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Old 05-15-2013, 09:23 PM   #1
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Default Long post: Installing leather seat upholstery

Long time since I have posted a new thread. I am mid progress of a project that I think that is worth sharing.

When I went to buy my car, at the time there weren't any vehicles on the lot with a leather interior. A company by the name of Katzkin is a manufacturer of OEM leather seat covers for Dodge/Chrysler as well as aftermarket premium leather seat covers for other vehicle types. Now let me say, these covers do not simply go over the original cloth seat fabric - they completely replace the cloth seat covers. I got a significant deal on the entire set - $245 plus shipping.

Tools needed:

Hog ring pliers
Hog ring clips
Large diagonal cutters
Scissors
Various sockets, torx bits
Flathead and Philips screwdrivers
Patience

For those who do not know what Hog ring pliers look like, here is what it is:









I started with the rear seat cushions first. Pulled them from the car and then went to town cutting all of the original hog rings that attached the cover to the foam. Next I began to install the cover, using the anchor bars to secure the seat cover to the foam.



Center sections done first



Seat cushion complete



Installed in car



Nice cell phone pic of the outside of the car as I was working on it

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Old 05-15-2013, 09:27 PM   #2
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Part two:

So my front seat install took longer than I had planned, and I only was able to do one seat before I had to break away to do other things (beers and pizza with friends at the bar).

I decided that I wanted to start with the passenger seat first. If I had any problems or issues, I wanted that to be the one because the drivers seat gets a lot more usage. The first thing I got hung up on was the main electrical connector. It wasn't obvious that after pulling the little red tab back, I then needed to pull the tab outward before the main harness will release. That out of the way and the seat inside is where we begin.



Flip the seat over and pull the lower plastic release from the seat back.



Pull both side tension buckles and the two center release tabs and fold the seat back pocket over.



Remove the three screws retaining the side airbag.



Pull the airbag out and slide the grey part of the connector away from the plug



Pry the green part of the connector away from the receptacle and place airbag aside



Pry out the seat back adjustment wheel off



Remove the side screw holding the plastic fascia, then look underneath to find the other screw holding the fascia together. Push the plastic fascia towards the front of the seat to release it from the post inside. Remove the other fascia by removing the single screw. Set parts aside, noting that there are differences in screw types.



Disconnect the seat heater plug and snip the retaining zip strips to separate the top electrical portion of the seat from the bottom



This is the seat back and not the seat cushion. Here is how little space I have to work with in terms of removing the old hog clips. It is the same for when installing the new hog clips

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Old 05-15-2013, 09:30 PM   #3
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Almost done with the top...



I kept the seat back connected to the seat cushion so I could use it for leverage as needed. And so I wouldn't have to bend over to cut away the clips.

*At this point, I separated the seat back from the seat cushion by removing the four retaining bolts(2 each side)



Pry away the lower section away from the metal clip guide. It is one continuous piece.



When I started to remove the cushion cover, there weren't any hog rings holding the fabric in place. I decided that since an engineer came up with this fashion of securing the cloth cover, I will re-use them to secure my leather cover. I believe this is because it allows for more torsional pliability without damaging the main securing anchors. This added a ton of time to the process.




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Old 05-15-2013, 09:38 PM   #4
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Now for the installation process:

You can see the weird clips installed on the new seat leather. They actually are directional and need to be oriented the correct way for proper installation.



All clipped in



Now for the top side

The first two side clips were soooooo hard to get in. I went through about 18 of them before I could secure it. It is hard to explain why, but you can't actually see what you are doing, and the retaining wire is VERY close to the metal back, making it difficult to press through. Combine that with the desire to not have wrinkles in the leather.... yeah. I could hear it scraping against the metal, but not clipping the wire. When removing the cover, each side had two rings, one in and one out. At least I wasn't the only one who had a hard time at this spot.



All clipped in



Seat back reattached to the seat cushion. Airbag secured. Honesty time: I forgot to reconnect the electrical plug. Did not realize it until the seat was completely installed in the car and the dashboard had the airbag warning light illuminated. This sucks. Not hard to fix, just a pain in the ass.



Headrest cover receivers cut out and ready for car installation

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Old 05-15-2013, 09:44 PM   #5
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Now for the head rests:


I did both head rests at the same time. My mate who helped me with the rear seat head rests described it best: "Dammit! It's like giving birth, installing these effing covers!" I added "But like trying to shove the baby back in." A good giggle and sore thumbs later we were finished.



These clips are the same as on the seat backs. They are NOT easy to clip together with either the seat back or the head rest covers. I cannot describe how hard it is to get these clips to lock together. Lets just say that I am glad my mother was not around - I swore so much, sailors would get uncomfortable.



A half hour later......

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Old 05-15-2013, 09:46 PM   #6
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Keep in mind that this leather is "un-worked" and still needs massage, hand chops, and leather conditioner treatment. It also needs heat (I wish I had a steamer) and time for the wrinkles to completely disappear. I do have some old school tricks that help accelerate the process, but I haven't done them yet. I am very happy with the progress so for with this project. The quality of the leather is amazing - I see why they charge such a high retail rate for their product. The fact that I got it on such a great savings is awesome.

Here is the seller information: http://myworld.ebay.com/penguloetrim...p2047675.l2559

And a current auction for the plain black leather option: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NIB-Complete...item3381a8d8cc


I will be finishing the driver's side tomorrow.

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Old 05-15-2013, 10:12 PM   #7
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here is a trick for the headrests. wrap the headrest in a plastic bag, then slip the leather cover over it. the plastic bag acts as a lubricant. when the new cover is all buttoned up, nobody will know there is a plastic bag underneath. Worked great when i put 69 seats in my 68 firebird.

Job looks good. I am almost tempted to do leather and add butt warmers.

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Old 05-16-2013, 09:56 AM   #8
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This how-to is so full of AWESOME! Thanks for taking the time to document everything so well!

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Old 05-17-2013, 01:13 AM   #9
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Ive been wanted to do this since 08... no leather white cars in a 100 mile radius... Thanks for the link to the katzskinz

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Old 05-20-2013, 06:19 PM   #10
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Awesome job with the leather wrap around.

But I think red leather would look better



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Old 05-20-2013, 08:08 PM   #11
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Amazing installation - it looks better than factory.

I really give you credit for doing this, I would not have the patience to tackle a job like this and it just wouldn't come out nearly as good for me.

I have to say, it really makes my leatherette (who are they fooling?) seats look cheap.

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Old 05-20-2013, 09:20 PM   #12
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The red seat color looks great by itself, but once in the car I think it would be a little too much red. That is just fine for others, but over the top for me. I prefer somthing a little subtler: Here is a photoshop design I came up but did not follow through with.

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Old 11-19-2013, 09:42 PM   #13
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How did you remove the front seats? I purchased a RAM Mount for my phone and it installs using a passenger seat bolt, which I cannot even find.

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Old 11-20-2013, 01:03 AM   #14
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Daryl if I remember correctly there are no seat bolts on the front of the astra seats. The rails just go into a pocket. They are only bolted at the rear of the rails to keep them in place.

May have to tap in a bolt to the floor or side tunnel to do your mount.

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Daryl if I remember correctly there are no seat bolts on the front of the astra seats. The rails just go into a pocket. They are only bolted at the rear of the rails to keep them in place.

May have to tap in a bolt to the floor or side tunnel to do your mount.
You are correct, there are only bolts on the rear of the seats rails

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Astra La Vista said it! So full of awesome! Hubs and I came across this while installing heated seats. We've been putting off the leather install, but after this how-to, and as easy as the heat panels were to install, we may just be going through it again as soon as the leather gets here!!

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Would love to see someone else tackle this project too!

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