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After a long wait, I finally got my Clazzios installed a couple of weeks ago!! I got the black outers with gray perforated leather inserts and black stitching. I gotta say I agree with everyone else about the fit and finish...these things are GREAT! The color match is top notch too! I really wanted to put the seat heaters in with the install, but decided against it at this time.

I already had all the seats out of the truck because I was installing my stereo equipment at the same time. I'd highly recommend taking the seats out to save yourself some major headaches. On the back seats, I used the plastic that came with the covers to put between the covers and the factory fabric. I have two boys back there, and I can see them spilling all kinds of crap and it leaking through the perforated part.

I let these thing air out in the garage for a couple of weeks before installing them, and they still smelled HIGHLY for a couple of weeks. It's not a bad smell really....reminded me of a strong banana peel smell that doesn't seem to go away. After a couple of weeks it's almost gone, thankfully.

On to the seat porn......:) Took the pics with my cell phone in the garage, so they aren't the greatest quality. The covers had been installed for a couple of weeks already, so they're a little dirty.

Driver Seat..



Passenger Seat...not real sure what the stain looking thing is on seat. Probably some fast food grease that leaked though the bag.



Both...



Rear Seats...




Rear Armrest...wish this looked a little better






Closeups.....




Here is where the twist starts. I've got a pretty damn large sub box behind the rear seats. I painted it with the Rustoleum knockoff of fleckstone, so the surface is rough. Here you can see where after 2 weeks the rubbing was taking it's toll. And you can see where the surround of the sub was hitting the Clazzio cover. Since the Clazzios fit over the plastic backs of the seats, they actually eat up a little bit more leg room trying to keep the sub from hitting them.




I decided to take the tops of the covers off the backseats, remove the plastic backs, reinstall the covers and put the plastic covers OVER the Clazzios. I think it turned out pretty decent looking. And now the sub box is rubbing the plastic, and the sub doesn't hit the plastic during excursion.










Saving the best for last...here's a GREAT reason to get some kind of cover. I have a CM and leave the back window cracked (3-4" max) at work during the day when there's no chance of rain. When I went to take the seats out to change the backing, this is what I found on the back of the seat!!!!!

Yep...a bird sent a poop THROUGH the cracked window!! :eek:
 

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Nice work (pts sent)! I put the covers over the plastic on the back-seats as well... only cause I couldn't find a quick answer to installing the plastic over the clazzios. It seemed like I'd have to poke some holes through the covers to account for the mounting screws for the plastic cover, and I was a little worried that if it didn't work out, the covers would be ruined.

Can you explain what the process was like for doing this? I'll probably take mine out & re-install them to get the right effect...thanks!
 

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dariusld....i think the only negative would be that you have to poke holes in the back of brand new $400+ seat covers!! other than that, i really can't see a negative.

hercpilot...$$$ for one thing. i really didn't want leather covers to begin with (i had waterproof neoprene in my last truck) but to get the same kind of covers in this truck was more expensive than the leathers. i didn't find out about the katskinz till after i had ordered the clazzios, but, again because of the money i wouldn't have got them.
 

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Nice work (pts sent)! I put the covers over the plastic on the back-seats as well... only cause I couldn't find a quick answer to installing the plastic over the clazzios. It seemed like I'd have to poke some holes through the covers to account for the mounting screws for the plastic cover, and I was a little worried that if it didn't work out, the covers would be ruined.

Can you explain what the process was like for doing this? I'll probably take mine out & re-install them to get the right effect...thanks!
It was pretty much exactly like you described! After I put the covers back on, I pushed the plastic pieces back over them and just felt around where the holes should be. Then took a punch and punched a hole through where I thought the hole would line up and wiggled the punch around till it went in the hole. Quickly and carefully pull the punch out and put the screw in. This works much better with a magnetized bit on your screwdriver! If you start at the bottom, you can stick your finger under the cover and feel around for the hole (kinda like being a teenager again! :D ). I ain't gonna lie, it wasn't the easiest thing I've ever done! If you can get someone to help you it would be much easier because you have push down on the plastic with a pretty good bit of force, especially on the small seat. The big seat also has 3 or 4 pop in snaps and you have to cut a slit for those. The big seat was actually easier than the small one.
 

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Looks good! I have my covers airing out right now,While my heaters are on the way. You may want to put a towel under those car seats so they don't scratch them up. I am debateing on even putting my back cover on until I get both carseats out, Plus I hate the impressions they leave in the seats.
 

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I guess due to past experience I'm partial to katzkin. Congrats on the new look.
 

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They make seat protectors that do a good job of easing the impressions in the fabric as well as keeping the inevitable spills contained...

Grey Two-Stage Seatsaver - Prince LionHeart - Babies "R" Us

The nice thing about those is they are two stage, and they have a lip that catches all of the stuff that would end up under the seat from falling through the crack. I have three car seats across the back of my Tundra :(
 
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