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Old 06-12-2011, 10:35 AM   #1
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Carpet or no carpet

Suggestions please... I have an 05 TJ X thinking about taking the carpet out I drive it on a daily bases and I have 2 children under 4 that like to make a mess. So what are your suggestions carpet or no carpet?

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Rhinoline the tub, makes it look nice and easy to clean.

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I like my carpet in. I've never had an issue cleaning it either. I even managed to get deer blood out of the back of my YJ.
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I took my carpet out when I got my Jeep. It had gotten wet and smelled pretty bad. I have rubber floor mats and that is it. I have kids also and the clean up is simple.
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Rhinoline the tub, makes it look nice and easy to clean.
How hard and how much money is that to do?
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Professionally done its around 600 i believe. If you want to diy its a lot less, I forget how much the gallon is, you just have to remove everything inside and sand the tub really well and paint away a few coats. There are a bunch of threads about it they would give you a lot more info than I could. Just use the search function and a bunch should pop up. . I haven't personally done it, but plan to do it soon myself and save some money.
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Old 06-12-2011, 10:57 AM   #7
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Mine is U-Pol Raptor lined and I love everything about it, the look, the texture and the ease of cleaning... Had a buddy with a compressor spray it for me. The kit runs about $100, and prep isn't really that bad, three of us removed the interior stuff and scuffed/washed/degreased it in an afternoon. He sprayed one coat that night I think and the next coat the next day...
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Old 06-12-2011, 10:59 AM   #8
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How hard and how much money is that to do?
I'm partial to line x but all preference. Either route the outcome is based on how well prep and applied. So if your dd and want to last I recommend professional unless you have a knack for things like that.

You want it applied hot bc get better life of product. And only pro can do that.
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Old 06-12-2011, 11:06 AM   #9
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Wheres the best place to buy this at?
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Old 06-12-2011, 11:07 AM   #10
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I'm doing my TJ with HERCULINER next week so I'll let you know how it goes. The 1 gallon kit is on sale at Pep Boys for $69
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Old 06-12-2011, 01:19 PM   #12
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We don't have carpet in either Jeep and like it that way. I don't like carpet period, not in my car, not in my house. I think it's gross. The only 'problem' is that the JK has all these stupid ruts under where the carpet used to be, not sure what the point is but they are just dirt troughs. Neither has been rhino-lined just out of laziness but cleaning is a breeze
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We don't have carpet in either Jeep and like it that way. I don't like carpet period, not in my car, not in my house. I think it's gross. The only 'problem' is that the JK has all these stupid ruts under where the carpet used to be, not sure what the point is but they are just dirt troughs. Neither has been rhino-lined just out of laziness but cleaning is a breeze

off topic but this is where my useless knowledge comes into action. I watched an episode of extreme 4x4 (i think?) once on spike. I think I remember them saying on the show that the more bends you put in sheet metal, the more strength and rigidity it gives to the panels. So maybe thats the reason for the ruts? Then again they were also trying to advertise a tool that bends sheet metal
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Well I just found out in another thread just a second ago that it's supposed to be heat shielding: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/interior-96166.html

handy info you shared though!
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Personal choice, but I like my TJ with carpet and I have 4 boys. It teaches them to clean up after themselves.
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No factory carpet my Jeep-
but have small (maybe 18" x 24") black rug on trans tunnel/under shifter and console.

Got tired of heat from this area cooking mine and passenger's feet. Rug cheap at discount store-less than $10. Still have drain plugs out, floor lined, and rubber mats-but water, snow, mud, whatever, no issue now.
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I just lined mine this week in 1 1/2 days including prep. About $90 believe me If I can do it anyone can, I didn't remove the seats or console. I taped off what I didn't want painted, rolled and sprayed with a can. jj
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I yanked my carpet out, sanded the floor and used truck Duplicolor rattlecan bed liner and it's been great for a few years now.
With my rugged manly lifestyle the floor was always wet, nasty and funky. I also pulled the drain plugs and never put them back in.
I hose it out every now and then.
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I just lined mine this week in 1 1/2 days including prep. About $90 believe me If I can do it anyone can, I didn't remove the seats or console. I taped off what I didn't want painted, rolled and sprayed with a can. jj
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yank it out right now, bedlining my tub was the best mod to my jeep ive done, and most people on here will tell you the same..spill somthing in it? get it muddy? grab a water hose and spray it out ;]
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yank it out right now, bedlining my tub was the best mod to my jeep ive done, and most people on here will tell you the same..spill somthing in it? get it muddy? grab a water hose and spray it out ;]
How different is noise? I do a lot of highway driving. What about heat on floor? Get hot?
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How different is noise? I do a lot of highway driving. What about heat on floor? Get hot?
see previous post for heat/rug
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I got rid of my old carpet and just replaced it with some cheap indoor outdoor carpet from walmart. I figure for 20 bucks I can have brand new carpet yearly and takes me about 20 min to do.
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Was your line x or rhinolined? And you didn't reference noise that I saw.
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I like carpet in mine too...not hot on your feet
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I ripped my carpet out and sprayed the floors with rustoleum truck bed liner. It was only like $50 dollars for all the materials I used. Its honestly not the toughest stuff out there but it was quick and easy and I like that it doesn't have a super rough texture plus its super easy to touch up. As for the heat yeah the floor board right by the gear shifter does tend to get kinda warm but nothing to serious. If your careful when your take your carpet out you can always just keep it then try the floor liner if you don't like the results just throw your carpet back in and never know the difference while at the same time protecting your tub from rust.
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i took my carpet out and herculined it. Turned out really nice. Must say though, on very long drives it gets really, really hot for your feet there. especially if you have your drain plugs pulled.
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Not the best pic (was of another mod I'm working on), but you can see the Monstaliner in this pic a bit.



I can get some as my TJ is with me at work.

I will say this: Removing the carpets DOES make the TJ noisier and the floorboards WILL feel warmer after driving a bit. Nothing major, but don't think it will be as quiet or cool. I have rubber mats I leave on the floorboards and that seems to keep the heat on the feet at bay. I rarely drive in anything but tennis shoes, dress shoes, or hiking boots, so the heat doesn't really bother me.

The Monstaliner has held up well to the humidity we have here in Alabama. It has handled the cold/wet winter we had as well. It has been handing my daily driving just fine and it cleans up real well still (though it needs it right now! ).

For those wanting to see it with a tan interior, here is how mine is. Keep in mind, I wanted a tan/black interior and why I have a black Tuffy.





I normally have black seat covers on, so here is how they look with the setup:



This area of the tub I lined because it had gotten torn up previously and I honestly liked the look. After a year of putting the duster on and off (as well as the windows), this area still looks great.



As mentioned, rolling it on is no biggie. To me it serves several good purposes:
- lets you understand how the Jeep is put together, making future work easier.
- lets you see where the issues are (rust, dents, etc) so you can address before they get covered up
- a LOT cheaper
- satisfaction in doing it yourself

The key IS the prep work. Scuffed up interior that is properly cleaned is key. If it is not sufficiently scuffed and it has oil/wax residues, the stuff you apply will not stay. Period. This is by far the longest portion of the work, but the most important. I did mine over a weekend and had my wife and son out there with me. That made it both easier AND a fun family activity.



Where we scuffed too much or where I had any bit of rust I applied a rust specific paint from Monstaliner (called Chassis Saver).



Once it was all applied (I did 4 or 5 layers on the floor, tub rails, and door sills where it will see the most abuse) I let it cure for a week (I have another vehicle I can drive) before even putting the seats back in. Part of the curing process was to spritz it with water (it actually helps the process!) so every night after work I'd go into the garage and spray the Jeep down inside with water.

One year later, the liner is still solid and looking great.

I don't have to worry about smelly carpets when it rains. I just tilt my seats forward to keep the seats dry. I just pull the plugs and I'm good to go.
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How is the heat that comes off of the floor I stil have carpet and i dnt want any more heat I heard the carpet helps keep the heat away yet I still feel it .. Will it get cooler with line x ????

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