We have heard that Ford re-designed the part and there don't seem to be reports of the part breaking on newer Flexes. So if you brake one or two on your Flex you have 2 options, Buy the updated Ford part for just under $200 ea. or find a wrecked Freestyle (or T-Rex) and rescue the parts. I found a pair of 3rd row seats listed for $50 each about 50 miles from home. Drove down there and removed the lower covers (the official name) and left the rest of the seats which I had no use for. They were in poor condition having had all kinds of stuff spilled on them and they were grey.
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They clean up pretty good with Oxi Clean
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Apply fabric paint, took 4 cans to get the color to where I was happy with it.
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I have the canvasback liners and recently acquired a set of Husky liners for the front row, 2nd row and the cargo cover so I guess I could have left them grey but my CDO just wouldn't have it :D
I have been on the Freestyle forum since 2008 and I don't recall one instance of hearing that the lower cover broke. Looking at the bottom of both my explain why the part on the Freestyle is stronger.
The Freestyle part is on the right. The black plastic blocks on the Flex part were put on to strengthen the 2nd set. I located them where the first pair broke and they did hold for a couple of years.
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