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Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Saskatoon, SK
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Seat foam replacement
After driving my truck for 2 years, and being more and more annoyed with the rough ride, and my back actually starting to hurt from driving the truck, I had to start to figure out what I could do to fix this.
I dreamed about getting different seats, thinking of making anything work. Then after going to the wreckers, there were no seats that were better than what I had, or if they were decent seats, they wanted at least $500 for a set. Since I'm cheap, I still needed to come up with something.
Then today, as I was looking through the classifieds, I found a set of 2nd row buckets from an Aerostar van. I called the guy and picked them up. $20 bucks for two 2nd row bucket seats.
So I get home with them, take the seat brackets off of the bottom of the Aerostar seats, and pull the bucket seat out of my truck. I figured at first that I would just swap the seats.
When I got my seat into the shop, and actually started looking at it, it was missing 2 springs from the wire grid underneath. Since I didn't really want to install the Aerostar seats in the truck (color wasn't quite the same, and they have the hole in the seat), I dismantled my seat, and started to see what I needed to do to fix it.
Once disassembled,I noticed that 1 spring was missing, and 3 of the rest of the springs were ready to tear through the steel from wear over the past 214000 miles. The spring from the centre was gone, and it looked like there should be 2 more springs in the centre of the grid for strength.
I fired up the welder, patched the spring wear points, built up where the springs wear against, and drilled 2 more holes. The one piece of steel rod at the one end of the grid was broken as well, so I replaced that.
Now for the amazing part. The second row seat foam from the aerostar is 95% the same as the foam from the 40/20/40 seat. It is thicker than the stock one, but I don't know how much thicker, as mine was pretty worn out. It is 1.5" - 2" thicker than the foam that was in my seat.
I reassembled the seat using the aerostar foam, the original fabric, and the repaired spring/grid assembly. What a difference. The lumbar support actually supports my lower back as opposed to just above it. The fabric actually looks full again on the side, as opposed to being folded over from getting/sliding out of the truck.
So to all the folks that are looking for new seats, you can probably just get away with refoaming what you have, and since the second row buckets usually dont get as much wear/use as a regular front seat in a van, the foam should be fairly easy to get from wreckers.
I will try and get some pictures of what the seats look like when my camera comes home