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post #1 of 14 Old 04-21-2019, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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Replaced my upholstery (eBay kit, DIY)

I finally got around to replacing the upholstery in the jeep. I went with a kit from eBay. Took like 2 weeks to get it. Cost $450 (cheaper if you only do the 2 front seats). I was getting quotes well over $1000. I don’t know if you can find new seat foam, My driver side seat was pretty worn. The new covers do come with a half inch of like memory foam or something.

I think they have cheaper seat covers or you could just replace the seats. I wanted to keep mine looking original. I’ve had bad experience with cheaper seat covers in the past. Some of the aftermarket seats I have tried out would sit to high. It’s already a tight fit for me in the Jeep.

I think they turned out really good. Took me about two hours per seat and they feel great. Little metal rings, zippers and velcro is all that is hold the old and new seat covers on.

I added a tuffy center console too. I needed something that locked.

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post #2 of 14 Old 04-21-2019, 09:12 PM
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Looks great. I didn't know the seat material came off without destroying it. I assume or at least it looks like there's zippers on the covers, I'll have to look at my ZJ and see. I need to replace the driver's door arm rest as its cracking, but I think the whole door panel would have to be replaced. I'll figure that out at some point.
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Looks great. I didn't know the seat material came off without destroying it. I assume or at least it looks like there's zippers on the covers, I'll have to look at my ZJ and see. I need to replace the driver's door arm rest as its cracking, but I think the whole door panel would have to be replaced. I'll figure that out at some point.
Yes zippers were on all my seats. Kind of hidden and then there was Velcro in areas to keep the cover close to the cushion, gives the seats depth. And on the bottom front seat there was these metal rings attached to thin log bars that were kind of in bedded in the cushion. Just take apart your first one slow so you don’t rip off the Velcro from the cushion in the inside or do any damage to the cushion. It’s not hard to do this yourself.. You just have to go kind of slow and gentle keeping the cushions from ripping.
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That turned out great. I personally wouldn't have the nerve to tackle that job lol. Nice work!

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Looks good! Looks like factory seats, rather than the typical seat cover that doesn't look quite right. Price seems decent, too.
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Looks good! Looks like factory seats, rather than the typical seat cover that doesn't look quite right. Price seems decent, too.
Thanks for noticing. That’s exactly what I want to do. I seem to get flack from the jeep crowd for having a stock looking jeep. But I love the classic look. I think it will help with the resale value one day too if I ever decide to sell it. People can really get out of hand modifying your jeep.It reminds me more of somebody decorating a cake rather than building the coolest off-road machine
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Yes zippers were on all my seats. Kind of hidden and then there was Velcro in areas to keep the cover close to the cushion, gives the seats depth. And on the bottom front seat there was these metal rings attached to thin log bars that were kind of in bedded in the cushion. Just take apart your first one slow so you donít rip off the Velcro from the cushion in the inside or do any damage to the cushion. Itís not hard to do this yourself.. You just have to go kind of slow and gentle keeping the cushions from ripping.
Went out and looked at my 98 ZJ. Front seats have zippers hidden in the back of the seat on the bottom for the back cover, not sure how the bottom cover comes off but I think if I ever need to replace them I'd go the same route you did. Pull the seats out for ease of access and slowly take them apart to get the covers off, doesn't look too bad to do, more or less time consuming as you definitely would want to be careful.

The seats in your Jeep look great.
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Like everyone else has stated, those do look like factory.

How bout posting the ebay link.

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Yes zippers were on all my seats. Kind of hidden and then there was Velcro in areas to keep the cover close to the cushion, gives the seats depth. And on the bottom front seat there was these metal rings attached to thin log bars that were kind of in bedded in the cushion. Just take apart your first one slow so you don’t rip off the Velcro from the cushion in the inside or do any damage to the cushion. It’s not hard to do this yourself.. You just have to go kind of slow and gentle keeping the cushions from ripping.
Went out and looked at my 98 ZJ. Front seats have zippers hidden in the back of the seat on the bottom for the back cover, not sure how the bottom cover comes off but I think if I ever need to replace them I'd go the same route you did. Pull the seats out for ease of access and slowly take them apart to get the covers off, doesn't look too bad to do, more or less time consuming as you definitely would want to be careful.

The seats in your Jeep look great.
The bottom Portions of the front seats have a zipper on the side or you’ll find when you take them apart. And underneath the seat there’s a plastic sleeve that kind of hooks onto some metal parts under there. Those parts are the hardest parts to recover but it’s really not that hard.
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Like everyone else has stated, those do look like factory.

How bout posting the ebay link.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/JEEP-1997-2...5432435?_ul=CR

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I just checked and if you hit seller's other items, $270 for front only.

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I just checked and if you hit seller's other items, $270 for front only.
I wasn’t sure what color my interior was. I had thought originally my interior was spice. But I think the seats were just so dark from years of butt grime and sun. I explain that to them and they sent me little leather samples of the colors offered. Turns out the “tan” color matched my other trim like the dashboard and door panels perfectly. But the tan color console from Tuffy was off. Had to go with black for that.
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