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Old 08-31-2011, 04:40 PM   #1
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Upholstery Curiosity

So I picked up some power seats from what the guy believes was an '02 Mustang. After looking at them and comparing them to my '92 LX Coupe seats it appears that I should be able to change my pristine upholstery to the new power driver seat without too many issues. I may be way off here but has anyone had first hand experience with the differences other than the tracks being slightly different? Am I way off in my thinking here?
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Old 08-31-2011, 04:47 PM   #2
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It should bolt right in.

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If you have power seats too the wiring might be different, but I don't remember.
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Old 08-31-2011, 05:31 PM   #3
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I am sure that the seat will bolt in from what I have read, I am just wondering based on the seat dimensions if the upholstery fabric from my stock seats will fit on the new power seat. This way I would not have to get all new upholstery.
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Ah got ya, I'm not sure about that, but I believe the sn95 seats are a tad bigger.
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:55 PM   #5
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It will fit but u got to rig something up for the seats
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:57 PM   #6
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D-Rod you think as I do that the upholstery will fit? I think the rigging your referencing is the wiring, and that to me is the easy part.
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D-Rod you think as I do that the upholstery will fit? I think the rigging your referencing is the wiring, and that to me is the easy part.
Then yes it should all bolt up if it's from 94 to 04 your good
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:01 AM   #8
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Well it is looking good for the upholstery only switch. I was just looking things over and then disassembling the power seat frame tonight. I am currently thinking of modifying the 92's seat frame to fit the power chassis. It looks like it will only take a small shim. I know there is talk that the stock seat frame is flat and it won't fit on the power chassis, and this is true to a small degree. For a straight up swap yes that us true, but after checking clearances and laying a straight edge across the power seat frame it should only need about an 1/8 inch shim. I'll post some pics tomorrow with what I'm talking about cause I know this is clear as mud now.
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Old 09-06-2011, 02:11 AM   #9
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Re: Upholstery Curiosity

That will be interesting to know.
Look forward to seeing the pictures.
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Old 09-06-2011, 02:27 PM   #10
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Well got it done. Here is what I did and I am pretty happy with the results. Just for information also everything seemed to be a direct or easily modified swap for this.

This is the SN95 seat frame.


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And this is the stock seat frame. I removed the suspension stuff from the frame for some reason in this photo.


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Now the only real difference in these frames is the slight bumps near the seat fastening points on the SN95 frame. This is due to the power tracks need for some clearance to move.



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This is the foam and upholstery from my stock seat. The next photo shows a factory cut in the foam, I used this spot to run the seat controls near as the SN95 seat has the same cut out but in the center of the seat. I was going for the least intrusive way to accomplish this swap.


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And then removed n


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Now this is the spot that needs to be shimmed due to the difference in the seat frames. I used some washer temporarily to get my height then welded up some flat stock steel to take up the gap and contoured to sit nicely in this gap. The washer would have been sufficient though I am sure.


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Now for control mounting. I set the controls over a factory hole in the 92 frame and marked the center then cut an x in the vinyl. I passed the electrical connector through and then marked my holes for the screws.


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Drill holes in frame.

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Replace foam and upholstery then add the controls. I was not happy with initial fitment of vinyl so I made a cut in vinyl like the SN95 fabric and the fit was much better.

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Much better


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Then all I did was reassemble the seat and put in in the car.



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For the wiring I used the original connector in the car and I also had a factory matching plug. So I soldered the connector I had for the wiring in my 92 on the floor to the factory connector I had for the seat. This way I do not have a cobbled wiring job and if I want to remove the seat I just disconnect the connectors.

The main reason I did it this way was so that I did not have to reupholster my SN95 seats as that would have been pricey. It came out really well and is just as high as if I would have just swapped over the SN95 seat (about 1" higher). Hope this helps someone out there and let me know what you think.
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Old 09-06-2011, 05:28 PM   #11
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Nice job man! Seems like bit of a job but well worth money saved.
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Re: Upholstery Curiosity

Yes, very nice job you did there.
I'm sure lots of people will find this very useful.
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Old 09-06-2011, 09:55 PM   #13
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I hope you right Trojan. I know it is a bit more involved but it is nice when you have good interior and you don't want to spend upwards of $600 on new interior just to get it to match. I hope it dispels some myths about what fits and what doesn't.
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Re: Upholstery Curiosity

you used a lot of different trades to complete that job very impressive and now you get to reap the rewards good job bud and a great play by play with the pictures
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Old 09-06-2011, 11:33 PM   #15
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If anyone has been thinking of doing this swap let me know if you need help. As with all first time ventures I would make a few adjustments but overall I am really happy with the results. Thanks again for the positive feedback.
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Old 09-06-2011, 11:59 PM   #16
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Is there anything you want to change, add or subtract from your How to above?
I'm going to put that info into a .pdf file for you and see about getting it posted here on the articles section if you wish?
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Old 09-07-2011, 12:43 AM   #17
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Trojan I think it's ok the way it is, I mean all the major steps are there. If anyone attempts it and has questions they can feel free to PM me. Anything you think needs more description or photos? Thanks again.
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Old 09-11-2011, 09:06 AM   #18
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Ok,
Sorry it took so long, but I have had some med issues. Thankfully they are better now.

I have it finished and I will send it to Brent and see if he wants to post it up in the articles section.

If you want a copy of the PDF file, email me through my profile contact info so I can get your email address to send it to.

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Old 11-09-2011, 05:22 AM   #19
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great story , thanks
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