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Old 10-04-2016
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Replacing Vinyl Floor With Carpet

I have a 01 regular cab that i would like to swap the vinyl flooring out for a molded carpet kit. There seams to be so many different ones out there, have any of yall swapped out theres? If so, which kit did you go with?

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I changed my 06 to carpet. I got Auto Custom Carpet molded carpeting. You can find places on eBay that sell it. Fit good and looks good.

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If you want to pinch a few pennies, you can get some indoor/outdoor carpet for cheap, plus some normal household padding to lay in the floor instead. If you know how to work with carpet, you can pull off a look just as good as OEM for much less. The carpet you want is super flexible, and thin; hence indoor/outdoor. 'Waffleback' won't do it.

That's what I did, and I love mine. Did it for 20 bucks.
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@TheArcticWolf1911: Yes, you did yours for $20 and it looks good. But keep in mind that the padding was free... left over from our living room carpet project. If Z7What goes the same route, it will cost him about double what you paid, unless he has some padding laying around also...
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Yeah, that's true. Although if I'm honest, I'd say household padding really isn't the best option, if you're going to buy something specifically for this project. It works, yeah, but something more automotive suited would likely be best.
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@Z7What: I purchased preformed carpet for my '03 Edge. Still haven't installed it. A couple of months ago, I was giving it a bath and got it all looking great on the outside. I wiped the interior down with my damp microfiber cloth and it just hit me: WHY would I put carpet in my truck when the vinyl is SO easy to maintain and keep looking good? Carpet always has something stuck to it... be it dirt, dog hair, dandelion fuzz or chewing gum. To clean it, out comes the vacuum and you TRY to get it all, but usually can't. Just sayin'!

That being said, if you still want to put carpet in your truck, you can get it from a few sellers on eBay... that is where I got mine and it appears to be of decent quality. My truck is an extended cab, or I would offer to sell you mine.
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^ This. When my carpet eventually wears out, out comes the carpet, in goes the vinyl.

Although, there's a drawback to the vinyl. Unlike carpet, the vinyl can't breathe. This causes the floor pan to become even more susceptible to rusting out, because any moisture under the vinyl can't escape.

It's worth removing the vinyl and any other interior parts on the floor to inspect for rust. It's also a good idea to fix any rust you see (IE, wire brush any surface rust off, and weld in patches for any holes). If you don't see any rust at all, I'd highly recommend laying down a couple coats of primer and a nice, tough, enamel top layer to prevent it from rusting in the first place.

Of course, this isn't a chronic condition for trucks with vinyl floors, but given it's very nature I believe it's worth your time; if to do no other than inspect the floor every couple of years. Especially if you live in a salty area.
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Thanks for all the tips fellas. When i replaced the rear window i pulled all the interior out to inspect and clean. Thats when i found water under the vinyl due to the rear window leaking. I left the vinyl padding side up all day in the sun and it still wasnt dry when i was ready to reinstall it. I ended up ripping off all the padding from the vinyl, to replace the padding i had a roll up padded headliner material that i cut and placed on the floor boards. After having it back together i could tell it wasnt as good as the padding on the back side the vinyl. I like the idea of easy cleaning of the vinyl and figured if i was to replace it i might as well replace it with vinyl. Is vinyl with padding much cheaper than new carpet?

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I haven't been able to find any of that flooring available for purchase yet, but in the mid term you could slip a pair of cushy rugs underneath the flooring. I did this for a little while, myself. The ones I used were straight up fabric. No backing to speak of.
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I haven't been able to find any of that flooring available for purchase yet, but in the mid term you could slip a pair of cushy rugs underneath the flooring. I did this for a little while, myself. The ones I used were straight up fabric. No backing to speak of.
I may just have to do that. I may even be about to get some neoprene sheeting that would work great for sound just not sure how it would work with heat. You can for sure feel heat on the floor need the Tranny hump. A friend is getting N me some thermo pipe wrap from work so I plan to wrap the exhaust also.

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Read this post:

How-To: Sound Deaden Your Interior With Hushmat

Post #11 gives a less expensive alternative to padding/sound damping. This may help with heat as well, not sure about that though. I am thinking about checking this stuff out for my truck. I would like to quiet it down a bit.
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