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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-26-2013, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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Why do cars have carpet and any other alternative?

Hi,

With this active and diy community, I'm pretty sure someone can provide some inputs to this:
I've always been puzzled by car manufacturers using carpet on the floor since it's not easy to vacuum, as opposed to let's say some sort of rubberized material. In that case, if you really wants carpets, you just buy them as accessories, easy to remove and clean. One reason I can think of for using carpets is sound attenuation.

Is it possible in a Lotus Evora to replace the carpet used on the floor in the cabin and trunk? Has anyone done this?

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I haven't messed with my carpets too much, but at least in the passenger foot well, it was just held in with some glue and velcro.
Although I haven't seen them myself, I would be surprised if the race versions of these cars had any carpet. I can tell you from a few other cars I've had that ditching the carpet will make it a lot louder in the cabin.

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some cars do have rubberized floors, or at least used to. Things like base model trucks, jeeps.

I prefer laminate flooring im my cars though.

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Carpet is a cheap way to make it look good and dampen sound...

Just my thought.
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Any other alternative?
I would rip out the carpet and go with lightweight, sound deadening spray foam. A nice textured layer in your choice of yellow would look great!

Pry sucks to clean though.

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Why do cars have carpet and any other alternative?

It's sound deadening. You could do rubber??


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How about some linoleum? A nice fake wood grain floor would be rich and compelling.
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Am I the only one who likes carpeting? I would prefer marble flooring though.

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Re: Why do cars have carpet and any other alternative?

Pergo.
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I put rubber mats in my elise. Been meaning to do the same in the exige, I just have not got more of the material. It is maybe 3/8ths thick and heavy. Cut to fit easy on flat floors. Btw land rover defender base models had no carpet. I very much prefer it and even in the most luxury cars, I always buy rubber mats for over the carpet.

Another option is coco mats which are rubber back woven mats. Popular with the Porsche folks.

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I would say either bricks, like the old Purington ones, or maybe just sprinkle a 6 inch layer of "ghost poop" (those little styrofoam s'es). Whichever suits your needs the best. :-)

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I have considered doing like some casual steak houses and covering the floor of my car with peanut shells. I'll post pics if I do that.

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How about stucco for a nice Mediterranean look?

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Nice brick image linoleum!! definitely for sound. Notice how thick and padded ours is. Take it out as be surprised at how much louder things get!

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Nice brick image linoleum!! definitely for sound. Notice how thick and padded ours is. Take it out as be surprised at how much louder things get!
great heat blocker too

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Re: Why do cars have carpet and any other alternative?

Was going to tile but the hardybacker brings the seat up too high.

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