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Soooo I have a 1988 90 and plan on doing retrim on all three front seats including the foams. Is it really as easy as the vids show on YouTube and are there any pitfalls, hints or tips on doing this as it's a job I've not done before!!!

Thanks in advance

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An extra pair of hands wouldn't go amiss, apart from that it's relatively straight forward. I've done my front two and centre seat all with exmoor kits.The first seat will take you some time, the second about half as long....I'd recommend some bum-heaters too whilst it's all apart!

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Me and my partner did my 110's front seats with exmoor kits, took us a long afternoon.

Dont be afraid of the glue is all the advice i'd give.

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I did mine successfully too. Only small 'snag' as I recall was some arcane clip or other that was inside the seat back (ages ago so I can remember) but it wasn't a particularly awful job.

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I did my 99 plate defender 110 and I found it ok to do, you could do with an extra pair of hands as mentioned above but it wasn't too bad at all....

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Nip down to your local dry cleaners and beg/steal/borrow a couple of the very thin poly bags they put around clothes. Put one on the seat back before you try to put the vinyl/cloth on - it will slide on much easier.

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Silicone spray, available from fabric shops. Used in sewing, super for sliding fabrics about. An old stocking for head rests provides a firm, easy over base to slide covers on.

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Be sure you have the right seat frames to strt with. you need the softback type seats rather than the ones with a moulded plastic backing.

Mine were the plastic backed type and where the kit did fit. and there are no issues with it, it was designed for the softback type seats (most common and most likely what you have)

Fitting is slightly harder with the hardback seats, but i still managed it on my own and the results were great. much comfier and more supporting foams not to mention looking 20X smarter

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Thanks for your thoughts on this, my confidence is growing! ! Will place my order tomorrow. Good ideas on the plastic and silicone method, plus an extra pair of hands that seems to be the way to go.

I'll update this thread with some before and after pics, soon as santa has been :)

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For the seat base, warm the plastic retaining bead in a bucket of hot water before you start, it makes the job sooooooo much easier. I'd also reject the advice in the instructions to hit the bead with a mallet, the vinyl sides of the covers are very easy to tear if the bead is a bit too tight.

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For the seat base, warm the plastic retaining bead in a bucket of hot water before you start, it makes the job sooooooo much easier. I'd also reject the advice in the instructions to hit the bead with a mallet, the vinyl sides of the covers are very easy to tear if the bead is a bit too tight.

Thanks Dave88sw that makes sense with the hot water. Not sure on the vinyl so might go with the techno pattern material, not as sticky in the summer?!

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Even the cloth covers have vinyl sides, we buy and sell a few defenders at work so i've done more of these than i care to remember. It's nothing to worry about but it is a time consuming job.

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Nip down to your local dry cleaners and beg/steal/borrow a couple of those very thin poly bags that suits/dresses come back in. Put them on the seat backs to make getting the tight outer covering on very easy. Also don't lose the little plastic rivety things that fix the cord on the seat base in place....

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I've fitted Exmoor in the past, and Britpart half leather XS seat covers with heaters more recently. I think (Unlikely as it seems) that the Britpart kit was easier and little to call it in terms of quality! If I ever do another set, it will be Britpart! The kit included everything you need and even a video on DVD of what to do.

(Not often you hear anyone praise a BritPart Part!)

Si

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Ooops !!!! Britpart a problem?

i was thinking of getting all my parts from them .... sorry a bit off the subject

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Ooops !!!! Britpart a problem?

i was thinking of getting all my parts from them .... sorry a bit off the subject

Definitely dont do this! Have a search on here for why.

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Indeed, avoid anything in a blue box unless explicitly recommended by another forumer.....

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Thanks reb78, i will search around i hope to find a place to get parts because we i am they are scarce to come by.

thanks again

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As a general rule, if it turns, seals or is safety critical, buy Genuine parts from a main dealer. If they are just too expensive for you, 'Genuine' quality from Britpart or Bearmach are OK on the whole.

Anything else, Britpart or any of the others are fine.

Si

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One exception - Britpart CV joints are actually very good as well as cheap. But otherwise heed that caution!

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