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wedge88

Exhaust Pipe Carpeted Floor Cover ?

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wedge88

I have a 2004 SSLxi and the floor covering over my mufflers behind the engine compartment is in need of replacement. I am not exactly sure what this area is called and the previous owner said he got a cost from the dealer a few years back at $350 and never did it, he just turned the floor cover 180 degrees so the weak area was not under the rear seat. Now there is a weak area right as you step off the rear seat (in and out) so I have to replace it.

Any ideas on what this is called and where I may get a replacement. At $350 I could put something in myself but not sure what materials I should use to wrap with carpet. I know the carpet won't match perfect as our grey carpet is 8 years old and most likely faded. I maybe able to pull the carpet off the old pad but what material should I use for support?

Any help would be appreciated.

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tvano

i think that the oem panel uses honeycomb aluminum.

pretty pricey stuff can be purchased at mcmaster carr (not sure if they carry sizes large enough for your application).

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Bozboat

I had the same problem, so I made a brace and installed it.

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wedge88

I like the brace idea but the damage is already done so I will have to replace the panel but I will definitely put a brace under it this time.

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Oberon

Walmanized plywood? Clearly not the best fix, but you could buy a whole lot of plywood for $350.

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mnhays

Marine Lumber is probably what was quoted for the $350 job, as that stuff isn't cheap!

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Jimmy Buffett

You can buy marine lumber at a place like www.boatoutfitters.com and cut it down to size. Cover with carpet. $350 seems high to me.

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nevertwobig

  1. Get yourself some 7/8" abs plastic. A friend of mine gave me a section of bathroom stall door and it is solid plastic. never rots and you can take the carpet off your panel and staple on to your new panel with stainless staples. Probably a $50 fix

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Woodski

There are a couple of standard manufacturer methods for this panel (tiller cover panel):

1. as noted, a honeycomb panel (expensive but very lightweight)

2. fiberglass over foamcore, very affordable materials available at several sources like McMaster Carr and Jamestown Distributors. The mold would be simple and easy to make.

The marine plywood or ABS plastic solution would be easy and cheap, but not as strong or as light as the above solutions.

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