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Old 03-11-2005, 05:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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for the front seats:

materials:

3/16" x 3" steel-- very thick and very heavy stuff!
nuts, bolts washers -- i'm going to have the peices welded on instead of bolted on in the near future
cobalt drill bit(meant for hard metals)
drill press--doing it with a hand drill takes atleast 5 times as long!! i know cuz i did two brackets that way then used my drill press
disc grinder/cutting tool to cut off rivets
basic socket wrench set
lots of time brainstorming and then lots more time for fabrication and even more time for tweeking

-the drivers rear left bracket and the passengers rear right bracket must be cut off and a new bracket has to be made. here you can see the old bracket cut off and then the new one that i made




for the rest of the corners i simply made 'extension brackets' that allowed me to bolt em to the oem holes.
-to design the 'extension brackets' i simply cut out cardboard templates and held them inplace and marked where the two holes would have to be
here are the "extension brackets"

driver seat

front left:


front right


rear


passenger seat

front left


front right:bolted into oem hole. this pulls the seat closer to the door but still very comfortabl. i was just too lazy to change it to how the driver side is

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NOTE: Don't forget to swap over the stock seat belt clicker thing

---when i get my welder im going to take the brackets all out, round off the edges and then weld them in place and paint em black to blend in.

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for the rears:


-remove the stock seats

-remove the steel plates from the stock seat backs

-paint the stock steel plates color of choice(flat black looks best) and then bolt them up to the oem mounts


-bend the rear "bracket" on the RSX bottom cushion to allow it to bolt into the car. the two side "brackets" can be ignored

-take apart the rsx seat backs so you have the fabric foam and plate all seperated

-holding the foam peices in the car mark off about an inch or inch and a half on the outsides that will be cut off. this is to line up the 'seems' on the backs with the 'seems' on the bottom cusion.

-after you cut off the outsides and have the lines lining up mark about 5inches on the inside part of the left foam peice. this will be removed so that the seats will actually fit inplace.

-after cutting that reinstall the foam and check your work. tweek were necessary.

-on the back of the left RSX foam you'll have to cut out a little foam where the stock seat plate mounts in the middle. this mount sticks out pretty far and pushes the bottom of the seat outwards and doesn't look to good.

-once your satisfied with that put the RSX cloth back on the foam. the fabric will be loose now since you removed some foam earlier. to tighten it up i used about 8 safety

pins on each end of each peice to pull the fabric tight. this part takes a while and is actually kinda of a pain to get all the wrinkles out from the front and keep it nice and tight. i still need to tweek mine a bit because its still sorta loose

-after you'r satisfied with the tightness of the fabric you'll need to cut out the hard rubber strip in the same place you removed foam on the back of the left peice. this is for

the same reason. the hard rubber is in the way of that center mount and pushes the seat forward. so cut it out so the mount can sit 'inside' the foam and fabric without pushing the seat forward.

-when thats all done ssimply press fit the seats in place. i never actually attached them to the steel plates but they've been in for over 3 months with occasional rear seat

passengers and haven't moved at all. it posses no safety threat either since the seat belts still function 100% exactly the same and the steel plates are bolted into place exactly how they were before.


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Old 03-11-2005, 05:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I like how the front seats came out, I would fab some nicer brackets but thats just me. Looks good though mang!!!!!! :thumbsup:
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Old 03-16-2005, 05:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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thanks man. when i get my welder im gonna take the brackets out, grind off the corners and weld them in place.. then paint em gloss black to blend in.. its on the to-do list but for some reason this boost bug has taken up all my energy
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looks good. I'm loving the fronts. How do they sit? Are they higher/lower than the stock seats? do the rsx seats have any more adjustments than the oem seats like adjustable lumbar?
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very nice fronts look great in there ...like the door panels and center console as well
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i wouldnt worry bout the rears but nice work on the fronts man
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thanks guys. i absolutely LOVE the seats. they are rediculously comfortable. they are more adjustable than a civic seat and the driver has a lumbar support in it. they do sit a little higher then the stock seats but i don't notice it at all anymore. they were well worth the money
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Old 03-16-2005, 08:34 PM   #11 (permalink)
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front right
these would concern me.

you've just created a pivot point of sorts for the seat bracket to swivel if the bolts ever jarred loose. just a thought.
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Another weird question, but how tall are you? I'm 6'1" with long legs, so driver position is a big deal for me.
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looks pretty good...although you should have painted all your hardware before installing
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im 6'0" and position and hieght is excellent.

guys guys i mentioned a few times above that when i get my welder im taking all the bracket back out, rounding them smooth, WELDING them in place and then painting them gloss black to blend in.

i've just been too busy with other projects. i appreciate your concern but 3/16" hardened steel and those are locking washers with nuts that are wrenched on as tight as possible.. it'll be safe as is but i will weld them for extra safety.

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Looks cool, I should post up some photos on how to afro-engineer some '88 prelude SI seats into a 4th gen.

Oh, its classy
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do it :thumbup:

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I love the RSX seats ...

leather Type S seats = sex
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i wouldnt worry bout the rears but nice work on the fronts man

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