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Old 01-13-2015, 05:51 PM   #1
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Switching lower portion of seat.

Hello. I have an '03 330xi with non sport leather seats. They are powered with memory and heat. My desire is to switch the bottom portions of the driver and passenger seat.
The reason I want too do this is two fold. The drivers seat bottom is broken down on the left side and the passenger seat looks brand new. In addition, the drivers side heat has a hot-spot that is burning my butt!
I would change the seat foam but there are no good video on-line and I am considering replacing the seats with some sport ones in a couple years.

Thoughts?
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Old 01-13-2015, 06:03 PM   #2
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go for it, same parts for both bottoms. I just put new foam in my driver's seat and i love it... feels factory fresh.
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Old 01-13-2015, 10:06 PM   #3
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go for it, same parts for both bottoms. I just put new foam in my driver's seat and i love it... feels factory fresh.
How hard was it to change out the foam? The clips look difficult to work with and reattach. Any problems?

Do you have heated seats and we're they an issue at all?

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Old 01-14-2015, 08:25 AM   #4
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Mine have the heating element in them but I don't have the center switch for it.

I've never messed with removing or adding heating elements, I suppose you could just pull the pins for it out of the connector in the bottom of the seat and and swap the two bottoms around without issue. I wouldn't cut the wires though, only repin.

Most of the clips broke or got warped when I was pulling them apart but I bought some off of a local shop for next to nothing, they seem to be pretty universal.

There are some plastic welds though on the bottom of the seat you have to drill though but it's not a big deal.
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Old 01-14-2015, 01:01 PM   #5
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Mine have the heating element in them but I don't have the center switch for it.

I've never messed with removing or adding heating elements, I suppose you could just pull the pins for it out of the connector in the bottom of the seat and and swap the two bottoms around without issue. I wouldn't cut the wires though, only repin.

Most of the clips broke or got warped when I was pulling them apart but I bought some off of a local shop for next to nothing, they seem to be pretty universal.

There are some plastic welds though on the bottom of the seat you have to drill though but it's not a big deal.

Appreciate the feedback. I wish there were some good video's available. Was reconnecting the clips fairly easy and straightforward? Did it require any special tools?

Thanks again!
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Old 01-14-2015, 02:09 PM   #6
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There's a special pliers for hog rings, but its not required but sure does help! there's a kit online for $18 that comes with the pliers and 50 hog rings.
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