of installation? And, has anyone tried putting down a thin layer of batting before using a regular fabric to solve both those problems? I have a '99 Cherokee with only 107K miles on it! I'm slowly fixing the cosmetic problems. TIA
The headliner on my 92 cherokee began sagging away from the foam. I bought some spray adhesive and stayed the foam from the side and pressed the sagging parts back onto the foam. Worked for about two weeks with 260 a.c. also when it was up wrinkles where hard to avoid because the liner stretched. I just put a flag up until I could get a better fix.
 
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