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Old 04-01-2014, 11:12 PM   #1
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Leather seats?

Has anyone done it? Is it worth it? And if so a trusted place to buy from


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Old 04-01-2014, 11:18 PM   #2
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I put leather seat covers from www.leatherseats.com in my 06 silverado... couldn't order it from the factory with leather and a manual tranny, so I added the leather later.

katzkin.com is another option, both of them sell factory style covers that install and function just as well as factory, and its usually higher quality leather than the OEM stuff.
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Old 04-02-2014, 05:04 AM   #3
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If you google map search "Katzkin dealers" you shouldn't have trouble finding a relatively close dealer/installer. Trustworthiness of the dealer is not that big of a concern, but I'd expect to pay between $1200-1500 for a kit and install. Is it worth it? Sure, if you want leather absolutely go with Katzkin. Roadwire is also another good option to check out.

For a reference here's a recent shot of my Katzkin setup.
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Old 04-02-2014, 09:45 AM   #4
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Holy crap, those are cool!
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Old 04-02-2014, 10:14 AM   #5
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clazzio

$300- $500 covers factory look, good quality! my car...
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Old 04-02-2014, 10:21 AM   #6
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I did custom Katkzins on my Challenger and yes, very worth it! Look and smell great.
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Old 04-02-2014, 10:34 AM   #7
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If you google map search "Katzkin dealers" you shouldn't have trouble finding a relatively close dealer/installer. Trustworthiness of the dealer is not that big of a concern, but I'd expect to pay between $1200-1500 for an install. Is it worth it? Sure, if you want leather absolutely go with Katzkin. Roadwire is also another good option to check out.

For a reference here's a recent shot of my Katzkin setup.
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Wow, they look phenomenal.

I'm impressed by the quality of the factory leather. Truly, it's very good. I love my IO interior.

If I were to go with upgraded seats, I'd consider waiting a little longer to see if the Recaros become available. Just a thought.
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Old 04-02-2014, 10:51 AM   #8
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Not to thread jack but has anyone tried the clazzio seat covers. Look at getting some in black with orange inserts.

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Old 04-02-2014, 11:05 AM   #9
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Or you can go the used/take off factory seat cover route. I did mine this winter with information gained from this forum and they turned out really nice. The wife wasn't real happy with my take over of the kitchen table, but she dealt with it. I'd also like to point out that removing and replacing seat covers is tedious but easy to do with hand tools. Anyone with minimal mechanical aptitude and the ability to operate pliers, a screw driver, and a ratchet can do it. PM me if you are interested in trying this. We can discuss the process in more detail and I even have an extra set of black leather covers that I'll be posting up for sale once I can take some pictures of them. Anyway, here are some pics of my seats. You'll notice the wrinkle in the side of the passenger seat. That was caused by the original owner storing the covers poorly. Since this work was done in the winter and the covers I purchased were removed from a new car with only 17 miles on the clock, I expect that a season of baking in the summer sun will tighten them up quite a bit.
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Old 04-02-2014, 11:17 AM   #10
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Old 04-02-2014, 11:36 AM   #11
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I purchased Clazzio seat covers,black with red leather seat inserts and red stiching , and IMO very good quality and fit and many people that have seem the covers couldn't believe that they were not original equipment
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Old 04-02-2014, 12:07 PM   #12
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I have factory leather, but from my understanding the factory seats are only leather on the seating surface and the rest of the seat is vinyl (sides and back of chair). If you use an aftermarket company like Katzkin then usually the entire seat is leather and they carry a warranty on most.
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Old 04-02-2014, 12:14 PM   #13
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I have factory leather, but from my understanding the factory seats are only leather on the seating surface and the rest of the seat is vinyl (sides and back of chair). If you use an aftermarket company like Katzkin then usually the entire seat is leather and they carry a warranty on most.
What do you mean by seat covers? I know it sounds dumb, but do they just stretch over the original seat? How are they held on. Is there any place on the seat, say the back for instance that you can tell it's a cover. A bit confused. I know don't laugh.

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Old 04-02-2014, 12:36 PM   #14
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absolutely worth it. I installed Katzins myself.Went to work a few days with just the drivers seat( did the driver seat first) in the car,but it was well worth it.You can buy a pliers & hog ring kit on e-bay,just take your time,you'll be proud of what you did.
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Old 04-02-2014, 01:03 PM   #15
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Use a heat gun and a "Bone" to work out those wrinkles, take care not to burn the leather, But this is how it's done to remove wrinkles during manufacture. It also has alot to do with properly "wrapping" on the trim cover tightly during installation. Best of luck
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What do you mean by seat covers? I know it sounds dumb, but do they just stretch over the original seat? How are they held on. Is there any place on the seat, say the back for instance that you can tell it's a cover. A bit confused. I know don't laugh.

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Not a dumb question at all. Katzkin and Roadwire (and from the looks of it Clazzio too) replace the factory leather/cloth. So you're seats are stripped down to the foam and then the new cover is put on. Calling this a "seat cover", while accurate, makes it sound like something you'd pick up at Wal-Mart covered in flaming skulls or pink zebra print.
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Old 04-02-2014, 01:45 PM   #17
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Not a dumb question at all. Katzkin and Roadwire (and from the looks of it Clazzio too) replace the factory leather/cloth. So you're seats are stripped down to the foam and then the new cover is put on. Calling this a "seat cover", while accurate, makes it sound like something you'd pick up at Wal-Mart covered in flaming skulls or pink zebra print.
Thanks that is what I needed.

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Old 04-02-2014, 01:54 PM   #18
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Not a dumb question at all. Katzkin and Roadwire (and from the looks of it Clazzio too) replace the factory leather/cloth. So you're seats are stripped down to the foam and then the new cover is put on. Calling this a "seat cover", while accurate, makes it sound like something you'd pick up at Wal-Mart covered in flaming skulls or pink zebra print.
same for leatherseats.com they're exactly the same pattern and fit as OEM. There really should be different terminology, because those cheapo walmart covers that tie on are exactly what people think of when you tell them about your custom leather.
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Old 04-02-2014, 02:38 PM   #19
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Save your money, get the Recaro's when they come available for aftermarket
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I've never priced recaro's but wouldn't they likely be MUCH higher than leather seat covers?
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Old 04-02-2014, 03:00 PM   #21
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I've never priced recaro's but wouldn't they likely be MUCH higher than leather seat covers?
I saw another post that stated that someone had some information that the factory Recaros were going to become available for $2,000 a seat. I don't believe this is going to happen anytime soon and that's ridiculous in my opinion. No way I would pay $4,000 to replace my factory seats. If I was buying new I could justify checking the box, but not paying twice as much for it after the fact. You could replace the front and rear seats with leather for $1,500 tops.
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Old 04-02-2014, 03:08 PM   #22
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They are working on all the specifics but It may still be a while. They were supposed to be available by now... As far as the cost? Yes,they are very expensive. Some feel they are worth it. No cover changes the seat itself just the appearance. Can't compare to the feel of a Recaro seat, But of course I'm biased I have a set.

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Old 04-02-2014, 03:10 PM   #23
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yeah the kit for both rows of my 06 Silverado crewcab was less than $1000 for 2 tone with custom stitching and embroidery.
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I sold my old OEM seats to a guy that said he had ripped his and that's why he was buying mine, After he left I wondered why he didn't just re-skin them. But hey, at least I sold em.
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I purchased Clazzio seat covers,black with red leather seat inserts and red stiching , and IMO very good quality and fit and many people that have seem the covers couldn't believe that they were not original equipment
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