Replacing the cloth center console/armrest with leather?

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Did anyone actually do this? One of the mods I'm considering too lol

 

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Did anyone actually do this? One of the mods I'm considering too lol
I know several of us have, I actually didn't get to the console piece yet, but did do the armrests as they have the same crappy fabric. It makes a world of difference.
 

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I have a SI Coupe and I am replacing these armrest trims. This includes the console armrest, 2 trims in front of it and the 2 door armrests.

I have the 3 center pieces already and will get the door armrests soon.

I get the pieces from the Toruing coupe which are faux leather.
 

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I inquired at a local auto interior shop about redoing mine in vinyl. He recommends that over leather for ease of maintenance and cleaning. It was about 200 for the center and 4 armrests. Also adding some padding under all of them.
 

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I inquired at a local auto interior shop about redoing mine in vinyl. He recommends that over leather for ease of maintenance and cleaning. It was about 200 for the center and 4 armrests. Also adding some padding under all of them.
Not bad. Price is great if the workmanship is good. You will pay more if you go with the Toruing leather trims. Also, more work for the Touring trims because you will have to color the stitches.

On the other hand, the fitment of the Touring trims is perfect.
 
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Not bad. Price is great if the workmanship is good. You will pay more if you go with the Toruing leather trims. Also, more work for the Touring trims because you will have to color the stitches.

On the other hand, the fitment of the Touring trims is perfect.
Does anyone have pictures after this upgrade? I don’t like the cloth either.

BTW - for everyone saying why not get the EX-L instead - I only drive manual transmissions. EX-L is CVT only!!
 
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Planning on doing the whole door armrests and center console swap too. Looking on Bernardi, I'm choosing the parts from a HB EX-L (have a Sport). Just wanted to be 110% sure that I'm not missing something here.
It sounds like maybe the Touring trim is fake leather while the EX-L is real leather? Didn't realize this. All I want is something that matches my steering wheel and shifter on my Sport, which to my understanding is actual leather. Is this correct? Again, I don't care is it's real or not...just want it to match what I already have. And chalk me up as another vote that thinks the fabric is cheap...feels rough and cheap, and doubts its longevity.
 
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Does anyone have pictures after this upgrade? I don’t like the cloth either.
Here are the oem pieces I installed in my car. I re-stitched the trim in red to match the si interior. The factory thread originally was a light gray, almost white color. Imo much better look and feel compared to the cloth. It doesn't collect the gunk as well as feel so rough on bare skinned forearms....

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So I'm pretty set on buying an EX-T but I test drove it and while the seats were very comfortable, the center console/armrest area had this uncomfortable abrasive cloth and I can't imagine keeping my arm on it for very long. Is there any way to replace it with the leather version from the EX-L? And how pricey would it be?
Takes a little work, but you can also buy a leather wrap for the armrests (ebay has a bunch). That's what I did, and it looks 100x better than the cloth. Between the door and console armrests, I paid about $40-50. Pretty simple to apply too, especially if you're a crafty type. There are threads on here detailing the process.
 

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Here are the oem pieces I installed in my car. I re-stitched the trim in red to match the si interior. The factory thread originally was a light gray, almost white color. Imo much better look and feel compared to the cloth. It doesn't collect the gunk as well as feel so rough on bare skinned forearms....

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Good job!! Looks great! Love the stitching too. I may do this for my R. The material in the CTR is similar to felt-not as bad as cloth but close...
 


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Doing this today all cloth replaced with leather including door panels and armrest
 

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I have my car on lease so i'm assuming if I changed it out with leather I would be charged by the dealer for "damage" when if I return the car (I might decide to keep it who knows). Correct me if im wrong.
 

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I wouldn't mess with a lease car in anyway unless your 100% sure you are going to keep the car
 

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From which model should I get the leather console and side arm rests. I was gonna get it from a type r but I was leaning towards the touring leather. Any differences
 

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I wouldn't mess with a lease car in anyway unless your 100% sure you are going to keep the car
Yeah all I plan to do to this car is the LED conversion (dealer probably won't notice the difference if I return the car), the tune (my friend sold me his ktuner for $150), and some vinyl film to tint the taillights and they're all reversible so I think it'll be okay. The cloth armrest really bugs me though and I wish I could change it out.

 

 
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