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Old 09-06-2014, 09:56 PM   #1
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Plastic Seat Trim Removal

Removing cloth and putting on take-off leathers. I've finished the rear seats and am moving to fronts. I'm having hard time figuring out how to remove the plastic trim and seat adjusting levers. I've watched the motorz video and the trim is different, so removal doesn't quite seem the same.

Has anyone removed these pieces? Any recommendations, so I don't break these pieces?

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I'll be attempting this on my 14 GT next weekend. Haven't really looked at anything other than thew motorz video, so I'm not sure but I'll report back once I rip into it.

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Been there, done that, broke one clip, and it is a PITA. Take the seat out and reach up inside the framing of the seat to release the clips. They are not easy to get to and you will cut your hand up if not careful. I think there is a tool to make it easier but I never googled it to see since I just did mine by hand.

The lever for seat height has a cover that pops out to give access to the screws holding it on.

The lever for seat back adjustment has the little "ohm" shaped clip that just needs to be pushed out.

Like the Katskin video, the clips on the back part of the seat just pry off and push back on. Watch that video a couple of times and study it. Let me know if you have any other questions and it might jar my memory. It's been a year for mine.
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Been there, done that, broke one clip, and it is a PITA. Take the seat out and reach up inside the framing of the seat to release the clips. They are not easy to get to and you will cut your hand up if not careful. I think there is a tool to make it easier but I never googled it to see since I just did mine by hand.

The lever for seat height has a cover that pops out to give access to the screws holding it on.

The lever for seat back adjustment has the little "ohm" shaped clip that just needs to be pushed out.

Like the Katskin video, the clips on the back part of the seat just pry off and push back on. Watch that video a couple of times and study it. Let me know if you have any other questions and it might jar my memory. It's been a year for mine.

Are your seats the power seats or regular? Thanks for the help. That's good information to know so I don't break everything.


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Old 09-08-2014, 11:30 AM   #5
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I have non-power seats. The leather take offs I got were for power seats so the driver's side does not match the bottom 100%. I had to cut a little leather off of the bottom where the height adjustment lever is at to fit them properly.

To describe the clips on the legs of the plastic trim pieces, they are pushed through specific holes in the framing of the seats and there is a spring loaded spreading clip that expands once it goes through the seat frame holes. Once they spread, to disassemle them, you must pinched them back together to slip them out.

It makes for quick assemby at the factory but a pain to ever take them off without the proper tool.
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The neat thing is the stitching matches the steering wheel, too!
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Thanks, I have the non-power seats too, so what you're describing helps a little more than the Motorz video.

The seats look good in your car. I'm looking forward to finishing mine up this week.


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It'll feel and smell like a whole different car. I hope you have tinted windows though because the leather seats get real hot and burn legs!
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Oh, before I forget, I had my passenger side front seat re-zeroed (not sure what Ford calls it) in the computer at the advice of a service guy at Ford. It could be an issue for the weight of a child for the passenger side airbag deployment/disablement. My 9 and 12 year old kids ride in my car often.
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Thanks, I have the non-power seats too, so what you're describing helps a little more than the Motorz video.

The seats look good in your car. I'm looking forward to finishing mine up this week.


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It'll feel and smell like a whole different car. I hope you have tinted windows though because the leather seats get real hot and burn legs!

Yup, getting them tinted. Living in New Mexico, I know what you mean about the hot sun and leather seats.


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Oh, before I forget, I had my passenger side front seat re-zeroed (not sure what Ford calls it) in the computer at the advice of a service guy at Ford. It could be an issue for the weight of a child for the passenger side airbag deployment/disablement. My 9 and 12 year old kids ride in my car often.

That's good to know. I'll look into that.


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Been there, done that, broke one clip, and it is a PITA. Take the seat out and reach up inside the framing of the seat to release the clips. They are not easy to get to and you will cut your hand up if not careful. I think there is a tool to make it easier but I never googled it to see since I just did mine by hand.

The lever for seat height has a cover that pops out to give access to the screws holding it on.

The lever for seat back adjustment has the little "ohm" shaped clip that just needs to be pushed out.

Like the Katskin video, the clips on the back part of the seat just pry off and push back on. Watch that video a couple of times and study it. Let me know if you have any other questions and it might jar my memory. It's been a year for mine.

Thanks again for the help! I finished up my seats this weekend and I love the look.

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They do look great! Any major snags?
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Daaang that looks really good! Gives a total different look to the interior.

I like the stitching and the looks. Where did you guys get the take-off leathers? Avg, how long did it take to put on?
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EBay and it took about 3 hours total for mine.
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Cool thanks!
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They do look great! Any major snags?

Your advice helped a lot. Major worries were breaking the front cushion valances but once I got past that, was fairly easy install.


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Daaang that looks really good! Gives a total different look to the interior.

I like the stitching and the looks. Where did you guys get the take-off leathers? Avg, how long did it take to put on?

Thank you! Definitely gives a very different look to interior.

I also got my take-offs on eBay. I'd reserve at least 4-5 hours for it but it could be done in less time.


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Thank you! Definitely gives a very different look to interior.

I also got my take-offs on eBay. I'd reserve at least 4-5 hours for it but it could be done in less time.


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Thanks. I'll search for them tonight. Sounds like a weekend job
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I did mine this past weekend as well and am really happy with how it turned out. Took me about 4 hours by myself. Relatively easy although I did break those damn clips but I used some wire to keep anything from being noticeable.

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