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Old July 15th, 2009, 07:51 PM
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Exmoor trim seat recovering

Anyone else's seat base foam an inch longer than the one you took out?

I don't see how I am supposed to get this cover on.

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Old July 15th, 2009, 07:57 PM
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have an upholstery shop do it
There are certain things that are worth having others do.
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Old July 15th, 2009, 07:59 PM
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If the foam was the right size I would be done already.
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Old July 15th, 2009, 08:16 PM
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Anyone else's seat base foam an inch longer than the one you took out?

I don't see how I am supposed to get this cover on.

TYIA

Ron

PS strike 2 for RN today.
use a knife to cut the extra, seems like a better situation than having 1" less
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Old July 15th, 2009, 08:16 PM
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Are you sure the old one is not just shorter from being compressed for years under the covering? I would try to see how close it comes to fitting with gentle persuasion, then I would use large shears and take a little bit at a time off the back edge of the foam until you can make the cover fit over it.
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Old July 15th, 2009, 09:14 PM
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Are you sure the old one is not just shorter from being compressed for years under the covering? I would try to see how close it comes to fitting with gentle persuasion, then I would use large shears and take a little bit at a time off the back edge of the foam until you can make the cover fit over it.
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The whole point of paying real money for stuff like this is to not have to spend time and hack it together (aka Ron Good ). And yes, I am sure the old one is not compressed. In addition to the raw foam, I have six other seats and they all are like the old one. Unless there is some way to compress the new one, I am at a loss as to what to do. I used to buy stuff from RN because it was genuine and not the crap aftermarket stuff or if it was aftermarket it was good.

I ordered a bunch of stuff and only two of the things were genuine and one of them was the Disco I trailer wiring they sent me and said it is the same as a D90 (it clearly is not as it has a different bracket and no D90 instructions).

Edit: I got it most of the way on. I am going to see if the foam gives me more play after letting it sit for some more time.
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Old July 15th, 2009, 09:14 PM
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Call Exmoor and ask them how to put the covers on.
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Old July 15th, 2009, 09:15 PM
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Call Exmoor and ask them how to put the covers on.
I know, you warned me Chris. I should have bought them premade I think I know why your other customer put them one 1in too far forward. The foam is 1in too long.
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Old July 15th, 2009, 09:18 PM
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another idea soak the foam and compress it then freeze it, then put it in the seat cover thn let it dry in the sun.
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Old July 15th, 2009, 10:45 PM
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I got foams and seat covers from exmoor a year ago they were really tight in fact I ripped one putting it on. email exmoor and I upgraded to the sx leather they went right on with no problem. they are snug fitting though.
I will be in Philly over the weekend if seeing them would help at all.
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Old July 15th, 2009, 11:00 PM
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Ron,

FWIW I ordered a set of Exmoor seats from John Craddock with lumbar and heaters and they only installed the lumbar and sent the seat heaters separate when they should have installed the heaters as well so now I will have to either try and install them myself or take them down to an auto upholstery shop

Additionally the handles for the reclining lever were not installed and will not fit as they are the wrong ones

So even if you had ordered them pre made you may have still had issues to deal with

Donít even get me started on the fact that the hood and hood sticks they sell do not come with any directions
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Old July 15th, 2009, 11:22 PM
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I got foams and seat covers from exmoor a year ago they were really tight in fact I ripped one putting it on. email exmoor and I upgraded to the sx leather they went right on with no problem. they are snug fitting though.
I will be in Philly over the weekend if seeing them would help at all.
I PMed you my cell.

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Old July 15th, 2009, 11:29 PM
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Ron,

I know you don't like to go to a shop, but in Manheim PA there is an awesome shop called Gibble's, they are great and cheap ( just an option )
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Old July 15th, 2009, 11:35 PM
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Ron,

I know you don't like to go to a shop, but in Manheim PA there is an awesome shop called Gibble's, they are great and cheap ( just an option )
I don't have that kind of time to drive all the way up there.
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Ron, my foams were a tight fit, but I just chalked it up to the old ones being so worn. I didn't measure, but if yours are indeed too long, the easiest way to trim them is with an electric carving knife. The way I did mine was just to start at one side and line the vinyl up with the track that it was originally in and tap the black plastic strip into place with a mallet. I just went all around the seat a couple inches at a time pulling and tapping. It is pretty easy if you don't try to line the whole thing up at once.
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Old July 16th, 2009, 09:33 AM
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I was about to buy the Exmoor kit. I'm having second thoughts. Significant second thoughts. Alternatives? Thanks.
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Old July 16th, 2009, 09:45 AM
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In my case I do not think it was an Exmoor problem other than the lack of directions for the hoop / hood.

I think the dealer that I purchased from just picked the seat heaters and the knobs from his stock rather than sending the entire order to exmoor

I guess it is just something that you have to be aware of now that they no longer sell direct so you will have to deal with resellers that do not know the product as well and do not care as much.
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Old July 16th, 2009, 11:24 AM
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When I received mine I thought the same thing. After I centered the foam in the tray it looked as there was no way the seat cover can wrap around but it will. Compress the foam at the edges of the tray after glueing in place and stretch, a extra set of hands helps to hold in place and to help hammer the bead liner in. I have the leather so it was able to stretch a little more. I though for sure the material was going to rip but it didn't. Only use the spray glue on the base and back and not on the top of the base. If you have heaters allow enough time for the glue to set before you put the cover on. I took me awhile but the look and feel great.
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Old July 16th, 2009, 01:16 PM
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Ya, Les at RN (who is the only one I deal with now that Shane left) said get a second set of hands.
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Old July 16th, 2009, 04:33 PM
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Mine were tight we well (XS covers on new foams). I sat on the seat bottom to compress it while I worked the bead into the channel (with a BFH). I remember thinking that there was no way it was gonna fit when I first looked at it.
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