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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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  • mbonanni
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    Doing the inserts is actually really easy, just gotta be willing to cut them up a little. Here is a diy for e36's, similar to e30's. I know there is a how to for e30's somewhere I just can't find it. https://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=94789

    Little update. Got the upper and lower bolsters prettymuch done as well as the headrests. There are a few corners and creases I want to try and stretch out, then hit them with a heat gun but otherwise i think they're ready.

    Current progress (sorry for all the iphone pics):











    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.













    I am also wondering what everyone did when it came to the upper/lower center pieces and anchoring them down through the divots in the foam. My hog ring pliers definitely won't fit, and I am just not sure I want to only use spray adhesive. What was everyones experience with this?







    My last question is how is everyone dealing with these corners on the underside. Folding them over seems to create a large bundle in one area. I was thinking of cutting the stitches back an inch or two so I can fold them over. And I feel like I wasn't given very much extra to fold over on these bottom pieces, they seem really close to the edge, but that may just be me.







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  • DJNikonn
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    Originally posted by Mike36 View Post
    Don’t forget to post some pics. Mine are holding up well after a year of half time use. Take your time and have plenty of hog rings on hand. I bought these small hand picks from harbor freight which made the job 10x’s easier. Oh and I also ended doing my door panels! Good luck!


    How did you do the door panels?


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  • mbonanni
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    Lseat.com Leather Seat Covers???

    I just attempted the lower bolsters and holy crap the hog rings are very difficult to put on. I think I managed to get one on. Have a link to the pick you speak of?

    Edit: Just did the upper bolsters. Much easier. I think the hog ring pliers I got from harbor freight are crappy, or the rings I got off amazon. They don’t like to go through the leather.
    Last edited by mbonanni; 04-01-2019, 09:46 PM.

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  • Mike36
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    Originally posted by mbonanni View Post
    Just got my lseat “dark red” front covers. Initial look they are a tad lighter than cardinal, but mine is so old it’s hard to tell.

    I just spent about an hour and a half steaming all the foam on the seats and put the headrests on. One of them fits nicely and should tighten up well with some heat/sun, the other one is a bit loose and probably wont tighten up with heat. Overall not upset I want to see how the rest goes together. It’s going to take me a few days to get the rest together I need to get some spray adhesive for the bottom/back, I’ll post pics once I’m done.
    Don’t forget to post some pics. Mine are holding up well after a year of half time use. Take your time and have plenty of hog rings on hand. I bought these small hand picks from harbor freight which made the job 10x’s easier. Oh and I also ended doing my door panels! Good luck!
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    Last edited by Mike36; 04-01-2019, 09:19 PM.

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  • mbonanni
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    Just got my lseat “dark red” front covers. Initial look they are a tad lighter than cardinal, but mine is so old it’s hard to tell.

    I just spent about an hour and a half steaming all the foam on the seats and put the headrests on. One of them fits nicely and should tighten up well with some heat/sun, the other one is a bit loose and probably wont tighten up with heat. Overall not upset I want to see how the rest goes together. It’s going to take me a few days to get the rest together I need to get some spray adhesive for the bottom/back, I’ll post pics once I’m done.

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