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Well, I've got the rear seats and right front seat done, leaving on the driver's seat and center console / seat. I've added the heated seat pads in the passenger seat as well.
Unfortunately, RAM still uses hog rings with these seats. In the rear, there are only a few. In the front, there are 13 hog rings in each seat base. The small-type rings are what is being used, and in the front seats they are especially buried. Otherwise, north-south seams are handled by velcro rails, and the cloth / leather is stretched by way of the usual latching clips. The seat-mounted side airbags were not an issue. They need to be removed including the wiring harness before the leather can be installed, but the Katzkin has the same special bag-canvas for the airbag to reside in, and the tear-seam is built in, along with the "airbag" tag on the seat.
The center console is bolted into both front seats and this makes it a bit trickier. The leather does have a few wrinkles / folds in it, but these will go completely away once installed after a few weeks. The leather seems to have a little thicker backing on it and the seats seem to be a tad more comfortable, but for me, it's mostly the improved appearance, and easier to clean which I value. Adding the heaters is just a bonus.
I'm kicking myself for not adding another heater kit to use in the back seats...nothing preventing you from adding rear heated seats as well.
The seat heaters seem robust...rather than a wire grid which makes continual s-turns from one fillister to another, this pad uses a diamond grid which connects to anode and cathode wires on each side encased in tape. Unlike the wire method, which causes the seat heater to fail if the wire breaks anywhere along the path, the diamond pattern means a break can occur and the remaining unbroken sections will continue to heat. You can also cut the heater pad to allow for different seat sizes.
Anyway, the truck is going to the dealer tomorrow for front-end issues and I won't have time tonight, so the dealer will wonder why one seat is cloth and the others are leather, but oh well. Once I finish, I'll post pics. So far, I have 9 hours into this project. The Ford took 11, I suspect I'll have close to 14 hours with this truck. Maybe the licensed installer shops with more experience can do all this in 6-7 hours, but its easy to see why install costs are so high. This is patience work.
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