Pictures of how I Changed the Padding in the Drivers Seat of my 87-95 Nissan Pathfinder.
The driver's seat is old and saggy and tired.
I can't find a civic seat with less than 200k miles at pick a part.
The passenger seat is still comfy, but it won't fit on the drivers side.
Or will it?...
No, no it won't.
But all the foam padding will!
- I pulled the seat from truck - 4 bolts - easy peasy.
I removed the cover from the side of the seat - 3 screws.
I removed the seat back from the seat - 2 bolts on the lever side, 1 bolt on the other side.
I set the seat back aside, flipped the seat over,
and removed one end of the wire that connects both tracks together.
I removed one bolt from each track for easier access, and
pried off the copper rings that hold the seat cover in place.
The metal frame has sharp edges - leather gloves are a very good idea.
I removed the foam pad with the cover from the frame.
Then I could remove the cover from the foam pad by bending the pad.
There are more copper clips holding the seat cover to the frame.
- All the covers went through the washing machine fine. I used cold permanent press no bleach. They came out looking and smelling like new. It's way way way way better.
I injected some "Great Stuff" foam insulation into the seat where it was coming apart.
Have you seen this stuff? It is hardcore.
It stuck everything together and made a huge difference.
The seat back is the same basic idea. The headrest holders look like this.
I tightened the spring in the lumbar back by removing one "coil."
I didn't do the upper back spring, because the seat cover clips to it.
If I cut one coil it wouldn't match up, and I thought removing 2 coils would be too tight.
I also added a bit of extra padding from an old pillow.
- Then I put it all back together. It took me about 5 hours to do both front seats.
- Next I sold out to make 02¢
so I can fulfill my lifelong dream of owning a 1986 944 with blown head gaskets.
But no minivans!
- Then I finished my beer.
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