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Old 10-04-2004, 09:36 AM   #1
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I'm thinking of switching the leather driver and passenger seat backs on my 94SE as the drivers side has split in the area by my right shoulder blade and the passengers is still in good shape. Has anyone done this and and if so can they provide any tips?

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yea the leather are only covers. I think Dameorder has delt with the seats, when he put the new ones in his car
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So your saying the leather seats are only covered in leather? So I could pull some off a wrecked Bonne and slap them on mine, theoritically?
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I removed the seat cover from my parts car on Saturday. Not too bad of a job except for the removal of the headrest. It took a bit but I figured it out. There'* a few hog rings that need to be removed but the rest is just compressing the foam to slide off. It'* kinda like taking off a tight fitting shirt.

I can take some pics of the naked seat tonight if you need more help.
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To all who responded thanks.

Randman, I think for right now I'm just going to switch out the backs if thats possible and that'* where I need the help. I think I can get to the pivot bolts but I'm not sure about the lever beside the bottom cushion that allows me to tilt the seat back back.

I don't want to screw up any linkage. I guess it might be easier to go ahead and remove the torn leather covering so I can get to everything easier but I'm afarid I'll tear it worse taking it off and putting it back on.

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Taking the seat cover will be substantially easier than the entire back. The pivot points are riveted in instead of bolted, I believe. Nothing I would like to do. Let me get some pics for you so you can see the anatomy of the seat and cover.

It would be very difficult to tear the leather. It is layered with foam padding and it pretty thick. You will have to be carefull with the stitches though. It looks like there was some hand sewing involved but primarily on the bottom cover.
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Pardon me, the pivot points are bolts, not rivets. Here are some pics of the seat disassembled. Keep in mind that this is the passenger'* seat. The descriptions will reference the left (console side) and right (door side) of the seats:

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If you have the same color seats, this one is for sale. I can not use them to replace mine due to the bolsters. Bummer, too. It is in great shape.
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So your saying the leather seats are only covered in leather? So I could pull some off a wrecked Bonne and slap them on mine, theoritically?
Exactly.
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For god'* sake, put some clothes on!

That'* cool, Randman. I've had mine pulled up to install heated elements, but not all the way off. Cool pics.
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If you have the same color seats, this one is for sale. I can not use them to replace mine due to the bolsters. Bummer, too. It is in great shape.
So are you saying that the SE leathers dont fit on a 9,12.... whatever way seat???
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