I seriously thought about doing this, but given the mold I really wanted to remove the future source as much as possible. I know how hard mold can be to get out of a vehicle (or building for that matter) and the PNW just makes it that much tougher.Take the carpet to the car wash and spare it till you run out of quarters. I pulled mine a few years ago because it was sticky. I laid it on the driveway and sprayed heavy amounts of dawn and lysol on the fabric and scrubbed it. The rinse looked like coca cola. I did this several times until the rinse was less dangerous and brown. Once dry, the carpet felt amazing and soft.
I'm going the carpet, leather and cushy seat route. Personally I agree with you and have sprayed interiors with bed liner in the past on other wheeling vehicles, but the deal I made with my wife was this is going to be an overlander we can both enjoy. Also, selfishly, I know if my wife doesn't like being in the vehicle/ isn't comfortable my budget gets cut in half.Great save. Glad it's not going to the crusher. I personally would think hard about putting vinyl or some non-carpet material in there. I do not understand that a utility vehicle would have carpeting and leather seats. For me, it would be cloth (maybe vinyl) and definitely no carpet. That way, when there is a muddy mess or even spills and puking, it's not a big deal. My "cheerful and cheap" utility vehicle is a Honda Element, and frankly I LOVE that the interior is made of some rubbery/plasticky compound, it is REALLY easy to clean the insides.
Funny you mention that. Mine was the same way, all Timken races (which is a fine bearing) with no name bearings. Well actually 2 out of the 8 total bearings were Nationals.Timken races with nameless wheel bearings (WTH ... who only replaces the bearings and not the race?)