How do you protect your driver's seat bolster?

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    How do you protect your driver's seat bolster?

    As said: "How do you protect your driver's seat bolster?"

    I'm talking to the guys/ladies who want to preserve their car while driving it occasionally. Not the guys who "drive it to the MAX and then fix it"

    Do you use a seat covers? (which ones) I'm concerned about the driver's side bolster - looking for suggestions.

    I tend to move the seat all the way back when entering /exiting and try not to touch the seat at all (no rips currenlty and prefer to keep it that way)

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    Tom,

    This one is a doozy & it's a lesson that I learned over a 6 year period.

    To begin with, I don't have seat covers on either my MKI (Black/Gray Cloth MKI seats), or my MKII (Maroon Leather P-Type seats).

    For the guys out there... One of the things I discovered "the hard way", is to "be careful of what you are wearing". In this case, Men's fashion accessories, specifically: pants belts!!!!

    About 10 - 11 years ago, I got one of these belts for Christmas....



    Wore it for about 5 - 7 years in a row w/ my jeans... Notice the serrated design???

    About 3 - 4 years in, I then noticed that the wear on the drivers seat side bolster was getting worse. Lots of scratches & wear marks in the usual place(s) & a hole was developing in 1 specific location.

    One day after I got in the MKII, I happened to be looking for something on the left side & was feeling around on the left side of the seat. And it suddenly dawned on me that the spot where the hole was on the side bolster, ALSO happened to match where my pants belt was, when I was sitting in seat!!!! LOVELY!!!! The serrated design, was chewing away the leather everytime I got in/out of the car Immediately, I switched to another pants belt & the wear on the side bolster decreased immediately. No more chewed up leather. My replacement bolster has "some" wear, but it's not as bad as before when I had the other pants belt.

    Food for thought.
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    Not driving the car seems to work wonders for me

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    Hmm, that resembles the belt I wear and really like the most. My bolster is going to get recovered due to some nifty head rest fabric another CS member sold me. The headrest covers are the right size to replace both pieces and they are in a location that doesn't typically get much wear or sun fading. Two headrest covers = 1 left driver's side bolster.

    A nice t-shirt over the seat back would be lovely and solve the problem. I also plan to get my windows tinted to solve any UV issues and fading due to sun.
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    My problem is the part that holds the headrest, its leather is really hard from the seat belt rubbing against it, its not like the seats all the way forward...
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    I think that protecting the driver's left bolster is an impossible task long term. The wear of you getting in and out of the car does it in. However, it is interchangeable with the passenger side bolster, so I've grabbed a couple of them from the junk yards , easy to remove. Some have also had them recovered, easier if you have a spare.

    I expect there is a difference between fabric and leather. The fabric ones split at the seam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CELICA GTS View Post
    Take your pants off and drive naked...how else?...LOL
    Really does not want to see Beaker, Muppet or Human, driving naked. Prof Melonhead is locking you back up in the lab.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich64N View Post
    I expect there is a difference between fabric and leather. The fabric ones split at the seam.
    Yep, they tend to wear at the outer most edge & slightly towards the inside. The seam is just on the outside facing the door & I've never seen it split there.
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    I cleaned and restored my cloth seats, but put covers on them anyway. After a year or two of dogs jumping in the car and driving it everyday, I pulled the covers off....looked just as good as when I first redid them.
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