2004 Jeep Wrangler BedRug Install - Cooler Than CarpetPosted in How To: Body Chassis on January 16, 2015
Elsewhere in this issue (page 18), we gave you the ins and outs of buying a used ’97-’06 Wrangler. As is often the case with the Wrangler platform (or any open top rig for that matter), the interior is often more vulnerable to damage from the elements. The area that seems to get the most punishment is typically the carpet. From dragging muddy boots to old parts, we’ve had more than one Wrangler’s stock carpet turn into a moldy and tattered mess.
Many Wrangler owners opt to remove the carpet entirely in favor of a more durable bed liner. For a trail-oriented vehicle, ditching the carpet is completely agreeable. However, for something that continues to serve as a daily driver, we like a little more padding beneath our feet. This brings us to the ’04 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited we recently purchased.
The previous owner had ditched the carpet and installed a low-buck DIY bed liner. To say the least, it was looking pretty rough. Years of dragging parts, people, and sitting in the elements had taken its toll. With the hardtop on, the Jeep had a hollow drone that was more noticeable on highway jaunts, and the floorboards radiated more heat than we cared for. There was no way we were scraping off the deteriorating bed liner, so we needed something to cover the worn floor.
We knew that we didn’t want to go back to OE carpet for the reasons we mentioned earlier, so we decided to give BedRug a call to test out its new-to-market BedRug kit for the ’04-’06 Unlimited. While the BedRug kit may simply look like replacement carpet, it isn’t carpet at all. It’s actually a lightweight 1⁄4-inch-thick polypropylene foam. This allows the kit to be 100 percent waterproof, along with being mold and stain resistant.
Even better, the kit is custom-molded to your Wrangler’s tub, which means you don’t have to trim or modify anything in your Jeep to make it work. We didn’t even have to remove any interior pieces to fit the BedRig in our Unlimited. We spent more time scrubbing our old floor than actually installing the new BedRug system. Overall, we were incredibly pleased with the difference this made-in-the-USA kit did to the aesthetics and function of our Jeep.