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Old March 11th, 2005, 02:50 AM
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Exmoor: Cloth, Vinyl or Leather ?

I'm looking to buy a pair of the Exmoor Trim seats for my SWB project. I don't have any existing seats so the re-trim option is ruled out. Trouble is I'm having a tough time deciding between cloth, vinyl or leather seats.

I realize that part of the decision has to do with how I intend to drive the vehicle and, to be honest, I'm not altogether certain just how much water will get into the vehicle. It's a hard-top and I don't see myself being super-hard-core.

Does anyone have experience with their seats to be able to share some insight?
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Old March 11th, 2005, 08:22 AM
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Well, I initially bought their LR logo fabric retrims for my front seats. The samples looked nice, but when I received them, I just wasn't happy with the color and slight shimmer of the seat. It was supposed to be grey, but ended up with a greenish shimmer. Hard to explain. But looked like the MASK.

So I turned around and bought the XS leather fronts with heated seat pads. These are super nice, and I'm very pleased with them. They breath well, as the center section is a denier type of fabric, and the rest is a nice leather. I would recommend going to the leather. My feeling us, they hold up better to use and abuse.
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Old March 11th, 2005, 10:03 AM
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I have set of their G4 material seats - its a much heavier vinyl than OEM. I don't really know how well it would go in a vintage rover since it has a fairly up-to-date look. What is your SWB project? A 88" series truck? I'd probably just go with some of their grey vinyl. I wouldnt worry about anything exmoor sells, it all appears to be of excellent quality.
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Old March 11th, 2005, 10:27 AM
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jim and david-could you guys post pics of your seats
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Old March 11th, 2005, 03:00 PM
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I just ordered the G4 seats complete with runners. Its the same material as the freelander SE3, tougher feel. Cant wait to get and put them in. I am going to start the timer on Monday, I was quoted one day to prepare and four to ship.

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Old March 11th, 2005, 03:19 PM
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Martin - mine arrive -no sh!t- in 4 days. I was f'n stoked.

After that it took me 2 months to get around to the install. I'm so lame.

You are going to be really, really happy with these seats. I got them heated as well.
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Old March 11th, 2005, 03:39 PM
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martin will you have your old seats for sale?
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Old March 11th, 2005, 04:28 PM
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Tdi asks What is your SWB project?

I'm restoring an 88" with some modifications to make it easier / more comfortable to drive. Originality takes a back seat to comfort and useability.

I have a quote for the Extreme Trakker cloth seats (TKE1) at $820 US for a pair with heater and lumbar support included.
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Old March 11th, 2005, 04:48 PM
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I too have installed the leather seats with heaters. I'm very pleased with them, but in all honesty, I don't think there is much moo in that leather!
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Old March 11th, 2005, 07:41 PM
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Yeah Jim I am pretty impatient when it comes to ordering things, I want them now, I cant stand when things are on back order. But I will be amazed if they arrive at the end of next week. I would have ordered them Air Conditioned, but that wasnt a option

Matt- I will have the seats for sale, i will send you pics and you can tell me what you would like to pay for them. I have a good shipping company that I use so no need to worry about costly shipping charges, stay tuned.

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Martin -

When you say G4 seats - are those the same as the XS style?

I'd love to see a few pictures after they're intstalled if possible.
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The G4 seats are not the XS ones - here is a pic of my G4 seats installed (which I did with the DIY retrim kit) and a closeup of the texture.

I have since sandblasted and repainted the seat tracks, so they dont look like butt any more.
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Old March 12th, 2005, 12:49 PM
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Jim - thanks for the pic's, those look pretty awesome. Is the material the same as the XS with just a different design? I can't seem to find them on Exmoor's website - where should I look?

2 more quick q's - How well do the seat heaters work and what are you using for switches to control them? Thanks for helping.
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Here is the XS. I think the difference between the XS and G4, is the G4 is a vinyl.
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jim-david- those look realy nice-where did you place the heated seat switch?do you have a pic of the switches?
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You can see my switches in the 3rd pic, center of the center console just in front of the radio. They are both round, three position switches.
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I did something similar with my heated seat switches - I have a tuffy console so I put them in the little front section where the radio goes. I also wired 2 cigarett lighters in there too. The seat heaters work just fine - I have no complaints with their performance. Whe you buy them from Exmoor, they come as a complete system, so all you have to do is connect the main power lead to the batter, a switched lead to a 12v swichted source, and a ground.
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If I read Exmoor's web site correctly, their XS range can be applied to any of the Exmoor seats such as the Extreme Trakker (TKE1) or G4 seats. (I couldn't find the G4 on Exmoor's site).
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You can see my switches in the 3rd pic, center of the center console just in front of the radio. They are both round, three position switches.
Do those switches come as part of the package from Exmoor?

Still can't find any info on the G4's on Exmoor's website. Is the G4 a full seat, retrim package or both?

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Yes, the switches do. The wiring harness is quite complete and a nice bit of kit.

You can buy any of their stuff as retrim, complete seat or other. Just call them. They are easy to work with, responsive and flexible.
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