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    Anyone have recent experience installing DMC seat covers?

    I just received a set of seat covers from DMCH this weekend and am in the middle of installing them myself and adding some heating pads while I'm at it. I followed the "Slip Me Some Skin" article (I realize there have been some changes to the design since this was published) as well as several threads on here to get this far, but I'm stumped on how these are supposed to be secured below the headrest.

    The articles I've read seem to imply there are (or were) two ribs below the headrest that can be zip-tied to the seat, which pull in the 'neck'. However, as you can see below these covers don't have ribs, nor do they have any kind of sleeve to re-use the old ribs.

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    The seat covers I'm replacing were custom so I'm not sure what the originals looked like, but there was one metal rod in the neck that I can reuse. I cut a small hole in the backing fabric of the new seats and put that rod between the fabric and the foam to pull the neck in, but I want to make sure I'm not missing something. It looks okay-ish, and may improve once I start stretching and securing the back with hog rings, but I want to be sure I've got it right before that step. I find it difficult to believe the neck shouldn't be pulled in at all, so am I missing something or is it possible this was a manufacturing oversight?

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    Hi there,

    Yes, I installed my own in 2016. I took several pictures and made comments on them. You can find them in the "Interior Restoration" album on my profile. Here are a few:





    Basically, you don't need to reuse the wire ribs. There are integrated plastic ribs that you zip tie around. You'll want to do the upper headrest rib first, then the lower one.

    Have a look, and please ask if you have any more questions. Recovering the seats is a fair amount of work and when you are done, your hands will be sore from all the stretching and pulling, but it is very rewarding.

    Good luck with the job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMC-81 View Post
    Hi there,

    Basically, you don't need to reuse the wire ribs. There are integrated plastic ribs that you zip tie around. You'll want to do the upper headrest rib first, then the lower one.

    Thanks - yours is one of the write-ups I reviewed, but if you look at the picture in my first post there are no integrated ribs or sleeves in the neck on the covers I'm installing. So my real question is whether I'm missing something or if the manufacturer changed the design to intentionally omit these ribs. Everything else seems to be exactly as described in everyone's recent writeups.

    Edit - Just realized it may not be super clear in my picture, but there are no ribs there, just the foam and insides of the seams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalB View Post
    Thanks - yours is one of the write-ups I reviewed, but if you look at the picture in my first post there are no integrated ribs or sleeves in the neck on the covers I'm installing. So my real question is whether I'm missing something or if the manufacturer changed the design to intentionally omit these ribs. Everything else seems to be exactly as described in everyone's recent writeups.

    Edit - Just realized it may not be super clear in my picture, but there are no ribs there, just the foam and insides of the seams.
    Oh, sorry I missed that. Yes, there should be 2 ribs in the neck area. I would definitely call DMC tomorrow to see if the design changed or if there was a manufacturer oversight.
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    Problem solved - after some investigation the vendor noted the neck-ribs were inadvertently left off of some seat covers. I've shipped them back to be corrected and in the meantime I'm actually kind of enjoying the extra cargo space where the passenger seat used to be.

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