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Old 03-20-2015, 08:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Who has swapped seats from a different vehicle into their Samurai? I've heard Honda Civic and Acura seats are a pretty easy swap, but are there any others out there that are a fairly simple bolt-on swap?

There's a decent salvage yard about 30 miles from me, so if someone has done a seat swap, let me know.

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I have heard Neon seats swap ok, I've read about Corolla seats working to. Mine has sidekick seats that fit well but there was a little cut/weld going on there to.
Are you able to do a little light welding to make them fit?
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In keeping with the non-gray seat theme on my stock hardtop, I found a pair of light brown VW Mark I seats that look brand new. By non-gray, I replaced the interior panels with wood paneling, I have a wood steering, wood shift knobs, etc. The idea is the wood is more "earthy", as opposed to the gray, and since this rig will be a graduation present for my youngest when she graduates from the Univ of Hawaii, I wanted the inside to remind of her Hawaiian Koa wood. So, my hunt was on for replacement seats that fell somewhere on the brown color spectrum.

I contacted a couple of welders/fabricators on Craig's List, and the first one suggested I get different seats, and try to flip these VW ones on Craig's List. The second guy I went to knew exactly what was involved, and quoted me a price of $100 per seat for materials and labor. These VW seats are really nice, and will look good with the other wood stuff I already have inside, so I'm going to give this guy the benefit of the doubt, and let him do the seat swap.

If/when I get this done, I'll post some pics in this thread.
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Having replaced the seats in mine I would say that the time involved and to get a neat clean professional job that $200 is not unreasonable. Assuming he actually does a neat clean professional job. Here in the Midwest GOOD welders do not come cheap. I could never have paid someone to do all the welding that was needed on mine before it was done. I like VW seats, been a VW nut for several decades.

Do post pics, I would love to see what you have done to the interior and how the seats will look.
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I've got seats from a 99 neon. Plenty of them at the junkyard to find a set in good shape. Install wasn't too difficult. I read the write ups 4-5 times before starting the swap. There was some trial and error involved. Use the stock sliders which easy unbolt from the stock seats, disassemble the neon seats (seat back and bottom), cut the rivets off of the neon slider to remove the triangle bracket (you'll need at least 10 metal cutting discs if using a Dremel because they break so easily), mount the neon triangle bracket to the samurai slider and install the samurai sliders onto the neon seats by drilling new holes on the bottoms of the neon seat. Not hard but it'll take a day. I love mine and they were well worth the headache!!! Much much more comfortable. Click image for larger version

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Wow, that looks comfy. Nice outcome, I think those look better than the Sidekick seats.
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Those Neon seats look factory, nicely done. I dropped off my Samurai with the guy who's going to get the VW seats swapped in. Should have them done by Monday. Hopefully, he doesn't run into any more floor pan rust issues, and the seat rails come out without snapping any bolts. He's pretty confident he can do this, and keep the VW seats close to the original seat height. I put one of them on the floor and sat on it, and they're a LOT more comfortable than the stock seats. I'll have $250 into the swap, to include the seats and the materials/labor to make them fit. I'll take pics once they're done...
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The hard part is getting seats that aren't too wide. Any seat can be mounted that's the easy part. A square piece of sheet metal, bolt the sliders to the bottom and bolt the seat to the top. Easy. The write ups on the neon seats are deceiving making you believe they're direct bolt on....HAHA. In all seriousness it's not that hard if you put thought into it. I saw a newer Passat at the junkyard and thought hmm....just went with what I've heard works which was the neon. Anything over ripped up stock seats look great. I'm loving my neon seats and I'm sure you'll love your new seats too.
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These VW seats are slightly wider than stock, so they're going to have to be moved towards the center by about an inch to inch and a half, in order to be able to close the doors. The guy doing the install said the tubular frame on the bottom of the VW seats will make it easier for him to fab up some brackets and such, and he's going to mod the rear "legs" on the seat frame to get the correct seat cushion height/angle. He seems to know what he's doing, his prices are fair, and at least he seems very confident it can be done. Unlike the first guy I went to, who suggested I put the seats back up on Craig's List and find something else, lol! My stock seats are ripped on the inner side bolsters, and they're not all that comfortable. So if these seats work out, I figure at $250, this seat project will be one of the mods that my money was better spent on.
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Seeing how much trouble it is, I'd just get the seats reupholstered
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