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Old 01-12-2010, 01:21 AM
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Well guys, we had some absolutely amazing weather for a few days so I had the gungho idea of finally switching in a suede headliner. So I did some web searching and found a couple of good write ups so I thought I'd pass on what I did with my ram's since a couple of people have talked about doing it.

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#50 torx for seatbelts
#15 torx for sun visors
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Spray adhesive (make sure it's for headliners, most aren't) I used Permatex from Auto Value
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Suede (2.5m from any fabric store)

Time: 1 day
Cost: $100Cdn ($60 in fabric)

Firstly, removal of all the upper pillar covers was a snap after you remove the seatbelt and grab handles. After that, remove the dome light (I don't have an overhead console) completely, the rear coat hooks (they're a chore, you have to pull the bottom half of the hook out and getting it started is hard). removing the sun visors is simple, they're held by 3 torx screws and the clips which are the same as the coat hooks.

Once it's all pulled apart, open all the doors, remove the headrests and fold the front seats back as far as possible. Pull the liner down and rotate it 90 degrees inside the cab. You have to bend it a bit, but there's some flex. Remove the headliner through the passenger front door.

Alright, the headliner is 2 parts, there's the foam backing and the foam cloth. On the back of the foam cloth is a thin layer of fiberglass which comes off with the cloth, and after pulling about a foot off, I got some nitrile gloves and my respirator since fiberglass is annoying to work with. *Note* if you want to re-inforce with fiberglass once you remove the cloth you can... I didn't and noticed the liner is a little more flimsy than before.


Once the cloth is completely removed, I sanded the foam down to remove any high points from left over foam cloth and fiberglass (wear the respirator for this part as MMMFs are lung irritants).

Then I layed out my black suede and cut the excess off, save this for the sun visors. I did the glue in 2 parts, one half at a time since it's such a large surface and the glue tacks up pretty fast.


Start at one end and smooth towards the corners/sides, pushing all the air pockets out. I got a glue spot or two on the liner and i'm not sure how to remove it for now. When applying the glue, allow it to tack a bit before squeezing the fabric down or it'll squeeze through and matte the suede's pile down.


Once I pulled everything tight and reached the front pocket where the sun visors screw in, I could not for the life of me get rid of the creases because of the shape of the pocket, so I went with it and made them both uniformly creased, so it looks pretty good.


If you need to warm up the glue to smooth out a section then heat it up with the heat gun and rework the area.

Onto the sun visors!

They fold open I found, so using a flat blade screwdriver, I gently pryed them apart and you can see what they look like here



To cover them, I used the original fabric as a template on the suede and stretched it over the visor. Using small slits I stretched the cloth and hooked it over the pins, then as I closed it up, I pressed the loose fabric inside and the hooks the OEM cloth is pressed on keep it in place. Final looks like this... and no, I did not make a sleeve like the OEM visor.


Then I dyed all the hooks black and the dome surround to match my interior accent.
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Old 01-12-2010, 01:28 AM
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Great job on changing the fabric. Thanks for sharing and writing this up. I think it's looking great so far. Once you get it installed, would like to see what it looks like inside the truck.

What did you dye the hooks and dome lamp with?
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thats cool i wish i could do stuff like that but most stuff i have done to my truck is done through a mechanic.
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Great job on changing the fabric. Thanks for sharing and writing this up. I think it's looking great so far. Once you get it installed, would like to see what it looks like inside the truck.

What did you dye the hooks and dome lamp with?
Thanks! Installed pics will be tomorrow, was too dark by the time i got everything finished.

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thats cool i wish i could do stuff like that but most stuff i have done to my truck is done through a mechanic.
This can be done by anyone... It's a first for me and was pretty easy, just need the time to do it. I'm finding a lot of mods I can do myself, cuz I refuse to shell out stupid amounts of money for a 'pro' to do something any half-cut 'tard can do in his 1 bedroom condo ( that's me BTW )
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Reinstalled the liner today. I'm pretty happy with it. I still need to take my stetson brush to the fabric to smooth it out.




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Awesome, I may just go with suede too.
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Looks awesome Kurtis reps when i can!
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