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Reupholster seats and adding heat/cool function

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Earlier this year I reupholstered the seats in my 2000 F-250 and added heat and cooling to the factory seats. This thread is to show how that was done.
I used leatherseats.com for the seat covers and heating/cooling kits. This is the 100% leather kit for the 40/20/40 bench seats in a non factory color.

Starting with worn out factory tan seats, the drivers being power with manual lumbar.

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New cooling unit parts.


Starting with the passenger seat.


Removing the upper seat cover is done by unlatching a plastic catch at the bottom.


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Next up, there are several Velcro strips holding the leather down. Be careful removing them, the Velcro likes to detach from the seat foam.



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The bottom of the seat has similar plastic clips slid over metal.
You won't be able to remove all of the clips and the seat bottom cover till you remove the seat track and seat back.



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You will need to remove the seat belt and other accessories from the seat to remove the cover.
The seat belt uses a T50 torx bit.





Plastic clips need to be removed for the support bracket.


The reclining handle needs to go too, #2 phillips.



Hidden #2 phillips screw behind the reclining handle.
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Remove the plastic clip holding the trim.


Now you have access to remove the bolts holding the seat back to the seat bottom.




One side of the seat back is held in by a plastic clip. Just slide the seat back over and it comes loose. A screwdriver helps get over the hump.


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Now you have access to remove the seat track.







There is an extra bracket on the seat track, don't loose it.
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Now you should have access to pull the remaining clips off the seat bottom cover.



More Velcro on the bottom seat cover.



The bare seat bottom cushion.


Check the Velcro for areas that need to be re-glued.
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Now we can compare the cooling pad to the seat cushion. There is a bit of a conflict with the cooling pad covering the Velcro that holds the seat cover in place.



Marking the area to trim on the cooling pad.


Checking fitment of rough cut.
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Re: Reupholster seats and adding heat/cool function

This is what the cooling pad looks like.



The cooling pad needs to sit flush with the seat foam, this is the mark for where to cut.


The new cover, I selected a bit darker beige than factory.


The new cover has a special backing with perforations to allow air flow.
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