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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-02-2004, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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molded rubber entire floor mat for the Sammy?

Rubber floor mat, like in a Jeep. Custom made specifically for the Samurai. Would cover the entire floor and bed.

Would cost less than a full carpet set.

Would cost less and be easier to install than a bedliner.

Would you be interested?
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 01-02-2004, 10:58 AM
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Yeah. That would be cool! How easy to get it in and out for cleaning? (seat removal required?) What about the floor plugs, would they also be cut through the mat so they would still work for cleanout?

Trying to decide whether to line the bed or not, so this is a timely discussion for me.

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One piece? Two? More? The surface texture is important, too. Too crinkly and they are hard to clean. Not crinkly enough and they are slippery. Thickness, especially in "high traffic" spots is a consideration. Time to install, take out for cleaning, etc. would rank high on the list. Maybe even reversable might be cool if it's possible.
If you're shopping for fabricators, see if it's possible to have some anti-fungal or anti-mildew chemicals added to the mix. Sometimes a wee bit of moisture trapped under certain kinds of rubber and rubber-like compounds will start growing "stuff" really quickly. One of my friends is the guy who "invented" TEVA sandals back in the 80's when we worked together as Colorado River guides. One of his (and everybody's) biggest problems with them early on was that the rubber he used started to stink to high heaven after "xyz" immersions in river water and coatings with beach sand. Man, you could smell an early TEVA a long way off. We used to spend a lot of time scrubbing them to knock back the smell. It was a pain. Eventually he figured out a way to solve that problem. It's something to think about, especially for the "mudder" crowd and others who use their Zukis in wet situations. We have a really pesky leak in our 87 and we have to air out the carpets after each rain greater than .25 inches. What a pain.
Anyway, it's something you'd want to consider before production. Thanks for asking for input and Good Luck!

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Re: molded rubber entire floor mat for the Sammy?

They can trap moisture underneath and be a catalyst for rust. Would definitely be easier than a bedliner. it'd be good for the dogs in the back (more traction).

Hmmmmm... well, maybe.
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Re: molded rubber entire floor mat for the Sammy?

Sounds good to me as well cuz I haven't lined mine yet either and plan to here shortly.
My first worry (not unlike the others) is trapping moisture underneath the matt,

On another note, back when I had carpet at one point I had to leave my zuk parked for about 6 months waiting for repairs, well one day I go out there and low and behold I find that some of my spilled seeds had sprouted and were growing out of my dirt soaked carpet [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]
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well one day I go out there and low and behold I find that some of my spilled seeds had sprouted and were growing out of my dirt soaked carpet


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Re: molded rubber entire floor mat for the Sammy?

Well I remember way back when I built my first sammy, about 6 years ago, you had started your website and company. I also remember you having some really neat products I also believe you had a really nice front bumper for sale then. In fact I think the hood clamps (jeep style)on my new zook was bought from you. The previous owner mentioned them breifly when I bought it. Are any of these new mentioned products from that era?
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I also remember you having some really neat products

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Did you see those really slick Rock Rollers he sold, those were ingenious!
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Re: molded rubber entire floor mat for the Sammy?

Ya, I am interested in one for a factory hardtop without the roll bar cutouts.
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Re: molded rubber entire floor mat for the Sammy?

Got one alraady -herculiner!
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