Years ago, when you wanted to lay some new hide in your ride, you headed south of the boarder to Tijuana, Mexico, and checked out many of the custom upholstery shops. There, they would cut, stuff, and stitch your seats, door panels, and headliner for a couple hundred bucks. The pattern selection was either diamond, biscuit, or tuck and roll, and made from Naugahyde vinyl, which was an imitation leather treatment for your seats and door panels.

Today, custom-truck enthusiasts are spoiled with numerous high-quality custom upholstery shops that can really lay down the leather. Another means of custom-seat upholstery are the pre-made seat covers.

When it comes to aftermarket leather interiors, Katzkin Leather is one of the leading companies ready with pre-sewn seat covers. Whether factory seat cover replacement or custom seat covers, door panels, arm rests and sun visors, Katzkin has many available options. Katzkin's superior quality meets the rigorous standards set by the OEM's, and well-known custom builders. Katzkin's moderate or colorful two-tone leather interiors will impress any truck or SUV owner. Katzkin allows you to choose from 250 patterns, 90 different colors, and materials, which include your choice of piping, embroidery, stitching, or perforation. You can pre-design your own custom seat cover by using Katzkin's seat color selection tool on their website. Go to www.katzkin.com.

For this tech article, we followed along as Danny Hentges installed a Katzkin upholstery kit for the front bucket seats and the rear 60/40 seat of an '06 Ford F-150 SuperCrew 4x4

From The Driver SeatThe Katzkin Leather seat kit was an effortless installation. After removing the factory covers, it was as simple as slipping the cover over the foam, hog-ringing the leather cover to the seat foam, attaching the securing straps to the frame, then zipping the cover up and tucking the corners down. The cover's panels and seams fit the seats contour like a latex glove. There is nothing like the style, feel, and smell of leather in your ride.

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Time Spent Working: 4 Hours
Degree of Difficulty: Beginner
Tools Needed:
Basic handtools, ratchet, sockets, combination wrenches, and hog-ring pliers.
Parts Installed:
Katzkin Leather custom seat covers
Two front bucket seats
One 60/40 split seat, cut down to two 40/40 seats, to accommodate the full-length center-console enclosure with four subwoofers.
Katzkin Leather kit
Total Cost: $800
(Not including tax or installation labor)
SOURCE
Katzkin Leather
6868 Acco St.
Montebello
CA  90640
Radi's Custom Upholstery
10562 Stanford Ave
Garden Grove
CA  92840
Dept. SC
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