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I installed my Katzkins today and will post some pics later. The color I chosen is perfect.
What did you end of paying in US $? At the Katzkin site, a 2-row set is around $2K, suggested retail, but at the Dodge/Mopar site, they are around $1K, depending on what version. Thank you.

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About 1.000 US. For this money the seats are amazing good quality. I love them. Don't buy at Dodge/Mopar sites. Buy directly at Shopsar. I really have to thank them for all their support.
 

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About 1.000 US. For this money the seats are amazing good quality. I love them. Don't buy at Dodge/Mopar sites. Buy directly at Shopsar. I really have to thank them for all their support.
Thank you. I just spoke with a local company that does this type of installation. If I were to buy the Katzkin leather from my dealer, they would use this shop for installation, anyway. Their price is around $1,200 USD installed, if I buy through them. They use a few different leather companies including Katzkin, and they have a very good reputation here in town. They can also install the seat heaters for a separate charge, so this will probably be the route I will choose when I am ready. I will try and get a leather cover for the console lid, also. I am a perfectionist, and really do not want to attempt to do the installation myself. I do not have all of the correct tools for the clips, etc. anyway! I have seen pictures on other forums where the guys have installed these kits themselves, and although they look good, there are wrinkles/bubbles that do not suit me! I hope it was the installation, and not a poorly made kit!

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Right after installation, the leather has some wrinkles. The leather needs time and people to sit on it to settle. After a while the seats will look perfect. I didn't make the installation myself, cause I'm also a perfectionist and didn't want to take any risk. What I regret is that I took the Mopar heated seats kit. Do yourself a favour and buy the Katzkin heated seats kit with the leather interior.

If you change your mind and want to do it yourself, there is the Katzkin installation kit, that has all tools you need for installation. Be sure to take the correct colors for your interior. Take a look at the Katzkin Sample Book. Available directly at Katzkin, Shopsar and Ebay.
 

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My configuration:

Bought at Shopsar.com (great price and support)
Product Code: KATZ-FDO56

Style Option: Single Tone
Wrap Color: Dark Graphite
Accent Options: Flat Panels
Trim Options: Contrast Double Stitching in Ash
Leather Content of Back Seats: Premium
EMB Location 1: Embroideries / Embrossings on Front Leanbacks
EMB Code 1: 797 (Dodge Logo)
EMB Color 1: Ash

Size Front Seats: LB Buckets
Size Back Seat Lean back: 60/40
Size Back Seat Cushion 60/40

Vehicle Information:
Dodge Nitro SXT (2008) with Dark Slate Grey / Light Slate Grey Interior
Vehicle had Cloth Seats
No SRS Airbags in Front Seats
Driver Seat is POWER, Fold flat Passenger Seat is MANUAL

+ ShopSAR Leather Interior Installation Kit
 

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These look really good. I'm looking at charcoal with red inserts and red stitching - no logo. Did they install the pads for the seat heaters? Where will you install the switches? I'm still looking at the Mopar heaters - 1 year warranty through the dealer.

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Thx. I love the one-tone look. The correct Katzkin color for the Nitro interior is Dark Graphite (with Ash contrast double stitching), not Charcoal. Mopar seat heater pads are installed.

I'm still working on solutions for the Mopar heaters kit problem. I ordered a few of the OEM switch panels and some different switches from Check, the production company behind the relabeled Mopar kit.
 

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Keep me informed as to what switch you come up with, that will work with the harness from the Mopar kit. The Mopar kit gets its power by plugging into the power port/lighter outlet on the dash. I did notice that some of the kits from your links just have a terminal for positive and negative. Is there a fuse in the harness, or would it use the 20A fuse for the power outlet if one chose to hook it up this way? Thank you for all of your help. I wish there were more people posting on this forum.

By the way, do these have a distinctive leather smell?

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Custom seat covers for Dodge Nitro

Custom seat covers for Dodge Nitro



We are glad to introduce custom Coverking seat covers for Dodge Nitro at CARiD.
Unlike other universal seat covers, these are tailored for your particular model and will fit like a glove. We have custom templates for pretty mach all year models of Dodge Nitro.
These covers will be a good solution if your seats start to wear out, you search for some protection from pets or want to
refresh interior with different materials and colors.

These covers go on top of your seats, so you don't have to remove upholstery.
You can select one of 11 materials on your choice. Starting with light and durable synthetic and finishing with premium leather or perforated suede.

You can purchase either a set of covers for the front seats or a complete set for the front and rear seats.

Select your year model, check prices and choose your covers here: Dodge Nitro Seat Covers at CARiD

Dodge-Nitro.com LINK
 

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Dodge Nitro 2-tone Graphite Light Gray Leather interior


Published on Sep 5, 2013

We built the leather trimmed interior kit in this video for the 2007 - 2011 Dodge Nitro in two-tone Graphite with Lt. Grey INSERTS. We also finished all of the perimeter seams in contrasting Lt. Grey Double-Stitching. This custom 2-tone leather color combination is an awesome match for the factory Medium Slate Gray interior that is most common in Dodge Nitros. You can upgrade the factory cloth in your Dodge Nitro using any of the 100+ LeatherSeats.com top grain leather colors including our brand new buttery soft Ecstasy full grain leather line. For more information or FREE leather samples call us toll FREE at 866-NEWSEAT.
 

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Leather Seat Source

Leather Seat Source

November 3, 2016

This is something that you ordinarily don’t have the opportunity to see, which is inside the Katzkin Leather factory. As you can see, there is a range of threads used for stitching the leather that the company provides to a wide range of OEMs for production vehicles, as well as specialty vehicles.



According to Tim Clyde, CEO of Katzkin, “We have patterns for more than 3,000 vehicles and we are utilizing state-of-the-art laser technology to complement our artisan craftsmanship.

The company has been producing leather packages for automotive interiors for 30 years.

The company can create special interiors for vehicles in 48 hours or less.



At SEMA this week there are nearly 100 project cars than include interiors from Katzkin. What’s more, the company, at its own stand, is doing a live demonstration of transforming the interior of the Bass Pro Marketing Toyota Tundra.

Clyde said, “While the outside of your vehicle can make a definitive statement, it’s the interior you are living in, no matter what car you drive, and a customized leather interior offers owners a chance to make a personal statement and generate excitement for your car, truck or SUV.”

One thing seems a bit off in its messaging, however.

While it is a fact that most interior leather is sourced from cows, outside of PETA members, there probably aren’t a whole lot of people who think about that fact.

And if they do think about the source of that leather, chances are it is thought of as coming from an ugly cow, not a cute, cuddly one.

Which sort of makes this little guy in the back top right seem rather, well. . . .



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Katzkin Leather Makes Surprisingly Affordable Custom Interiors for Your Car

Katzkin Leather Makes Surprisingly Affordable Custom Interiors for Your Car

Mar 20, 2018




Have you ever thought of outfitting your car or truck with a custom leather interior? If so, cost was probably a major concern, but it really shouldn’t be.

It’s possible to upgrade your ride without filing for bankruptcy or raiding the kids’ college savings account. Katzkin Leather provides turnkey kits that can dramatically revitalize a threadbare cabin, add some luxury to a brand-new vehicle or even showcase your wild side with unique colors and patterns. They claim to be the largest manufacturer of custom-leather interiors on earth, having upfitted more than 2 million vehicles since their founding 30 years ago.




Tim Clyde, president and CEO of Katzkin said there’s no easier way to make a three- or four-year-old vehicle look and smell like new than with their products and, “[For] a lot less than going and buying a new car.”

Their high-end-leather interiors typically cost anywhere between $1,500 and $2,200, a total that includes installation, which can be completed in as little as 24 hours. This makes them a surprising value, especially since you can configure them in countless ways. Some 120 colors and materials are offered, from perforated trim to camouflage patterns, ostrich leather to alligator skin, contrast stitching to tooled leather, piping to custom logos, mild to wild, there’s really something for every taste.

Additionally, upfitting a vehicle with custom leather is often cheaper than getting it from the factory because when new, automakers often make you step up to a higher trim level in order to get that sought-after material.

Not only does Katzkin cater to new-vehicle buyers they can also help drivers with older models as well, offering interior kits for some 3,000 cars and trucks dating back about 20 years. The oldest patterns they have on hand are for a mid-‘80s Chevrolet Silverado pickup, though the first kit they ever offered was designed to fit a Honda Accord.





Even though Katzkin’s products are affordably priced don’t think they’re merely seat covers. The firm’s kits are designed to completely replace a vehicle’s existing fabric trim, all with OEM-levels of fit and finish. Unfortunately, there is one potentially significant downside; this usually only applies to the seats themselves. Hard surfaces and difficult-to-remove components like armrests or door panels cannot be upgraded.

In addition to this, “We don’t do Mercedes or BMW,” said Clyde, since luxury models typically already have premium leather-trimmed interiors. Katzkin focuses on more mass-market products, vehicles typically equipped with fabric-covered seats from the factory, which means there’s plenty of opportunity for growth.

According to Katzkin, around 64 percent of mid-market vehicles are sold with cloth interiors, but some 90 percent of drivers want leather. This means there’s a surprisingly large opportunity for aftermarket upfitting. “We’re trying to get it to 100 percent,” joked Clyde. With stats like these demand is, not surprisingly, strong. Even though he couldn’t touch on any specifics regarding sales, Clyde added, “We do many thousands per week.”




Automakers have also taken notice of Katzkin’s work. Clyde said, “We work very closely with Fiat Chrysler.” In fact, they’re the official leather accessory supplier to FCA; their kits can be ordered directly from Mopar. They’ve also collaborated with used-vehicle retailers CarMax and AutoNation as well as aftermarket companies like Roush and Shelby. The Nissan Armada Snow Patrol concept revealed at the Chicago Auto Show earlier this year also featured a Katzkin-enhanced cabin, ditto for the Ram 1500 by Mopar and Jeep’s latest-generation Wrangler.

Keeping customers happy, the company’s interiors are backed by a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty. And if you don’t like the quality, Clyde said they’ll “make it right,” though it sounds like this is a rare occurrence because he added, “People love the product,” adding that they often find it better than what the OEM offered.
 

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Katzkin was founded about three decades ago by a brother-and-sister team, Mitch and Lesley Katz. The name is a portmanteau of Katz and kin, kin as in relatives (Get it? They’re related!). In 1985, they started making leather desktop office goods but moved on to vehicle interiors a year later.

Moving forward, Katzkin is working to get on more drivers’ radar. In the next six months, they hope to have a vehicle customizer up and running on their website, though this is taking a lot of software and work to accomplish because practically every vehicle has unique seats. But if they can create interior kits for thousands upon thousands of vehicles, this should be no trouble.


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