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Old 05-10-2013, 02:44 PM   #1
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Trek Armor seat cover install *#@$%!!!

I received my TA covers last week. They look very well made.
I attempted to put them on today, starting with the rear seat. Am I the only person here that finds these things a tremendous PITA to install? The velcro gets caught up on everything! I literally pulled the factory cover off of the seat trying to stretch the cover over.
I needed to take a breather, so I came here to look for some pointers.
I am trying to take my time and install them correctly. I've seen folks here post their installed pics and they look great. Perhaps it's just me.
Any tips, tricks, advice to make the installation easier and better fitting would be appreciated (no written instructions were included).
Right now, I'm not a very happy camper considering what these cost me.

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Old 05-10-2013, 02:48 PM   #2
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Cover the seat with nilon first and then at the end you can take it out.. Just an idea...

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Old 05-10-2013, 02:50 PM   #3
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I stuck a slick magazine between the back and bottom seat cushions, then used something like a plastic spatula to push the fabric through. Went through very easily. Before I did that, the velcro caught on everything and was almost impossible to push through. But yes, they are a tight fit. I made the mistake of attempting to put them on in 20 degree weather.
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:55 PM   #4
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I stuck a slick magazine between the back and bottom seat cushions, then used something like a plastic spatula to push the fabric through. Went through very easily. Before I did that, the velcro caught on everything and was almost impossible to push through. But yes, they are a tight fit. I made the mistake of attempting to put them on in 20 degree weather.
Thanks for the feedback. The magazine is a great trick.
Did anyone use the included rope? I'm assuming it's to tie across the bottom of the seat cover. It's seems like the velcro is strong enough to secure them without rope.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:59 PM   #5
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Will say i order my covers 2 weeks ago, well yesterday around 3 pm my time 12 pm CA their time I called, and the girl said they were backed up and that the two week turn around was more like almost 4 weeks. I told her about this 18th being go topless day and we had a huge jeep event and she ended up grabbing me a pair and rush shipping them to me same day for free! So great company!!!! Customer service is stellar!!
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:05 PM   #6
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I took some velcro that you can buy at walmart or Lowes and attached the other side of the velcro to the covers until I got them in place and then i took the velcro off and attached them to the seat. The headrests are pretty easy to get off once you figure out how to do it. The safety belt was on extremely tight. I'll second that they customer service is excellent and the product is extremely well made.
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:19 PM   #7
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The plastic spatula works very well. I believe there are some youtube install videos.
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:25 PM   #8
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Will say i order my covers 2 weeks ago, well yesterday around 3 pm my time 12 pm CA their time I called, and the girl said they were backed up and that the two week turn around was more like almost 4 weeks. I told her about this 18th being go topless day and we had a huge jeep event and she ended up grabbing me a pair and rush shipping them to me same day for free! So great company!!!! Customer service is stellar!!
I agree. I dealt with Mitch directly and he was super helpful. They were running behind, so mine took 4-5 weeks to receive. The product appears to be superior to other covers currently on the market. I do wish that some kind of instruction sheet or installation tip sheet was included with the product. Something to illustrate proper fitment.
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I used the plastic bag packaging they came with. Line it up between the Velcro and seat and slide where it needs to go. The plastic helped a lot and was no problem to pull out after it did its job. A 2nd set of hands (and eyes) very helpful. I did use pliers (shhhhhh!) to gently tug the velcro-edged strip out the back of the seats.
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:38 PM   #10
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Like Moabite, I also made the mistake of installing mine on a very cold night. I think being warmer would help them a little bit. They are definitely a very tight fit. I got very frustrated with mine as well. Persistence will get you there. I didnt find the magazine tricks to work that well for me. I was able to eventually force them in place. The rear seats were easier for me to get on. The fronts I actually contemplated removing the seats from the jeep and installing them that way. I didnt end up doing that at the time, but ive since had the drivers seat out and I tightened them up while the seat was out. I also used the rope as it went on very easy with the seat out of the jeep and tightened up the bottom of the seat cover a bit. If all else fails, yank the seats from the jeep and give that a shot. Keep at it, theyre a pain but theyre great seat covers.
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Old 05-11-2013, 03:02 AM   #11
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I also used another strip of Velcro to cover the ones on the seat until I was done. Pliers helped me a lot as well. I couldn't get the proper grip to pull the covers through with just my hands.

Once I got them through, the Velcro wouldn't reach the other side. I drove around with them for a few days to stretch it out, then I got a second (stronger) pair of hands to help me pull it through further while I smoothed the cover down starting from the top. Once it is all attached, it looks awesome.

Worth the headache to me.
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Just don't put the holes in for the headrests for a couple of days, allow the fabric to stretch and "settle" a bit before doing that.

To install the headrests I took a very deep breath as you only get one shot at this, took and exacto knife and started with a small X that centered on the hole for the headrest. I made small incisions until I could get the fabric under the insert for the headrest post. PITA but worth it as you can't make the cuts shorter once they are done.

Overall very happy with our Trek Seat Covers.
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:04 PM   #13
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Thank you for all the pointers!
I installed the rear covers. The seat bottoms just kind of slip on and I attached the velcro to whatever section of the seat had the carpet-like material and made the cover appear tightly installed. I am thinking perhaps I'll leave them as is for a few days and then re-adjust them. No rope used as of now.
This is the type of thing that one would get very good at doing if we did it a few times, because you get to know the little tricks that aid installation. Most of us will only install these covers once, so the first time is a cold run. I'm so glad I have this forum and my fellow Jeepers to turn to for guidance. Wrangler owners are awesome people!
Thanks again!
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:28 PM   #14
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I am still waiting on my rears. I did the fronts a while ago. Hopefully thell be in within a week or two.
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:24 PM   #15
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Thank you to everyone for their great advice and helpful hints on installing my Trek Armor covers, and thank you to Mitch from Trek Armor for promptly returning my call. He got back to me immediately when I called with an install question.
It is absolutely a task to install these bad boys, but the product is like no other out there. I certainly hope they last (I don't doubt they will), because I'm not taking them off any time soon. WHEW!
I completed my install today with the exception of cutting the holes for the headrests. Like others here, I'll wait a few days to let the seat covers settle into place.
Here's a few pics of the final result. I'm sure they'll only look better when the wrinkles work themselves out.





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Old 06-01-2013, 11:45 AM   #16
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THE toughest seat cover install EVER! Good GOD! one tool nobody mentions is Gatorade because you're gonna lose some fluids putting these in especially where i'm at today, it's 90 degrees out already. But they're in! Thank goodness!
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Old 06-01-2013, 12:51 PM   #17
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That looks so effing sweet 4sight. Looks like the olive color is a spot-on match to Commando Green.
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That looks so effing sweet 4sight. Looks like the olive color is a spot-on match to Commando Green.
Thanks! Yes the OD material is pretty darn close to Commando Green.

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