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Old 04-01-2012, 06:13 PM   #1
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Installing new carpet in my 98, is it difficult?

The carpet in my 1998 wrangler is beat, stained and worn. I think that I want to replace it, but didn't know if it was difficult, and which brand to buy. Quadratec has at least four different types ranging from $199-$275.

Any insight or recommendations would be helpful. I am assuming the center console, front seats and rear bench need to come out.....but do the seat tracks have to come out. Anything else??

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Old 04-01-2012, 06:16 PM   #2
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I would just bed line it it's pretty simple and more off road friendly
This is what mine looks like

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Old 04-02-2012, 12:01 AM   #3
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no it's not hard at all if you take all the seats out and get some of the spray that you have to use on carpet. "cut as you go". it is sort of like tinting windows put the spray down just where you are laying it at that point and then move on and put a little more down and keep moving. good luck
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:25 AM   #4
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I have a 98 as well. Before you buy a new carpet, try pressure washing it. Just be carefull with the nozzle distance, you can separate some of the carpet strings. How do I know this? uh huh. Seriously though, it was easy to do.
Only have to unscrew the center console (not remove). You do have to pull out the back seat if your doing all of it, but the front seats can stay in. Some plastic hold down tabs are up along the firewall, so get a flashlight and find them, they pull right out. If the carpet doesn't pull out, just figure out what it's stuck on. You don't want to just go yanking on it and have a tear.
I used some mildew soap for the pressure washer mix. Gen purpose type for vinyl siding, but heck you could use laundry detergent (no bleach), just need soap. Pull the carpet out, hose em down, soap em down, wait a bit, then pressure wash the buggers. I was very surprised at the outcome. Let them sit overnight outside to drain and dry out. Saved me from buying new carpet that the wife wanted and I didn't. Mine are light gray again .
BTW, mine has lived through two kids. It was mostly brown and black in color and I swear some things were breeding in it as well. I thought there was no way it could be salvaged.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:19 AM   #5
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I just recarpeted my '97 TJ. Used a black carpet from 4WD. The only quality issue is that the area around the fender humps was not formed to fit snugly. You will need to remove the seats. In the process, I also removed all the brackets relating to the rear seat since I didn't want to reinstall the seat. The console will have to be unfastened but not removed. The can of spray adhesive was not enough so I bought a can of Permatex 200 which held the carpet down better. If I had to do it over, I would just use the better spray adhesive. I also installed seat covers. I have a sauna at my house so I put the seat covers in it and set the temperature at 125 degrees and they slipped on easily.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:21 AM   #6
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Thanks for the input! I may go that avenue. Just also like the idea of going from grey to black.

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