I want to replace my carpet in my Jeep because it has leaked since i bought it (fixed now, but at least 2 months of leaking when it rains plus how ever long it was leaking with the previous owner.) Eventually ill pull up the carpet anyway to see how much rust there is and to replace the floor pans and rockers.
I have seen people pull up the carpet and bed line the floor, but, IMHO, it looks ugly. I dont like seeing all the dents and frame of the jeep under the bed liner. My aunt said that she had rhino liner on her Jeep when she bought it (hers was kick-***), but i dont remember it looking like the pictures of the other Jeeps i have seen. I think she has it confused with a vinyl flooring.
My question is, has anyone done the vinyl flooring, and how hard is it to install? Is it just remove panels, seats, center console, carpet, and just place it in place of the carpet? the link to the installation video is broken, so i cant see the video they made
It's going to look similar either way and you'll get far more rust protection from bed liner.
If you don't like the look just fix any holes, coat it in POR-15 and then replace the sound deadner and carpet. Team Cherokee sells full replacement carpeting in the factory colors already cut out for under $300.
Either way don't waste your time with vinyl flooring unless you just really like the look. Even then I would do bedliner or POR-15 beneath it just for the sake of protection. There's really no pro side to doing vinyl versus bedliner, however the vinyl is easier to keep clean and wash off over carpeting.
i was reading up on Por 15. Do i need to replace the floor panels if theyre a bit rusted before i apply POR, or can i just lay it on top?
I wouldn't bother unless the floor panels are in really bad shape. Just weld or have someone weld in new sheet metal over holes and repair small holes as needed, clean with a good degreaser and rust neutralizer then por-15 them. It's not going to repair rust damage, but if you've just got surface rust it will keep it from getting worse. It's not a replacement for actual repair.
Just to let you know, just because you've bed lined one side, doesn't mean the other side is safe. If you're not going to bedline the bottom of the jeep, you're only protecting it half way. If you weld in new pieces, por15 both sides of the metal.
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Anytime you remove the carpet and sound deadener beneath it in a car you're going to get a lot more heat in the interior because you've removed the insulation. All the heat comes up through the floor boards from the transmission.
I do like the look if the vinyl. I hate seeing the the rivets and moldings in the metal when you just bed line it. I know the website says to not try and fit the vinyl over the existing carpet because it wont fit. what if i just put the POR and then some thin sound deadening stuff under the vinyl cut out? think i would still fit?