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Front seat swap/replacement?

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by decavo, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. decavo

    decavo

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    What has anyone used as replacement seats for the front of their trucks... EASY is my thing. I am no fabricator so simple bolt up is what I am talking about. New upholstery/foam is way tooooo expensive on my budget.
  2. Timpanogos Slim

    Timpanogos Slim

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    too expensive? You should be able to replace the bottom seat foam for about $150. What new seat is going to be cheaper?

    Edit: Honestly when i broke the seat rails in my VW i paid $150 for the rustiest moldiest VW seat at the wrecking yard so i could go over it with a wire wheel, repaint it, and apply my upholstery to it.
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  3. Welltech

    Welltech

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    150 for the foam or foam and re-upholstery?
  4. Timpanogos Slim

    Timpanogos Slim

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    $150 for the foam. How bad is your upholstery?
  5. Welltech

    Welltech

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    Looks good, but front seat cusion leather is stiff and passenger side just came apart at the seam.
  6. decavo

    decavo

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    i can go to the junk yard and buy seat CHEAP 25 bucks each.....
  7. Brunt Force Trauma

    Brunt Force Trauma

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    You either go OEM or you go aftermarket race seats. Pretty much your only options for bolt in if you don't want to fab a bracket... Which is REALLY easy if you have access to a welder. I made mine in about 3 hours.
  8. Kernal

    Kernal

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  9. Timpanogos Slim

    Timpanogos Slim

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    I agree that the import wrecking yard screwed me. But they had me by the balls.

    There's this whole other issue with recent VW seats where they have sensors and whatnot in them. They know exactly how much they can get from an insurance company doing repair work, and they make everyone pay it.
  10. Timpanogos Slim

    Timpanogos Slim

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    Speaking of which, is there any interchange of seats between toyota trucks? Maybe not the rails, but the seats themselves.
  11. Brunt Force Trauma

    Brunt Force Trauma

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    The problem with 80 seats, at least the electric ones, is that the base is integrated into the seat. So you can't just swap the floor mounts into another seat. I'm not sure this is true of all years, but it was for the 93-94.

  12. Timpanogos Slim

    Timpanogos Slim

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    I'm just curious, since I'm looking at fabbing some brackets that sit between the manual rails and the seat buckets, to move the seat back a couple inches.

    Thinking about 1"x.25" 7075-t6 bar stock. Each will get 4 holes in it, and one hole on each bracket will need to be countersunk.

    $7.34/ft at onlinemetals. Not too bad.
  13. CCC TT

    CCC TT

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    Im planning swapping seats in the next couple weeks to some extra Lexus sc seats I have in the garage. The power plug matches up so I'll still have full function and I'm going to have the local exhaust shop do the welding after I chop off the mounts from the existing seats. I'll take some pictures during if youre interested in how it goes.
  14. alia176

    alia176 SILVER Star

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    Yes please keep us informed.

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