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Old 11-22-2019, 05:15 PM   #1
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Default Leather Armrest Covers

My drivers side armrest is physically in good shape but doesnít look so great (picture 1) so I ordered a pair of leather armrest covers made for the Honda Odyssey from Amazon (picture 2) Odyssey Armrest Cover... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MYW6TXG...p_mob_ap_share

This morning I tried slipping one over the armrest and it didnít look great (pictures 3 & 4). They could probably be steam shrunk to fit better but thereís no access to the armrest height adjustment knob so I decided to just cover the foam part on top.
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Old 11-22-2019, 05:26 PM   #2
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Default Re: Leather Armrest Covers

What youíll need:
1 pair covers
1 t-20 driver
A razor knife
A hand stitching awl and a few yards of waxed thread (available at Ace hardware stores)

First, remove the four T-20 screws holding the top to the armrest (picture 1).
Next, slide the armrest into the cover and stitch the back corners tight, making sure that the corners are even (picture 2).
Now youíll use the razor knife to remove the stitching that holds most of the side with the hole in it (picture 3)
After youíve gotten that out of the way, start stitching up the middle, using the factory stitch holes as a guide (picture 4). I went every other hole but spacing isnít as important as making a straight line. Remember, nobody will ever see this stitching unless youíre foolish enough to post it on the Sprinter Forum

Now poke some guide holes into the leather for the screws to pass through
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Old 11-22-2019, 05:30 PM   #3
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Now that you have it beautifully upholstered, itís time to reinstall! You will need to press the armrest into place while putting the screws in but with some patience youíll get it. Hereís the final product. Now I just need to figure out how to reupholster the seats in leather to match my armrests and steering wheel.
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Old 12-10-2019, 08:09 PM   #4
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Default Re: Leather Armrest Covers

Thank you for your awesome post and details!

Question: All my armrests have lost some degree of foam at a corner or multiple corners. I'm wondering if I should scrape off the rest of the foam and use a glue gun to attach new foam and then put the Honda covers over them.
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Old 12-11-2019, 06:37 PM   #5
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That sounds like it would work. Once everything’s stitched together that pad shouldn’t go anywhere even if the glue releases.
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