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Old 12-03-2012, 09:27 PM   #1
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Leather seats...love/hate?

Long story short, Jeep got rear ended, my driver seat bent 5-6" back. All body work is repaired now except I need new seats.

I like cloth since my Jeep is topless as much as possible and I'm nervous about how hot the sun can bake a black leather seat. However, decent Mastercraft, Corbeau, etc. seats with brackets are at least $500+ each. I found some nice Corbeau leather seats on craigslist MUCH cheaper.

Should I bite, or spend the extra money to get cloth seats? (and I don't want to have to use seat covers either).

You guys who have leather seats...love em or hate em?

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Old 12-03-2012, 10:09 PM   #2
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I don't have em on my TJ, but I've had them on a few vehicles and really like them. Easier to clean than cloth but not as harsh in hot weather as vinyl.

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Old 12-03-2012, 10:16 PM   #3
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I have all black seats, and constantly have the top down. It gets fricken hot, yeah, but there so easy to clean and their durable against water/dirt. I have factory sahara leather. I think it way better than cloth since it doesnt soak up water, easy clean, smells good, look good, feels good.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:49 PM   #4
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Love em, same as above, easy to clean, doesnt soak up water like cloth. Buddy i go wheelin with has cloth and the dust thats trapped in them after a couple trips is crazy. As for the sun when top is down in summer, i treat and condition them about every 6-8 weeks. Ive done this to my leathers for the bike and 20 years later they are still in great shape.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:35 AM   #5
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You definitely do not want cloth seats in a Jeep. Yeah, they dont burn your hiney when they are out in the sun but after getting wet a few times they will smell like old dog. You do not want your seats getting wet repetitively as the frame will rust right out from under the cushions. This still happens with leather/vinyl but not nearly as bad. A common seat swap for the YJ is to use Cavalier seats but 90% are cloth and I wont use em. Definitely going to find some nice leather ones from an S10 blazer or similar.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:51 AM   #6
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Love em, same as above, easy to clean, doesnt soak up water like cloth. Buddy i go wheelin with has cloth and the dust thats trapped in them after a couple trips is crazy. As for the sun when top is down in summer, i treat and condition them about every 6-8 weeks. Ive done this to my leathers for the bike and 20 years later they are still in great shape.
Yep. Leather is very durable if taken care of. I bought a leather jacket the year my son was born and gave it to him a couple years ago. It still looks great. He's 23.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:13 AM   #7
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I have black leather and I concur with what jmohican said in his post above. I love the seats. If they're out in the sun I just throw a t-shirt or towel on them.
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:32 PM   #8
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Just the one seat is bent, right? Why not find a matching one in a junkyard or something and then have them all reapholstered? Junk yard seats can't cost that much and having them all re-covered should run between $500-$600. At least that's what I was quoted a few weeks ago. That quote was for for 2 colors of marine grade vinyl. I would think that would be cheaper, plus they'd look brand new and by using 2 different colors you could fancy them up a little. Just a thought.
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:18 PM   #9
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Thanks guys, great points and ideas. Appreciate it.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:52 PM   #10
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since no one went against leather.... i thought i'd chime in. i don't have leather in my jeep but in my car i absolute despise them. i don't have large enough side bolstering so i slide when cornering hard. in the summer their hot as the dickens, i use one of those stupid windshield visor things to stop the sun. i won't let my dog sit on them, she will scratch them up. i freak out when she jumps in the front seat. i have heated seats but it still sucks to sit on them while cold. when i get a jeep i'm personally getting cloth. my seats don't get wet. i had a wrangler for 3 years and never got caught with the top down. and when i'm hot and sweaty my legs stick to them. i was attracted my the luxury but i won't do it again.
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:42 AM   #11
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I have cloth seats and my jeep has been rained in... literally every time its rained in the past couple of years (no rear windows... dont need them). The carpet and seats dont start to stink unless you put the top up while theyre wet and dont give them a chance to dry out. The frame underneath the seats will rust, but its minimal in my jeep. My cloth seats have always come out looking great when I clean them, they may trap dirt but mine have held up well and they seem to come clean pretty easily. As for leather seats, I think they would hold up just as well as long as you treat them for being i the sun, leather does need preventative maintenance. My sister got leather seats in her xterra because she has a dog, she likes that she can wipe them clean, and none of her dogs have damaged or scratched them up yet. I think if you use heavyweight leather you wont need to worry about them ripping.
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:00 AM   #12
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The cloth seats in mine have never really smelled when wet its the carpet that smells the most also my jeep has been in rain storms that filled the floor pans to the brim (kick panel) and as long as you let the seats dry in the sun I think they smell better than before almost like a good washing
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:05 AM   #13
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Please let my cloth seats get smelly, rusty and have them start coming apart from UV rays. Mastercraft Baja RS seats are very nice and I would like some!

Oh, I forgot about the sheepskin seat covers I had in my Bronco. We were at the lake and I had the only vehicle that could get to the spot where the boats/jet skis were docked. The stereo in my Bronco was very nice and we had it on all day, a thunderstorm moved in that afternoon and I didn't have enough juice to roll up the power windows. We had to let my Bronco sit all night and I could not get that moldy smell out of the front seats no matter what i tried. I bought the Mastercraft baja RS seats and really, really liked them.
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:18 AM   #14
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No leathers in the TJ or JK...but I have only been caught in the rain 2 times ......in a Jeep and I started driving them 30 years ago......picked up a '13 Chrysler 300 last night and was surprised to learn all 300's are now leather seats.

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