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Old 08-04-2011, 10:50 AM   #1
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Default Can a Passenger Seat become a Driver Seat ?

My 1995 SW2 Driver's Seat is getting pretty worn.

I'm figuring unless I'm really lucky any Salvage Yard Driver's Seat will be in similar condition. However, common sense tells me Passenger Seats have seen much less use.

Can I use a Passenger Seat as a Driver's Seat ? The Seat Adjustments would be on the the wrong side - would that be a problem ?
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:23 AM   #2
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My intuition tells me that the driver's side seat would have subtle differences to account for usage (pushing pedals, turning the wheel, peering backwards), and that it could translate to differences in mounting.
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:06 PM   #3
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wouldnt seat belt be on wrong side??
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Yes, it can be done. Sort of. I know because I have done it myself.

A lot of the parts that make up the seats are interchangable from side to side. When I had my 1996 SC2, I picked up an identical passenger seat in near perfect shape and along with some original parts to my drivers seat, made a really nice new drivers seat. My original drivers seat had torn fabric, broken foam and a tweaked frame.

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wouldnt seat belt be on wrong side??
The Seatbelts are mounted to the Frame, for strength.

They are not connected to the Seats at all.
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Yes, it can be done. Sort of. I know because I have done it myself.

A lot of the parts that make up the seats are interchangable from side to side. When I had my 1996 SC2, I picked up an identical passenger seat in near perfect shape and along with some original parts to my drivers seat, made a really nice new drivers seat. My original drivers seat had torn fabric, broken foam and a tweaked frame.

http://www.differentracing.com/forum...ead.php?t=3649
Sounds complicated. Can it be done just by bolting and unbolting the proper components ? Or is bending, cutting, welding, etc., involved ?
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Default Re: Can a Passenger Seat become a Driver Seat ?

Any thoughts on what I might expect a Salvage Yard to charge ?

The one I go to charges $25 for a Rim and $10 for a Wheel Cover, to give you an idea.
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The Seatbelts are mounted to the Frame, for strength.

They are not connected to the Seats at all.
If you consider the seat belt latch as part of the seat belt, then it is attached to the seat.

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Sounds complicated.
Not complicated at all. It was actually pretty easy.

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Can it be done just by bolting and unbolting the proper components ?
Thats what I did.

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Or is bending, cutting, welding, etc., involved ?
No, just unbolting, unsnaping and swapping over parts. Its pretty easy.

When all was said and done. The rebuilt seat had the original drivers seat track, bottom frame, spring, and trim plastics. Everything else was from the passenger seat.


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Any thoughts on what I might expect a Salvage Yard to charge ?

The one I go to charges $25 for a Rim and $10 for a Wheel Cover, to give you an idea.
The yard here charges $9.99 for wheels and $4.99 for a cover I think. I've bought wheels, but no covers before. When I bought my seat, it was either $14.99 or $19.99. I cant remember exactly. But what I do remember is that it came out of a 1996 SC2 with like 30,000 miles on it. Other than the side of the car being crushed nearly to the console, it looked brand new. I even grabbed the pop up headlamp motors. Still have them in a box somewhere.
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Bucket seats are $14.99 at my local yard. They post their price list online

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Bucket seats are $14.99 at my local yard. They post their price list online

http://www.u-pullandsave.com/Price_List.cfm
All my local yards have been around so long they don't even have computerized inventory
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seatbelt buckles are mounted to the seat. if seat moves forward in an accident the seatbelt wont work.
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If you consider the seat belt latch as part of the seat belt, then it is attached to the seat.



Not complicated at all. It was actually pretty easy.



Thats what I did.



No, just unbolting, unsnaping and swapping over parts. Its pretty easy.

When all was said and done. The rebuilt seat had the original drivers seat track, bottom frame, spring, and trim plastics. Everything else was from the passenger seat.




The yard here charges $9.99 for wheels and $4.99 for a cover I think. I've bought wheels, but no covers before. When I bought my seat, it was either $14.99 or $19.99. I cant remember exactly. But what I do remember is that it came out of a 1996 SC2 with like 30,000 miles on it. Other than the side of the car being crushed nearly to the console, it looked brand new. I even grabbed the pop up headlamp motors. Still have them in a box somewhere.
Thanks Low Saturn !

I guess that pretty much covers the situation.
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seatbelt buckles are mounted to the seat. if seat moves forward in an accident the seatbelt wont work.
I stand corrected.

But since Low Saturn has found everything can be swapped around with little effort, it seems a nice fresh Passenger Seat from a Saturn who's former owner had No Friends is the way to go !

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