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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:13 pm    Post subject:  Swapping leather upholstery? Reply with quote

Is it possible to swap the leather from the seats in my 2002 to the seats in my 2001? My 2001 has both heated & power driver and passenger seats. The 2002 only has power driver seat, no heated seats whatsoever. I ripped the carpet out of the 2002 in order to clean it and found a harness under the passenger seat for power & heated seats so I'm looking to switch the gray leather from the 2002 onto the beige power driver and passenger seats in my 2001 if that's possible. Please let me know...thanks!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 11:20 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

should bolt right in, physically they are the same. Electrically? guess its just a trial and error to see if they will work, dont see why not.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:29 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I think he meant swapping the leather off of one seat to another, therefore keeping the interior color matched, but having the heating & power elements from his old seats... I'm not much of a fabric/interior guy, so can't really help you there.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:33 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

jmakinen wrote:
I think he meant swapping the leather off of one seat to another, therefore keeping the interior color matched, but having the heating & power elements from his old seats... I'm not much of a fabric/interior guy, so can't really help you there.


This is exactly what I'm trying to do. We could go the route of putting the entire interior from my 2001 into the 2002, but the leather is in quite a bit better condition than the leather in my 2001. If this isn't possible I'm really going to miss the heated seat feature. Sad

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 1:41 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I believe the leather mostly just folds over itself, you should be able to do the swap easily.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 1:53 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

billy101, you're going to have to take pictures of your whole swap, not just the leather off the seats (although that would be helpful too!) but of your entire process of making your Frankenstein, and have it as a build thread when all is said and done. You're doing a lot more than most on this forum, and seeing what you've accomplished at the end of this project will be pretty killer, IMO.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 2:10 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

ohhh, got that wrong...lol

Yeah, should be able to pull off the covers and reinstall on the other seats. May need some hog rings and hog ring pliers.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 2:52 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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ohhh, got that wrong...lol

Yeah, should be able to pull off the covers and reinstall on the other seats. May need some hog rings and hog ring pliers.


My dad was talking about hog rings.....how hard is it to remove them?

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 3:01 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I just removed the material on my old seat 2 take out the side airbag. its not too bad just take your time and be careful.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 4:06 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Pitch Black SS wrote:
ohhh, got that wrong...lol

Yeah, should be able to pull off the covers and reinstall on the other seats. May need some hog rings and hog ring pliers.


My dad was talking about hog rings.....how hard is it to remove them?


you cut the rings themselves and they come out, like big round staples. Then you use the pliers to install new rings.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 4:35 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Oh okay, I'll talk to my dad about finding out where he can get hog rings and the applicable pliers. Doesn't seem too hard.

@jmakinen I have been taking a LOT of pictures of the progress and I will definitely continue to take pictures. I may start the build log once I'm driving the 2002. I will definitely upload pictures to this thread when I swap over the leather.


The 01 is on it's last leg. Everytime I step on the throttle I get the worst shuddering ever. I have a video, Going to upload it and post it to the Engine section.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 7:36 pm    Post subject:  swapping leather . . . Reply with quote

You could make your own hog ring pliers. Use a little longer than normal pair of pliers and cut a grove into each jaw for the hog ring to sit into. The longer length helps when crimping hog rings due to effort required. You could use a 10 inch or so pair of water pump pliers. Cool

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