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Old 09-30-2011, 05:52 PM   #1
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Cloth or Leather Seats

I don't plan on going mud running, but probably trails that are rated 3 - 5 rating for greater challenge for newbies so probably will hit some water and little bit of mud.

Interested in hearing from owners whether they have cloth or leather and how easy/hard is it to clean the inside after going off road?

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Old 09-30-2011, 06:12 PM   #2
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personally, I hate leather seats from a comfort standpoint, and definitely prefer the cloth ones I have now. Either can be cleaned no problem, but the leather ones are definitely easier, and don't require a steam vac.

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Old 09-30-2011, 06:14 PM   #3
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Makes sense, thanks.

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Old 10-01-2011, 01:05 AM   #4
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I don't plan on going mud running, but probably trails that are rated 3 - 5 rating for greater challenge for newbies so probably will hit some water and little bit of mud.

Interested in hearing from owners whether they have cloth or leather and how easy/hard is it to clean the inside after going off road?

Thanks,

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Actually I prefer the leather seats from a comfort standpoint...but you have to go drive one with cloth and one with leather seats then decide. I found the leather seats to be more supportive. It's really a personal preference. I think cloth seats absorb odors more and are more difficult to clean than simply wiping off the leather with some Lexol. Is it worht the extra $1000? Well, only you can be the judge of that. I got the leather seats and am glad that I did. But, I'm also not a hardcore wheeler. My JKUR is my DD and I drive it everywhere including lots of time sitting in DC traffic on my arse.
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Old 10-01-2011, 05:31 AM   #5
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When the wife and I were looking, we didn't like the tan on black look of the leather on the ones at the dealership. We like the look of the all black interior.
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Old 10-01-2011, 05:39 AM   #6
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It all about personal style and preference. We went with cloth and put neoprene seat covers on. We 303'd the seat covers for stain/uv protection. But, we are off road as much as possible and the interior often gets very dirty. Its all about YOU and how you use your Jeep!
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Old 10-01-2011, 07:11 AM   #7
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I prefer the good old vinyl to leather or cloth.
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Old 10-01-2011, 08:14 AM   #8
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I have never seen a thread of changing leather seats to cloth. It is a personal choice thing, and my choice is certainly leather. It feels, smells and looks better. Durability cannot be beat. A good pair of work gloves or motorcycle racing pants are not made of polyester. They are made of leather for a reason.

The finest cars and trucks in the world have leather seats, and that is simply because that is the best material you can find to make them with. A good quality leather chair, sofa, jacket or auto seat will last a lifetime and provide the upmost in comfort.

From the days we started making horse saddles out of leather, to offering it now in a JK. It is simply the finest choice to park your behind for the back country ride.
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Old 10-01-2011, 08:40 AM   #9
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Leather and you can get black in addition to tan
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Old 10-01-2011, 08:46 AM   #10
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Leather. Had cloth in my 2009 and hated it. Got leather in my 2012 and I love it. Better comfort, easy to get in and out, 100x easier to clean. And, dare I say this, adds a level of luxury to your Jeep.
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Old 10-01-2011, 09:11 AM   #11
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My first CJ2 had canvas covered plywood driver seat with the gas cap under it.

While I prefer leather in *other* rigs I've never cared for such in a Wrangler.

Some kind of standards gotta be maintained!!!
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Old 10-01-2011, 09:29 AM   #12
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Children are always funny. You ask them to try a new food and they always say," na I dont like it". As they mature they learn what they have been missing and come to appreciate it.

I have found the same is with Jeeps. The ones that dont like certain things have never even tried it, or are trying to justify there own decisions. When someone tells you they dont like something, ask them if they have ever owned one. I have never met a Jeep owner that actually has leather seats that would change them.
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Old 10-01-2011, 10:10 AM   #13
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I labored over this same decision, particularly because I live in AZ. I went with leather because there are more pros than cons plus the fact that it costs more to do it later. I can't think of any other instance where a pricey factory option has actually been cheaper than the aftermarket.

While leather certainly looks, feels and smells nice, it cleans up much easier. Yeah, it gets hot in the sun, but I'd rather wipe leg and back sweat off leather than have it routinely soaking into my cloth
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Old 10-01-2011, 10:38 AM   #14
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We opted for factory cloth when we purchased jeep cause..> the jeep on the lot we wanted did not have it, and we knew the dealer installed option was not 100% leather, so we decided to wait until we could afford an upgrade the way we wanted it done. so now we are finally getting it done exactly the way we wanted it to look, and most important, consideration above everything else, was my wife has back issues from an accident, leather provides better support and we can get extra foam installed in key places she needs it in the seat. in addition it will be easier to clean, and all the other reasons already quoted in this thread. we have leather in our Toy Tundra, good on trips, comfortable, good support, easy to clean, adds to interior look, and properly maintained will add to resale value for the right buyer...or on trade.
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I went Katzkin perforated leather and wouldn't change a thing. I actually got caught in a brief shower last night - no issues, just wiped the seats down when I got home. Love 'em-

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Old 10-01-2011, 09:25 PM   #16
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I appreciate everyone's comments and have my answer. I plan to order one with leather. I thought it would be easier to clean if you went off road and hit water or mud.

I just wasn't sure if leather would be durable getting wet or getting mud on it.

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Old 10-01-2011, 10:44 PM   #17
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One thing to consider is if you run with the top down at all in the summer, leather gets very hot and sweaty. I'm going with the cloth for this reason, the JKU cloth seat material is great IMHO, durable and comfortable.
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Old 10-01-2011, 11:01 PM   #18
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One thing to consider is if you run with the top down at all in the summer, leather gets very hot and sweaty. I'm going with the cloth for this reason, the JKU cloth seat material is great IMHO, durable and comfortable.
Larry, Have you ever owned a convertible? Every Porsche, Jaguar, Ferrari, Corvette, Cobra, and numerous other vehicles with a removable top are all in leather. These vehicles are designed to be driven in only good sunshine filled weather. I think people get confused with vinyl, cheap leather or just have never actually owned a leather seat.

There is simply no reason function wise to get cloth over leather.
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Larry, Have you ever owned a convertible? Every Porsche, Jaguar, Ferrari, Corvette, Cobra, and numerous other vehicles with a removable top are all in leather. These vehicles are designed to be driven in only good sunshine filled weather. I think people get confused with vinyl, cheap leather or just have never actually owned a leather seat.

There is simply no reason function wise to get cloth over leather.
It's personal preference, based on experience driving convertibles. Have you driven a convertible at high noon with black leather seats? I recently sold an Mercedes SL55 AMG convertible with gray leather, and the seats get hot and sweaty with the top down in our typical Bay Area summer weather, especially if you leave it parked for 2 hours with the top down. In fact the seats were equipped with the optional ventilation, it helped some but was still hot. I also currently have a classic 71 Mercedes 280SE 3.5 convertible with black leather and it is beautiful but also really hot with with the top down from 10AM to 4PM when the sun is overhead, my kids are always complaining about the hot leather when they climb in the back seats when the top is down.

German luxury automakers don't even offer cloth seats as an option, which is fine in a coupe or 4 door, but to me uncomfortable in a convertible with the top down.
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I went with cloth on my 12 JKUR for two reasons, one the kitchen pass would only go so far and it is a "tradition" for me to go with Wet Okole seat covers on my "toy" vehicle. we have leather on our LTZ Avalanche and with out a doubt very comfortable and we love it.

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Not sure if anyone has said this cuz it's too late for me to read through everything but. I would save the 1000 if I were you. And then by neoprene seat covers they are amazing. Added cushion. Easy to clean. Water proof. What more could you ask for. If you have a tough stain put it in the washer in comes right out. Spill a red drink. No biggy and since they are water proof the actual seat never gets damaged so when selling it the interior stays nice
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Not sure if anyone has said this cuz it's too late for me to read through everything but. I would save the 1000 if I were you. And then by neoprene seat covers they are amazing. Added cushion. Easy to clean. Water proof. What more could you ask for. If you have a tough stain put it in the washer in comes right out. Spill a red drink. No biggy and since they are water proof the actual seat never gets damaged so when selling it the interior stays nice
Just remember to keep in mind that most are paying 1% or 2% under invoice....so the factory leather seats (with built in heater) are less than $800 (assuming you get a Sahara or Rubi. The cost of the seats is one of the main reason why I'm looking at a Sahara over a Sport S)

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