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Old 07-05-2010, 09:43 PM   #1
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Default Howto: Floor Mat Retainer Clip for Under $1.00

So like many of you my floor mat retainer clip is a useless piece of plastic:



Instead of shelling out $10 for another one that will enevitably become another useless piece of plastic (especially since the hole is getting stretched out), I decided to think about a more heavy-duty alternative.

I went to the hardware store and got the following items:




1- 1/4" x 20 1"-long hex screw
2- 1.25" diameter fender washer
1- 1/4" washer
2- split lock washer
1- 1/4" x 20 nut
1- 1/4" x 20 wing nut

Total for the above items came to $0.98.

My theory was to have a way to attach the clip to the carpet, and not just have it being retained by the hole. I also wanted a way for it to be easy to remove when vacuuming out my car (which I didn't do before taking these pictures, I know, haha).

Tools needed:
1 opened-ended wrench
1 socket wrench

The size of the head on your hex screw will determine what size of the above you need. I had a deep 11mm socket and 11mm open-ended wrench that fit pretty well on mine, so that's what I used:



Hole in my dirty carpet:



Notice how the floormat is pushed way up under the petals...very annoying.
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Old 07-05-2010, 09:43 PM   #2
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First, stick the screw through the center of one of the fender washers:



I was able to slide this into the hole sideways:





Next, put the second fender washer onto the screw on the top side of the carpet:



Next, put one of the split lock washers on:



Now, put the nut on top of the lock washer. There was a little space between the fender washers and the carpet where they didn't completely cover, so I slipped the open-ended wrench in there on the hex bolt head:



I put the socket wrench on the hex nut and went to work torqing it down. The purpose of putting the nut on here is to sandwich the carpet between the two fender washers, accomplishing a way to attach the clip to the carpet, and not just have it being retained by the hole:

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Old 07-05-2010, 09:43 PM   #3
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Torqued down. This puppy aint comin' off:



Next I put the floor mat hole over the protruding screw threads:



Next I put on the regular sized 1/4" washer and then the split lock washer:



Wing nut, torqued down by hand:



Voila:

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Old 07-05-2010, 09:49 PM   #4
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So simple. Im doing it!
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Old 07-05-2010, 09:54 PM   #5
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Another great creative solution! I love creating quick fixes using random pieces of hardware. Luckily the 08+ has what appears to be a permanently mounted metal piece that holds it in place. It uses a small flared end at the top instead of a fastener.

Might I suggest using a female threaded knob such as this one. They are available in all sorts of shapes and sizes and I'm pretty sure you can get them from the hardware store you got your other pieces at. I know Ace has them.


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Old 07-05-2010, 11:49 PM   #6
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nice im doing it. i hate my lil plastic one spinning and falling off all the time, my floor mat always slides up and like to sometimes catch the clutch, its super annoying def doin this
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Old 07-06-2010, 12:53 AM   #7
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15$?????

They are 1.30$ at my local dealer.
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Old 07-06-2010, 01:12 AM   #8
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I wonder if someone could just sew Velcro onto the bottom of the floor mat instead...
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Old 07-08-2010, 01:09 PM   #9
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Might I suggest using a female threaded knob such as this one. They are available in all sorts of shapes and sizes and I'm pretty sure you can get them from the hardware store you got your other pieces at. I know Ace has them.
Yes, definitely a possibility. I just used the wing nut cause it was $0.10.

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15$?????

They are 1.30$ at my local dealer.
Sorry, updated my original post. I was quoted $4.76 for the one piece and $5.26 for the second piece.

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I wonder if someone could just sew Velcro onto the bottom of the floor mat instead...
Of course anyone could, but it wouldn't cost less than $1.00
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Old 07-08-2010, 01:14 PM   #10
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Also, you can avoid using the nut + lock washer and the wing nut + lock washer by purchasing some nuts/wing nuts with nylon inserts.
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Old 07-15-2010, 08:53 PM   #11
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Been looking to do something like this for a while, my carpet is driving me insane. Great write up, thank you sir!
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:22 PM   #12
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+12345 I can finally fix my carpet! It's been pissing me off for so long.
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:26 PM   #13
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you are my hero. my floor mat is in my back seat right now because of this issue. <3<3 for you.
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:31 PM   #14
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Subaru has had a fix for this for quite some time that involves something very similar.
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Old 07-16-2010, 12:00 AM   #15
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i have a hole in the exact same spot.... maybe the previous owner ran amp wires through there, or did this need to check all weather floor mat for drilled hole
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I did something similiar but I drilled a small hole through the top of the bolt and put a Hair Pin Cotter Pin through it. But I defiantly dig the wing nut.
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Old 07-16-2010, 09:30 AM   #17
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My plastic holder broke 5 years ago - just put some duct tape under carpet - works for awhile until you vacuum than replace. carpet never moves and you can't see the duct tape under the carpet so who cares. I love duct tape.
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1- 1/4" x 20 1"-long hex screw
2- 1.25" diameter fender washer
1- 1/4" washer
2- split lock washer
1- 1/4" x 20 nut
1- 1/4" x 20 wing nut

Total for the above items came to $0.98.
You got ripped off. I bought the same things and it came to $0.59 . No but for real awesome idea.
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Old 07-17-2010, 12:20 PM   #19
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Thanks for this. I was able to do it with all the random nuts, bolts, washers I had laying around. Plus I was able to torque it all down by hand. Thank God for retarded strong hands. Literally took me all of 3 minutes. I actually feel stupid for not thinking of it first.
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Brilliant stuff. Just bought my 2002 WRX last week and noticed this little problem. I'll be heading out to the hardware store here in a few minutes!
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Old 07-17-2010, 07:22 PM   #21
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This thread if full of win. Thank you
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Old 07-17-2010, 08:05 PM   #22
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brilliant!! I'm doing it. I'm surprized I never thought of doing something similar like this before. Any way u can attach the bolt to the floor and not the carpet? Does it hold it good?
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Old 07-17-2010, 09:59 PM   #23
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I followed your instructions exactly. It was so simple and works like a charm.

Thanks for sharing!
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i put a ziptie through the little plastic piece that holds it now so the carpet cant come off of it. easy to just fold back any side and vacuum under it too.
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I did something similiar but I drilled a small hole through the top of the bolt and put a Hair Pin Cotter Pin through it. But I defiantly dig the wing nut.
Good idea.

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Any way u can attach the bolt to the floor and not the carpet? Does it hold it good?
I'm not sure what's under the carpet, so I guess it's possible. If you torque the nut down with the lock washer underneath it won't come off. It's been on there for some time and it won't come off unless I get out some tools.

Also, if anyone has any suggestions on improvements or anything, feel free to post them up. This is why we're all here...help each other out
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