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Old 12-17-2009, 10:40 PM   #1
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thinking about ditching the carpet

has anybody torn the carpet out and regretted/loved it? if so why?

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Old 12-17-2009, 10:43 PM   #2
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I take mine out in the summer, and put it back in for the winter. I Herculined my tub interior and remove the drain plugs and carpet for the summer for worry free rainy days and easy clean out. It's a little louder w the carpet out, but w/ the top down and/or doors off you don't notice much difference. For the winter I put the drain plugs and carpet back in as it quiets it down a bit and helps provide some warmth.

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Old 12-17-2009, 10:45 PM   #3
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well on monday i am ripping it out and putting herculiner down and ill let you know how that goes, if you havent decided by then wether or not to do it?
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I take mine out in the summer, and put it back in for the winter. I Herculined my tub interior and remove the drain plugs and carpet for the summer for worry free rainy days and easy clean out. It's a little louder w the carpet out, but w/ the top down and/or doors off you don't notice much difference. For the winter I put the drain plugs and carpet back in as it quiets it down a bit and helps provide some warmth.
is it somewhat easy to remove and put back in? if its not that bad i think ill do what you were saying
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is it somewhat easy to remove and put back in? if its not that bad i think ill do what you were saying
i was just looking at how to remove the carpet in my service manual i bought for my 02 and it said that i was as simple as removing the retainers connecting it to the dash and the snaps from under the seats.
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Old 12-17-2009, 11:39 PM   #6
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ill have to take a look at it tomorrow
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Takes less than 2 min.

You will have a couple of pop on retainers in the front floor boards. by your feet and two snaps under the front of the seats....the rest just sits in there. some random 2x1'' pieces of velcro hold the rear fender carpet on. All just pulls out.
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Old 12-17-2009, 11:52 PM   #8
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does it come off in one piece or multiple pieces. you said it takes two mins so im assuming you dont have to remove the seats
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6 pieces.

drivers floor
passenger floor
rear floor
drivers rear fender tub
passenger rear fender tub
tub floor....will need to either remover the center rear seat belt or make a small cut.

^^^^for most TJ's.

Some will have a small piece of carpet on the inside of the rocker panel on both the driver and pass sides.

No need to remove the seats.
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:19 AM   #10
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that doesnt sound bad at all. thanks for the info, again
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Old 12-18-2009, 08:39 AM   #11
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Best move is to just grab a piece and start pulling, you will see the button tabs holding it on. Nothing to it and should take about 5 min for the whole thing. If you search on here for Herculiner, there are a number of posts about doing it, including my experience with it. One thing I will caution you on is the smell. I did mine a week before i put the hard top on for winter and its taking a while to air it out. I am super pleased with the results and love the no carpet look. Just cant wait till spring to get the top off and air it out for good.
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Old 12-18-2009, 01:39 PM   #12
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i dont think i wanna line the inside, im not a big fan of that look
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Old 12-18-2009, 05:28 PM   #13
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I took mine out because I roll around topless/doorless a lot here in Florida and it was wet most of the time from the rain. It was starting to get the funk. I used rattlecan bed liner on the tub and took out the plugs and just roll that way now. It's been out about four years now.
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Old 12-18-2009, 07:08 PM   #14
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well ill see what happens when i start going topless. since i live in wa that wont be for another hmm lets see... 8 months
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Took mine carpet out to dry after my interior got soaked after a thunderstorm. Never put it back in and never regretted it.
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Took mine carpet out to dry after my interior got soaked after a thunderstorm. Never put it back in and never regretted it.
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Old 12-18-2009, 08:21 PM   #17
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Now what about your seats? I'm sure they get wet as well...

Are the TJ's interior waterproof like the Toyota FJ Cruisers is? If so my floor is coming out in the summer as well..
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Rust?
I had more rust under my carpet from the carpet getting wet and retaining the moisture while your feet grind dirt and rocks against the paint.

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Now what about your seats? I'm sure they get wet as well...

Are the TJ's interior waterproof like the Toyota FJ Cruisers is? If so my floor is coming out in the summer as well..
I don't know about the FJ, but seat covers work wonders. I also just flip my Husky liners upside down on top of the seats when I park on a questionable day.
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Putting the floor liners on the seat on questionable weather days. Now that's a great idea. I'll try to remember that. I just got my new Quadratec floor liners today. I love them.
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Old 12-18-2009, 11:45 PM   #20
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i didnt even think about the carpet being wet and causing rust. now you guys are making me think about lining it so its probably gonna happen now
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I've taken my carpeting out several times with the intention of leaving it out but the heat radiating up through the floor always forced me to put the carpeting back in. Plus it's DAMNED loud inside the Jeep without the carpeting to help block out noise and stop what noise does make it inside from bouncing around.
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Old 12-19-2009, 12:55 AM   #22
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the heat coming through the floor probably wouldnt be a bad thing up here
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Old 12-19-2009, 02:24 PM   #23
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I pulled my carpet and it's not noticeably louder..turn the radio up until you get it lined (at least that's what I'm doing for now).
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I pulled my carpet and it's not noticeably louder..turn the radio up until you get it lined (at least that's what I'm doing for now).
Sorry but I value my hearing a bit more than that.
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in the summer, i got rid of my gnarly stinky carpet, rhino lined the tub, and haven't looked back since. i am very happy with my decision. it is a little louder in the jeep,but it was never really quiet to begin with.
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Yeah with a catback exhaust system that turns down by the back seat (Borla) it really doesnt matter if carpet is there or not. IMO
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If you get new carpet go for the molded carpet. I put a generic carpet kit in and it's a little funky, it works but it doesn't fit as good as molded.
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If your really running your Wrangler hard and a lot of moisture and mess is coming in, I'd go for taking the carpet right out. The moisture is prolly rotting the carpet over time anyway and It'll prolly get pretty muskey in there if its constantly wet. It can always go back in anyway and you can even buy a replacement set for around $150.
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oh and as far as the noise. I've only really noticed hearing more of the transmission than previously. I don't feel like the road noise has gotten noticably worse, but i also have a soft top so it was already pretty loud in there.
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Old 12-20-2009, 09:13 AM   #30
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cut mine up to put rhino liner in back in april still haven't done it and im not the only one. the only bad thing theres a sticker that says dont remove carpet itll burn you. it gets pretty hot but no burns yet!

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