Hog ring plier

Discussion in 'Interior City' started by Atbb, Dec 1, 2017.

  1. Atbb

    Atbb Well-Known Member


    I decided to recover my own front seat on my 1971 GS. What hog ring plier do you recommend (model)? What else, beside patience, do you suggest to do or to have to get the job done properly?

  2. NZ GS 400

    NZ GS 400 Gold Level Contributor

    I did my seats front and rear. I think the most important feature is that the pliers are spring loaded so it is easier to load the hog ring. I used pliers marketed by KD Tools. they definitely got the job done and not too expensive. some cutting pliers are also handy for removing improperly installed rings that will happen as you get the hang of it. let me know if you have any other questions.
  3. Atbb

    Atbb Well-Known Member

    Here`s another question: would you like to swap cars? 4-Speed `67... beautiful car!

    Thanks for your help and input on the subject.

  4. 436'd Skylark

    436'd Skylark Sweet Fancy Moses!!!!!

    seat covers are fairly easy to do. pay attention as you remove the old covers. on the bottom cover mark the row of springs that the hog rings attach to on the rear of the cover. you'll see what i mean when you get into it.
  5. Golden Oldie 65

    Golden Oldie 65 Well-Known Member

    Don't price shop, get the best hog ring pliers you can find. If you don't you'll have blisters on your hands that will have you wishing you'd spent your life savings on better pliers.
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  6. Atbb

    Atbb Well-Known Member

    Sounds worth the money, don`t want my hands to transform into something painful. Any suggestion which model that "good plier" could be , any brand Name or model? Ed already suggested a spring loaded model, sounds good.

  7. NZ GS 400

    NZ GS 400 Gold Level Contributor

    I didn't find the job to be hard on my hands, but of course your mileage may vary.

    it just occurred to me---i also used fencing pliers to remove some of the old hog rings. That tool is designed for removal of heavy staples, etc amongst other uses. It is a great combo tool if you aren't familiar with them.
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  8. NZ GS 400

    NZ GS 400 Gold Level Contributor

    not today. thanks!
  9. gstewart

    gstewart Well-Known Member

    I have KD angle hog ring pliers. Side cutter pliers will not easily cut the old hog rings. I have nipper pliers with the head about one inch wide to cut the hog rings.
    there is a spring steel wire in the edges of the old seat covers which u need to remove from the old covers and place in the new covers.
    Also place the seat covers in a pillow case and toss in a dryer to soften and remove wrinkles.
  10. 64 skylark mike

    64 skylark mike Well-Known Member

    I bought the best I could find. There are hundreds of hog rings in seats. C.S.Osborne makes these, and they worked well for me. They have a nice rubber coated handles. Mine have a spring that closes the jaws, and I found it was very handy. I could place a hog ring in the jaws and lay the pliers down while I pulled a section into place. Then grab up the pliers and pop in the hog ring. And the spring is easily removable if you don't want to use it. Here's a listing on ebay...

  11. TrunkMonkey

    TrunkMonkey Well-Known Member


    Same brand I used, but mine are straight handle.

    Work like a charm.
  12. cobravii

    cobravii Well-Known Member

    When you order your covers they will normally come with a set of hog ring pliers and if that is the only set of seats you are going to do they will work fine. I did add some rubber vacuum hose over the handles to give a little more to grip onto. I also bought a spring loaded hog ring plier that loads like a stapler and it works well although the rings are quite a bit thinner. Both have a place.

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  13. Atbb

    Atbb Well-Known Member

    Hey, thanks to your replies and photos, this sure helps getting me on the right track. Just ordered some covers by Legendary.
    I'll be back when it's installation time. :eek::mad:

    Happy holidays to all of you, and a healthy 2018
  14. Buick 72

    Buick 72 Well-Known Member

    While you are there I would also inspect for any broken springs and if the foam is tired go ahead and replace that as well. Its a bit more work but hopefully a job you only do once.
    Good luck
  15. superlark

    superlark Platinum Level Contributor

    I bought some the other day. Hog rings and pliers are great tools, many uses. I noticed dewalt now makes some in which the rings are loaded into a "magazine" so that one doesn't need to do one-by-one. Just wondering if anyone has used these.
  16. 64 skylark mike

    64 skylark mike Well-Known Member

    When I bought my covers from Legendary, I ordered new bucket seat foams and their install kit. It comes with new burlap, padding, rear seat foam, listing wires, and some other odds and ends. Once you start taking the old seats apart you'll most likely find you need all of it.
  17. jaye

    jaye Well-Known Member

    I got covers from Legendary, pliers & hogrings off ebay, first time doing a seat.

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