Saturday, June 2, 2007

DK Schweizer Leather Seat Upholstery and Interior Trim

The stock fabric upholstery adourning the Slowtra's seats really suck big time and make an otherwise pretty classy interior look really bargain basement cheap. Frankly I don't know what TCM was doing when the design for the seat upholstery was chosen. Anyway I decided to go for DK leather upholstery after being introduced by my school classmate and Bro. DK Schweizer is an established company in Bolehland having supplied many auto manufacturers including Chevrolet, Proton (ok.. save your Proton jokes pls. IMHO the leather upholstery in the latest Waja is actually pretty decent), Honda, Ford, Mitsubishi, etc. More details in DK's webpage.

Design of the leather upholstery is courtesy of Bro Fooyc (Thanks Bro!). I think this design is very sporty and contemporary with the perforated leather trim looking ala Brabus Mastik leather. This is a great relief as leather upholstery can sometimes look "Ah Pek". I choosed a dark grey colour rather than black for practical purposes. As you know black colour is really good at absorbing heat while going too light a colour means that any dirt or stains on the seats would show up easily. The leather material is imported from Germany and the upholstery is full leather unlike some oem leather upholstery which actually feature PVC for the sides of the seat for example. I also had the centre arm rest cover and shifter boot done up in leather. Wanted to do the steering wheel but unfortunately the machine to test the SRS airbag is only found in KL. This means that I will have to dismantle my steeering wheel and then send it to DK KL for wrapping. The whole exercise takes about a week which means that I can't drive my car during that period. Boo Hoo! Too much hassle if you ask me. Anyone want to lend me a N16 steering wheel?

Installation was pretty quick and painless. I checked the car in around 10am in the morning and everything was done by 2pm. The whole exercise cost me 2000 smackers which is very reasonable when you look at the quality of the work and the fact that the upholstery is full leather.

Pix below of the front passenger seat. The grey is actually darker but my Olympus camera had difficulty resolving the correct grey shade. The interior classiness and ambience really went up a notch after doing the leather upholstery.

Rear Seats

Close up of the perforated leather centre section.

Door trim

The downsides? Well apart from the higher cost, leather can be a pain to maintain if you always want it to look supple and soft. Also the leather material retains heat better which means that things can get sticky if you're the type that sweat a lot like me. Overall I'm very happy with the DK leather upholstery. Have received lotsa compliments on the leather upholstery and wifey really loves it compared to the beige leather/PVC upholstery in her Optra.

6 comments:

Uncle Foo said...

aiyoo...Wat are brothers for if i don share with u...u say true onot leh...haha...

*juz remember to bring me buy dragonz ball when i visit ur new shag pad* kaka..

Andrew Saw said...

Bro,

I'll do better dan dat. I'll take you to buy as much dragonballz as you want when you do Penang :P

Chooi Yue said...

Wah, Minister of Home Affairs also endorse!! Difinately good buy...

Love the perforated look. Very sporty indeed >_<

Andrew Saw said...

Hahaha.. Let's say if I ever get Recaro seats I'll have them trimmed in leather upholstery. Damn shiock to sit on!

Sv said...

hmm. isnt it about time the spoiler arrived?

Andrew Saw said...

Yes it has :) Read the post above this..