Age, dogs, wheeling, children, eating—you name it; it all takes its toll on your rigs’ seats. When we picked up our ’07 Wrangler Unlimited, it had typical signs of seat breakdown. The driver seat was torn on the outside from people sliding in and out. There were a few holes and tears on the back seats and most annoyingly, cigarette burn marks. We didn’t expect a pristine interior for a rig that had clearly been wheeled for years, but we didn’t want to just settle with the worn parts.
Initially, we looked into having the stock seats recovered. We quickly realized that was going to be way more money than we were willing to spend. After all, we are not building a show Jeep. We just wanted something a little better than what we had. This got us looking at seat covers.
After searching around online, we stumbled across Iggee seat covers on eBay. Iggee had a front set listed for $179, and if we wanted rear covers, it would be an additional $179. Either way we chose, it was free shipping (note: we found the company’s eBay store to have better prices that the company’s website). The covers we were looking at were solid black in color and comprised of what Iggee calls synthetic leather.
The seat material is actually comprised of PVC (polyvinyl chloride), which is essentially a modified plastic. A lot of company’s use is for fake leather, as it is inexpensive and can be easy to work with. It actually feels surprisingly soft, and leather-like. In fact, we’d venture to guess that most people won’t be able to tell the difference.
It took less than two weeks for the covers to arrive, which was actually faster than what Iggee originally quoted us. While we knew a warm day would be best for installing the seats, we had to suck it up and install them in the finger-numbing cold! We spent a few hours one afternoon installing the set and only managed to tear one seem slightly and cut ourselves once. These covers fit tight, which ultimately is a good thing.
As of writing this, we’ve had the covers on for a little over four months. So far, they are holding up well. Tech Editor Mansour’s German Shepherd likes to dig her claws into whatever she is riding along, as well as leave a trail of hair behind. Compared to the cloth, the synthetic leather is much easier to clean and the pup hasn’t broke through the surface of the seats.
Can you tell that they are seat covers? Yes, but not everyone will. They are a tight fit, which helps add to the overall look and feel. The covers don’t hold in heat like neoprene covers do, so you don’t get the sweaty back! Cleaning them is much easier as well. Overall, we’re very pleased with our purchase.