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abumariah
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New seats?

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Post by abumariah » 12 years ago

hey guys. i'm looking for aftermarket upgrades to my stock butt-busters. any ideas? i've been to jcwhitney but i don't think what they have is what i'm looking for.
1985 720 kc 4x4 z24
1981 720 kc 2wd sd22

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Post by asavage » 12 years ago

abumariah wrote:hey guys. i'm looking for aftermarket upgrades to my stock butt-busters. any ideas? i've been to jcwhitney but i don't think what they have is what i'm looking for.
Member ocd said that he heard that 280Z seats fits.
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1983 Maxima diesel wagon, 199k miles, rusty, light yellow/light brown. SOLD 14Jul07
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Post by EvergreenSD » 12 years ago

I'm using seats out of an Acura Integra and I love them. I got the pair for $50. They're very supportive, offer lots of headroom and don't take up much space in my KC. They don't bolt right in but I got them to work by drilling some new holes in the floor (be sure to use big washers) and fabricating some simple brackets out of angle iron.
'82 SD22 720 Kingcab with flatbed

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Post by abumariah » 12 years ago

what it a g1 integra (pre '94)?
1985 720 kc 4x4 z24
1981 720 kc 2wd sd22

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Post by EvergreenSD » 12 years ago

I don't know for sure. Probably so.
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Post by redmondjp » 12 years ago

You can also check the junkyards for seats out of later-model Nissan pickups which will directly bolt in (at least up to '87, not sure about later years). They changed the support design in the lower cushion in the later years such that the center part of the cushion is held up by a suspension system (think suspension bridge) instead of having the wavy wire springs underneath like the earlier model seats. I have one of these in my truck now and it is way more comfortable than the broken-down original seat (which I actually threw away, as after disassembling it I discovered several broken springs, which just takes too much time to repair when you can get another seat for a few bucks from the JY).

Also, you will probably find that the passenger-side seat is less worn out than the driver's side one in most vehicles. A passenger seat will bolt right in the driver's side in one of these trucks, but the release handle for flipping the seat back forward will be on the inboard side, and the adjustment handle for moving the seat forward and rearward will also be on the opposide side as normal. Not a big deal, if your main concern is having a comfortable seat without a lot of work. My truck is this way right now.

While out in the junkyard last summer, I spent an hour or so looking at seats out of a lot of other cars--mainly Toyotas, Nissans, and Subarus--some of them look like they will fit without too much work. If you have any metal fabrication experience, you can use some flat bar and bolts to make adapter plates for the front and rear seat mounting holes, using the original seat mounting points to hold the adapter plates to the vehicle, and then using bolts through the bars to go into the new seat mounts. That way you retain the strength of the stock seat mount bolt locations. But use at least 1/8" thick flat bar if you do this--DON'T use sheet metal as it may not hold in an accident.

The other way to skin this cat is to keep the stock seat mounts and adjusters, but bolt another seat on the top (again, may require some plate steel or flat bar to adapt the new seat onto the stock mount). This retains the stock look and hides the adapter underneath the lower cushion.
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Post by abumariah » 12 years ago

found a apair of seats in a jy out of an 85 "st" trim model that are doing the job nicely. they were definitely an upgrade that year and my back is thanking me.
1985 720 kc 4x4 z24
1981 720 kc 2wd sd22

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Post by Zoltan » 12 years ago

My bench seat on the driver side simply collapsed (bottomed out) in the past 4 days and I am on the hunt for bucket seats now. I had one seat from a later model 720, but the distance b/w the tracks were 17" instead of our 15" so couldn't put it in. So, for the time being, I will try to rebuild the wire mesh. What a PITA !!
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Post by Zoltan » 12 years ago

I called all THREE junkyards on Oahu but none of them had seats, so I got some 18g galvanized steel wire and spent most of Sunday evening rewiring the driver side seat. My fingers are sore ...
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Post by bacho » 12 years ago

Early 90's Ford explorer seats will bolt in, not sure about the later years. I went to go get some nice ones I found in leather and all for $50. Got talking to the guy and told him what I was doing, turns out he had a 720 with bad seats in it so he decided to keep them. I havent found that good of a deal again yet but I am still looking.

1987 D21 and WD21 will not bolt in. I was bummed becasue my old pathfinder seats wouldnt really work.

use car-parts.com to find parts at JY's in your area, it works great.
1992 nissan pathfinder 4x4
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Post by lackneramanda » 8 years ago

I am looking for a nissan driver and passenger seat or cheap seat cover. I am looking for red only and in good to excellent shape. Will settle for driver side if that's all I can find. OEM seat covers are just too expensive. Leads or recommendations welcome. thanks

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Post by dn29626 » 8 years ago

I have 2003 neon seats in mine. The inner rail mount at the back had to be slotted.
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82 Reg Cab (body damage)
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