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xt6 seats in ea81 car
Posted 23 February 2004 - 08:19 PM
then i bolted the seats with rails secured to the holes in the body, closest to the shifter. after i did this, the other side was about 1.5 inches off, towards the doors, so i just welded that side to the body. they just barely fit, in fact, i had to cut the plastic trim, near the door seal, because it wouldnt go back on, and on the passenger side, the hatch lever, gets pulled off, when i slide forward. you could do this without a welder, a drill and tap would make it fit also, but im not that patient, and i own a welder.
i thought these things would bolt right into a ea81 with less trouble, like the ea82s they just fit right in. the ea81 is a pain in the rump roast. but...
now i have 6 inches more foot room than i can use, if i put them all the way back, and i am sitting 2-3 inches lower than the stock ea81 hatch seats. i dont think they would fit well in a brat, unless you drive like my dad, with the seat at a 90degree angle.
now my head wont hit the roof offroading, and my knees wont be bent too much on long road trips.
only thing that sucks, is i had to do away with the height adjustment, because it just wouldnt fit between the tranny hump, and hatch lever/brake lines. so i slammed it =]
works great with a 3inch shorter shifter.
worth the headaches though, i am now one with my hatch. if anybody shows interest, i can post somepics tomorrow.
Posted 24 February 2004 - 12:00 AM
Posted 24 February 2004 - 12:03 AM
Posted 24 February 2004 - 12:17 AM
I was probably one of the first to do it so naturally I did it the hardest way possible. I should have just swapped slider rails like folks are doing now but instead I bolted the rear inboard mounts to the seatbelt hole in the tunnel. Then I made brackets to adapt the XT6 seat rail mounts to the EA81 holes in the floor pan. It worked and the positioning is good. But the process was about as much hassle as you describe if not more. I can still get at the hatch release lever but I have to joggle the lever slightly to clear the seat rail. They are nice seats but man the drivers seat with it's height adjust mechanism is heavy. Not a mod for the weight conscious.
Posted 24 February 2004 - 12:21 AM
Posted 24 February 2004 - 12:36 AM
Posted 24 February 2004 - 09:28 AM
and the weight... i dont have height adjustment, so i took all that metal out, and the xt6 rails are alot of the weight. i'll get some digis today.
Posted 25 February 2004 - 11:30 PM
Posted 26 February 2004 - 12:42 AM
Posted 26 February 2004 - 08:50 AM
the console is painted black, if you look close you can see brown through a scratch, i think. its black vinyl paint, duplicolor makes it, not too tough, but i have a thin coat on right now.
Posted 14 June 2004 - 10:17 AM
Posted 14 June 2004 - 10:29 AM
most of the height adjust is in the construction of the seats, steel hinges and pivots, it would be alot of trouble i think.
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