seat swap?

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seat swap?

Postby bratboy » Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:56 pm

hey there, im going to be getting a base 2006 vibe. i think its a great car in a lot of ways but the seats are some of th worst ive ever seen. are there any seat swaps that people have done out of other toyotas or other cars that are known to work without re-engineering the floor of the car?

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Re: seat swap?

Postby MacGyver » Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:45 pm

I saw one person put VW GTI seats in their Vibe. Good luck finding those at the junkyard.
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Re: seat swap?

Postby bratboy » Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:06 pm

I'd be happy to install saab seats. they are chap, feel great and are around. I was just wanting to see who has done what.

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Re: seat swap?

Postby vibrologist » Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:22 pm

I have not swapped the seat(s). I added a lumbar support and I raised the front mounts with shims by about 10 mm. That last thing though compromises the safety in a crash. The locating rods will be exposed to significant larger forces in a crash. Remember the seat is a anchor point for the seat belt. Find details in the thread linked in my signature.
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Re: seat swap?

Postby bratboy » Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:46 pm

I appreciate the reply. I'm thinking lumbar support and raised seats aren't going to do it for me. I find them some of the worst seats I've ever sat in in an obviously great car. And in response to the first reply, I actually found a pair of 2010 GTI seats going cheap locally! Although I have been spoiled with saab seats. I'll have to see if a pair will fit.They are quite nice.

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Re: seat swap?

Postby vibrologist » Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:17 am

Thanks, bratboy, and welcome to the forum!

Please report how you accomplish the swap, in particular how you make the brackets fit.

I agree that the factory seats are a PITA grande. I also heard that the SAAB Aero seats are extremely good. They are just not that easy to come by here.
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Re: seat swap?

Postby tpollauf » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:03 am

Any seat WILL physically fit into any car ..... with the correct modifications done to it! My older 1992 F150 has a power 60/40 seat out of a 1978 Eldorado and reupholstered it to match the Charcoal gray interior. Looks Factory and you'd never tell it was out of a Cadillac! Also mounted Chevette bucket seats (very comfortable) into GM F-body cars (Camaro/Firebird) back in my younger days. Yeah it required some cutting, grinding, welding, etc. but it can be done. The bigger issue today is the addition of air bags and other electronics that are now a part of seating that could hinder a successful swap!
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Re: seat swap?

Postby bratboy » Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:19 pm

I'd like to hear from someone who has done a seat swap...preferably one that isn't too messy to do! Anybody know who did the GTI swap?

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Re: seat swap?

Postby petervivian » Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:06 pm

If you search on YouTube. There is a gentleman who swapped the cloth seats in his first gen Vibe with the leather ones from a parts Vibe.
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Re: seat swap?

Postby bratboy » Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:36 pm

thanks for the reply. i was thinking of non vibe seats that are actually comfortable

petervivian wrote:If you search on YouTube. There is a gentleman who swapped the cloth seats in his first gen Vibe with the leather ones from a parts Vibe.

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Re: seat swap?

Postby MacGyver » Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:00 pm

bratboy wrote:thanks for the reply. i was thinking of non vibe seats that are actually comfortable

There are plenty of aftermarket seats out there, if you have the money. This is only one example: http://corbeau.com/reclining-seats.html And most likely it will not be a simple bolt-in; you'll need to deal with adapter brackets to fit the custom seat in your vehicle.

If you have back problems and you expect to be driving long distances often, perhaps you should look at other vehicles with superior adjustable seats directly from the factory.

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Re: seat swap?

Postby ImUrOBGYN » Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:47 am

Depending on where you live, you can have them bolstered and reupholstered for a decent price. I've found these kinda places are generally more plentiful if you live in the SW.

If I owned a welder, I probably would've swapped mine long ago.
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