Re: Removing carpet from a 97 Sidekick - any trick
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You are going to have a heck of a time getting new -flat carpet to go into a Sidekick. The carpet as designed is molded to fit and comes in 2 sections front & back. The rear portion waterfalls down into the rear footwells and you might be able to make a portion of that with flat carpet. But the portion that covers each front footwell, the tunnel and under the front seats will be very tricky to stretch to fit.
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Thanks for the info. The carpet I have is brand new, thin, and extra (I kept it cause I'm a pack-rat and couldn't throw it out). I'll give it a try and see what happens. Worst case - I can't get it to work, I waste a lot of time, and I just put the old carpet back in - it's the padding underneath that needs replacing more than the carpet itself.
If it doesn't work, I'll have to try some junkyards and see if I can get the carpet from them. Mine has grey carpet, but I really want black but don't want to pay the $160 price tag from Quadratec.
I wonder if I could go to a carpet outlet store and get some thin carpet that would work in cars (and lie flat easily)? Actually, now that I think about it - Lowe's or Home Depot sells some black Astroturf-looking carpet cheap. I remember it was thin too. I wonder how that would do?