I'd go with the original MB pads, the rubberized horse hair pads. And if the seat bottoms are in that condition, you'll probably need to replace the pads. It's only a couple hundred dollars extra. If you've already forked out the cash for the new skins, you might as well.dave850 said:the leather itself is dried, cracked, and taring, so i'm guessing that maybe i should just plan on replacing the pads. i really don't want to get seats ripped apart, and then have to order and wait for new pads. comments on this aspect?