Does anyone have a good video or photos of the best way to install the rear seat upholstery? I got the correct seat upholstery for my '14 the other day, but it didn't have installation instructions. I know you're supposed to compress the springs, and I'm certain I've seen someone else post a picture of the best way to compress the springs but I can't remember where I saw it!
I'm in the same boat with my '24 and am looking for the same videos. It might have been on Mac's website. I will post what I find.
I used plastic ties on each spring - lots of ties and time, was able to compress spring several inches- put upholestery around edge of springs, cut ties came out great
Those videos are great, but they both only deal with installing the backrest, not the seat cushion itself. I've looked at Classtique's site and they don't have anything pertaining to the seat cushions.
I would do the seat bottom before tackling the seat back, the bottom is easier to do in my opinion and will be good practice before you tackle the seat back.
Optional - If you want to add an extra layer of protection between the springs and the upholstery, first hog ring a layer of heavy burlap onto the upper side of the seat springs.
Lay the upholstery material upside down on a clean table. Lay the seat spring upside down onto the upholstery material. You may have to use a home-made spring compressor to mash the spring down enough to be able to pull up and attach the front, back, and sides of the upholstery to the bottom of the seat springs. The original springs had a long metal clamping strip for the upholstery, but often it is missing, if so use hog rings to attach the upholstery to the bottom or the seat spring frame.
The link below shows a few pictures of some folks upholstering a seat bottom with their home-made compressor.
Thanks for that video, Mark, that compressor looks like something I can rig up at home! I'm only doing the rear seat, as the backrests are still original and in pretty good shape and the front is usable until I decide to replace it in the future.