Project Over/Under, Part Three
Roadwire Takes Our W/T Seats to Another Level
Roadwire takes our W/T seats to another level
If you’re on a quest to turn the “workiest” of work trucks into something cool and functional like we happen to be, you immediately have to address the low-level interior. The seats are still done in a tweed cloth like it’s the late ’80s, and there’s a rubber mat on the floor where the carpet and floor mats should be. Compounding things is the fact that if you’re working on a well-worn truck, the seats will be stained and caked with someone else’s grime. When we were out at Audiotistics a few months ago, we pulled the seats and scrubbed them and the floor while we were installing the stereo and alarm, which made the truck tolerable to drive. But we weren’t done with the interior cleanup by a longshot.
When you have a truck that isn’t the most common configuration for customizing, you sometimes come up short when you hit the websites looking for components to build your dream ride. We were fearful we wouldn’t find a leather kit over here in the cheap seats (pun intended) for our standard-cab base model ’03 Silverado, but when we checked out the Roadwire website, we were pleasantly surprised. With a few mouse clicks, we devised a subtle but trick set of seat covers and placed our order.
Although two-tone designs are all the rage, we chose to stick with the stock gray color in a monochromatic scheme, as opposed to a contrasting color of inserts or thread. We did get pretty fancy with the inserts, which are done in perforated leather and stitched in a diamond tuck-and-roll pattern. In just a couple of weeks, our seats were ready, and we headed down to Roadwire HQ for a quick and professional install.
We were immediately impressed by the quality of the leather and the workmanship, as well as the Roadwire crew for going the extra mile to make the seats look even better than expected. We were in and out in about a half day and have been enjoying the new level of comfort every day since. But we’re not done with the interior just yet. Check back next month when we give the rest of this cab a nice little makeover and show you the finished product. Then head over to the Roadwire website to see how you can improve the looks and comfort of the seats in your ride.
1. The options are just about endless once you get on the Roadwire website and type in your specific vehicle. At the very least, you have a base color, insert color, and thread color. From there, you can use different insert materials, add stitch patterns, or embroider a logo into the seatback or headrest. We chose to keep everything in the stock gray color (graphite) the truck came with.
Here is our before shot of our clapped-out work truck interior, but even this was after a thorough cleaning. The seats are only part of the equation, but they’re the most important part.
2. That’s not to say we kept things looking plain Jane. We chose perforated (perf) inserts stitched in a diamond tuck-and-roll pattern. We also had the Roadwire logo embroidered into the seatback.