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> Swapping The Front Seats
forty2
post Oct 5 2008, 09:59 AM
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Can this be done? The passenger-side seat has a working lumbar support and the bottom foam isn't as lumpy/squashy as the driver-side seat.
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post Oct 5 2008, 01:10 PM
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You could just get new lumbars from ipdusa.com and fix up the driver seat. i believe the seats are different and cant be switched but see if anyone else can answer that for you.
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post Oct 5 2008, 05:38 PM
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seat can't be switched UNLESS your remove them from the mounting bases-& I haven't done that to know more. Beware that the lumbar knobs must clear each other in the middle of the car. g'luck!!! report success pls.
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post Oct 5 2008, 07:48 PM
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Hm... well I'll get in there and look at the mounting bases this weekend. Looks like the lumbar knobs would clear, they're not that big.

At some point I'll probably have em rebuilt but not for awhile. the foam is getting a little crumbly and the fabric is thin in places. I saw somewhere that OEM foam blocks are no longer available... argh. hope that's wrong!
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post Oct 5 2008, 07:54 PM
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Look at #7 in the seats section. Lower seat padding. Pricey.

http://www.vlvworld.com/indexframe.html?200/toc.htm


I believe you can get seat foam that you shape yourself for cheaper.

Id look at junkyards also. I'm sure a passenger seat pad would be easy to find in decent condition.
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post Oct 6 2008, 11:57 AM
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The best thing for you to do would be to take both seats out. Remove the seat covers and build a driver's seat out of all the best components and put all the bad stuff in the passenger's seat. It might be a good time to wash the seat covers in a washing machine. The seat components are identical except for the upper seat covers. The lumber support mechanism will have to be turned upside-down to fit the driver's side seat cover.
The seat cover's are held on with "hog rings". You can cut these with wire cutters. To reassemble you can use zip-ties to close them back up. It may seem a little daunting but it's actually quite easy to do.
Later on you can pick up another passenger seat from a breaker's yard. If you just need the cushions, wagon vinyl seats and GL leather seats tend to have better cushions because they don't distort as much as the fabric sedan seats.
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post Oct 6 2008, 02:11 PM
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Whats a good aftermarket brand that would fit nicely into a volvo.

I have the GL leather and someone fairly large rode in my drivers seat before me, and its angled towards the door.

I'm sick of back problems.
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post Oct 7 2008, 11:48 AM
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You can fit the Volvo 850 seats to the 240 frame.
http://forums.turbobricks.com/showthread.p...+seats+245+ryan

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post Oct 7 2008, 11:02 PM
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NIce maybe i can get some help in this thread..
I have 85 244, front seats shot..all leather..
looking to replace.
My ****/back hurts..
I found NICE 700 series at local junkyard with newish seats with nice side pockets....will these fit my 240????pockets and all...???can someone please measure their 700 seat mounting bolt pattern so i can match up with my seat patterns?
i am cool with light drilling but not fabricating..OR should i just reup. these leathers????

thanks
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black240
post Jul 18 2009, 10:15 AM
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I just bought 2004 bmw 3 series seats from a local gentalmen for $200 in perfect condition. They look brand new. they were a perfect swap and definatly a up grade. The car is my daughters and she misses the retro look of the original headrest. The fit with minor fabrication. Much cheaper and less time that rebuilding, buying new covers, buying foam, ect. There are lots of deals to be had.
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post Nov 17 2009, 12:33 AM
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QUOTE (black240 @ Jul 18 2009, 08:15 AM)
I just bought 2004 bmw 3 series seats from a local gentalmen for $200 in perfect condition. They look brand new. they were a perfect swap and definatly a up grade. The car is my daughters and she misses the retro look of the original headrest. The fit with minor fabrication. Much cheaper and less time that rebuilding, buying new covers, buying foam, ect. There are lots of deals to be had.


Was the swap a simple bolt in or was there some modification necessary?
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