FJ80 Seat transplant from Audi...

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by E5corn, Oct 12, 2018.

  1. E5corn

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    Evenin all,

    Well I can’t stomach the thought of spending insane money to rebuild the OEM seats in my 91 FJ80. Sure it would be cool but this is not a restoration rig... So I grabbed up a pair of Audi A4 seats out of a sport model. Pretty much the same seats and an S4 only no fancy stitching and the pair only cost $250.00. Please follow along as I go through the process of getting these seats fitted into the FJ80.

    As of today we have done one dry fit to see how much room we had and I was able to confirm they will work, just gonna take a little sawzall action and a little welding.

    Steps I am taking consist of a lot of measuring establishing center line of each seat and the offset of the rails to make sure I am actually sitting center on the steering wheel.

    Found that the “hump” that the OEM seats bolt to is gonna need a little trim at the center... oh well looks like I am going to be looking into makin a custom center console now too! I knew wood shop would pay off some day!!

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  2. E5corn

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    I have seen a handful of guys/ gals do the WRX seats. Those look very nice but I am 6’ 2” somewhat muscular so those seats just don’t work for me. I test drove a couple of the WRX’s but I just couldn’t feel comfortable in the seats. I owned an Audi S4 a while back and loved the seats in that. So if your a bigger guy or gal maybe this thread can help....
     
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    Looks good, You will likely mount them lower being a taller fella, keep us posted with your brackets your building.
     
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    I'll be watching. I just bought the exact same seats to fit to my 93 model.

    Some info here if you haven't already found it
    COMPILED - 80 Series Seat Swap Thread

    Good to hear feed back on comfort from a bigger bloke. I'm 6' 6", and 280lb, and was a little unsure how comfort would be for me.
     
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    @milemarker60 did this swap and enjoyed it. You may want to dig back in his posts for more information.
     
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    I'm really digging this and been wanting to perform the same swap on mine. Looking forward to seeing your progress.
     
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    Here's my efforts of fitting TTRS seats into my LC105. I ended up making individual brackets for each corner, instead of building a frame. This seemed to work well and was very secure.

    I didn't keep them in the car for very long because the switches for the electric motors had some corrosion and were temperamental.
    Also I had a sore back at the time, and I think that RS seats were a little ambitious... haha

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    SmokingRocks Buy it, build it, bash it... Repeat

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    Very cool, I've had those seats in my S4 and similar seats in my A7. I've always thought that the 80 would be awesome with my audi seats in it.

    Sub'd

    Also if your seats are from a b8 or B8.5 S4 then they likely have heater elements within them. Make sure you wire them in!
     
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  9. mudgudgeon

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    Dude, they look like they were made for the 105!

    do you have any pics of what you did with the brackets?


    Its a very rare day that you'd want heated seats in Sydney Aus! A really cold winters day in Sydney would be 45-50F :rofl:
     
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    I installed heaters in my factory 93 seats and separated the back from the butt, so I can just turn the back on if I want. With my sore back I find myself turning the back on even on days above 90° F days, I love it!
     
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    @mudgudgeon ill have a hunt around for the photos or I’ll just go find them and take some photos.
    The perforated leather on parts of the seats perfectly matched the handbrake, but that was about it. Width was pretty good. I had it slightly too close to the centre console and scored it a little.

    Also, if you can get ones with heaters, I highly recommend it.

    I put golf R seats into a be caddy van, and used the heaters in that tonnes.
    Drove it to the snow and the switches failed and we spent 2 hours with full heat before I stopped the car and just pulled the fuses. Haha

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    What model years work?
     
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    Dang those look good! Sad that they didn’t work out for you... I have been waiting for a good chance to work on my braces but no free time so far. This last weekend was oil change and trying to set timing... yeah timing a 3fe is a pain in the donkey!!
     
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    I also have a 2017 GTI MK7 That I love the seats in. However the wrecking yards wanted $1000 USD for them a piece! So $250 for the pair of full auto and heated Audi’s became the choice! So glad there is such chatter about this. I plan to attach my drawings and final measurements to this post when it’s all said and done with details on centering the seats and everything...
     
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    I think the years are optional. No seats seem to be an exact drop in. Most sport seats appear to be wider than the OEM Toyota seats. I am considering sacrificing my center consol if it becomes an issue and fabricating one from wood and steel.
     
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    picked up my seats today. They feel damn comfy sitting in them on the garage floor
    One thing that might bug me is lack of adjustment in the headrest height (unless it electric)
    will be a while before I am ready to fit them though.
     
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    RFB 97 FZJ80 LIFTED SC DUAL BATTERIES,37s GOLD Star

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    excellent blueprint seats look badass, BUT Im not sure how to say this...but your steering wheel is on wrong side.
     
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    LMAO! I actually had the chance to get a Diesel RHD from Japan with 90k on the odometer... guy wanted $16k USD... I paid $8k for mine... figured I could live with the loss... Wish I could make my way to the land down under and get one... maybe the next family trip needs to be to Australia!
     
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    I'm in the process of replacing the wrecked seats in my LX with Audi seats. I've made some progress. I'll make a build thread when I'm finished.

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    Dude those look like modern 200 seats. Freaking awesome
     
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