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Wheelskin cover + Lincoln Continental seats = $60 :)

Did some interior upgrades recently:

Black perforated Wheelskin:





I put one of these on my car and absolutely loved it, so I decided to get one for the truck as well. Believe it or not this was $40 of my $60 interior upgrade cost.


Dark gray leather bucket seats from a Lincoln Continental:




They are in like new condition, and believe it or not only cost me $20 off Cragslist. I had to do some modification to get it to work, basically taking the Linc's leather covers and padding and fitting it to the mechanics of the Ranger seats. I've got cover pieces to do a little modding to and then they will look cleaner at the bottom. They are still manual in operation, but it was easier this way, and I keep the seat belt pre-tensioners functioning.

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Love the seats! Much more on the cushy side then sporty, but that's fine with me. I sit about an 1" higher in the cab, which was at first very noticeable. After a few days it feels more normal. The wheelskin cover is a nice improvement, but in a more subtle way.

I may rock without a center console for a little while. I miss the armrest, but don't really miss the extra space (I never carried much in the old center console). If anything I may fab up my own center console using the flip down from the old driver's seat. Underneath the carpet is in great shape and there aren't any holes, so visually it doesn't look too bad without the center console in my opinion.

Let me know what ya think!
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looks good. I don't think ive seen anyone use Continental seats. A bit too bulky for my liking in the ranger but if you like it, who cares!
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Awesome man. Now all ya need is an explorer center console
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looks comfy!!!
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Thanks!

They are thicker then the stock seats, but you don't notice as much with the extended cab door closed. Overall width and height dimensions were nearly identical.

There's a Lincoln logo in the middle of the seat backs which is incorrect, but I'm not that much of a perfectionist to care.

If anyone posts here who did a full length Explorer console, what did you do with the passenger side airbag on/off switch??
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Thanks!

They are thicker then the stock seats, but you don't notice as much with the extended cab door closed. Overall width and height dimensions were nearly identical.

There's a Lincoln logo in the middle of the seat backs which is incorrect, but I'm not that much of a perfectionist to care.

If anyone posts here who did a full length Explorer console, what did you do with the passenger side airbag on/off switch??
Stuck it inside the dash. Just left it off.
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Its like having two "lazy boys" haha thats awesome
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Nice mods! Where did you get the wheelskin cover at?
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Nice mods! Where did you get the wheelskin cover at?
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ooooooooo your @$$ is gonna hate you come the warm months!!
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x3...link to steering wheel wrap please. Tired of mine from 115k of abuse and now the leather wrap is kinda falling apart internally on me. This seems like alot easier and cheaper option than finding and buying a brand new oem leather wrapped wheel.



We've got those same seats in 60/40 form in our '98 continental. Not my cup of tea...too laid back but hey, if they work for you that's all that matters.
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Love the steering wheel cover. Had one in my old Ranger.
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Wheelskin bought off Ebay to save a few bones ...

Wheelskin Leather Steering Wheel Cover (Perforated):eBay Motors (item 310180093044 end time Dec-06-09 18:26:35 PST)

Seller was aapdnet.

Here's the official website:

Wheelskins - The World's Finest Genuine Leather Motoring Accessories, Steering Wheel Covers, Driving Gloves and Shift Boots

The 2 tone ones don't have to be 2 tone - mine's all black.
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I have a wheelskin on my steering wheel too. They are such a pain in the *** to put on lol, I opened the box and thought it would take me 10 minutes. It took me like 45 mins to do and it still came out a little crappy looking. My friend has a tan one on his truck and the leather is all ruined and has been after only a few months so Id suggest to everyone only to buy a black one. I had a tutorial made on how to install it but I never posted it because I wasn't that happy with it.
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Those seat look so comfy.
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where can you buy those wheel skins?
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where can you buy those wheel skins?
The more you post, the dumber you look. I wish I could fully express how serious I am with that statement over the internet, but I cant.
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where can you buy those wheel skins?
Good lord....look in the thread...like 3 and 5 posts above yours...



Thanks for your insight Korey. Would you say that if time was taken on the install, it would be a better install than what you've got currently? Or would the material be a little too large for the wheel, resulting in a crappy fit?
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leather wrapped > Korey
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Thanks for your insight Korey. Would you say that if time was taken on the install, it would be a better install than what you've got currently? Or would the material be a little too large for the wheel, resulting in a crappy fit?
I know your question wasn't directed at me, but I'll answer anyway.

I had one on a Ranger before the one I have now and I loved it. The fit was tight, and the quality is excellent. They are a pain to put on because you have to actually stitch them onto the steering wheel. You get a needle and like a wax coated thread with the kit. You just have to take your time with the install and it will come out great. You could not even tell that it was a steering wheel cover, looked factory. The biggest thing is to make sure you stretch the thread super tight when you put it on. Like Korey suggested, I would stay away from the light and bright colors. I had a red and black one and the red turned black over time.
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Thanks KLC.
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Thanks for your insight Korey. Would you say that if time was taken on the install, it would be a better install than what you've got currently? Or would the material be a little too large for the wheel, resulting in a crappy fit?
Its just my fault, usually I dont **** stuff up but for whatever reason I got really frustrated with it. I guess because it was stitching and not something that involved using bolts and tools and stuff lol. You just have to really take your time and really really pull tight on every stitch after you do it so that there isnt any gap. Really the hardest part for me tho was getting it too look good at the 4 little post things, I didnt pull tight enough and I should have done the regular stitching closer to them (when you get to them you do some fake stitching so it looks normal). The skin is deff far from being loose tho, itll takes a minute to just get it on the wheel before you stitch it lol. Its tight enough that you can even feel the little bumps in the back of the wheel no problem.

Im embarrassed to even post this but here you can see the garbage job I did. I might buy another and redo it or just find a whole wheel in better shape. Im pirating this thread with tutorial **** mo-fugga

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this is the leather string you have to use
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see, it fits really tight
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done, I ruined it
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Thanks for that. I hope you're severly embarassed now. lol. It don't look that bad. Alright...I know what I'll get when I'm sick of looking for a good condition stock leather wrap wheel. Thanks.
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Korey, I install these at the shop I work for. Have done dozens of them. They usually take me 45 minutes to an hour to do, depending on the spokes. The only thing I see that you did differently than we do is your stitching. Ours are usually at an angle. If you start in hole one, then it comes back out hole two. I think that may be why you had some issues. I'll have to check and see if I have any pics of one I've installed. I love them. They are a really nice product and well worth the money.
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