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Unread 04-18-2015, 10:28 AM   #1
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Wj Katzkin Leather Seat Write-Up

I posted a question about my Katzkin installation and had more than a few requests for a write-up. Its been busy, so I am just getting a few minutes so here it is.

My WJ is an 04 with over 200k on the clock. New seat skins were in order and I ordered a set from SAR out of New York. Wayne was my rep and was very thorough and had me send photos of the existing seats to have Katzkin confirm my seats style was available. He also sent me a swatch book to make sure I knew what my new seats would look like.

About 4 days after placing the order, my new seat leathers arrived. Installation was very labor intensive and pretty tedious. They replacement leathers fit perfectly and the installation looks great.

To anyone considering this upgrade, I would say do it with the following caveats:

1) The replacement covers are made from the original patterns. This means if your foams are crushed, torn, or damaged, they will not look right. Better to fix or replace seat foams rather than save a buck and screw up the appearance of an otherwise perfect fit.

2) Do this job when you are not rushed in any way. You will have to form and move the leather into position and then, the terrifying part, CUT your new leather where headrests, screws, electrics and levers pass through. Scary, but if you measure twice, cut once, it will be fine.

3) Headrests: Hard to do right if you try to wrestle them on. The trick is to put a plastic bag around the headrest, hold a vacuum hose to seal the bag, run the vacuum to suck out air. This shrinks the headrest enough to easily install the new cover and clip it closed before the foam "Re-inflates"

4) Take your time and do your homework first. YouTube is your friend. Take the seats out, disassemble, strip, clean and TAKE YOUR TIME!

5) New leather smells Great. (Not an instruction, I just really like the smell.

That's about it. The job, overall, is not hard. It is very tedious and nerve wracking at times, so just take your time and enjoy!

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Unread 04-18-2015, 10:35 AM   #2
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That looks pretty. Congrats on a job well done!
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Unread 04-18-2015, 10:52 AM   #3
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Looks great! How much did it set you back?
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Unread 04-18-2015, 11:30 AM   #4
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Damn, Ive wanted a katskin interior for a long time. Their website doesn't list wj's. But I did find a brand new Columbia edition interior on eBay.
My overland though.....
So how much and what's the order process? Who is SAR...and what's their number.
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Unread 04-18-2015, 12:01 PM   #5
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There are many different prices/options. www.shopsar.com They are an automotive specialty shop out of N.Y. For your Overland: Mine were the same. I am sure they have them. As far as the brand new interior, by the time you buy all the pieces, I think Katzkins will be a little less. And the leather is much better quality than stock. You can customize everything with Katzkin, so there is no fixed price. Mine with leather front and back, perforated inserts front and back, MOPAR embroidery in 2 colors and blue reverse stitching on all seats and headrests were right at $1200.00 and worth every penny.
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Unread 04-18-2015, 02:28 PM   #6
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$1200 is a lot but I agree with worth every penny... You get what u pay for and your eyes see this right away. So even for looks factor its worth it to me.
Thanks for the link
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Me likey!

Also, thanks for the follow up!
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what color leather did you order?
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dang those look great. awesome color combination.
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Looks great.
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They are black leather with black perforated inserts and blue stitching. I think the color is better than the stock
bluish grey.
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Did you replace any worn foam? If so, did you form it yourself or where did you source it? Thanks.
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Good Question. I did decide to replace the foam bottom on the drivers side. Since the leathers are based off of the original pattern, it assumes the original foam dimensions. I originally replaced the drivers side bottom foam because it was pretty flattened after 200+ k. After seeing the finished product, I also ordered the passenger side foam (bottom only as well). The old passenger side foam was ok, but it didn't look as good for feel as comfortable as the new drivers side. As long as I am spending that much on leathers, to cheap out on the foams seemed a little silly. The foam is MOPAR. I found someone who said they could "fab" me some new foams for $50.00 less each, but I could not be certain that they met original dimensions. In for a penny, in for a pound!

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I liked the old ones better.
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What an awesome Job, really do look the part. As you say though to cut the corner on the foam was a big mistake, but you live and learn... Welll done, Great work!

Currently waiting on better weather to tackle mine. I'm going for the Jag seats so I have to fab up a mounting and get it motorised and make sure the heated seats work! Jeez .. but if they came out as good as yours I'd be a happy man. Huge Kudos to you..
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Thanks MadderThanMax! I just ordered the passenger side seat foam yesterday, so they will be truly complete in a week or so. Still, I am really trilled with the way they look and feel.
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