Before we jump in, I’d just like to briefly mention that this is not a sponsored review in any way. This carpet was purchased at the full retail price by a customer of ours, and as the one tasked with installing the kit, these are just my opinions.

Scott at 2002 Carpets is a great contributor to the Australian 2002 community, and an avid 02er himself. After being unsatisfied with the current offerings for right hand drive-specific carpet sets for our beloved 2002s, he realised there must be a better way. He set to work on making patterns for a full carpet kit to suit our right hand drive models, and after refining the design, has managed to put out a carpet kit that far exceeded my expectations. We’re currently in the process of restoring a 1974 Taiga 2002 Tii that was much in need of a new carpet set, and after having a look at some other cars, 2002 Carpets was the kit of choice.

TL;DR this carpet kit is great, and if you take your time you’ll get really nice results. Some tweaking is still required on this install to tidy up some of the edges and vinyl flaps.

A range of colours and styles is available. We chose the Premium Loop Carpet Set, which at the time of writing this is $630 AUD (check website for up to date pricing, link at the bottom). In the kit you will get all the individual pieces of carpet required to fit out the car. The top layers of carpet all have edges that are piped, and the carpet feels thick and of substantial quality. On their website you’ll find a set of instructions outlining how to install the kit piece by piece, which was helpful in determining the best way to install this kit.

If you don’t have any underlay, I’d highly suggest investing in some decent sound deadening, and add to it a second layer of acoustic underlay. This will help absorb road vibrations, exhaust drone, and will help iron out the bumps in the floor pan to give the carpet something nice to rest on. When the carpet kit first arrived, I pieced together the individual pieces of carpet in the car and noticed that none of it sat nicely around the transmission tunnel. Once some quality underlay was fitted, the carpet was a much tighter fit and looked factory.

Butyl sound deadening directly on the floorpan followed by a layer of acoustic liner makes for a neat fit of the carpet kit. This car had some good original sound deadening panels, so we opted to leave those in place and only replace where necessary.

We didn’t end up using underlay from 2002 Carpets, as we already had some here. We used Car Builders Stage 1 Sound Deadener, followed by a layer of Car Builders Stage 2 Acoustic Liner (link at the bottom). The best advice I can give when installing your under lay is: take your time. Getting a neat fit is not a quick task and required a little bit of lateral thinking. Take your time and cut your underlay in sections and build it up as required. As suggested in the carpet kit instructions, don’t go too thick around the footwell areas or you’ll end up bunching your carpet in the corners. This was great advice, as when it came time to install the carpet, any thicker with the underlay and we would have been in a bit of trouble.

With the underlay installed, now it’s time to install the carpet. There are 12 pieces of carpet to fit. Some of these pieces are quite easy to fit, and others require some hand-finishing and trial fitting before final fitment. Again with the carpet kit, take your time. If you try to rush it, it will show in the results. Follow the instruction guide and work your way through it logically. Trial fit as you go, and always measure twice, cut once. For gluing it down, Car Builders Spray Adhesive was the glue of choice. One can was JUST enough, we ran out on the very last piece. If you go sparingly, one can is easily enough.

Driver’s footwell is the trickiest piece to get right.

A couple of tricky areas that will need some finessing:

  • The vertical panel below the rear seats. The cutout for the transmission tunnel will need some trial fitting to get right. It requires trimming to fit correctly. It took 3 or 4 tries at trimming a bit more material off until the fit looked good, but once trimmed, it tucked in there really nicely.
  • The large piece that covers the transmission tunnel. This requires a number of cuts to be made, and they all have to be pretty accurate. The handbrake cutout is probably the most critical to get right, and the one I’d start with. Fortunately there are marks on the underside of the carpet indicating where the cuts should be. It’s a really good starting point. From there the carpet needed a little more trimmed out of the opening to fit around the handbrake lever opening. Just be careful you don’t cut too much off, as there’s no shroud or covering to hide any mistakes here, so your accuracy and attention to detail is on full show here. The shifter surround is a little more forgiving. Fortunately with our install, the shifter wasn’t fitted yet, so this made it quite easy to mark out the cut from underneath the car. Lastly, a number of cuts will need to me made at the forward portion of this piece to allow for the carpet to conform to the larger section below the centre console.
  • Drivers footwell piece requires some very accurate cutting. In my opinion the most difficult piece to get right is the piece for the driver’s footwell. Being a Tii, there are extra linkages to content with, so getting this right is challenging. The carpet needs a slit cut into it to press over the pivot balls for the throttle pedal, it will need to be trimmed to fit around the pedal box, and it will need another cutout for the under-dash panelling to screw into. This was the piece that I spent the most amount of time on to get right, but if you take your time, it will look super neat when done.

If you take your time, and are prepared to take a break from it if you’re getting stuck, the result is incredibly satisfying. This is by no means a beginner kit, and if you don’t have the patience or time, I’d highly suggest farming the install out to someone you trust. Would I buy one of these kits myself? Absolutely, and I will be at some point! I’m a little while off needing one for my own car, but when the time comes, this will hands down be the carpet kit of choice. Should you buy one? If you have the time to do it and you’re prepared to be a little bit patient with the install, then yes, absolutely, the finished product is great!

All of the visible edges are lined with vinyl piping that looks really neat. This salt & pepper colour is a really nice option.

This kit was purchased 6+ months ago, and the kit has been tweaked and refined even more since this kit was manufactured, so I expect that the next time around this will be even easier to install.

Carpet kits can be found here: http://2002carpets.com.au

Sound deadening, underlay, and installation accessories can be found here: http://carbuilders.com.au

As always, happy ‘02ing, thanks for reading!

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