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Old 03-03-2011, 01:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 1987 samurai and I need seats. Is there a direct replacement for another auto that will fit? ( Junk Yard)

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Old 03-03-2011, 01:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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1997 or 1987?

The best fit is from another Suzuki...

If you can find Suzuki Swift seats, those are the best, especially froma GT. But you can also make Geo Metro and Sidekick/Tracker seats work. Those are the obvious choices. Keep in mind though that newer Trackers and Sidekicks (after 94ish) got bigger, so those are out (I have some failed experiments in my front yard).

Dodge Neon seats fit with a hammer whack or two to bend the mounting bracket. I've heard that some people have used BMW 3 series leather seats. You might even be able to make seats from the small jeep cherokee work.

In the end I opted for some 96 Ford Probe high-backs. They're a bit tight, and required a little convincing... but my husband is a BIG guy, and the swift seats were to narrow for him.

As for the rear seat, I'm still searching... 2002 Kia sportage I hear works well
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I don't know what a 97 looks like, however, I have an 88 with 2 dr neon front seats. They are perfect for an older unit if you don't mind fabing the mounts. Good luck on the rear.
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Citizendan,
I was a dodge neon guy in my previous life (before I got married) actually I still am just don't have time to work on it. As far as I know, the 2dr and 4dr neon seats are the same, except for the tilting forward thing on the 2dr ones. I have a set that I'm working on putting in my sammi right now. do you think you could take a couple pics of yours in the samurai? Right now I'm trying to figure out how high to mount them, and how far back, etc.
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I know I took some at the time. I'll look and post them.
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The pics I have concern mounting without finish appearance. I'll take some on the morrow and post.

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My seats are good the upholstery just needs to be replaced. Are there any seat upholstery kits like there is for year one has for Camaro's?
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Autocraft LEATHER-GRAINED HEAVY-DUTY VINYL SEAT COVERS SET - JCWhitney

I know, I know, JC Whitney isn't necessarily known for high quality but I have used several sets of Autocraft upholstery seat covers in their heavy-weight vinyl, purchased through Whitney, that were awesome. Unfortunately, at a glance, the Whitney ad reads like some high-priced universal-fit BS junk, but I can say first hand, it's not so.

It seems Autocraft has thousands of factory fit patterns in-house, since most cars made were available with different trim levels and sometimes different seat styles (for the same make, model, year) they have a nice system to help select the correct covers. I have not installed any on a Sami, but like I said, the ones I've used fit like factory. They will not be able to perfectly match factory texture and color, but can come close, so I recommend doing all the seats at once. And be sure to get a pair of decent hogring pliers and a handful of hogrings.

DIY upholstery Tip of the day: After striping the old covers and repairing any sun rotted foam (cut out and glue in new stuff), cover the individual factory cushions with a single layer of very thin plastic sheet, a split and opened up dry cleaning slip cover. This forms a plastic interface that is slippery and allows the new, tight cover to slide on over with ease, and all but eliminate wrinkles. Don't worry about it making noise when you sit on the seat, the dry cleaner bag plastic is silent. I've used this technique on I-don't-know-how-many sets of seats (in a past life), it works like a champ, helps your amateur upholstery job look professional.
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I bought my 87 with a pair of 240SX seats loosely thrown in it. They are not a direct bolt in seat, but with a little fabrication of simple brackets you will have some great bolstered seats that will keep you planted. I removed the seat belt recievers and customized the plastics so that the look factory. Best part is, they do fold and slide forward giving you access to the rear floor and seat. Whatever you decide, make sure the seats have this forward-folding ability. Its almost impossible to modify seats to do this and it definitely comes in handy. Two door coupes will likely have this kind of seat.
Measure and test fit and If you expect to go off road at all, please weld or bolt into appropriate and responsible mounting points. I dont, but I did anyway.
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Thank you Tin I think it would be about $300 for all three seats with shipping and $200 with shipping for just the front two. So I have to think about what to do.

The site has a funny set up to order them and if I was no told about it I would have never realized that it was replacement vinyl.
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DYI Upholstery Tip #2 and #3:

#2) Having seats and the like done by a professional is very expensive. Expensive for a reason, it's time consuming and skilled labor. if you want to reupholster your own, and I would encourage anyone with a moderate level of skill to do so, buy the very best cover kit you can find. Inexpensive, poorly fitting cover kits are out there, and you will pull your hair out in frustration trying to make the finished job look presentable. You can screw up an upholstery job with good covers, but no amount of skill, patience, or luck can make up for a poorly made kit.

#3) Most instruction would have you placing the covers out in the sun or some such. Great if you are in California, but I have a fool-proof way to soften up the vinyl and piping, remove the wrinkles from the covers incurred during shipping: Turn them inside out, and tumble them in the clothes dryer for 10 minutes on hi heat. Get the to about 130 deg F or almost too hot to handle with bare hands. Place the cover on the cusion, still inside-out, and unroll it over the plastic covered cushion like putting on a condom.
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