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Unread 02-15-2002, 04:58 AM   #1
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Noise versus Carpet

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Anyone have any experience going from no carpet to carpet, and can you tell me if there is any reduction in road noise?

I am looking at a carpet kit, but currently running with nothing.

I know a lot of you are off roaders, so this question is really for the few, the unproud, the ones who can only dream of mud.

Seriously though - the carpets are like $140, so I want to make sure I am not kidding myself thinking the truck will be quieter - I know, it a Jeep, but I go a 100 miles a day!


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Unread 02-15-2002, 05:58 AM   #2
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i also have a 87 jeep yj and it had carpet in it when i bought it but i will tell you something man i took my carpet out and could not tell that much of a difference i was going to clean it and put it back in but with what i have experinece just by putting my floor mats down on the bare floor. you will enjoy that just as much as carpet.
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Unread 02-15-2002, 06:37 AM   #3
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Its a Jeep, there isnt much you can do to make it quieter. But it will help a bit. You can also get carpet padding, or the rubber floor to put under the carpet. That will help some too.
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Unread 02-15-2002, 07:45 AM   #4
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Definitely carpet if you want a quieter commute. The carpet not only insulates noise from the drivetrain and tires, it is even more effective in reducing the harmonics bouncing around inside the Jeep.
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Unread 02-15-2002, 09:44 AM   #5
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I didn't notice a noise difference with or without carpet. The factory carpet is pretty thin so I don't think it would make much difference either way. If you're looking for replacement carpet to reduce noise you should probably look for some with plenty of padding, that'll also hold in the heat better in the winter.
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Unread 02-15-2002, 11:08 AM   #6
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The only way to effectivly quiet a Jeep is damping pads or a pamping spray. I own a audio shop and we do this a lot to jeeps! If you put carpet on top of the pamping panels it will then make a difference. Carpet alone is not going to help much. Altough they do make really nice heavy backed carpet now for jeeps. 4WD has some, about 200.00 bucks. If you need info e-mail me at, and i'll help you out.
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Unread 02-15-2002, 10:20 PM   #7
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Forget that $140 you would spend every 2 years. Spend $99 and get a herculiner will last forever.

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Unread 02-15-2002, 10:56 PM   #8
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I'm in the process of preping my tub for the heculiner right now. Once its done I don't know if I'll go back to carpet. If I do I'll put plenty of padding cause it won't matter if it gets wet. Heculiner = no rust...ever
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Unread 02-16-2002, 01:00 AM   #9
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Well from my personal experiece, carpet is the way to go with a hercule liner undernieth it that will reduce the noise greatly, carpet only reduces the noise if it is the good kind, if not then it will not help much, the hurcule liner will allow you to yank out your carpet if you decide to trash it through the mud on the week end, and still have a floor that you can get traction on. It will also allow you to spray out your jeep with the hose to clean it. Either way you go get the ggod carpet or the hurcle kit or both. But don't be cheap if you want a noise reduction.

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