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Old 06-07-2013, 05:19 AM   #1
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Swapping out seat electrics and frame

I just installed a new set of seat in my 2000S. The old ones were basically just tired from lots of seat-time and the sun was not kind....

Problem is, the prettier low mileage new ones have some kind of corrosion down by the rails, and when installed, only the power back on the driver's side works. None of the other stuff works right -- the heaters were stuck "on" for driver's and "off" for passengers, etc....

Additionally, the gas shock that controls seat height adjustment appears to be bad. I saw the seats in the seller's car and was told "everything works fine", but caveat emptor is the name of the game....

Anyway, as I bought the seats to freshen up the Box for sale, I need EVERYTHING to work properly.

Is it possible to swap the actual frame/electrics from my old seats into the new ones?
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:28 AM   #2
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it is possible, but will require almost a full disassemble of both seats.
not an easy task.
you can also transfer the gas shock.
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:09 PM   #3
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how many hours would you estimate, Meir? Never done upholstery before.... Ugghhh this is a pain -- paid over 500 for these seats.
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Old 06-07-2013, 03:24 PM   #4
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how many hours would you estimate, Meir? Never done upholstery before.... Ugghhh this is a pain -- paid over 500 for these seats.
My guess is one hour per seat.
The hardest part is to remove the motor that moves the back rest.
In your case, you might get away with it.
I did it only once on some old seat I took apart for parts, so my learning curve was high. I guess after you will do the first one, the next will be easyer.
The upholstery is held in place with plastic rails and metal clips, so you don't need any special tools.
Just take your time.
Good luck.
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Old 06-07-2013, 03:29 PM   #5
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Just remembered I have a PDF that shows the seat assembly.
Will help you see where everything goes.
PM me your email and I'll send it to you.
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