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The Alterum Neoprene Front Seat Covers that we have here today will be an affordable well-fitting option for all '05 to '14 owners, either looking to protect their mint factory seats or possibly cover a worn and ripped set, instantly improving the interior in the process. Now, the Alterums will feature that black wetsuit light material along with some included foam backing all for right around 100 bucks for the pair. Installation is gonna be very straightforward here as you might imagine. So we're gonna call this a soft one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter and no more than a few minutes of your time to complete from start to finish. But as always, guys, hang with me for a bit and we'll walk you through that job later in the video.So as I mentioned at the top of this video, I feel like the Alterum covers that we have here are going to appeal to two different types of owners. First, the owners to have a set of mint stock seats and wanna keep them looking that way, especially if you daily your car, hit the gym, or the beach a lot, or maybe you have your dog riding shotgun often. On the other hand, if your factory seats have seen better days and you don't feel like forking out a few hundred bucks to replace them, a set of form-fitting covers like this will be in instant upgrade and will be an affordable way to refresh the interior of your ride. Now, as for the actual material, what you're looking at a, I would say relatively thick, durable neoprene material, which again, is essentially the same stuff used in wetsuits. Now, the material has been given a UV coating to help prevent that black from fading on you over the years. And because you're using some neoprene, it's gonna have a great elastic property to it, meaning it's gonna hug the seat very well and won't get baggy and loose on you after a few months of use.Now, helping with that fit will be the fact that these have been designed and built using OEM Ford CAD data, so, therefore, you can expect factory-like fit in one that, yes, I will admit, is a bit tight when you first go to install them. But, again, I go back to saying that that tight fit will only contribute to a much better look as opposed to buying some one-size-fits-all part store option. Now, on the topic of fit, I do wanna point out that these are designed to fit both cloth in leather factory seats in the '05 to '14 cars, but are not designed to work with the factory Recaro. So just keep that in mind. Also, you're gonna find two different options for the S197 year range. One set is gonna be four seats, not equipped with seat-mounted side airbags and a completely different set for seats with the airbags equipped. So just make sure you're grabbing the correct option for your ride.Now, the Alterum kit that we have here does include set of three covers for each seat. So you have the padded back portion, the bottom, and finally the headrest here for both driver and passenger side seats. Now, before we get into the actual installation, I just wanna remind you guys to check out the many different customer-submitted images along with their reviews on the seat covers themselves. Now, it's a great way to see and hear from actual S197 owners who have installed the covers and to actually see how they're digging them. But now we wanna show you just what it takes to fit the Alterum covers on your stock seats in your S197 at home. So without further ado, check out our detailed walkthrough right now.All right. Getting started here with the seat cover install, your first step is gonna be to remove your factory headrest because we're gonna wrap that first, but it's also going to allow us to pull the back portion of the cover over the stock seat. So go ahead and pinch the two buttons on that stock headrest and lift up at the same time, and that will allow us to remove our factory headrest. All right. So, again, you're gonna pinch these buttons at the same time and kind of lift up and eventually it'll allow the headrest to come free. It might help if you actually lean the seat forward a little bit for this and you can actually kind of tilt the headrest at the same time as well.All right. So we're gonna pull the headrest cover over our factory headrest and get it situated. Make sure things are as centered as possible based on your stitches here for either side. Once you're happy with it, you can go ahead and attach the Velcro. With our headrest covered up, now we're gonna grab our seat back and tackle that portion next. These guys are side-specific, so you just wanna make sure you're grabbing the adjuster here to allow the seatback to come forward. Make sure that's situated on the correct side. And once you have the correct cover, go ahead and slide it over the factory seatback. Now, they're gonna secure using the included Velcro. So you wanna make sure to get it down, get everything snug, take care of our adjuster here on the back, seat release. You're gonna wanna tuck all that fabric getting around the plastic and you also wanna make sure you have your headrest holes tucked in as well.Okay. We got all of our fabric tucked in around her headrest and the seat release. Now we're just gonna take the Velcro on the front side and tuck it underneath the seatback where we're gonna make our connections to the back portion of the seat cover and secure the Velcro. Again, this might be a little bit easier if you kind of cock the seat forward a little bit, give you a little bit more room to work underneath the seat. Really tug it down so you're making a good connection here at this Velcro. It's only gonna help the appearance too of the seat, like keeping the cover itself nice and tight. All right. Once you're happy with the Velcro underneath the seat, go ahead and grab your seat bottom. We'll tackle that next.All right. Last but not least, we have our seat bottom here. Now, you will see, unlike our seat back which is just strictly Velcro, there are a couple straps we need to tackle for the seat bottoms. Basically, you're gonna run these two boys underneath the factory seat and you're gonna make the connection with the clips in the back and then you can tighten everything up. So let's get them in place. Grab our straps. We'll get ready to fish those underneath. I'm gonna get the seat in place here. And we've got to tuck these two guys underneath the seatback where we're gonna make our connection. This is the hardest part of the installation. Now you have to grab the strap from underneath the front of the seat and pull it towards the back. If you really need an extra hand or maybe even like a little stick to help you guide it through, then that's okay too.All right. Now that we have our straps ran to the back here, we're just gonna grab them and make our connections with the clips. With everything connected, go ahead and pull the straps tight. Last but not least, grab your headrest, insert the posts into the location, squeeze those little buttons, and slide it in. And with the headrest in place, the driver seat is done. Simply repeat that process for the passenger seat and your installation is complete.Hey, we hope you enjoyed this review and install of the Alterum Seat Covers, available for your '05 to '14 Mustang at home. 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