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February 5, 2012

1000D Cordura Jeep Upholstery with MOLLE Grid Seat Back

My Jeep is a 1997, and the seats are pretty worn out. So I was looking in to getting some new covers for them. I checked online and found some Neoprene ones, and a nice one by Smittybilt, called the G.E.A.R. seat cover. I really like the GEAR one because of the MOLLE system for the seat back. But after much research, the polyester that they make the GEAR out of, does not last very well. And the seat cover bottom does not cover the entire seat well…not a full cover.

So I took it upon myself to make my own! I had toyed with the idea to make a slip-on cover. I ran through lots of designs in my head. The main problem is that it wont hug the seat well, like a normal seat would look. So I decided to take the seat apart, stitch by stitch, and use the disassembled pieces as a template to make a new cover. I cut out all the pieces and sewed it all together. I added my won MOLLE grid system. I wanted to use a materiel better then the GEAR used. I picked 1000 Dener Urethane coated Nylon Cordura…its Mil-Spec!

Cordura is:

  • Abrasion resistant
  • Waterproof
  • Rot Proof
  • UV Resistant
  • Almost bullet proof…LOL

FYI:

MOLLE (pronounced MOLLY as in the female name) is an acronym for MOdular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment. It is used to define the current generation of load-bearing equipment and rucksacks utilized by the United States armed forces, especially the United States Army, and its use is also growing in the British Army in the form of the Osprey Modular systems. The system’s modularity is derived from the use of PALS webbing, rows of heavy-duty nylon stitched onto the vest as to allow for attachment of various MOLLE-compatible pouches and accessories. This method of attachment has become a de facto standard for modular tactical gear, replacing the click and stick system used in the earliest modular vest systems (which is still in use with most Western police departments). It is produced for the United States Government under contract by several contractors, such as Specialty Defense, Armor Holdings, Ehmke Manufacturing/High Ground Gear, as well as Eagle Industries

I just need to make some cool pouches to store all my crap :) I already made one, its attached the setback in one of the photos.

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