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Some before and after pics of my recent Katzkin Leather Kit and front/rear heated seat install. I will be adding more photos and elaborating on the process as time permits...


Before- Khaki Cloth. Upgrading to leather at some point was one of my conditions to buying this vehicle. Glad I finally had the chance!


If you ever wondered what the insides looked like... Simple foam, recessed Velcro strips, and lots of little hog rings.


Finished product. Went with a Two-tone "Canvas" and "Slate Grey" combo, with "Pewter" embroidery. None of these colors were recommended by Katzkins (Canvas is new this year for a Subaru match), but in the end everything matches perfectly; Canvas to the headliner, Slate to the carpeting, and Pewter to the seatbelts.






 

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Reserved for future photos/details.

2nd/3rd headrest removal- the silver clips work just like the front seats, you just have to pinch them through the cloth/leather.


I mounted my front seat heated-seat buttons in the unused bay of the overhead console. I had to splice/lengthen the wires to run up the A-pillars, but am pleased with the results.


Ugh. This was one of the most difficult parts of the process, several times. Spring loaded cables have to be taken off to remove the OEM cloth. Took me awhile to figure out that all three springs were relaxed if the seat was propped at a certain angle. Also, discovered why OEM heated seats are only in the front; all the flipping, folding, flexing action makes for tough wire running. Wound up cutting/splicing in some coil wire from a cig. lighter extension thing to allow the seat to fold properly, while not tugging on the wires and/or looking like Red Green did it.


Placement of the rear heated-seat switches. Not quite as fluid as the front switches, but they still integrated pretty well, IMO.


Heard alot about hog rings before the install, but never really knew what they were until I tore inside. Pretty simple. This is getting ready to crimp one around a plastic Katskin rib and a molded-in cord of the OEM seat.
 

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Very nice job. I like the look. Thanks for posting. I think you may have been the first to mod with Katzkins.
 

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These became an option through the dealer in 2009. Did you purchase through your dealer, or direct, and what was the cost for all three rows? Thanks.:eek:rangehat:
 

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Thanks guys! Katskins will only sell to a retailer of some sort, so I bought the kit through a dealer/online dealer:

http://www.moparsupercenter.com/katzkin-leather-interior-uninstalledleather1pu.html

I have had bad luck with uninformed parts guys before and was a little concerned about placing a leather+options order with a Mopar parts dept, but after checking with Katskins that the kit was the same regardless of who I went through I went ahead and made the call. I was very impressed with their knowledge and service, and am happy to put in some praise for "Joel," who followed the process from start to finish (a very quick 72 hours). Additionally, ordering through the Mopar affiliates allowed for any options to be included for no surcharge- there are usually fees for every option; $85 embroidery, $200 combo, $200 piping, etc. All said and done the 3 row kit cost around $950 shipped, almost $1000 less than the shop I was planning on using was going to charge! The install did take some time, but I also had to reassemble everything to a usable status every time I worked on it so that we could get the kids around in the morning. Nothing like driving a car with 3 cloth seats, 2 leather seats, 2 foam seats, and NO plastic dash/trim pieces! The toughest part was that none of the rows are built/assembled alike, so every seat was a high, time consuming learning curve. End the end I am glad that I did the labor myself, proud that it looks OEM, thrilled that nothing (really) broke, and would definitely recommend the kit to a friend.
 

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Those look assume, great job!
 

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Nice work!

I did a similar project on my previous 2004 ZR2 Blazer and when you talked about the seat cables, I had a flashback :yikes: . The folding seats must be a challenge in every SUV.

Oh, and clever location for the heater switches! Looks clean and accessible for both driver and passenger.
 

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Getting ready to upload the rest of the pics here:

Placement of the wiring harness; relay tucks under the seat frame, two wires run up the side to the heating elements, and power leads and switch connection tuck under the carpet and run out to the door sill.


Test run of the switch-wire length. Just enough to make it... (there are about seven inches of wire harness connected to the switch already installed.)


Closeup of the harness that clips into the B-pillar. Was expecting an open passage for the new wires and was really frustrated to find none.


After some brainstorming and finagling I finally figured out how to pass the wires through: removing a section of the shrink tubing allowed the wires to fit through the small space on the OEM harness.


Reassembled with the extra wires run through.


Looking through the hole where the window switch goes (door panel on) I expected a quick and simple pass through the door alongside the window-switch wires for a direct route to the warmer-relay wires. Yeah right. The switch wires run down to the bottom, across, then back up to the B-pillar hinge as to not interfere with a recessed window pane. It was only after disassembling the entire door and peeling the sound-foam off that I discovered a hole in the sheet metal JUST big enough to pass my connector through. You can see the faint outline of the hole above the speaker hole. This layout allowed for my wires to just barely clip together, yet tuck safe behind the window regulator motor/wires and complete my direct route wiring sceme. Clearly it was meant to be.


Final switch assembly.
 

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That looks really good, I like it!
 

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Technically, JeepRig paid someone else to install the kit :)
 

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Getting ready to upload the rest of the pics here:
Where is "here"? I like the looks, very nice. Your description of the seats,
Canvas to the headliner,,...is this a color?

I stripped my seats down over the winter and cleaned the material and added the seat heater, it;s a bite in the butt.
I understand how much work you went thru.
 

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Where is "here"? I like the looks, very nice. Your description of the seats,
Canvas to the headliner,,...is this a color?

I stripped my seats down over the winter and cleaned the material and added the seat heater, it;s a bite in the butt.
I understand how much work you went thru.
Haha, going to be "there," in the post, but now I can't find my camera cord! (Just some more pics of the rear heated seat setup.)
"Canvas" is the color name of the leather, and it matches the headliner perfectly. The install did take some time, but like any other mod I'm glad I got to learn how to do it and not just pay somebody else.
 

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Hi,

You mentioned that the whole kit with third row seat was $950. Was that with all leather even on third row seat.
Thanks
Kristian:stickpoke:
I believe so, sitting upstairs at my desk now. If I remember correctly, all three rows had leather "faces," and vinyl for various side/back/etc bolsters. I think I remember being surprised that the third row was leather, but will unfold them and check sometime tomorrow to be sure.
 

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Seems like a very good deal if they are are leather. I'm going to get them in a few weeks. I thinking of getting all black seats with grey Jeep logo.
I have a dark blue Commander with grey interior.

Kristian
 

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They are leather. Let me know if you decide to do the install and need pointers!
 
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