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Unread 01-21-2013, 08:02 PM   #1
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CJ7 Rugged Ridge Floor Mats trouble

Hey guys i just really bought this Rugged Ridge floor liners and everything fits perfectly and beauifuly! They make my CJ7 look even cooler than before but the driver side floor liner doesnt have the cut-out for the high beam button that locatedon the upper left corner. im sure that goes their. So does anyone know how i can make my own cut-out and make it look clean and professional? please help and thanks!

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Unread 01-21-2013, 09:43 PM   #2
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I would find a piece of metal tube or similar and sharpen the edge to use as a punch to make a clean cut through the liner.
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Get a electrical knock-out puller.Electricians will have them.Made by Greenlee. What Vacj7 says will also work
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I used a Uni-bit that is designed for drilling into sheet metal to make the hole. Lowe's, Home Depot have them and are made by Irwin.
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I sure hope your not on the side of the road with this type of trouble, lol, sounds like it could be terminal
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I sure hope your not on the side of the road with this type of trouble, lol, sounds like it could be terminal

I was thinking the same thing.

OP, it's a rubber mat. You need a 1" hole in it. I bet you can figure it out.

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Unread 01-22-2013, 07:07 AM   #7
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I don't see why it is necessary to poke fun at the OP just because his question is not "tech". He asked for help because he did not want to screw up something he spent good money on. One could say "I bet you can figure it out" to many questions here but why?
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I don't see why it is necessary to poke fun at the OP just because his question is not "tech". He asked for help because he did not want to screw up something he spent good money on. One could say "I bet you can figure it out" to many questions here but why?
Sorry. You are correct. My apologies to the OP.

I'd probably put a dab of paint, or nail polish, on the top of the high beam button. Then put the mat in place before the paint dries. This will mark the location of the button on the bottom of the mat. Then I'd probably drill the hole using a 1-1/4" spade or paddle bit from the bottom side.

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Unread 01-22-2013, 07:51 AM   #9
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LOL @ Matt. Always stirring up trouble

OP - depending on the quality of the mat, (no pun intended), you might also quickly blaze the edges of your cut-out with a lighter to help firm them up so it's harder to tear from where you punched. Sorta like when you blaze the edge of a freshly cut backpack strap or whatever.
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When I get home from my current business trip on Thursday, I can measure where the hole location is on the mat and post it here if you wish. Along with some photographs too.

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When I get home from my current business trip on Thursday, I can measure where the hole location is on the mat and post it here if you wish. Along with some photographs too.

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Can't beat that for help.I'd like to see the mat.Heard about them but never seen one installed
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When I get home from my current business trip on Thursday, I can measure where the hole location is on the mat and post it here if you wish. Along with some photographs too.

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VACJ7 and Keith thanks so much for the help you 2, and well for the other guys thanks for your point of view on helping another jeeper!

Keith i would greatly appreciate it if you do put up some pics that way i do get a good image of it. Enjoy your trip!
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I would find a piece of metal tube or similar and sharpen the edge to use as a punch to make a clean cut through the liner.
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Get a electrical knock-out puller.Electricians will have them.Made by Greenlee. What Vacj7 says will also work
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I used a Uni-bit that is designed for drilling into sheet metal to make the hole. Lowe's, Home Depot have them and are made by Irwin.
Thanks all of you guys for all your feedback and ideas. ima look into all 3 ideas and see which one would be best for me. and keith ill love to see them floor mats
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Unread 01-22-2013, 09:34 PM   #14
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Think about unscrewing the switch from the floorboard, treating the area with paint/rust remover etc, and then mounting the switch on top of and through the mat... Just saying.
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Unread 01-23-2013, 04:23 AM   #15
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Keith i would greatly appreciate it if you do put up some pics that way i do get a good image of it. Enjoy your trip!
I don't have the Rugged Ridge or maybe they are, but it is the same that other places sell. Mine have the "Jeep" logo and they are good looking mats that fit well. I saw them in a Jeep CJ years ago at a local Jeep show in Harleysville, PA

Pictured below are the mats I have and I think these are the ones you are referring too.







It's a little hard to see the switch poking out of the mat in the second picture.
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