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  • mbonanni
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    Thanks Mike! Yeah this is the first e30 I will own that will have a solid interior and I’m very excited for it. I think I am going to remove the headrests and cover then with a layer of foam because they are a big baggy to the touch.

    I actually opted for no piping when ordering but they went ahead and did it anyways. I would have much preferred them with out it. If I didn’t have rips I would have just cleaned mine up, yours turned out very good.

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  • Tzantushka
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    Originally posted by mbonanni View Post
    I am having trouble with the passenger side tilt locking. It won't lock in any position other than furthest forward.
    They look great - I see you went for the piping on the bolster ridges.
    (instead of the french seam)

    With the tilt mechanism, I had a similar issue with mine.
    While I was replacing the seat shocks and cable, I sprayed some brake cleaner down the ratcheting mechanism to clear out the old grease, fluff, and debris that was causing the spring to bind.
    Make sure you protect the leather with some plastic or cloth from the run-off.

    In the end I didn't go down the path of recovering.
    With some hours cleaning, conditioning and fixing the broken parts the seats are back to new. Painted seat rails and a new seat belt buckle make it worth it.
    Even the cat approves.

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  • Mike36
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    Thats hot! Be ready for all the compliments you'll be getting about your interior, it never gets old. Haha. For some reason, lots of e30 owners seem to neglect their interior. Congrats.

    Make sure the passenger tilt handle is pressed all the way down so that the seat locks in place.

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  • mbonanni
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    Been neglecting posting photos because i still need a couple things to finish the interior, but the front seats are done with the exception of the seat shocks. I am having trouble with the passenger side tilt locking. It won't lock in any position other than furthest forward. I am happy how they turned out though, sorry for the crappy iphone pics.





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  • Mike36
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    Originally posted by mbonanni View Post
    Nope, didn’t want to wait for shipping at the time so I got some from Harbor Freight automotive section and then some from Home Depot. I assume the ones I got are more general purpose, and will return both today and order some of the ones you posted. Looking at the design I’m guessing the ring will be in a much more accessible position to anchor stuff down.
    Oh yeah, world of a difference with actual hog ring pliers. Should make your job much easier.

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  • mbonanni
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    Nope, didn’t want to wait for shipping at the time so I got some from Harbor Freight automotive section and then some from Home Depot. I assume the ones I got are more general purpose, and will return both today and order some of the ones you posted. Looking at the design I’m guessing the ring will be in a much more accessible position to anchor stuff down.

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  • Mike36
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    Are you using one of these?

    https://www.amazon.com/Pliers-Galvan...-2-spons&psc=1

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  • mbonanni
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    That’s the video I’ve been referring to in my recent posts, and why I was going to get some fabric adhesive. For those of you who used adhesive, did it help keep the edges down while you staples/hog ringed? Perhaps I’m just being too gentle with the foam/hog rings? To me it seems as if there are upholstery specific hog ring pliers because both of the ones I have engage the ring 1/2” or more into the pliers and I just cannot manage to get them deep enough so the ring can go through both the foam and leather.

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  • Mike36
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    Yeah that video was what got me through my install. I actually did what he did and used hog rings instead of staples for the seat bottoms. Had I known about a crown stapler, I would’ve gone that route since that’s how OEM is done. Either way, the hog rings into the seats foam worked fine for me.

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  • efficient
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    Originally posted by MSGGrunt View Post
    The best YouTube video I found was this one which is E30 sport seat specific.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUuhdw4ZEcY
    you guys seen this video? might be of help

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  • Pootis
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    Yeah you have to use a stapler with air. You have to know someone with an air compressor or just buy a pancake one from harbor freight

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  • mbonanni
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    Lseat.com Leather Seat Covers???

    Well I ran to Harbor Freight to get a crown stapler to get there and realize it’s pneumatic, and I don’t heave air. Bought a regular t50 stapler, doesn’t work because the staples just pull right out of the foam. Figured I go to Home Depot to get a better set of hog ring pliers and tried those, doesn’t work for the centers but might for the flaps. May just have to take the centers to an upholstery shop to do them properly.

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  • Mike36
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    Originally posted by DJNikonn View Post
    How did you do the door panels?
    I had an extra pair of door panels and just ordered more material from Lseat. I took the front panels to a shop, they actually did a good job matching the OEM faux stitching that goes across the door panels. I went ahead and did the rear panels, I was even able to perfectly match the OEM speaker holes.

    Originally posted by mbonanni View Post
    I am actually not done with the upper bolster lower outside corners, what did everyone do to anchor these down? My hog ring pliers don't seem to fit in the frame at the right angle. I can tuck the flaps and it looks pretty good so I am thinking I'll just use some spry fabric adhesive to keep these down, but curious how these corners were for everyone else.
    If I recall correctly, there should be small hooks on those corners or I believe you're suppose to pull them through and hog ring them to the seat frame. I'll try and check this weekend.
    Last edited by Mike36; 04-04-2019, 02:28 PM.

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  • mbonanni
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    Unfortunately I have taken both seats apart, but know what bar you’re talking about and know how everything went together. I tried to get the hog rings on there but absolutely could not, which I believe is because my hog ring pliers are really bad, do NOT get harbor freight ones for this job. I may just staple these flaps down, we’ll see.

    I was following a video posted earlier in the thread and he uses fabric adhesive to fold the edges in around the center foam pieces, but the stapler will probably work better for all my problems, I’ll look into one of those.

    In the video the guy also uses hog rings and not string to secure the leather to the divots. The string idea is much better, and that’s what was used from factory it appears. I’ll give that a go today, thanks for all the help.

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  • Pootis
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    I'm not sure what your exact question is regarding the foam but I will try to go through all of your questions in a row.

    In regards to the corners it may take a few tries but there is a bar in there that you can get a hog ring on. It is very difficult but you can get it. Hopefully you haven't taken your other seat apart yet so you can see how they did it from the factory. If all else fails put the old cover on it and push the fabric into place to see how they did it.

    In regards to the divots. Hopefully they left you room in between the tiny parts of the stitching on that piece of fabric where you can get a string through them. Once you get the string through pull it through the holes and tie it to the bar that was on it from the factory.

    At no point did I have to use spray adhesive when installing mine (grant it mine is a different kit but virtually the same) you will need to buy a wide crown stapler (mine came from harbor freight and worked great) and staple that thing to no end. I believe I folded mine over. Do not cut any stitching. You are opening yourself up to doing this again quicker than you want to. Once you have it all stapled then set it in the frame. Line the wear marks up and hog ring it in which will be difficult but you will get it done.

    Take your time. Make sure everything is pulled tight. You can see the results of mine in my build thread. Hope that helps

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