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Old 04-04-2012, 11:17 AM   #1
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Leather seats-2012 saraha unlimited

Buying one-looking for pros and cons of jeep leather seats vs aftermarket-thoughts?-thanks!

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Old 06-08-2012, 08:37 AM   #2
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I had the same question. Have you found any good info?

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Old 06-08-2012, 09:15 AM   #3
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I wasn't looking for leather seats in my 2012 JKU Sahara but I got a good deal on a lot Wrangler. The dark saddle leather seats with "Jeep" on the head rests really looks great with the deep cherry red. The material feels like it will weather well and will be easy to clean up and resists water. I hope it does age like a real saddle or cowboy boots.
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:16 AM   #4
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I can't really comment on the stock leather from a use stand point. I got the Katzkin leather in mine and I love it. Stock leather seemed much harder to me, whether that means they will hold up better i don't know. You do have more options iwth the Katzkins though they can do whatever you like from a design standpoint. Anyway very happy with mine, ymmv
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:41 AM   #5
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I have leather in my 2012 JKU Sahara and love them.... Nothing better than warming your buns on a chilly morning and they are far easier to clean... Remember you can MOD anything on a jeep as long as you have the cash....
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:43 AM   #6
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I found my jeep on the lot with the Factory Jeep leather seats and also saw one that the dealers had used a local shop to do aftermarket leather in the jeep. The aftermarket seats seemed to be very cheap in the materials. Lots of sag to the leather that was put on. And since the factory didn't come with heated seats, when they added them it didn't look as good as it does when you get the factory seats in my opinion.
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:51 AM   #7
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I wasn't looking for leather seats in my 2012 JKU Sahara but I got a good deal on a lot Wrangler. The dark saddle leather seats with "Jeep" on the head rests really looks great with the deep cherry red. The material feels like it will weather well and will be easy to clean up and resists water. I hope it does age like a real saddle or cowboy boots.
This is the same color combo as mine, and I agree, it looks very good. The two tone dash is great as well.

As for the seats, they are not the nicest leather. Only the inner parts of the seat and seat back are leather, the sides/bolsters are vinyl.

On the tan, I have noticed a lot of color transfer from jeans, but luckily with some Stoner "Trim Cleaner", it takes this right off. I'd suggest putting some leather conditioner on afterwards, as this stuff seems a bit strong.

Only good about the vinyl bolsters is that they will never wear like leather bolsters, so it will look new for longer.

If I were to do it again, I'd likely go for cloth, but since I bought my Jeep from the dealer stock, I didn't have much choice. I wanted heated seats, and the cloth version of mine did not have heated seats. Also in the summer with the top off the leather gets much hotter than cloth, so it's something to consider.

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Old 06-08-2012, 09:52 AM   #8
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Factory leather is what sold me on my Jeep. Wasn't feeling the cloth, plus it's easier to clean..
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:22 AM   #9
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Got the factory leather in my JKU Sahara. As noted above... and I read on some other posts, that the leather will actually perform better than cloth for durability, weather, etc.

It still seems "un-jeep-like" to me... it seems "too nice" to be a jeep. Getting used to it though... 2 weeks old, and I'm leaving the top down at night.

After having the trailcloth seats in my TJ Sahara, the regular cloth seats didn't appeal to me much... so I was leaning leather anyway.
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:28 AM   #10
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Leather will treat you as good as you treat it.

I have two kids that swim competetively. I have seen first hand what wet, chlorine smelling kids can do to cloth interior. It is not pretty. I have had leather in everything since and I just make sure to take care of it. I have no issues at all. No fading, no cracking, nothing. It is much easier to clean.

I have some experience with Katzkin leather. I bought some for my 2002 Camaro SS and installed it myslef. Install took a lot of time and hard work. However, it did look great. They fit great. You just have to take your time and do it right. That was always my fear of having someone else put leather in it, they would'nt take their time.
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Old 06-08-2012, 02:04 PM   #11
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Love my factory black leather! Looks great, easy to clean, very comfortable (exceeded expectations), and surprizingly even on a couple of 90 degree days not to hot to sit on, watch out for the center arm rest though it gets really hot
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Old 06-08-2012, 02:09 PM   #12
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I have the saddle leather in my JKU. I love it! Having a 9 year old and a 3 month old in the back seat - it's MUCH easier to clean up after them compared to cloth.
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Old 06-08-2012, 03:14 PM   #13
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Love the leather in mine, very happy I went with that option.

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Old 06-09-2012, 07:18 AM   #14
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I can't really comment on the stock leather from a use stand point. I got the Katzkin leather in mine and I love it. Stock leather seemed much harder to me, whether that means they will hold up better i don't know. You do have more options iwth the Katzkins though they can do whatever you like from a design standpoint. Anyway very happy with mine, ymmv
Totally agree with you. I put Katzkin leather in my Miata and it has held up very well to the convertible life. Any moisture is easily wiped up. Just don't get a perforated leather b/c water can then penetrate your seats. It is a softer grade leather than the stock Jeep leather.

Another positive to the Katzkin is that you can customize it for a minimal price. My buddy put it in his Jeep and did a sweet black surround with a dark khaki inset leather. It looks great in his black Sahara.

I'll likely do a dark gray/black with subtle navy blue stitching in my True Blue Rubicon.
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We purposely passed on the factory leather to get the Katzskins. I simply thought that the factory leather was poor quality that will end up drying out, cracking, and tearing early. The quality of leather and the techniques for dying it vary dramatically. I had a Volvo R with 325,000 miles where the leather looked fantastic and was still soft and comfy. I also had an Infiniti where the leather was going to shit with cracks and tears at 85,000.

IMO leather will do better than cloth when it gets wet. I've had plenty of Jeeps wet with rain, river water, or mud, so I feel like I'm kinda qualified to talk.

The other advantage of the Katzskins is that you can choose colors, perforations, piping, stitching, etc. Here is our Crush rubi with Katskins:








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We purposely passed on the factory leather to get the Katzskins. I simply thought that the factory leather was poor quality that will end up drying out, cracking, and tearing early. The quality of leather and the techniques for dying it vary dramatically. I had a Volvo R with 325,000 miles where the leather looked fantastic and was still soft and comfy. I also had an Infiniti where the leather was going to shit with cracks and tears at 85,000.

IMO leather will do better than cloth when it gets wet. I've had plenty of Jeeps wet with rain, river water, or mud, so I feel like I'm kinda qualified to talk.

The other advantage of the Katzskins is that you can choose colors, perforations, piping, stitching, etc. Here is our Crush rubi with Katskins:








That looks Fantastic, If you don't mind me asking how much was it with the install? I have a 2dr Dozer I am considering the Katzskin for...
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That looks Fantastic, If you don't mind me asking how much was it with the install? I have a 2dr Dozer I am considering the Katzskin for...
I've got a 2 dr Dozer too, and was thinking how sharp this looks too. I've got factory leather, and will probably leave it as is. Just got back from CO and it was super easy to un-dust the seats. If I was ordering, I'd price out cloth OEM with a Katzskin install on delivery.
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I've got a 2 dr Dozer too, and was thinking how sharp this looks too. I've got factory leather, and will probably leave it as is. Just got back from CO and it was super easy to un-dust the seats. If I was ordering, I'd price out cloth OEM with a Katzskin install on delivery.
Mine looks just like yours without the Rubi tires or the Rubi decal (I got a base sport)
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I was not able to order my Jeep with the factory leather so I went with Katzskin aftermarket. I was a little worried because I saw some posts of people with loose leather.. but mine came out really nice.. tight with nothing loose. I think it depends on the installer. I was also able to order a custom color combo with the black side and charcoal grey insert with charcoal stitching.

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