Installation Help - Rugged Fit Covers

Rugged Fit Covers are custom-made for the year, make, and model of your vehicle. Each custom auto seat cover is designed to replicate the vehicle’s original interior, considering the placement of seat belts and manual or electric controls.

Installation of Headrests

For seats with adjustable headrests, remove each headrest by pushing the buttons at the base and pull headrest up. If there are holes at the base, push a wire into the holes to release springs while pulling upward. Once headrests are removed, install headrest covers and set aside to continue the rest of the installation.

Installation of Seat Backs

The back of the auto seat cover will have a pocket. The cover will need to be oriented accordingly. Slide down seat until headrest mounts are lined up. If they are two-piece covers, match seams, push flap through gap in seat, and join Velcro to the inside of the back. If the back and base are sewn together, first release the flap closing the back of the seat off by unhooking the plastic hooks attached to the seat frame underneath the seat. Then fit the seat base and back covers in order to connect the webbing straps through the buckles. Tighten with steady pressure. Do not over-tighten. There needs to be some slack as the seat is depressed.

Installation Seat Bottom

In order to attach the car seat cover base, there will be different attaching methods, depending on if the seat is manual or electric. If there is a plastic fascia , the car seat covers are designed to go behind it for a clean finish. For electric seats, there will be white plastic strips sewn into the edge of the cover that will snap in behind the plastic fascia on the outside of the seat and a Velcro strap on the inside that goes around the track and back to itself.

Installation of Armrest Cover

For the armrests, Rugged Fit seat Covers are designed specifically for your vehicle and will hold the same shape. To install, identify the opening of the cover and slide onto the armrest.


Installation of Center Console


Installation of Manual Seats

For manual auto seat covers, there will be webbing and Velcro straps. Use a plastic ruler to slide the Velcro straps behind the plastic fascia so that it can be joined under the seat. It is important for the cross straps to be tight because they ensure the stability of the seat cover. The best access is to use both hands under the seat to join the Velcro. It is possible to install the headrest covers the same way and will be easier once the headrests are back in the seat.

For the vehicle’s rear seats, use the same technique that was used for the front seats. Once the seat base is removed (in sedans), the fold forward sections can be installed. If the rear seat has a solid backrest, then unbolt at the bottom to install covers. See make-specific rear seat instructions below.

For all Toyota Vehicles

Since 2005, most Toyota vehicles have a flap that closes off the back of the front seats. To install the auto seat covers, unhook the plastic hooks under the seat that attach the elastic from this flap to the seat frame. Reattach the hooks after installation of the auto seat covers.

In Toyotas that have the passenger seat which folds flat forward, the covers will be in two separate pieces for its top and bottom. The driver’s seat will be a one-piece cover to facilitate the flap on the back of the seat.

The seat covers are designed to go behind the plastic fascia on the base of the front seats. Use a plastic ruler to push the Velcro to below the seat so the cross straps can be joined. This is essential for keeping the seat covers in place.

In Toyota sedans, the rear seat base is removed by pulling up at the anchor points ten inches from each end in front of the seat. This is a friction fit, so the amount of pressure required varies. A flat bar can be used. After installing the covers with cross straps, position tabs in plastic receptors and push down firmly so they are able to lock.

If there are covers for the bolsters on each side of the fold-down sections of the back seats, remove the bolsters. In order to remove the bolsters, undo the 12-mm bolt at the bottom and lift the bolster upwards to unhook.* For center seatbelts, put the seat cover under the belt and join at back.

* For the Toyota Prius, do not remove the bolsters. Instead tuck in plastic strips on covers, as each side is a different shape.

Ford Trucks

To remove headrests, press the buttons on both shafts (located where the poles of the headrest meet the base) while pulling the headrest up at the same time. Often, there will be a button on the base of one of the poles and a small hole on the other. If this is the case, insert a paper clip or wire into the hole while pushing in the button on the opposite base.

To install the car seat bottom cover, follow the instructions provided. Most newer Ford models have electric controls and levers on the plastic base of the seat. The side of the seat bottom cover will have either a Velcro strap or a plastic strip sewn into it.

If the seat cover has a strap, it will need to be guided down between the plastic fascia and the cushion to the floor of the cab. Once it reaches through to the floor, join it to the corresponding Velcro strap located on the opposite side of the seat.

The plastic strip version is designed to fit behind the plastic fascia to hold the covers in place because the cross strap cannot fit through to the floor. Since the seat is inverted at that location, the fascia will need to be pulled out a small amount in order to push the plastic strip in.

Line up the seams of the seat cover with the seams in the original seats so the seat covers are not twisted.

For the back seats, which do not come off the rear wall in the Ford truck, attach to the carpet on the top and the frame on the bottom and sides.

In rear seats, where the seat bases hinge up against the back, hold the bottom at a 45-degree angle and work from underneath the seat.

Please note: if you need help with installation, both auto accessory and upholstery businesses have the experience. Do not assume new car dealers have experience in seat covers and consider their service the most expensive for any installations. Additionally, do not use Scotchguard products as the auto car seat covers are already Teflon-treated. Hang dry. No dryer use.