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Old August 10th, 2016, 09:37 PM
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Re-trimming Old Style Seats (Hard Back)

Has anyone had success in using an exmoor seat re trim kit on old style seats with a hard plastic back? Any crazy ideas welcome.
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Old August 11th, 2016, 05:35 AM
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The back foam is different as is the frame. The seat base is the same. I tried to do one but found it really didn't work. However have heard of somebody doing it with minor modifications.
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Old August 11th, 2016, 06:08 AM
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I did it about 18 months ago and I had to trim the foam. I went slowly and did a little at a time on the first one and the second one was much easier. I knew about the issue going into it from this thread:
The thread talks about having issues zipping the cover closed once you get it on the seat, but mine wasn't do bad and I did get it zipped all the way. Again the first seat took a little longer than the first. I hated the idea of trimming out the foam when I was doing it, but it has worked out fine. The seats look fine and are comfortable.
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Old August 11th, 2016, 06:25 AM
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Have done it. You must order the covering kit special from Rovers North. Julian/Exmoor has the patterns for every Land Rover seat ever made. Talk to Arthur up there at RN. They do not have new back foams so if you can save those, you are golden. However, i will say that having been through the ordeal that it is actually far less hassle to simply order new seats. There is a real possibility of damaging the material as you are installing it, and then you will have to wait possibly weeks for a replacement part to come from the UK. All you are going to be saving from the old seats is the frame, and that, once you get down to it, is of little value especially if it is rusty or needs to be cleaned up or refinished. The tray backs are actually not as nice as the next-gen seats.
While you are at it, order them with the seat heaters installed.
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