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I recently bought a fairly clean passenger's seat on Ebay. A little research says it can be switched to the driver's side with a seat pan swap. My question is about the recline handle - it ends up on the inside of the new seat? Is there anyway to switch the upper seat back foam and seat cover so the recline adjuster stays on the outside?
 

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I'm sure it's possible. You will need to inspect the foam on the seat back to see if it is reverseable.
 

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Let me know how that works-out Ti Rider. I have two driver's seats that aren't great but the two passenger seats are in primo condition.
 

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I'm a little hesitant to possibly destroy my driver's and this seat. This car is my DD so if I screw both seats up I'll be driving around sitting on a milk crate. Looking at it in Helm's it looks a little tricky (there are hog rings inside the seat). I just wanted to hear that someone had successfully done it before. I may attempt it but then again I may just learn to live with recline adjuster on the inside.....
 

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OBD1 Kenobi said:
Let me know how that works-out Ti Rider. I have two driver's seats that aren't great but the two passenger seats are in primo condition.
Alright guys I have decided to attempt it. Here goes - I just disassembled the passenger's seat I bought. The bottom was easy enough, just cut the factory hog rings and the pan pops out. So far so good. The seat back was a little trickier. First pull out the clips that hold the headrest in. Take out the headrests. Then pry out the plastic headrest holders. I cut the bottom hog rings and started peeling the cover up. Some sort of rubber bands with hooks hold the foam to the back of the seat. Then more hog rings at the bottom center pleat, cut those. Then the upper pleat, more hog rings, cut those. Peel off the cover. Next you literally have to wrestle the foam off the seat frame. Be prepared the frame is rusty, the foam is stuck to it because of the rust, and since it's 17-18 yrs. old it's crumbly. Luckily I got mine in one piece. The really good news is that all the seat foam looks very symetrical. It shouldn't require much cutting. As long as the driver's seat pan is close that shouldn't be a problem. The seatback will again be trickier but it's symetrical too except for where the recline handle goes.

I have to work tommorow so I won't be yanking out my driver's seat. But I should get to it this weekend if anyone's interested........
 

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coz said:
I used Plastic zip ties instead of hog rings to put the seat back together. They work very well and will not rust.
Oh my gosh! That's genius!
 

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I haven't done the swap. So take my opinion as such...
I do, however, own a set of new/unsed foam that I have yet to install.
The back is symetrical, or so close it should work on either side.
The bottom is very obviously asymetrical. One side has a gradual slope from the wide to skinny section. The other side has less slope but about two thirds down it cuts in and goes straight.
Could you make it work? I suppose. The cover won't fit 100%.
Or if you switch the whole pan, well, I don't know that the seat rail would work, but if it did...the latch would be pressing against a little bit more foam than before.

I'm a bit of a seat purist. I've been messing with these stupid stock seats for the better part of seven years.
I've fixed/reupholstered a set. Didn't look 100% right.
I've bought a replacement set that was mint. It eventually started to show the same wear(crumbly foam, bolster material wearing thin).
I've tried a set of 90-91 Prelude seats. I've tried a set of 96-98 GS-R seats. I've test fitted some ITR seats.
They all required too much fabrication or they were going to stand out too much from the interior. The Integra seats would have also put me closer to the ceiling...not acceptable at my height.
Now I've got this stupid replacement foam....

I'm to the point where I'm just going to get a set of nice Corbeau or Forza seats and call it a day. Recaro would be nice if it wasn't so damn expensive.
 

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I really like the Recaro Speeds(i thin kthey are called) If they werent so damn expensive Id have a set already.

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I swapped my seats around. I cut all the hog ring things off and pulled the whole seat cover off. I did that to both of them and switched the covers. I also used zip ties to put the covers back on. Took me from sun-up to sun-down. Working pretty much the whole time. But it works and I think it looks way better than before. Interesting though how my seats have wear on the inside lol
 
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