Wagoneer Restoration – New Carpet Installation


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The new Grand Wagoneer Carpet arrived, and I have spent the last few days off and on working on getting the carpet installed.

I have to admit, I was nervous about using a replacement carpet. On many of the message boards people were discussing how it does not look like the original, and I agree it doesn’t look OEM… BUT, it does look really good.

If you want to dress up your Grand Wagoneer, new carpet is a sure way to do it. The only problem will be with new carpet; you will want to make everything else new too! (ask me how I know — ha)

Let’s take a look at the photos:

This first shipment had a defect in the centerpiece of the carpet. See on the bottom right side of the picture.

The mass backing was messed up and left a permanent crease that could not be removed. I tried a heat gun and lots of work, but it would not correct. Fortunately, Ryan at BJs Offroad got with ACC and had a new piece shipped to my door for me.

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(click here to see the unboxing of the carpet)

I started with the tailgate because I wanted to see some quick results.

I used spray adhesive on the new ABS tailgate backer board I ordered from user “Men in Black” on the IFSJA forum. His work is excellent, and I highly recommend his ABS products. I paid the upcharge to have the holes pre-drilled. They were a perfect match.

These photos show where I was lining everything up. I used a small screwdriver to poke holes in the carpet and to help align the screws with their original holes in the tailgate.

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Here you can see the screwdriver. Without it, it would have been a real challenge!

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Using this little screwdriver REALLY helped. I don’t remember where I bought it, but here is something similar on Amazon: Sample Screwdriver for size

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Now on to the rest of the pictures:

See what I mean about wanting to see a little accomplishment early on!

I am thrilled with how well the tailgate looks.

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(Side Note: I was playing with LEDs in the rear lights, but not thrilled with the LEDs. I went back to regular bulbs for now)

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Having a pair of snips to use makes the job easier too. One item that I did not know about until after installing the carpet is a carpet knife. This may be worth the $5 to see if it is better than the utility knife.

With this said, the utility knife I used did a good job, but I almost cut a wire below the carpet that I didn’t see. With the carpet knife, I probably would not have had that same risk… just a thought.
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I notched the carpet very carefully to allow the wiring to easily rise through the carpet while still keeping the carpet tight to the Jeep side.new replacement jeep grand wagoneer carpet, #wagoneer, #jeep new replacement jeep grand wagoneer carpet, #wagoneer, #jeep new replacement jeep grand wagoneer carpet, #wagoneer, #jeep new replacement jeep grand wagoneer carpet, #wagoneer, #jeep new replacement jeep grand wagoneer carpet, #wagoneer, #jeep new replacement jeep grand wagoneer carpet, #wagoneer, #jeep new replacement jeep grand wagoneer carpet, #wagoneer, #jeep

With the mass backing, the carpet is more ridged. As a result, I needed to use a heat gun in spots to make it pliable to be able to get it to fit the contours and to slide under the gas pedal, brake pedal, and parking brake.

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I took the opportunity to paint the rear seat brackets and bolts. First I used Rustoleum rust converter, and then an enamel gloss black.jeep-wagoneer-back-seat-bracket

Before painting, I cleaned and scrubbed with a wire brush to get off as much grime and loose rust.

Then I used 2 to 3 coats of rust reformer before the final two coats of gloss black.

And finally, let’s take a look at the final photos. I still need to put the passenger seat back in, but I am doing a few projects under the dash before re-installing.

Let’s take a look…

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You are getting a sneak peek at the new LEDs (shhh! Don’t tell anyone).

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I still need to install the metal strips in the cargo area, but I still need to polish them to a mirror shine (or as close as I can get it).

Hope all of these photos inspired you enough to tackle the task. It takes a long time, but in the end, I believe it is worth it! It really upgrades the interior.

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Kern Campbell

I've had a passion for four-wheel-drive vehicles since I was a kid riding in the back seat of my Grandfather's Jeep Grand Wagoneer. I have owned a lot of vehicles over the years. They each have their pros and cons and I look forward to sharing my knowledge with you so you can find the vehicle that's just right for your needs.

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