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Is under carpet insulation really needed?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Blazer_Boy, May 13, 2001.

  1. Blazer_Boy

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    I pulled the carpet and insulation this weekend because Im starting my resto and found some unsettling stuff. The usual rust galore and the insulation basically rotted out and turned to crap because of water (nice smell too). Im going with herculiner and the carpet for a cozy feel but what I can I put between there. Is there some kind of insulation that isnt as nasty as the factory stuff (thinking of that stuff LMC sells). Can I just run with out it or will heat and noise drive me crazy?

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  2. Sparky

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    I would go with insulation. It took a long time to get the old insulation like it was. You will keep out alot more road noise and the heat comeing off of the tranny and moter gets the floor hot. If you keep the inside dry and take care of it you wont get the smell either.

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  3. '73 K5

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    Yea...everything that Sparky said. Road noise is a killer. My girlfriends Escort has no insulation and its awful driving it above 20 mph. On the other hand my Monte Carlo is stuffed with insulation and I could hear a pin drop at 65...its nice.

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    You can get rolls of the padding for like $25 at Pep Boys. It's the padding with what looks like foil (sorry dunno the tech term) on one side for heat shielding. You can get it double sided with the foil junk for twice the heat resistance. That runs more. I got two rolls of the single sided stuff for up front...one roll wasn't enough and two was more then enough....

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    Im running rigtht now without the insulation. There isn't much noise difference. But you can DAMN sure feel the heat difference. The floor gets pretty damn hot with that CAT sitting right there under your feet.

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    I know for sure that you will want that insulation. I restored my '83 and the usual, rotted away insulation. I put back two layers of the foil covered stuff and it worked wonders for the inside.
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    John,

    Did you go with the single sided or doubled sided? If single, did you put the shiny side out?

    Thanks,

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    I used the Insulation/padding from LMC and it kicks ass!

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    I picked up some insulation at Home Depot, its been in for a few months, holding up nicely. They cut it to the size I wanted and it was like $14

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