My Jeep is a daily driver that has been recently restored. The tub is rhino lined, but I thought the carpet might give it a much more finished look. I bought the carpet already, but need second and third opinions before I install it...
How likely is it that you'll ever have the top off in a storm? That would be my consideration. If it's like my CJ, and spends its evenings in a garage and is primarily driven on sunny days and when the roads are dry, I think you'll be fine.
I know it's lined, but even with that I'd be hesitant to have carpet in there if your interior will ever see water.
If there's a remote chance that the interior will get wet, I wouldn't do it. If you have a hard top that doesn't come off, don't go traipsing in the mud or water, in short, keep it on the roads, sure why not.
For MY Jeep, it would be a disaster. It's what you do that best answers your question,
I'd rather be lost on the trails than found at home!
I'm doing a total restoration on my cj8 as we speak and I've asked myself the same question. My final answer is this... It's a JEEP, it's meant for the sunny days, beach, rain, no top or doors! Built it to last not for it to look pretty! No carpet just spray liner, just my opinion, good luck
I have owned my CJ for 30 years and have tried it both ways.
Carpets, hands down.
Quieter, cooler in the summer/warmer in the winter. I use remnants that can be easily removed for cleaning. Properly trimmed, they are hard to distinguish from stock. If your going to mount them, I would recommend using rubber mats to keep the mud and water from getting into them.
i am restoring a 84 cj7 and installed the crapet kit. it has a hard top will not likely ever be rained in "but" in hind sight i should have simply got some really nice floor mats and that would have been better. this is a "no rust jeep" and the floor area still has the original paint in good condition. i used the spray adhesive to mount the carpet kit, got cold feet after a week and thought ill just take it out. wrong, that spray shreds the felt jupe backing and i have a major project to remove it with acetone. just use removeable mats!