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Old 05-07-2013, 12:32 PM   #1
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I need to have some stitching Fixed

I have some sport seats that need to be restitched. I was going to take them to a shop. Should I take the whole seat to the shop or remove the skins and take to the shop???
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:49 PM   #2
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If you remove them it will save you $$.
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How do I remove and then reinstall???
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Old 05-08-2013, 04:33 AM   #4
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Removing the seats is not too bad a project. On the otherhand removing the seat covers requires special tools ans some skill.

I would recommend you remove the seats and take it to a good upholstery shop.


Seat Removal

Removal of the seats will make the installation / removal of the seat covers much easier, allowing access too hard to reach areas; it's relatively easy if you take your time and are careful. Disconnect the battery before starting. Remove the battery terminals (negative terminal connection first then positive) and always put them back in the reverse order.

Some vehicles have airbags sensors in the seats but when you unplug the seat wiring harness with airbags or airbag sensors, the computer senses this and trips the light (s) and/or message, which must be reset by the dealer when you've re-installed the seats wiring harness

Front bucket seats are typically held down by four bolts on the ends of the runners at the base of the seat, two in the front and two in the back, these bolts are usually torque down hard (when replacing start the bolt by hand, being very careful not to cross-thread them) These are removed using a socket wrench. Sometimes the bolts are covered by a decorative plastic moulding, which is held in place by a screw or just pops off using a prying action with a slotted screwdriver.

First, slide the seats to its rear-most position, exposing the front Torx head bolts, remove, then, sliding the seat to its forward position, exposing the rear bolts, remove.

When all four bolts have been removed, gently tilt the seat either forward or back to reveal any wires that are connected to the underside of the seat (seat position controls, heaters, seat belt and air bag sensors, etc.)

Carefully unplug these wires, and remove the seat from the vehicle, taking care not to scratch leather or paint surfaces as you lift out the seat. Cover the remaining wire harness with a plastic bag and then aluminium foil; this will prevent water and / or pigmentation solution from entering the wiring harness.



Caution- It may be necessary to have a dealership're-set' safety air bag sensors and disarm / rearm the side-impact air bags(SAB) as they are installed in the seat. Improper disarming may result in injury if the side air bags deploy

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Old 05-08-2013, 09:52 AM   #5
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Re: I need to have some stitching Fixed

I have seats out. Just needed to decide if i should take the skins off or not to save money.

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Re: I need to have some stitching Fixed

Rick, what happened to the 323? I know ASM auto upholstery and vinyl. They did my headliner and pillars when they were sagging.
http://asmautoupholstery.com they did a clean job. Idk if you ever saw my headliner but they are good people
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Re: I need to have some stitching Fixed

These are going in the 323, doing a bpillar seat belt delete, jeah!!!!

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Rick, what happened to the 323? I know ASM auto upholstery and vinyl. They did my headliner and pillars when they were sagging.
http://asmautoupholstery.com they did a clean job. Idk if you ever saw my headliner but they are good people
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Re: I need to have some stitching Fixed

They did my headliner and pillars for 150. Leather is different I guess.

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Re: I need to have some stitching Fixed

That's a great deal, I'm going to just try and fix bottom with liquid stitch and fix it later when i find right offer.

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Did you try the liquid stitch? If you did, how well did it work?
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