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Old 08-03-2015, 11:57 PM
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Flooring options

First off, a little back story as to how the question came up. When I first got the jeep I tore out all the carpet because it was old and already tearing apart. This past weekend me and my wife went camping and since I don't have any carpet in the jeep, the heat from the transmission and exhaust came right through the floor and heated the jeep like an oven. I was wondering what other people have done to keep the heat out of the cab. I'm not against putting carpet back in, but I would like to have access to the drain holes. And when I took the factory carpet out, there was rust on the drivers floor pan. So of I put carpet back in, I need to be able to keep water from pooling up under the carpet

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First off I would take care of the rust, if it's just surface that it should be easy to fix. Just sand down the rust until you have bare metal and then a few coats primer, a few coats paint, and if you want it looking good then a few clear coats. (Yes, rattle can spray paint is fine).

Then I would recommend putting some new carpet back in since that will keep the heat out.

Otherwise you could maybe spray Bedliner or something in it, but I'm not a big fan of people doing that plus it adds quite a bit of weight to it apparently.

Also, water won't be pooling under the carpet so long as you don't get water in the jeep, that's kinda the rule for maintaining carpet in a jeep.

The first thing that I would do though is to get rid of the rust on the floor pans. It'll look better it'll stop the rust from expanding and it'll give you a chance to have some nice quality Jeep time. Then once you've repainted the floor you can decide what to do about the heat situation.

And don't just paint over the rust remove it otherwise it just rusts from the inside out if it gets painted over and it makes the paint look bubbly. Way too many people just paint over rust and then regret it later on which is why I mentioned this.

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You might want to ck this out.

I'm going to use it on the tub and hardtop interior.
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First off I would take care of the rust, if it's just surface that it should be easy to fix. Just sand down the rust until you have bare metal and then a few coats primer, a few coats paint, and if you want it looking good then a few clear coats. (Yes, rattle can spray paint is fine). Then I would recommend putting some new carpet back in since that will keep the heat out. Otherwise you could maybe spray Bedliner or something in it, but I'm not a big fan of people doing that plus it adds quite a bit of weight to it apparently. Also, water won't be pooling under the carpet so long as you don't get water in the jeep, that's kinda the rule for maintaining carpet in a jeep. The first thing that I would do though is to get rid of the rust on the floor pans. It'll look better it'll stop the rust from expanding and it'll give you a chance to have some nice quality Jeep time. Then once you've repainted the floor you can decide what to do about the heat situation. And don't just paint over the rust remove it otherwise it just rusts from the inside out if it gets painted over and it makes the paint look bubbly. Way too many people just paint over rust and then regret it later on which is why I mentioned this.
clear coat your floors?? seems like a major waste of time seeing that crap will scrape off the first time you ride in it, not sure why you hate bedliner?!? Have you lifted 4 spray cans of bedliner? That's how much it weighs, minus all the metal from the can so we are talking maybe a pound?!? And who doesn't get water in jeeps? Hell just the water snow slush of Michigan soaks my floors. Maybe in Arizona I suppose!!
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Scuff the paint. Wipe down with acetone. And bedline it. I used duplicolor bed armor aerosol. It's worked great for 2 years. Then install carpet again to keep heat down
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Old 08-04-2015, 10:28 PM
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Scuff the paint. Wipe down with acetone. And bedline it. I used duplicolor bed armor aerosol. It's worked great for 2 years. Then install carpet again to keep heat down
How does the bedline do with keeping heat out? I have thought about doing the duplicolor bedline.

Biohazard, I understand how to properly maintain carpet, but I'm not one to shy away from a mud puddle, even if I don't have the top and doors on. And like mijeeper said, even with just the melt of snow it soaks my floors
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How does the bedline do with keeping heat out? I have thought about doing the duplicolor bedline. Biohazard, I understand how to properly maintain carpet, but I'm not one to shy away from a mud puddle, even if I don't have the top and doors on. And like mijeeper said, even with just the melt of snow it soaks my floors
It does a piss poor job of keeping heat out and heat in I have bedliner and run floor mats. I'll probably buy carpet this year
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clear coat your floors?? seems like a major waste of time seeing that crap will scrape off the first time you ride in it, not sure why you hate bedliner?!? Have you lifted 4 spray cans of bedliner? That's how much it weighs, minus all the metal from the can so we are talking maybe a pound?!? And who doesn't get water in jeeps? Hell just the water snow slush of Michigan soaks my floors. Maybe in Arizona I suppose!!
Wow, thanks for the critique bro.
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Im doing both. I already have bedliner sprayed on the floors but like to also try to keep the heat out. I purchased a carpet kit (pro line) from quadratec and it dosnt fit well. I can use the rear section but not the tubs ( just doesnt fit or cover right) and middle section. The 2 front pieces need a few inches of material added in the middle to reach the sides of the floor ( yeah, sounds like work) to make it decent. But before that, like others have said need to make sure no leaks. I left my jeep out the other day and it rained. Had a small amount of water on both front floors. Frustrating because I have a new windshield seal, new soft top, and cowl seams were sealed before painting the jeep. Has to be the vent ( drain is clean ) or it slipped thru the seal. Anyway, it will get fixed before carpet goes in. Good luck
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If I do end up doing carpet I will probably get a bedrug. But like I said before I wanna have access to my drain holes so I'm not vacuuming out water haha. So maybe I will drill holes where the plugs are
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Installing a Poison Spyder hood vent significantly reduced in cab temps. My heavy YJ already has insulation and carpet. Installing the Poison Spyder hood vent also felt like adding 15hp. I think the computer changed the timing which gave the feel of additional power.

I had replaced the water pump, radiator and fan clutch before installing the hood vent. The hood vent solved my issue of overheating on the freeway. It also made the wife comfortable on the trail due to significant heat reduction.
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Installing a Poison Spyder hood vent significantly reduced in cab temps. My heavy YJ already has insulation and carpet. Installing the Poison Spyder hood vent also felt like adding 15hp. I think the computer changed the timing which gave the feel of additional power.

I had replaced the water pump, radiator and fan clutch before installing the hood vent. The hood vent solved my issue of overheating on the freeway. It also made the wife comfortable on the trail due to significant heat reduction.
Interesting, I too want to get rid of some of that heat. Was thinking about some side hood vents and using some sort of heat shield. The carpet with insulation will come next after its close to being leak proof.
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Installing a Poison Spyder hood vent significantly reduced in cab temps. My heavy YJ already has insulation and carpet. Installing the Poison Spyder hood vent also felt like adding 15hp. I think the computer changed the timing which gave the feel of additional power. I had replaced the water pump, radiator and fan clutch before installing the hood vent. The hood vent solved my issue of overheating on the freeway. It also made the wife comfortable on the trail due to significant heat reduction.
curious how this makes the cab cooler?!? Do tell plz!!
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curious how this makes the cab cooler?!? Do tell plz!!
Excess heat exits up through the hood instead of being absorbed into the firewall.
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curious how this makes the cab cooler?!? Do tell plz!!
After thinking about this, it probably acts similar to a blazing hot attic? Installing soffit vents or gable vents in a roof? An escape for the hot air. I'm no genius or engineer, but makes sense.
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A 1" bl helps too
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A 1" bl helps too
This my be a dumb question but what is a bl?
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This my be a dumb question but what is a bl?
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Installing a Poison Spyder hood vent significantly reduced in cab temps. My heavy YJ already has insulation and carpet. Installing the Poison Spyder hood vent also felt like adding 15hp. I think the computer changed the timing which gave the feel of additional power.

I had replaced the water pump, radiator and fan clutch before installing the hood vent. The hood vent solved my issue of overheating on the freeway. It also made the wife comfortable on the trail due to significant heat reduction.
WCJeep? Are you in Walnut Creek? Just curious...if so, I'm a neighbor.
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Excess heat exits up through the hood instead of being absorbed into the firewall.
This is exactly what happens. When at full operating temp I can feel lots of heat being pushed out of the hood from the engine fan. The Poison Spyder hood comes with two cut lines. The second line is for maximum cooling. The second line also cuts into the structural integrity of the hood. I did not find the second cut line necessary.

I used to have a heat sink problem. When worked hard on the trail. The Jeep would occasionally spit/sputter if I kicked it into neutral. This could also happen on the freeway/highway when exiting. Intermittent problems are not fun to find. After the hood vent install I have not experienced the heat sink issue. I have no idea if gas mileage was affected. Probably not? The Jeep is 99% trail driven. The weight is constantly varying depending on the length of trail.
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I hate carpet in the YJ. Mine was trashed anyhow so out it came.
I also am not a big fan of hard to clean bed lined interiors.

I went with Husky molded floor liners.
They catch rain and dirt very effectively and the nubs underneath create an air space that allows any water to drain and dry, and also insulates and the liner itself is a great heat shield. I was worried that the floor heat would be unbearable but its actually not a factor with these.




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