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Old 01-30-2011, 02:55 PM
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Changing from cloth to leather - Any suggestions?

When I bought my truck, I looked all over to find a truck with the 40/20/40 split bench with power seats on both sides. I did up finding this truck with that seat setup but it was in cloth, not leather.

Since then I have removed the center seat and added a 2008 console, which worked perfect because the seats don't have arm rests.

So I'm at the point I'm ready to upgrade to leather, in either solid black, or black and gray. Everything I find in leather is bucket seat (with armrests) and the smaller console. So I have decided I want to just keep the seats I have and have them covered in leather. My questions are:

1) Whats a decent price range to change over to leather front and rear?

2) Am I better off just going to a shop and having it done or ordering my own leather kit and taking it somewhere to have it put on?

3) Has anyone ordered leather kits? Where from?

4) Does anyone have pictures of their truck after removing cloth and installing leather on the same seats?
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I swapped the cloth out of my sister's 4runner for leather got a smoking deal on ebay and it was great quality. The swap wasn't near as bad as I thought it would be and it's about a one day project, and you want some good hog ring pliers. We started on the back seat to get a feel for it, mostly to see if we could do it and it went well so we did the leather on the rest.
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The only tip I can give is get seat warmers. Butt gets cold cold cold in the winter and nice to warm it up.
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Have you looked into Katskin, i think thats the name of it.
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Yeah, looks like good stuff. Just really want to find someone that has switched to get some input on actual install. Trying to decide if I should just take it somewhere or not. I'm pretty picky, so if I did it myself and had wrinkles somewhere...I would not be happy!! lol
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I have been wanting to do this for a while. I'm interested in what you find out. Oh and I would second the suggestion for seat warmers...
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A friend of mine just bought a brand new Nissan 370Z. He took it and had the seats recovered in red leather along with the door panels. He paid $800 for everything and it turned out really good!!!

Keep in mind, that's a 2-seater
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Ive been wanting to redo my seats also because they are cracked and torn in parts, some real world input would be great.
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I have been wanting to do this for a while. I'm interested in what you find out. Oh and I would second the suggestion for seat warmers...
+3. I sure do wish I had the heated seats. Definately a project for when I have the cash for the.
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Old 02-04-2011, 06:55 AM
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i used to install katzkin seat leather and suede for a custom shop and if you have paitence then give it a shot. its fairly easy just teidious. i would deff putt aside a big portion of the day for it though. and invest in a good set of hog ring pliers. just my $0.02
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