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Unread 11-07-2012, 07:58 AM   #1
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Driver's seat cracking. Where to purchase?

Our 05 Grand lower outside seat bottom is cracking where my wife slides into the Jeep. There are now 5 or so 4" cracks and I'd like to repair or replace it. There is also a small tear in the back of the seat cover that I made a long time ago loading materials into the back.

Can you buy a driver's seat cover replacement? Where? The seats are the two tone grey leather(ette) that came in 05 Limiteds.

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Unread 11-07-2012, 08:38 AM   #2
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Here is a site that you can check for seat covers.
http://www.carcoverplanet.com/2005-j...FQGFnQodwXkAXQ
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Unread 11-07-2012, 08:52 AM   #3
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Here is a site that you can check for seat covers.
http://www.carcoverplanet.com/2005-j...FQGFnQodwXkAXQ
Thanks. I am looking for a factory replacement that matches the rest of the interior.
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Unread 11-07-2012, 09:24 AM   #4
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No info on a factory replacement, but I know someone just had their leather seat bottom replaced (see the "What did you do to your WK today?" thread). Usually you can go to any Auto Interior place and they can replace any piece that needs to be fixed. From the pic I saw online, they did a pretty good job.
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Unread 11-07-2012, 09:56 AM   #5
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No info on a factory replacement, but I know someone just had their leather seat bottom replaced (see the "What did you do to your WK today?" thread). Usually you can go to any Auto Interior place and they can replace any piece that needs to be fixed. From the pic I saw online, they did a pretty good job.
Yeah that's what I plan on doing with the rip in my driver's seat. Seems this happens a lot...here's the thread where someone recently got their "leather" fixed
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Unread 11-07-2012, 10:07 AM   #6
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Its actually a common thing with all leather seats. The leather gets brittle, creases and cracks. I use leather protectant on my seats, so hopefully they stay soft and supple for years to come.

But, even in my old car with cloth seats... after 10 years of going in and out, the drivers seat was getting worn and ratty looking.
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Its actually a common thing with all leather seats. The leather gets brittle, creases and cracks. I use leather protectant on my seats, so hopefully they stay soft and supple for years to come.

But, even in my old car with cloth seats... after 10 years of going in and out, the drivers seat was getting worn and ratty looking.
I figured it was common on the Grand, and that I'd have to go to a local shop for the most economical fix, but wanted to throw it out there. My wife isn't big and has to slide in and out of the Jeep on the edge of the seat which I'm sure accelerated the issue.

This cracking isn't common on real leather seats though... this is leatherette. Leather will wear, but these cracks are making the leatherette almost peel off the cloth/vinyl backing. I had used protectant on the seats for the last 4 years before there were cracks and it still didn't prevent them.
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Unread 11-07-2012, 11:56 AM   #8
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I noticed on mine the crack is right on top of the wires for the seat heaters. Poor design. They should have come up from the back of the seat, as opposed to being under the most abused section of the seat.
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Unread 11-07-2012, 05:06 PM   #9
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I think they dry out if you don't oil them or put conditioner on them. I have been putting that car leather conditioner on them, but I'm thinking of changing to some cheeper farm/feed-barn saddle oil product.
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