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Picture of Removing Fabric from '03 Wrangler for Washing
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Sometimes the fabric on the seats of your car are beyond cleaning using traditional upholstery cleaner. This Instructable will help you get your seats back to brand new condition, or at least close.

I'm doing this for the driver's seat of my 2003 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. It should apply for all models with the same seat as well as for the passenger seat.
 
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Step 1: Unhook wiring from below seat

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On the drivers seat there is a wire connected to the bottom of the seat. This needs to be unhooked before we can take the seat out. It is secured on the top of the piece connected to the seat. Use your finger to depress the security connection and slide the adapter out.

Step 2: Remove bolts to allow removal of seat

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This will allow us to take out the seat. You will need a 1/2 inch and T50 star sockets. Remove all 4 bolts.

Step 3: Remove seat

After removing all bolts, remove the seat from the vehile.

Step 4: Unhook j-hooks for the seat back

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Starting with the seat back, unhook the j-hooks that meet at the base of the seat back. Pull the fabric from the front and back sides of the seat to allow the j-hooks to separate.

I don't know the proper name for these hooks and will refer to them as "j-hooks" throughout this guide.

Step 5: Pull fabric up

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Pull the fabric up high enough to see metal rods on the front of seat back

Step 6: Release metal rods

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Pull metal rods down 1.5 to 2 inches. This will release them from the their connection up top allowing you to get them out of the fabric.

Step 7: Pull fabric up

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Pull fabric up as far as you can. It will not let you go farther than a couple inches below the head rest. This will reveal another metal rod going horizontal across the seat back.

Step 8: Remove the horizontal metal rod

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Use a needle nose pliers at one end to twist and pull appropriately to help navigate the rod out.

Step 9: Remove screw on lever

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Remove the single screw holding on the lever used to lean the seat forward.

Step 10: Pull up the fabric

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Pull the fabric off as far as you can. You'll get hung up on the lever used to lean the seat forward.
next time cut the hog rings out, and re-use your listing wire. copper wire is not stiff enough to hold your covers on. get some new hog rings and a cheap hogging players and do it that way
This really helped me when I spilled paint on the passenger seat of my Explorer. Thanks a bunch!
grantaccess6 years ago
Nice instructable. Looks easy to follow and very well documented.