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Old 04-17-2016, 10:44 AM
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DIY Katzkin install. Never again.

Like the title says, I installed grey Katzkin on my '13 GC Laredo over a span of two days. I spent around 15 hours from start to finish. I also installed generic carbon fiber seat warmers (take for ever to heat) with the buttons on the side of the seats on the plastic seat side trim.

Let me tell you had I known how hard this project was, I would have paid someone else to do it.

I love the look and I am quite satisfied with how it turned out but I would never do it again.

It is a lot of hard work, I did not have instructions and had to figure things out. Hence the reason it took so long.

I curse Jeep for using locktite on the seat screws!!! What a nightmare to remove the screws.

For those of you thinking about doing this my advice is, hire someone.

I hope the summer heat will help with getting the wrinkles off the seats.

Let me know what you think.

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Old 04-17-2016, 11:17 AM
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Re: Katzkin installed. Never again.

Those look great. Where did you run the wires for the heaters?
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Old 04-17-2016, 11:20 AM
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Re: Katzkin installed. Never again.

Based on other photos I've seen and a sample at the accessory store, I think you did a very good job especially since it was your first time and there were no instructions.
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Those look great. Where did you run the wires for the heaters?
I tapped the lighter outlet in the center console storage. I noticed when taking the picture this morning that the connection is hot even with the ignition off. I will re-run the wires into a switched fuse in the fuse box.
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Based on other photos I've seen and a sample at the accessory store, I think you did a very good job especially since it was your first time and there were no instructions.
Thanks. I think they came out pretty nice. I think this was one of the hardest things I've ever done.

I was under the impression that I would be needing hog rings and pliers to do the job. To my surprise I didn't. Honestly I would have preferred hog rings. The covers come with a plastic strip that has to be inserted into retainers in the seat foam cushions. Holy hell, those were hard to get in.
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Re: Katzkin installed. Never again.

Looks fantastic! I replaced some of my upholstery in my WK (not wk2) with factory replacements.

I had some wrinkles and used this trick.

Works well!!! and safer than a heat gun.
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Re: Katzkin installed. Never again.

I like the wrinkles - they make it look more "leathery." Looks great.
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I like the wrinkles - they make it look more "leathery." Looks great.
Honestly, the more I look at it, the more I like the way it looks and for exactly the same reasons you do.
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Looks fantastic! I replaced some of my upholstery in my WK (not wk2) with factory replacements.

I had some wrinkles and used this trick.

Works well!!! and safer than a heat gun.
Pretty cool trick. I thought about putting the covers in the dryer with steam cycle but I was afraid I would shrink them.
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Re: Katzkin installed. Never again.

Looks like you're persistence paid off - that came out nice! Good job
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Pretty cool trick. I thought about putting the covers in the dryer with steam cycle but I was afraid I would shrink them.
Yeah, the wrinkles look good in parts. Sometimes when forming the upholstery covers around curved areas, it can get a little dimply and not have a smooth contour like you'd expect (or like your factory installed covers did).

That steam trick will get most of that out...... just relax all the material that is bunched up and help smooth out the contours.

It looks great though!!! I thought about doing the Katzkin on my Jeep; but then after replacing one seat cover, I changed my mind. Even with hogrings, it's still a workout.

Nice work!
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Re: Katzkin installed. Never again.

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.
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