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Upgrade Upholstery

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by gibsonman63, Apr 20, 2014.

  1. Apr 20, 2014 at 3:20 PM
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    gibsonman63

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    I took a chance on eBay and bought a used passenger seat from a 1998 Tacoma. Eight bolts later, I have a new driver's seat on my 1999 Tacoma. Total time under an hour. The hardware and mounts are different from the driver to the passenger side, but the upholstery is the same and fits either side.
     
  2. Apr 20, 2014 at 5:22 PM
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    Did you skin it?
     
  3. Apr 21, 2014 at 4:13 AM
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    No skinning required. The bottom part has four bolts holding the seat to the frame. You have to remove the plastic trim off if each side first. The top is also held on with four bolts. The seat is clipped together at the bottom. Unclip by hand and push the cover up on each side to reveal the bolts.
     
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    Cool. So the seats are bi, only seat rails are left and right!
     
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    So you had a 60/40,, you removed the 60 and just bolted a 40(pass seat) into those driver side mounts?
     
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    How does that work with the seat belts?
     
  7. Apr 21, 2014 at 4:44 PM
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    Must be buckets.
     
  8. Apr 21, 2014 at 6:11 PM
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    It only works with buckets. The seat belt clip is attached to the frame, which is not used. Sorry I did not take pictures of the process, but I was learning as I went.

    A couple more notes:

    I wasn't sure if I could get the seat belt warning sensor connector apart without breaking it. Once I removed the four hold down bolts for the seat, I had enough room to maneuver the seat around in the truck without unplugging it.

    I installed the bottom cushion on the driver seat before I removed the seat back. Once I removed the seat back from the donor seat (both cushions removed), the rails come apart. I got lucky and did things in the correct order. This would have been much harder if I had removed both before installing the donor upholstery on my existing driver seat rails.
     
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2014

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