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PostSubject: Seat rails   Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:14 pm

I'll be swapping the seat rails on my drivers seat in the next couple days and wanted to know if there are any pointers that I should know.

I deffinetly have 1 question which is, are the rails bolted or rivited to the actual seat? I want to make sure I have all the tools and supplies I need before I start since I won't be able to drive to the parts store once I pull the seat out of the car.
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PostSubject: Re: Seat rails   Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:47 pm

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I'll be swapping the seat rails on my drivers seat in the next couple days and wanted to know if there are any pointers that I should know.

I deffinetly have 1 question which is, are the rails bolted or rivited to the actual seat? I want to make sure I have all the tools and supplies I need before I start since I won't be able to drive to the parts store once I pull the seat out of the car.
13MM shallow socket, and box wrench. That should be it. Rails bolt to seat.
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PostSubject: Re: Seat rails   Tue Nov 17, 2009 6:48 pm

I know what I'll be duin tomorow
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PostSubject: Re: Seat rails   Tue Nov 17, 2009 7:03 pm

Phillips head screw driver if you have the little black plastic thingys.
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PostSubject: Re: Seat rails   Thu Nov 19, 2009 2:15 pm

Perfect info Billy. I used a 13mm shallow and deep socket depending on which gave me better clearence. I also used a ratcheting wrench since I had one and don't use it much Laughing

This was a pretty easy job. The entire process took 1 hour from the time I went to the car until I came back into the house. And that was with removing the seat from the car and dismanteling it on the sidewalk. I didn't even need to use a breaker bar on any of the bolts Very Happy

Now I just need to get used to the slightly different seating position over the next couple days and I'll be happy. Turns out the manual rails don't slide quite as far back as the power rails and I appearently had the front of the seat raised slightly and didn't notice. Now it's just a matter of planting my butt in the right spot and everything will be good.

On a side note the manual rails weight next to nothing but those power rails are pretty hefty. I'd say I dropped at least 5 pounds in the switch. I could only imagine the weight of the seats with power recline and lumbar and all that crap.
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