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Re: Katzkin installed. Never again.

must be a lot of insulation in that seat cover, I put a generic heated seat with the same switch in our chevy spark, it's hot by the end of the street!

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Re: Katzkin installed. Never again.

I've been quoted $1100 for basic black katzkins kit with installation. Is that worth it in your opinion?
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I'm in the middle of installing Katzkin seat covers myself in my 2011 Grand Cherokee. I still have the drivers seat to do. I'm glad my son has been helping me cause I didn't think it would be this hard doing it myself. It is a lot of work for two hands. We spend about 3 to 4 hours to do a seat.
My son and I both agree that this work should be left to the professionals.
When we are finished I'll post some pics if you guys are interested. So far, I like how the seats are turning out.
Mininuke, Your seats looks very nice, well done! Thanks for posting the photos.
I'm glad you are almost finished. I see you too agree this is very hard to do. It is rewarding though. I love the new look. The grey seats look amazing set against the black interior. I'm thinking about asking Katzkin if they can provide a matching cover for the center console lid.
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I've been quoted $1100 for basic black katzkins kit with installation. Is that worth it in your opinion?
I'm not sure. If you look them up on eBay you will find several vendors offering the basic black kit (perforated inserts and piping) for $550.

So basically you will be paying $550 for labor. If you have help, tools and the patience to do it, maybe you can save the money.

I did a cost comparison and realized that the 15 hours I spent was equivalent to around $840 dollars if I would have been paid what I make at work per hour.

$550 labor is not bad.

Good luck and post pictures.
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I'm not sure. If you look them up on eBay you will find several vendors offering the basic black kit (perforated inserts and piping) for $550.

So basically you will be paying $550 for labor. If you have help, tools and the patience to do it, maybe you can save the money.

I did a cost comparison and realized that the 15 hours I spent was equivalent to around $840 dollars if I would have been paid what I make at work per hour.

$550 labor is not bad.

Good luck and post pictures.
Thanks, thats the kind of information I was looking for. To be honest, I work a lot and the $550 or so in labor is worth it to me if I'm looking at 15+ hours. Thats time I can be spending with my toddler. I think I'll just pay someone to install the kit. I'll post up some pictures when I get it done.
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Re: Katzkin installed. Never again.

Well I finally finished installing my Katzkin seat covers in my '11 Grand Cherokee. I bought them on Ebay from a business out of Denver Co.
I wasn't sure about the two tone color before I got them but overall I am happy how the colors match with the rest of the interior.
Also installed front seat heater pads but haven't had time to wire them in yet. I would like to install the switches in the console but leery drilling holes in it. Any help in wiring would be appreciated
I'm glad I bought a new bottom drivers seat cushion as the original was starting to break down from getting in and out of the car.
The interior is the dark/medium greystone.
Here is a link to my photobucket page, not to computer savvy ,hope it works. The before pictures are from the dealership ad when I bought the car last year.
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Re: Katzkin installed. Never again.

I spent a summer in college working at an aftermarket seat installer and had to install Katzkin and stock sets daily. We did have a steam machine to help, but we also would put the vehicles outside and cranked the heat for a bit to help let the creases settle.
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Re: Katzkin installed. Never again.

I'm about to under take this project on this weekend on my 2011 Jeep. Was hoping you could answer a couple of questions I have.

Do you remembered how you removed the controls from the driver seat?

What was your method for the headrests?

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Re: Katzkin installed. Never again.

When I did mine I removed the seat control trim cover first . The controls themselves just snap in, held in place with plastic tabs.
For the seat control cover : There's a Phillips? screw under the small plastic cover where the seat belt is bolted to the seat. I remember taking the seat out before separating the plastic cover tabs where the seat cushions meet then slide control cover panel forward. Having a panel tool and\or small screwdriver helps.

Their is a release for the headrest on the spike opposite of the height adjustment side. Might have to carefully pry up the round plastic cover to get to it. Be careful of the wire for the active headrest when removing the headrest. The back cover of the seat should be removed to disconnect it.

http://wk2jeeps.com/interior/2011_wk...moval_001E.pdf
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Re: DIY Katzkin install. Never again.

Thanks for the info, hopefully this goes smoothly.

I'm also installing seat heaters which will be so nice to have.
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When I did mine I removed the seat control trim cover first . The controls themselves just snap in, held in place with plastic tabs.
For the seat control cover : There's a Phillips? screw under the small plastic cover where the seat belt is bolted to the seat. I remember taking the seat out before separating the plastic cover tabs where the seat cushions meet then slide control cover panel forward. Having a panel tool and\or small screwdriver helps.

Their is a release for the headrest on the spike opposite of the height adjustment side. Might have to carefully pry up the round plastic cover to get to it. Be careful of the wire for the active headrest when removing the headrest. The back cover of the seat should be removed to disconnect it.

http://wk2jeeps.com/interior/2011_wk...moval_001E.pdf
Pictures of finished product?
I had Katzkin installed on a car 20 yrs ago. It would definitely be a DIY if I were to buy it again.
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Pictures of finished product?
I had Katzkin installed on a car 20 yrs ago. It would definitely be a DIY if I were to buy it again.
Here is a Photobucket link of some before and after pics.
2011 Grand Cherokee Slideshow by dirtbagdf | Photobucket

I think the hardest part or spent the most time on, was the front headrests. The back covers pull off but there's not much room to work with inside.
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