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Old 02-07-2017, 01:29 PM
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A few upholstery questions...

I am not sure if the cloth seats in my 1988 are original or not, but they actually look pretty good except they need a good cleaning and some sewing. A few of the seams have split, but I am pretty confident they can get re-stitched.

I would like to take them off and throw them in the washer for a good cleaning and then I plan on bringing them to my local dry cleaners to have the resewn. They won't be perfect, but would look 1000x better.

My question is, has anyone attempted to remove their factory seat covers and successfully reinstall them? I tried searching for a guide, but I found mostly information about the TJ, nothing for YJ.
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I can't tell you about YJ seats in particular, but I can make a statement about auto upholstery in general.
I assume that YJs follow the standard for attaching the covers to the seat frames.

You will need a side cutters (used to be called dykes), a hog ring pliers and a supply of hog rings.

Remove the seat from the Jeep and turn it upside down. You should be able to separate the back from the bottom.
With the side cutters, cut all the hog rings you see. On the seat back, pull the cover up like taking off a shirt. Watch for more hog rings. Cut any additional hog rings as you find them.

On the seat bottom, there are probably hog rings holding the cover around the bottom of the seat frame, and more holding a center flap to some part of the bottom seat frame. The flap could be attached to a welded part of the frame or a stiff wire slid into the flap.
You will just have to jump in and start cutting hog rings and gently lifting the cover fabric until it's free from the frame.

You might take several photos of your progress to jog your memory when you go to put the covers back on the frame.

Re-assembly is reverse of disassembly.

How is the seat foam? You might want to add a bit where the foam could be collapsed.

Post a few pics of your progress and your finished product. I'll bet there are a lot of Jeepers that will follow this thread.

Good Luck, L.M.

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Thank you, that helps a lot. The foam seems to be OK, but unfortunately I discovered that the bottom seat frame on the left seat is broken or bent; it appears to be buried in the foam so I can't really tell. Unfortunately I am guessing that there is no easy fix - I would either have to find a replacement seat or strip all the foam and attempt to fix the frame. I also managed to snap one of the bolts holding the sliding rails, and the last remaining is rather stuck and I am afraid it will break also.

So I am not off to a great start and I am exploring my options. The broken seat frame was a kick in the gut, otherwise the seats are in pretty decent shape and could have been easily fixed. I don't know what to do now.
Alternatively I could try to restitch the covers without removing them, but it would be a major PITA and this is something I would most likely have to do myself. I can try to rent a steam cleaner or bring them to a detail shop for professional cleaning afterwards.

If I end up taking everything apart and removing the covers I will take plenty of pictures and do a little tutorial.
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