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Seat Cover Instructions

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52. Take the seat backrest and flip it over to remove the cover. Bend the 5 metal hooks straight and pull off the bottom rear of the cover and then pull off the bottom of the insert. Remove the rod from the rear of the cover and save it.

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

53. Gently remove the foam from the middle of the backrest. Pull out the staples and the foam should come right out.

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

54. Remove the hog rings from the sides and middle of the seat(already done in these pictures). And remove the 3 rods from the cover. The 2 rods that run along the sides of the cover, and the 1 rod in the middle/top of the insert, and save them.

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

55. Continue to pull the cover off the backrest until it’s fully off.

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

56. Take your new cover and locate the white flap that’s in the middle top of the cover, by the head rest. Then measure to the center of the flap and make a mark(with a pencil). Then measure 1 inch on each side of the center and make a mark. Then measure 2 inches on each side and make another mark. After the marks are made, go ahead and hole punch the 4 marks(not the center mark). Or, use a razor blade to make very small cuts where the marks are, for the zip ties.

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

57. Slide the cover over the top of the seat and get the head rest part of the seat cover nice and tight. This will take some pulling and stretching of the cover to get it on right, and tight. Take your time and keep pulling and stretching and compressing the foam until the head rest part of the cover is tight and looks right.

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

58. Then continue along and fit the sides of the cover onto the seat. This also requires some stretching and compressing of the foam. Again, take your time. The cover is a tight fit around the bottom, but it will fit.

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

59. Slide the smallest metal rod into the head rest white flap. Then loop 4 zip ties through the holes in the white flap, and around the metal rod on the seat. Notice the red arrows in the picture to show where the metal rod is located on the seat frame.

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

60. Pull each of the zip ties tight. Then place a hog ring right beside the zip ties and remove the zip ties.

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

61. Now place marks on the side of the cover. The side flaps are not made out of the same white material as the other flaps, but the same material as the seat cover. You will want to make 6 marks on the sides. Starting at the bottom of the cover, by the star, and work your way up. The zip ties and hog rings will need to clamp around the metal rod with the brown paper wrapped around it. So starting at the star is best. Make a mark on the flap, in-between every other thin metal wires. Every other one seems to work best. When marking the flap make sure you mark it between the sew line and the bottom of the flap. Don’t place a mark, or cut, above the sew line! Once you have all the marks made, you can hole punch the 6 marks, or carefully cut very small slices with a razor blade for the zip ties.

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

62. Slide the metal rod into the flap. Then put zip ties through the cuts in the flap and around the metal rod with the brown paper around it, like in the picture.

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

63. Repeat this same step for the other side of the cover. Then tighten all the zip ties. This will stretch the cover tight around the sides of the backrest.

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

64. Now place a hog ring directly beside each of the zip ties, going one by one. Then remove the zip ties from the cover. The top zip tie on each side of the cover can be very hard to get to with the hog ring and we have just left the zip tie attached, after cutting off the excess.

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

65. Now we can install the foam for the back rest insert. There are different ways of doing this, but this is how we did it. We laid the insert part of the cover down flat. Then placed marks on the edge of the cover, 1/2 inch from the edge. We placed marks on the cover (with pencil) starting from above the 4th sew line. Placing a mark about every 2 or 3 inches up the side of the cover. Spacing is not super important, but make sure both sides are the same. Next we hole punched the marks we made, and did the same thing for the other side of the insert cover.

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

66. If you have seat heaters, now would be the time to install it in the backrest. Next we placed the foam inside the insert. Make sure the foam is all the way to the top of the cover. It can be a little tricky, but you want to make sure the foam is all the way up. Then we placed zip ties through each of the holes and tied them together. Another way of doing this is with shoelace, or string. You can use shoelace and lace through the holes like you would a shoe. Then we gently tightened the zip ties until the cover looked right, and was tight. You don’t have to tighten the cover too much. It will just bend the foam if you do.

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

67. Once that’s tight enough we flip the seat over to finish the cover. First fold over each side flap tight and poke one of the metal hooks thought the cover and place a hog ring through the cover, like we did.

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

68. This next step can be a little trick. First slide the metal rod through the flap in the rear of the cover. Then push the insert material through all the metal hooks in the bottom of the seat(don’t fold the metal hooks over yet). Then fold the back of the cover over and into the metal hooks too. Now you can fold the metal hooks over like in the picture. This step might require a little help. Another set of hand can come in handy here.

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

69. Installation of the backrest cover is now complete, but we still need to cut some holes in the material before it’s totally finished.

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

70. Start on the sides, at the bottom. Press around until you can locate these circle holes underneath the cover. The big middle circle is just for reference, and the smaller circles are the threaded holes that hold the backrest onto the bottom of the seat. The smaller circles are a little bit harder to locate, so start with the large middle circle. Once you locate the circles, draw with a pencil, where the circles are(not a marker like we did).

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

71. With a razor blade, starting in the middle, cut the material away like we did. Around the 2 smaller circles.

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

72. From the top threaded hole, cut a slice 1/2 inch up(with the seat laying down like in the picture below), toward the insert part of the seat. We are making this cut because there is the cable that we need to have come out of the cover.

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

73. Reach in the cover with your finger and pull out the cable.

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

74. Repeat this for the other side of the cover.

75. Now move to the side of the head rest part of the seat. Push on the cover until you locate the square hole for the seat latches. Then mark them with a pencil(not a marker).

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

76. Carefully cut in the middle of the square circle, from top to bottom. Make sure you cut out all the way from top to bottom, or the plastic latch cover won’t go on right. The metal lever can get in the way, and you might need to move it by hand in order to cut the material all the way. As you can see from our picture. The mark we made on the cover was not tall enough and we had to cut the material down a little bit farther. This is ok, because it’s always easier to cut more if needed.

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

77. Pushing the material to the side a little you should be able to press the seat latch cover on.

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

78. Slide on the little metal clip over the metal lever, then press on the seat latch knob.

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

79. Once you have both seat latches installed you can install the backrest onto the seat bottom. When doing this make sure both cables get installed into the little metal holder on the side of the seat before tightening the seat bolts. Then tighten the main seat bolts(4). Then install the metal part on the end of the cable and onto the splined shaft. The correct way to install this is by pulling the cable all the way down before sliding the bracket onto the splined shaft. Then install the new E-clips that came with your kit.

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

80. Now we can install the plastic side cover. Here is what we found to be the easiest way. First slide the cover onto the seat. Then take a pencil and place it inside the 2 screw holds and mark the cover where the screws are going to go through. Take the plastic cover off the seat and with a razor blade carefully cut around your pencil marks. Once you do that you should be able to easily find the threaded holds in the rear of the seat.

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

81. Then slide the side cover on and screw it down.

Porsche 944 seat reupholster instructions

82. Now you are finished with one seat. Repeat this process for the other seat and install them back in your car.

83. Installing the seats back into the car is the same as the way we removed them, but our kit has supplied new allen bolts for the seat rails, which are much stronger and won’t strip out like the Porsche bolts. Don’t forget to plug in all the wires on the bottom of the seat before bolting it down.

84. Now you can drive around and enjoy some nice seats!

 

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