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Old 06-07-2013, 11:09 AM   #1
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seats cushion swap

hi i am trying to replace a cushion that is not sports with the sports seat cushion is that possible?
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:16 AM   #2
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some sport seats have leg extension with an additional motor so you would need the entire seat , if you have the entire seat i believe the plugs are the same,.

i have a 330 w sport seat was trying to swap non sport seat motors in another car so I poked aro
und the bottom mechaincal structure are not the same.
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Old 06-07-2013, 12:29 PM   #3
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Assuming you're just talking about the seat bottom, I think you could make it work. In RealOEM the seat pan is the same part number for both standard and sport, so the cushion should fit on both type seats the same on the sides and the back. Problem is the thigh support; you won't have the slider in a standard seat. You'd have to use double-sided tape or some other means to secure that rectangular portion of the cushion to the front of the seat pan (that's partly how it's attached to the slider from the factory). May need to add an extra layer of foam to match the height of the missing slider, too. Be forewarned that swapping cushions is a bit of a pain, and it helps to have access to TIS. Too bad spaghetticoder is kaput.

Even though in theory it may be doable, I'd just keep looking for a standard seat cushion to match what you have. The seat could look goofy with bottom bolsters, but no upper bolsters.
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