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Old 05-01-2009, 06:30 AM   #1
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TJ Carpet Installation Tips

I just bought a new set of carpet for my TJ. What is the best way to install it so it doesn't get all balled up where the ovelaps meet eachother? The instructions said to use spray adhesive. Is that the best way to do it? I never thought spray adhesive worked too good for anything. The carpet that is in it now looks terrible, because where the pieces are supposed to overlap eachother, it is all rolled up in a ball & you can see the metal floor. I thought of using velcro or metal snaps to hold the overlaps together. I am concerned that if I only use spray adhesive, the carpet will pull up when I vacuum it. I am sure that alot of you have been faced with the same problem. So, what works?

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Old 05-01-2009, 07:16 AM   #2
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Best thing to do with new carpet for a TJ is return it and get your money back! Wranglers don't need no stinkin' carpet!

Roll on bedliner is your friend!

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i think the velcro would work the best. metal snaps will just make the carpet rip. the metal snaps that are on my carpet rip a little every time someone pulls the carpet w. their foot.
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first thing i did when i got my tj... pull out the carpet.... second thing was put down bed liner lol
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There are some great heavy-duty velcro/velcro-type materials out there with sticky backing. I recommend you actually Gorilla glue the part that sticks to the carpetback so it won't come off every time you lift the carpet. Def my first choice if I were doing that! You have to be able to pull the carpet up (cleaning, draining, finding loose change for parking meters, etc)

What'd you get, a berber, a deep pile shag, astroturf?
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What'd you get, a berber, a deep pile shag, astroturf?
i think it was bear skin.
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Old 05-01-2009, 10:10 AM   #7
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This is the one that I bought.
eBay Motors: Jeep Wrangler TJ 97-06 Carpet dark charcoal(new) (item 260401736231 end time May-01-09 18:19:12 PDT)
It isn't a very deep pile. Pretty much like the factory carpet. I like the idea about the Gorilla Glue. I didn't think of that. I recently bought some heavy duty velcro at Lowes to replace the velcro on the rollup tonneau cover on my Tacoma, & so far it has worked good.
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What ever you do, DO NOT glue the carpet down! Carpet in a Wrangler is removable for a reason. There are drain plugs under the carpet which allow water to drain out and allow for the washing of the interior should it get really trashed. Gluing down the carpet makes it impossible to use the drain plugs.
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Old 05-01-2009, 12:57 PM   #9
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JWM... someone stole yer seats... and yer carpet... and yer top... Lucky for you I have just acquired a set for sale! What a coincidence! (see craigslist)
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JWM... someone stole yer seats... and yer carpet... and yer top... Lucky for you I have just acquired a set for sale! What a coincidence! (see craigslist)
LOL Nice!
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i am doing the same thing i just bought marina grade carpet i am off to lowes to buy the velcro this is the same carpet i have in my boat so its good stuff
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Old 07-20-2009, 01:20 PM   #13
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sorry to bump this but to the OP did you install your carpet? looking to put one in my jeep as well and could use some pointers.
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I just re-did mine and i found that double sided tape works well also. I also used spray adhesive and velcro, seems like some spots work better with different type of adhesive.

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Bedliner is your friend, but carpet has it's perks as well, I prefer both. I've found the best way to install your carpet is to use no adhesive or snaps. Utilizing an awl, you should layout the carpet and locate where your bolts will be going through for your seats, seatbelts, console, ect. Once you have found the holes under the carpet, use the awl to punch through the carpet, once you go to reinstall everything, the bolts and console and seat risers will hold your carpet down more than adequately than any adhesive or snaps will. Plus it's a lot less messy than using snaps or glue. It's up to you on whether you want to unbolt the rollbar, I wouldn't suggest it in the middle hoop bolt points, but maybe on the back fenders, as there is very little on those fenders to hold the carpet on place.
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i think the velcro would work the best. metal snaps will just make the carpet rip. the metal snaps that are on my carpet rip a little every time someone pulls the carpet w. their foot.
Velcro is available with permanent adhesive. And get a good brand if you want the adhesive to last. Most retail store Velcro has temporary or low quality permanent adhesive. Try a decorator's supply house for good quality product.
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What's wrong with having it sit the way the factory one did? Mine has been in and out several times and it has not rolled up or moved in any way.
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Bedliner is your friend, but carpet has it's perks as well, I prefer both. I've found the best way to install your carpet is to use no adhesive or snaps. Utilizing an awl, you should layout the carpet and locate where your bolts will be going through for your seats, seatbelts, console, ect. Once you have found the holes under the carpet, use the awl to punch through the carpet, once you go to reinstall everything, the bolts and console and seat risers will hold your carpet down more than adequately than any adhesive or snaps will. Plus it's a lot less messy than using snaps or glue. It's up to you on whether you want to unbolt the rollbar, I wouldn't suggest it in the middle hoop bolt points, but maybe on the back fenders, as there is very little on those fenders to hold the carpet on place.
Mine had snaps on it. My carpet ripped badly. So I just pulled all the carpet out. Tired of it ripping not mention how horrorible it smelled after a few trips in a creek.
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speaking of this..i need to rip my carpet out of the front and toss it....the back has been out for a while now.
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speaking of this..i need to rip my carpet out of the front and toss it....the back has been out for a while now.
Glad to hear it.
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Glad to hear it.
Was a little worried about the heat coming thru the floor....But seems winter is just about upon us...so a little extra heat would be a good thing
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Was a little worried about the heat coming thru the floor....But seems winter is just about upon us...so a little extra heat would be a good thing
Yeah indeed. Infact I've never had a problem with heat except for the rear comparment.
The heat upfront is/was barely noticable with sandals on.
But I'll let you know if my feet do get burned though.
And where are you from ParaCAD?
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Yeah indeed. Infact I've never had a problem with heat except for the rear comparment.
The heat upfront is/was barely noticable with sandals on.
But I'll let you know if my feet do get burned though.
And where are you from ParaCAD?
Are you questioning my Floridian-ness and our lack of a real winter???

lol....I'm in flip flops year round (minus the work place) and I can take the heat, love the summer heat, no problem here in FL.
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Didn't know where you were from.
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I'm looking at carpeting for mine as well - it already has the bedliner, but with the soft top and half doors, I'm wondering how cold the car will be in the Chicago winters. I'm not sure when or how they rolled or sprayed in the bedliner, but they went right over some of the drain plugs when they did it! My old jeep had a hard top and full doors, plus carpet and I never had a problem.
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i'm bumping this only cause I'm curious. If i line my TJ with raptor or herculiner how hard is it to take everything out? I'm sure the seats just bolt out right? no biggie there. What about that middle console/cup holders thing? That looks like a pain in the butt! thanks

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