In this video, I tackle the installation of a Leatherseats.com custom leather interior kit for my Jeep Wrangler. This leather seat kit is a great DIY project that just requires a few hand tools and some elbow grease. These leather seats are an awesome upgrade for any vehicle and the quality, in my opinion, far exceeds the factory seat covers.
Jeep specific: https://wrangler.leatherseats.com
All vehicles: http://www.leatherseats.com/
Everything I’m using on my Jeep can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/shop/trailrecon
The first thing you need to do is remove the front seats, there are just 4 bolts and a wire clip underneath
Then with the seat on its side, you want to remove your lean back handle by pushing the pin out behind the handle
Then remove the 2 bolts on each side holding the seat back to the seat bottom. Starting with the base of the seat back, remove the U clip holding the fabric together and the 2 straps on either side.
Then you can remove the head rest, and all you have to do is press on both tab at the same time on the plastic base Now you are ready to start pealing back the seat fabric and carefully separating the Velcro strips. Working from side to side as you pull down seems to work best Grab yourself a good of snips because you will be using them a lot this project Begin removing the hog rings holding the fabric to the foam Then you can pull top off, and by stretching the fabric pull it around the head rest clips to remove the cover completely.
Now for the seat bottom, flip it over and begin removing all the clips around the edges. There are several hog rings on the base, 4 along each edge and three across, so get out those snips and get to work
Now I had never used hog ring plyers before, but they are super simple, just place the hog ring in the plyer slots, and then when you get it in position, squeeze until it makes a full ring
Just a tip, setting the leather out in the sun for a bit makes it a little easier to work with
When installing the new cover, you want to make sure you have it lined up perfectly before installing the new hog rings
Then, begin at the center and working your way to the edges, installing new hog rings in the same places you removed the old ones.
Be sure to stretch the fabric and line it up perfectly when pressing it into the Velcro strips
Once all the hog rings are in place, slide the seatbelt through and start stretch the fabric over the seat foam.
Hook up all the clips all the way around in the same locations you removed the old ones from
I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t excited about cutting up the new leather to make holes for the seat back bolts and handle, just make your holes small, the fabric will stretch a bit
Now we can turn the attention to the seat back, When installing the new leather on the seat back, it’s helpful to have it turned inside out and then just work your way down each side.
Be sure to line everything up and don’t forget to install your new hog rings
Now the U clip, I’m not sure what I was doing wrong, but out of everything in this project, these gave me the most trouble. You really have to stretch the fabric and make sure you line up the plastic clips… even after doing this on each seat, I never found these easy to do.
Now your are ready to reassemble your seat
Oh and another hole needs to be cut for the seat back handles.
It helps to install the pin slightly before putting the handle on, then you can just reach up underneath and press the pin into place
Now you are going to cut two small holes in the top of the seat for the head rest clips, make these holes small, the fabric will stretch
Moving on to the head rest, just undo the clip at the base and slowly compress the foam while removing the fabric. You’ll need to use a bit of elbow great to get this off and the new one on.
After you get the new head rest leather on and attach the clip, you are done, ready to install your new leather front seat!
Now for the back seats, the head rest is removed by pressing on the front base where the two rods stick through it, there are a couple pins inside that will release once you press and lift.
Next you need to remove the plastic trip on the seat handle, pull the handle forward and then press firmly on the plastic trip to release the rear clip and then carefully slide it up of the front clip. Take your time, you don’t want to bust these clips.
Now unzip the zippers on the back corner of the seat back.
And remove the U clip to spate the fabric
Remove the seat belt bolt and set it aside
Now you can begin pulling the fabric up. No need to remove the rear seats, I was able to easily get this done with them installed.
And you’ve got more hog rings to remove