80 Series Seats

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 22, 2004 at 21:15
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Has anyone changed the front seats of their 80 series cruiser. If so what did you use. I wont be spending the money on recaro's or similar but would be interested to see how set of Ford or Holden buckets would go.
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Sunday, Feb 22, 2004 at 21:40

Sunday, Feb 22, 2004 at 21:40
Algee.
You probably don't want to hear this but seats comply with ADR,(Australian Design Rules). Fitting seats that do meet meet the ADR for your 80 series can mean a defect notice, or unable to regester the vehicle. The seat belt could pose a problem because it is attached to the seat frame. The new seat would have to fit the original seat frame. The problem is finding a adaptor that will fit.

Wayne Always Out'N About
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Follow Up By: Kev - (Cairns,QLD) - Sunday, Feb 22, 2004 at 23:27

Sunday, Feb 22, 2004 at 23:27
If using new mounting holes for the new seats im sure you can simply add a 3mm (aprox 50x50mm) plate for washers under the floor pan bolts so the seats dont rip through in an accident. This was what i was reqired to do in the NT.
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Monday, Feb 23, 2004 at 00:23

Monday, Feb 23, 2004 at 00:23
Before doing anything about fitting seats it might pay to talk to the RTA or simular in your own state. You might require a engineers report. When I was fitting child restraints and seat belts I was for ever getting engineers report for work that I had done.

WayneAlways Out'N About
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Reply By: ross - Sunday, Feb 22, 2004 at 22:06

Sunday, Feb 22, 2004 at 22:06
The best and cheapest option is to reupholster.Its not that expensive about
$150 +per seat and the range of materials is huge.New foam and springs can be put in to bring the comfort back.
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Reply By: Hatcher - Monday, Feb 23, 2004 at 12:27

Monday, Feb 23, 2004 at 12:27
I remeber reading somewhere that Eric fitted Holden seats to his 80 using the existing 80 seat rails. See if you can get his attention.
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Reply By: Stuart - Monday, Feb 23, 2004 at 13:10

Monday, Feb 23, 2004 at 13:10
Hi Algee, I fitted Stratos seats to my 80 and these used the original seat runners. Even so when I had the engineering done for the 350 chev the engineer also approved the seats. I was surpised when he said they had to be done even though I used the original runners. He didn't charge any extra, just did it anyway so I assumed he must be correct. These are now listed as an approved modification on my insurance. I'd go the reupholster route. It would be the safest and probably the most cost effective. Hope this helps. PS I'm in the ACT but the modification rules are now pretty much uniform Austalia wide.
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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Monday, Feb 23, 2004 at 15:17

Monday, Feb 23, 2004 at 15:17
Hi
I presume you want to get rid of the bench in a dx...why not fit GXL seats, they bolt straight in.
Andrewwheredayathinkwer mike?
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Reply By: Member Eric - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2004 at 00:52

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2004 at 00:52
I have gone through al this 6 months ago and changed my seats in my 80 series , and fitted AU series 3 buckets , this was the best seat I could find for the transplant , The wife finds them fantastic now , If you like I can send you photos of the mods requiered to make them fit . I used the original rails and made a plate for the conversion Venus Bay
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Follow Up By: Algee - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2004 at 19:26

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2004 at 19:26
Eric I would appreciate any pictures or info that you could supply. I thingk I will got with the AU seats.

Alan
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2004 at 19:41

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2004 at 19:41
if you can wait till the weekend , ill take the seat out and photograph the mod neaded , you need someone handy with a mig to do the mod. Its not hard , but you need to wield a base plate . The 80 series belt buckles bolt on in the same possy wich is handy .Venus Bay
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Follow Up By: Algee - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2004 at 22:20

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2004 at 22:20
I would appreciate that thanks. Can we start using normal email

algee@jacktar.ws
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Reply By: Hilly - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2004 at 01:01

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2004 at 01:01
I fitted GXL seats to my std 80 series, (the were David and Michelle's old ones, in fact). It cost about $260 for additional parts because you need a new inner rail for the passenger side and a new seat belt module which was about $60 from memory. The 1.5 bench seat can be easily adapted by a motor trimmer. The construction is the same base as a GXL seat with an easily removed extra two rods welded in place. This would cost less than $100 according to some that I've spoken to.

Cheers,

Hilly
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