Distinctive Industries upholstery defect

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Re: Distinctive Industries upholstery defect

Post by berns68 » 21 Dec 2017, 09:49

Just curious, did you do both seats? I don't know how the covers are manufactured but are the seat backs and bottom matched individually?
Maybe the installer switched the sets up. I can't remember positively but when I ordered mine I think they came in individual boxes per seat.
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Re: Distinctive Industries upholstery defect

Post by Socalef9 » 21 Dec 2017, 20:53

berns68 wrote:
21 Dec 2017, 09:49
Just curious, did you do both seats? I don't know how the covers are manufactured but are the seat backs and bottom matched individually?
Maybe the installer switched the sets up. I can't remember positively but when I ordered mine I think they came in individual boxes per seat.
It crossed my mind, but the stitching is actually different widths from top to bottom. It's not an alignment issue from left to right

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Re: Distinctive Industries upholstery defect

Post by dmohry » 25 Dec 2017, 12:46

It took me three sets until I could piece together a set that was acceptable for my installer. Don Rush was very helpful in helping to correct the situation. I understand that DI moved production to Mexico and the quality immediately dropped off. It's a shame that the materials are not just generally available for a local upholsterer to get. DI did say that they would sell me the materials for my leather interior. That would have been the next step if my upholster wasn't satisfied. I also paid for labor twice. I wish TMI made Cougar stuff. I have used them for some Mustang and I was always satisfied. Don, if your listening, have you asked them to supply you?

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Re: Distinctive Industries upholstery defect

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Post by Don Rush » 20 Dec 2017, 13:12
Very frustrating I know, _we are putting consistent pressure on TMI to do Cougar interior.
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Re: Distinctive Industries upholstery defect

Post by Messenger » 28 Dec 2017, 08:39

So what are we saying here? The DI upholstery in all the Cougar catalogs was made for another car and will not properly fit a Cougar??

I need to change my interior from black/gray to AQUA (standard) and I was hoping to buy the DI set. Now I don't know...
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Re: Distinctive Industries upholstery defect

Post by catlover » 28 Dec 2017, 09:28

I think what's being said is, the covers are for a cougar but the alignment of the seams sometimes don't match, if you order the covers , take them out and see if the back rest and cushions seams are the same width and line up before install. The basket weave inserts are a little off, but not real noticeable.
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Re: Distinctive Industries upholstery defect

Post by Socalef9 » 30 Dec 2017, 10:06

So just an update, the rears are completely off too. The piping on the edges line up fine with the rear quarters, but every stitch down the middle is missaligned. You can plainly see the bottom is way off.
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Re: Distinctive Industries upholstery defect

Post by xr7g428 » 30 Dec 2017, 12:25

Looking at the bottom cushion your upholstery guy is not doing this right. The first thing you do when you fit a seat cover it to find the center of the cover (mark it with chalk) and the center of the base ( also mark it with chalk) and then you line the two up. The cover on the bottom cushion is clearly not centered. Look at the location of the center hump. The back looks a little closer, bit also seems to be shifted a bit towards the drivers side.
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Re: Distinctive Industries upholstery defect

Post by catlover » 30 Dec 2017, 16:52

I totally agree, this is all on your guy, at least for the back seat.
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Re: Distinctive Industries upholstery defect

Post by waterlife » 30 Dec 2017, 17:21

I agree, the bottom seat cover may be installed wrong, looks like it need to be shifted to the right
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