This thread inspired me to spend money on an eBay katzkin kit. I’ll admit it’s definitely not as cool as the light gray on Earl paint color combo but black with red stitching on a red rubicon is fairly “correct” looking in my book.
So these photos are before I worked the wrinkles out more. It’s already settling in nice. The kit worked out to just under $680 after tax and shipping. I have done katzkin years ago on my old two door Dakota R/T but that kit was super easy. Built in head rests, no hog rings needed at all, no side air bags, no seat belts to mess with, no folding seats, barely adjustable seat and only two of them. I’ve also replaced seat bottoms on my wife’s Lexus so while this was similar, doing this many seats was considerably more work lol. Had I realized I would have 13 hours invested into this project over 4 days I probably wouldn’t have done it lol. The $1700 all in price you paid is very reasonable especially since you got it in color and design you really wanted. That said, I’m happy I did it, just happier to be done with it.
Looks great man!! Curious- did any of the eBay kits like yours have the “rubicon” stitched in the seats? I’ve seen where people have had “Mojave” stitched from katzkin and it’s a perfect oem match.
Also- a couple of weeks in semi warm weather here in Tennessee has gotten almost all of the wrinkles out of the leather. The seats are now as tight as factory and it really makes the leather look better now that the wrinkles have disappeared.
Honestly for what Jeep charges to upgrade to leather it’s cheaper to go the katzkin route. I’ve been considering upgrading to a JL but a loaded Sahara like I want would have a MSRP of $59000. My wife had a 2015 JK Sahara loaded that had a MSRP of 39k. It was cheaper for me to buy the sport s and upgrade leather and have what an overland still would have cost me $5k more for…
I just jumped on the cheapest katzkin kit that fit the rubicon seats. I would have preferred to have something stitched in them, at least the 7 slot and headlights logo like you got would be interesting to look at and a nice added touch. I’ve seen some that say rubicon but not at the $600 price range. I did see some nice ones in brown/saddle that I would have preferred but were $900 and up. Maybe next time lol
The wrinkles are coming out in their own since the photos were taken a couple nights ago. I had used a clothing steamer to expedite the initial ones coming out. But the weather is definitely holding up the process. We haven’t seen the sun all week here in the “sunshine state” but its supposed to be back starting tomorrow and I know that will finish the job.