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 Post subject: Fixing seat back angles
PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2003 3:18 am 
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Here's something I discovered by accident. Since I bought my car used, I noticed the seat back angle on the passenger side at its maximum upright position was reclining more than the driver side. Since my passengers usually like to sit upright, I took out the seat assembly and discovered that the outboard seat track was bent downwards at the rear. It appears that at the maximum rearward travel of the seat, most of a persons weight is bearing down on a track that is overhanging past the bracket to floor mounting point. In other words, the seat track is unsupported whenever the seat is in its rearmost position. I think this is a flaw in the design, which could have been avoided if the outboard seat bracket were moved from the side by the door sill to behind the seat.

At the wrecking yard, I found other seat tracks in similar condition. My fix was to remove the track from the seat, clamp it into a vise, and straighten out the bend, and add a heavy guage angle bracket reinforcement, with spacer washers as required. After reinstallation, the seat back angle was restored almost 10 degrees!


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2003 8:40 pm 
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Good tip.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2003 8:20 am 
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I noticed that you can bend the side supports on the seats in as well to give you more support when cornering :D

also, my seats always hurt my back and i found if you remove the cardboard panel on the rear of the seat you can stuff it with sponge in front of the springs for lumbar support...

this was cool as my trip to work is 100 miles :shock:

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then again - i am thinking of buying some buckets now for track use :wink:

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