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post #16 of 29 Old 06-13-2018, 11:34 AM
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The leather is probably an upgrade at resale, and if it looks stock, I can't see why it wouldn't be.

Most car mods, especially ignition, wheels, tires, or anything that gets into the electrical system may even lower the resale. There are plenty of us that don't trust an owner's upgrades and would rather have a stock vehicle when we buy it. If the previous owner has gotten into intake mods, K&N filters, etc. I'll pass on the car because it has probably been beaten hard. It depends on whether I'm buying from the owner and have a chance to evaluate why they did it.

When I see a car with an aftermarket radio, I assume the first thing I'll have to do is remove the radio and return the electronics to stock before I do anything else. Install shops have a habit of butchering wiring harnesses, and owners are worse.

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Katzkin leather upgrade

Just received my Katzkin leather today straight from the manufacturer in California.


Will try to install them myself, never done this before, so should be interesting .


Stay tuned....
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2015 Nissan Murano SV ( Custom MODS )
- Illuminated kick plate (non OEM added)
- RGB Foot well lightning (multiple colors)
- RGB compartment light (follows foot well lighning and color)
- LED DTRL on fog frame
- Cup Holder LED lightning
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- Custom leather seat cover (red accent)
- Custom floor mat
- superbright LED Dom light
- SGNL superbright 55W 6000K headlight
- Kenwood powered 150W subwoofer
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So today I got so exited to put my new leather seat, went to take out the seats and found these weird screws, which I have not seen before. I do not have any such bit in my toolbox, so I will make a trip to Lowes tomorrow and see if they have it.
I guess they do not want you to mess with the seats, that why they make it difficult to remove.
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2015 Nissan Murano SV ( Custom MODS )
- Illuminated kick plate (non OEM added)
- RGB Foot well lightning (multiple colors)
- RGB compartment light (follows foot well lighning and color)
- LED DTRL on fog frame
- Cup Holder LED lightning
- Android head unit
- Custom leather seat cover (red accent)
- Custom floor mat
- superbright LED Dom light
- SGNL superbright 55W 6000K headlight
- Kenwood powered 150W subwoofer
- Kenwood 600W amp
-LED turn signal
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They are Torx or star-drive screws, most hardware stores will have a selection of bits that you can use in conjunction with a socket wrench.

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I did not know this was going to be hard, had I known I would have just given the installer $800 to install it.

But was able to figure it out as I went along, there are lots of pieces, so far I just did the passenger seat, took me 8 hours. I plan to do the rest next week.

The hardest part was the air bag, the airbag sits inside a pouch that is attached to the leather seat.
The quality of the leather is pretty good, perforated with nice piping on the edges, and the orange wings.


I was told the wrinkles you see will go away over time, when it gets warmer and the leather stretches.


It is really amazing the engineering that goes into the car itself, I have been working on this car in and out, and I came to appreciate the level of engineering in designing every single aspect of the car. Every single piece is so meticulously place, there is no room for errors. That's why when I do some mods on my car, I make sure to do it right, the way the manufacturer would have done it.
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2015 Nissan Murano SV ( Custom MODS )
- Illuminated kick plate (non OEM added)
- RGB Foot well lightning (multiple colors)
- RGB compartment light (follows foot well lighning and color)
- LED DTRL on fog frame
- Cup Holder LED lightning
- Android head unit
- Custom leather seat cover (red accent)
- Custom floor mat
- superbright LED Dom light
- SGNL superbright 55W 6000K headlight
- Kenwood powered 150W subwoofer
- Kenwood 600W amp
-LED turn signal
-Accent LED lightning
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Assad, did you discover any shortcuts, tips or tricks doing the passenger seat that will improve the installation experience when you tackle the driver's seat?

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Hi KBrians,


Definitely should be faster when I tackle the driver's side.


Now I know the correct order to remove the upholstery, and how to remove the motor cover that is used for moving the seat back and forth, I did struggle a little bit with that in the beginning.



The bottom part comes off completely, ie it can be remove from the frame easily ( as you can see in the first picture), so this will make it easier remove the top upholstery once the bottom part is removed. It was by accident that I found out you can remove it from the frame, and by then I had already struggle to remove the top upholstery while it was still tied to the frame.


The air bag is another one I struggle with to get it in there. It goes inside a pouch that is attached to the leather cover. What makes it difficult is you have to insert the airbag inside the pouch first, then pull it inside the foam, then bolt it in, and then attach the hog clips. The trick is you have to insert the airbag before you try to put the leather on, then slide it through the hole and bolt it in.


The bottom part is easy, but the top part is very hard because it has lots of hog clips and it is a tight fit.



I think I made the wrinkle worst on the top part...
The trick here is to not stretch too much the leather as you slide it in. The leather itself conforms to the shape of the foam already, so no need to stretch it to fit.
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- RGB Foot well lightning (multiple colors)
- RGB compartment light (follows foot well lighning and color)
- LED DTRL on fog frame
- Cup Holder LED lightning
- Android head unit
- Custom leather seat cover (red accent)
- Custom floor mat
- superbright LED Dom light
- SGNL superbright 55W 6000K headlight
- Kenwood powered 150W subwoofer
- Kenwood 600W amp
-LED turn signal
-Accent LED lightning
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Hi KBrians,


Definitely should be faster when I tackle the driver's side.


Now I know the correct order to remove the upholstery, and how to remove the motor cover that is used for moving the seat back and forth, I did struggle a little bit with that in the beginning.



The bottom part comes off completely, ie it can be remove from the frame easily ( as you can see in the first picture), so this will make it easier remove the top upholstery once the bottom part is removed. It was by accident that I found out you can remove it from the frame, and by then I had already struggle to remove the top upholstery while it was still tied to the frame.


The air bag is another one I struggle with to get it in there. It goes inside a pouch that is attached to the leather cover. What makes it difficult is you have to insert the airbag inside the pouch first, then pull it inside the foam, then bolt it in, and then attach the hog clips. The trick is you have to insert the airbag before you try to put the leather on, then slide it through the hole and bolt it in.


The bottom part is easy, but the top part is very hard because it has lots of hog clips and it is a tight fit.



I think I made the wrinkle worst on the top part...
The trick here is to not stretch too much the leather as you slide it in. The leather itself conforms to the shape of the foam already, so no need to stretch it to fit.

From watching some upholstery people before they install like seats or a convertible top, they leave material outside for awhile to make it easier to install then they hit it with a steamer
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Katzkin leather upgrade completed

I finally completed the leather upgrade...


If you ask me I would do this again, the answer would be HELLLL NOOOOOO.


Sometimes I can be very adventurous, but this was a bad idea to tackle it myself.


The back seat are as hard as the front, if not harder, the foam do not come off the frame as I thought. Also being an SUV, they are heavy to lift. They are bolted down pretty hard, you will need a breaker bar to remove them.
At the end all my hands were sore, I wonder how these people assemble 1000s of these in production. Maybe they have a template they press down the seat to put he hog clips.



On the positive side, the experience was priceless, I learned a lot, how the seats are put together, and how the leather cover are installed.
And I really like the end results, it looks beautiful, the leather is very high quality, and feels really comfortable. They are easy to clean also, I just use a fiber cloth damped with water.


Here are some pictures, hope you like it...
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- Illuminated kick plate (non OEM added)
- RGB Foot well lightning (multiple colors)
- RGB compartment light (follows foot well lighning and color)
- LED DTRL on fog frame
- Cup Holder LED lightning
- Android head unit
- Custom leather seat cover (red accent)
- Custom floor mat
- superbright LED Dom light
- SGNL superbright 55W 6000K headlight
- Kenwood powered 150W subwoofer
- Kenwood 600W amp
-LED turn signal
-Accent LED lightning
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How many hours did you invest in this project, Assad?

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Hi Kbrian

More than I originally thought.

If you watch the katzkin install online, they make it seem so easy, but that is not so. I guess every car is different, and the murano is very hard.

I started with the passenger seat which took me 8hrs. The driver's seat is a little harder that the passenger seat, because it has more components. I started Friday night with the driver's seat, and finished everything Sunday evening. So, 2.5 days for the driver's seat and back seats.
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- Illuminated kick plate (non OEM added)
- RGB Foot well lightning (multiple colors)
- RGB compartment light (follows foot well lighning and color)
- LED DTRL on fog frame
- Cup Holder LED lightning
- Android head unit
- Custom leather seat cover (red accent)
- Custom floor mat
- superbright LED Dom light
- SGNL superbright 55W 6000K headlight
- Kenwood powered 150W subwoofer
- Kenwood 600W amp
-LED turn signal
-Accent LED lightning
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You did a beautiful job, Assad. Your willingness to dive into major projects on a three year old car is admirable. I did the same thing 30 years ago with my first new car, an 88 5.0 Liter Mustang. Its still in my garage, but much of the originality is long gone

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Thatís really, really sharp. Nice work.
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Thank you guys!!!


Although I did not know what I was getting myself into when I started this.

This is by far the biggest project I did on the car.
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- RGB compartment light (follows foot well lighning and color)
- LED DTRL on fog frame
- Cup Holder LED lightning
- Android head unit
- Custom leather seat cover (red accent)
- Custom floor mat
- superbright LED Dom light
- SGNL superbright 55W 6000K headlight
- Kenwood powered 150W subwoofer
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