I live in WA and have taken my carpet out and don't regret it at all. I took a weekend and went wild and stripped the interior and taped things I didn't want lined and roughed up the tub with a little sand paper and herculined the interior. I put the rubber mats when I know things are gonna get dirty. If you want quiet, be sure you've got full doors and a hard top and street tires, otherwise what's the point? I've got a soft top, 37" Krawlers and half doors - it's not a commuter car so I don't worry about any extra noise.
97 TJ 6cyl, 5speed 37" Krawlers on American Racing 17" wheels. (Beadlocks someday)
RE 5.5 Long arm, Currie 9" front and rear with ARB's, Warn hubs and axle shafts, CTM u-joints
Optima Dual Batteries, OR Fab roll cage, custom rock sliders, SMF shorty bumpers front and rear.
My Jeep Site: www.jeffsjeep.com