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  • MSGGrunt
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    I am only considering using another layer as that is how the seat covers were made by BMW. That and It would be an additional layer between the foam that Lseat uses and the OEM foam. I looked at some batting at my local Hobby Lobby but, have a local upholstery shop who I can ask what they would recommend.

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  • Pootis
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    I would not reuse that backing. If anything I would get some polyester batting from a fabric store if you are wanting more cushion.

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  • MSGGrunt
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    The best YouTube video I found was this one which is E30 sport seat specific.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUuhdw4ZEcY

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  • MSGGrunt
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    I went with the 0019 brown.

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  • TimeMachinE30
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    Hmmmm.

    Inside look at a pro shop installing covers.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8qV6otHZ3A

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  • FredK
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    Originally posted by MSGGrunt View Post
    I am letting the leather warm up and will be attempting the install this weekend.
    Nice! I've been checking into this thread now and then to see if there was any progress. Looks great!

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  • nextelbuddy
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    that looks great!!

    can you look at this swatch and tell me which one you chose?

    its hard to tell because when you take pictures in different lighting, brown can look dark or tan depending on the lighting.

    image001-01 by Shawn Robertson, on Flickr

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  • MSGGrunt
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    The thicker padding sewn into the original seat that I am thinking of reusing on the new covers. I would have to glue these in place on the covers themselves or maybe a better idea would be to glue them to the foam pieces.
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  • MSGGrunt
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    Removing the foam. I can only see this contributing to a bad bond with the seat backs.
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  • MSGGrunt
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    Seat back leather pieces not advertised but included.
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  • MSGGrunt
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    Plastic "clips" sewn into the headrests.
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  • MSGGrunt
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    Foam on back of covers.
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  • MSGGrunt
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    Another
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  • MSGGrunt
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    Couple of pictures.
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  • MSGGrunt
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    So the leather covers arrived today and here is my Review.

    I placed the order and paid for the seats on November 17th and they arrived today, December 7th, 21 days from order to door.
    The only questions I had was to clarify if the rear bottom cover was contoured for the sedan as advertised or a coupe that I needed.

    I ordered the darkest brown they sell and I think it is going to come together with my overall intent for the interior. The brown is kind of close to BMW's dark cinnamon brown. I was looking for a dark brown and this is very nice. The color is consistent throughout and there are no blemishes on the seating surfaces. All the stitching looks heavy duty and the lines are straight and parallel.

    I am pleased with the quality but, this is my first time redoing seats so I wouldn't necessarily know Napa leather from Lseat.com leather. I can say the thickness is on par with the OEM leather.

    I was extremely pleased that they came with the headrest plastic pieces sewn onto the leather. I was expecting to have to hot glue gun my old ones on like I had seen in the YouTube video I posted earlier.

    Nice that there are some cutouts for some of the hog rings.

    The biggest surprise, and something not shown in their E30 advertisement pictures or description, was the inclusion of two pieces of leather to cover the seat backs. I just assumed that I would have to dye those to match the leather.

    The leather is all backed by a foam that is similar to the foam on the back of Mercedes floor mats and not a thick matting like on the OEM covers. I am thinking of using a seam ripper to remove the original padding and contact cement it onto the new leather. Unless this is a bad idea. Obviously it can't be sewn on.

    The thin foam backing is on the 2 pieces that cover the seat backs as well and I can't think of any reason it should be there. Anyone ordering these in the future I would advise asking that these two pieces not include the foam. I spent a few minutes with an exacto knife ripping out the stitching and removing the foam. Now I am left with 2 thin pieces of leather just like OEM. I already removed the original leather covering the backing and will be gluing the new leather on.

    I am letting the leather warm up and will be attempting the install this weekend.
    Last edited by MSGGrunt; 12-07-2017, 05:47 PM.

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