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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-28-2007, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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Good Lord, my carpets are trashed. Those pics were taken three days after I got the TJ. They are now a darker shade of brown and black. They're coming out later this week for a good cleaning, but they probably will not go back in since I get out of school in a week and that means non-stop muddin' until August.
In the interest of keeping things organized.....new thread.

I have the inside of my CJ Durabaked...Overall I love it...low (no) maintenance, easy to clean....but...a bit noisy. In the summer time when crawling on the trails at .005MPH, you can get quite a bit of heat radiated up through the floor.

So now I'm kicking around the idea of putting carpet back in. I kinda liked the old factory setup..front and rear were separate pieces, easy to pull out and clean...but didn't do a very good job of staying in place. Water ws not an issue....my floor plugs have not been in for over 13 years...and no plans to put them in.

So...to carpet or not to carpet...if carpet, one piece non-removable or removable?

So...what do the rest of you think...

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I like the carpet for the heat reduction. I would go with the two piece. I take mine out a couple times a year to clean it, and like the two piece.
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Just one of those personal preference things. My preference is no carpet. I'd think definitely two peice (minimum) removable for a Jeep used off road much if you carpet. Takes too long for it to dry out in place if it gets soaked. While rust might not be an issue with a good floor coating mold and mildew might be.

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Just one of those personal preference things. I'd think definitely two peice (minimum) removable for a Jeep used off road much. Takes too long for it to dry out in place if it gets soaked. While rust might not be an issue with a good floor coating mold and mildew might be.
I did a Rhino lining in mine. Just wear you put your feet at mainly. The rest is body color. The rhino gives ya little spongy feel but cleans up easily and to me looks good.
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I did a Rhino lining in mine. Just wear you put your feet at mainly. The rest is body color. The rhino gives ya little spongy feel but cleans up easily and to me looks good.
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Did the Rino lining help cut down on the noise and heat tranfer? I am thinking about using Line-X for my 8 but don't have a clue for price. Are we talking a couple of hundred dollars?

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Humm...
  • Rust,
  • Or no Rust?

Toss the carpets, or use removable floor mats.
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That is what is nice about durobak, hurculiner, etc: no rust at all. Unless you drop a running grinder on it, it aint coming off

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  • Rust,
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Toss the carpets, or use removable floor mats.
I'm going to do the Herculiner this summer and then just run with the floormats in it until winter. I'll put the carpet back in for winter for insulation under my feet.

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I was a big hurculiner fan but recently have been hearing of several people having adheasion problems. So any further coating in my drive will be done with Duraback.

As for with/without,,, I liked my carpets, but they were falling apart and it is awfully nice to be able to just wash the floor out. Hard to beat it..

Ya only go around once, best to enjoy it the first trip.
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Adhesion is a matter of clean, clean, clean, and etch. If you cut corners, you lose.

BTW: get a dark color, my light grey stains like a 2yr old's white shirt

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