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Re: Real Leather Seat Covers

Postby FC Zach » Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:39 am

Magroo wrote:If you need to throw the covers back on I found zip ties to be a good alternative to the hog rings that were used. When I put my cloth seat covers on its what I had on hand and worked extremely well.


I considered that but I luckily have some cloth seats to use till these arrive.
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Re: Real Leather Seat Covers

Postby EvilStig » Sun Mar 04, 2018 3:59 am

FC Zach wrote:I've already completely disassembled my driver's seat and partially disassembled the other to use as a blueprint.


I'm working on that right now... drivers seat needs some foam repair so figured I'd do it while I wait.
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Re: Real Leather Seat Covers

Postby FC Zach » Fri Mar 09, 2018 7:21 am

Pretty excited! I just received notification that these are on the way and scheduled for delivery this Saturday! :)
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Re: Real Leather Seat Covers

Postby FC Zach » Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:34 am

I found a few issues. . Of everything sent (I bought the complete set with both front and rear), only the front seat bottoms/backs installed without any problems. The first issue I came across was with the headrests, they appear to be made from a different design.

Completed front driver's seat. . Ignore the baggyness, I'm going to address that with some heat on another day. These are made well and from 100% leather. If I were to complain about anything with the front sets, it would be that the flap which folds around and underneath the backside of the seat bottom appears to be made from a different design than mine. I remedied this issue with wire and hog-rings (I didn't get a picture of this as I felt it wasn't that big of deal) but noting as this may be a concern to others.
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Headrests. . . Is anyone familiar with this shape? It looks to be a little smaller and obviously with a smaller opening. . I've already contacted the ebay seller about resolving this and the other issues:
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After I completed both fronts, I tried installing the rear seat bottom. . I didn't catch it right away and unfortunately not until I wasted a few hog-rings and time securing the inner rods to the cushion that the new cover was shaped differently and missing some important details. Once I side-by-side I realized the obvious and that they completely different, the replacement has a shallower bottom than my original.
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The other important details I found omitted from the replacement bottom were sleeves to run wire rods through for securing with hog-rings and added material for securing the seat-belt-buckle openings. Although not as crucial as the previous issues, there were plastic tabs missing from the rear corners to attach hog-rings.

There's no sleeve running along this edge to run the wire through. .
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Here's the added material at the buckle holes from the OE seat used to secure with rings
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and the missing plastic tab used for securing a ring to. .
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Lastly, the rear seat-backs. . I found that the covers are missing wire/rod sleeves from every edge that they're needed and the one edge that does have one really needs to have a plastic flap which is used to tuck in-between the top of the seat back and the back (carpeted) cover.

Sleeve in place of plastic flap thingy:
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and no rod/wire sleeves:
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Re: Real Leather Seat Covers

Postby EvilStig » Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:39 am

Thanks for the info. Are those seats you ordered Grey? they look almost more brown to me...

I just ordered the fronts and they should get here this week, will let you know if I find anything different on mine.
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Re: Real Leather Seat Covers

Postby FC Zach » Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:27 am

EvilStig wrote:Thanks for the info. Are those seats you ordered Grey? they look almost more brown to me...

Yeah, they are gray but you are correct, they do appear brownish in the pics. They're close but slightly lighter in color than the OE pieces.

EvilStig wrote:I just ordered the fronts and they should get here this week, will let you know if I find anything different on mine.

You think it would be beneficial if I copy/paste this link for the seller to see a more detailed write-up and read through concerns/reviews? I just hope that if I do, it isn't taken the wrong way and more-so constructive than anything.
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Re: Real Leather Seat Covers

Postby EvilStig » Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:54 am

EvilStig wrote:I just ordered the fronts and they should get here this week, will let you know if I find anything different on mine.

You think it would be beneficial if I copy/paste this link for the seller to see a more detailed write-up and read through concerns/reviews? I just hope that if I do, it isn't taken the wrong way and more-so constructive than anything.[/quote]

I'd see what he says first about your request for help on the headrest and rear seat fitment, and then ask if he wants more feedback. I'd also probably just send him a write up instead of linking him to the thread.
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Re: Real Leather Seat Covers

Postby Spectra1 » Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:13 pm

The rear seats are shallower because they were likely modeled after a GTS. When I did this a few years ago I ended up with the same problem. When I compared the alltrac and GTS rear seats side by side the alltrac were significantly deeper.
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Re: Real Leather Seat Covers

Postby EvilStig » Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:34 pm

Spectra1 wrote:The rear seats are shallower because they were likely modeled after a GTS. When I did this a few years ago I ended up with the same problem. When I compared the alltrac and GTS rear seats side by side the alltrac were significantly deeper.



GTS have a different headrest too? Could be why the difference there... I certainly don't remember seeing the bellows style risers on any other cars.
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Re: Real Leather Seat Covers

Postby FC Zach » Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:54 pm

Good news, guy is redoing the headrests and rear covers. . He asked that I send him my covers to use as a template. Shipping label was prepaid and sent too, great service so far. . Aside from this setback, I have no complaints. Hope you others have just as good of an experience.
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Re: Real Leather Seat Covers

Postby FC Zach » Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:34 pm

Also, the seller didn't want the headrest and rear covers returned that I received. . So, since I have no use for these and it would be a shame to scrap them, if anybody here has that style rear seat bottom and also want the matching rear backs (and you're ok with the issues pointed out above) send me a message. I'll include the headrest covers but keep in mind they will not match your gray perfectly. All I ask for is payment for shipping and a nominal fee for time/material.

With that said I will be keeping them till the replacements arrive since I'm using them as a map of where each hog ring rod goes.
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Real Leather Seat Covers

Postby Tecker185 » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:57 am

The quality looks great, im glad the seller is taking the time to make it right. This will encourage more people to buy his/her product. Hopefully he/she continues to make these for us we need them.


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Re: Real Leather Seat Covers

Postby EvilStig » Sat Mar 17, 2018 4:37 pm

I received mine last week and started working on them thursday night. I got the bottom of the driver seat fitted with a little 1/2" foam added to plump it out. I noticed that using the heat gun trick to shrink away the wrinkles doesn't really work, as once the material cools it becomes baggy again. I molded some additional foam around the top portion of the seat, and tried to put on the top cover, but that's where things went pear shaped. One of the wire pockets started to tear from the tension, and I found the holes I cut for the headrest posts (it didn't come pre-cut) during the test fitting no longer lined up correctly once enough tension was on the cover. Then just when I thought I might be able to pull it off anyway, one of the rubber tethers snapped.

So now the question is, where can I get another of those tethers? I'd be shocked if toyota still sold something like that, assuming they ever did in the first place... I may need to buy a whole GT seat from pick n pull and hope it uses the same mounting straps. Or take it to an upholstery specialist and sell them a kidney to finish the job for me.

By the way, I, too, found the same issue with the headrest and contacted the seller, sending pictures and offering to send anything else he needed back. I haven't heard back yet but will keep folks posted. Had I been more patient, I may have had mine finished after he made the adjustments for yours.
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Re: Real Leather Seat Covers

Postby FC Zach » Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:30 pm

To remove the wrinkles try steam, that worked for me. As for the holes, that's something you should have done afterwards. I sent the seller the correct templates (headrests) and he received them this week. If you don't have access to a steam cleaner/machine, ask local upholstery shops.
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Re: Real Leather Seat Covers

Postby FC Zach » Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:48 pm

I borrowed a handheld steam cleaner like this. .
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After about thirty minutes of work (could probably try another go) I smoothed it out a little, it's not perfect but it made a difference and looks great to me.
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