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Old 08-17-2005, 13:01   #1 (permalink)
TomC
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2002 Explorer Seats

A friend has a 2002 Eddie Bauer that she likes, except for the front seats.
They worsen her back problems. Adding a back rest and seat pad have not
helped. She is at the point of either replacing the seats, or replacing the
car.

There are other posts in this newsgroup on the same subject, but I saw no
good solutions.

Are there aftermarket seats that would probably work well, or can her seats
be exchanged with those of other years/models? She is tall, if that matters.






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Old 08-17-2005, 17:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 2002 Explorer Seats

They are high dollar, but cheaper than replacing the vehicle - try
Recaro's web site.

On Wed, 17 Aug 2005 19:30:04 GMT, "TomC" <albert@ayler.bye> wrote:

>A friend has a 2002 Eddie Bauer that she likes, except for the front seats.
>They worsen her back problems. Adding a back rest and seat pad have not
>helped. She is at the point of either replacing the seats, or replacing the
>car.
>
>There are other posts in this newsgroup on the same subject, but I saw no
>good solutions.
>
>Are there aftermarket seats that would probably work well, or can her seats
>be exchanged with those of other years/models? She is tall, if that matters.
>
>
>
>
>

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Old 08-18-2005, 00:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 2002 Explorer Seats

Big Shoe;

> They are high dollar, but cheaper than replacing the vehicle - try
> Recaro's web site.


I had forgotten about Recaro. Actually the Recaro website doesn't describe
the seats nearly as well as some vendor sites.

You are right, they are not cheap -- about $1200 - $1500 each for the least
expensive seat that "looks right," plus installation...

Still, might be worth it. Thanks.


Tom



"Big Shoe" <j_shoe.removethis@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> They are high dollar, but cheaper than replacing the vehicle - try
> Recaro's web site.
>
> On Wed, 17 Aug 2005 19:30:04 GMT, "TomC" <albert@ayler.bye> wrote:
>
>>A friend has a 2002 Eddie Bauer that she likes, except for the front
>>seats.
>>They worsen her back problems. Adding a back rest and seat pad have not
>>helped. She is at the point of either replacing the seats, or replacing
>>the
>>car.
>>
>>There are other posts in this newsgroup on the same subject, but I saw no
>>good solutions.
>>
>>Are there aftermarket seats that would probably work well, or can her
>>seats
>>be exchanged with those of other years/models? She is tall, if that
>>matters.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>



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Old 08-18-2005, 15:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: 2002 Explorer Seats

I, too, hate the driver's seat in my 2002. As someone said, you sit on them, not in them. They are terrible compared
to the seats in my 96 Explorer.
I did some research about Recaro seats, and it was not a pretty picture. They are primarily designed as racing seats,
and they're pretty good at that. Everyday driving is a different story. I heard tales of muscle cramps, pinched nerves
and poor padding. If you're looking to replace the seats, look elsewhere.
That said, I have not yet found another source for good aftermarket replacement seats. I may end up getting rid of my
Explorer as the solution. Let me know if you have any luck.

TomC wrote:
> Big Shoe;
>
>
>>They are high dollar, but cheaper than replacing the vehicle - try
>>Recaro's web site.

>
>
> I had forgotten about Recaro. Actually the Recaro website doesn't describe
> the seats nearly as well as some vendor sites.
>
> You are right, they are not cheap -- about $1200 - $1500 each for the least
> expensive seat that "looks right," plus installation...
>
> Still, might be worth it. Thanks.
>
>
> Tom
>
>
>
> "Big Shoe" <j_shoe.removethis@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:fbh7g1d5fa9dngllckl10kqp1rpqun1e4u@4ax.com...
>
>>They are high dollar, but cheaper than replacing the vehicle - try
>>Recaro's web site.
>>
>>On Wed, 17 Aug 2005 19:30:04 GMT, "TomC" <albert@ayler.bye> wrote:
>>
>>
>>>A friend has a 2002 Eddie Bauer that she likes, except for the front
>>>seats.
>>>They worsen her back problems. Adding a back rest and seat pad have not
>>>helped. She is at the point of either replacing the seats, or replacing
>>>the
>>>car.
>>>
>>>There are other posts in this newsgroup on the same subject, but I saw no
>>>good solutions.
>>>
>>>Are there aftermarket seats that would probably work well, or can her
>>>seats
>>>be exchanged with those of other years/models? She is tall, if that
>>>matters.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>

>
>
>

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Old 08-19-2005, 00:01   #5 (permalink)
TomC
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Re: 2002 Explorer Seats

Hi Jonah;

The Recaro idea was shot down tonight because of the expense. Anyway, I'm
not sure what to think of a company that actually sells a seat called the
"Furious!" (
http://www.speedwaremotorsports.com/seat/furious.asp ). Apparently Recaro is
pursuing the lucrative market of road rage maniacs.

The main ideas I have now are (1) contacting Ford and asking for
suggestions,
(2) turning a car upholstery shop loose on the old seats, (3) finding
something(?) on eBay, and (4) checking wrecking yards for Explorers with
better seats. The problem with the latter two is that I don't know if any
seats besides the originals will fit the mounting rails (or whatever they
are called), and improvised seat mounts are probably dangerous.

Tom

"Jonah" <NoSpam4Me@home.Gov> wrote in message
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> I, too, hate the driver's seat in my 2002. As someone said, you sit on
> them, not in them. They are terrible compared to the seats in my 96
> Explorer.
> I did some research about Recaro seats, and it was not a pretty picture.
> They are primarily designed as racing seats, and they're pretty good at
> that. Everyday driving is a different story. I heard tales of muscle
> cramps, pinched nerves and poor padding. If you're looking to replace the
> seats, look elsewhere.
> That said, I have not yet found another source for good aftermarket
> replacement seats. I may end up getting rid of my Explorer as the
> solution. Let me know if you have any luck.
>
> TomC wrote:
>> Big Shoe;
>>
>>
>>>They are high dollar, but cheaper than replacing the vehicle - try
>>>Recaro's web site.

>>
>>
>> I had forgotten about Recaro. Actually the Recaro website doesn't
>> describe the seats nearly as well as some vendor sites.
>>
>> You are right, they are not cheap -- about $1200 - $1500 each for the
>> least expensive seat that "looks right," plus installation...
>>
>> Still, might be worth it. Thanks.
>>
>>
>> Tom
>>
>>
>>
>> "Big Shoe" <j_shoe.removethis@yahoo.com> wrote in message
>> news:fbh7g1d5fa9dngllckl10kqp1rpqun1e4u@4ax.com...
>>
>>>They are high dollar, but cheaper than replacing the vehicle - try
>>>Recaro's web site.
>>>
>>>On Wed, 17 Aug 2005 19:30:04 GMT, "TomC" <albert@ayler.bye> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>>A friend has a 2002 Eddie Bauer that she likes, except for the front
>>>>seats.
>>>>They worsen her back problems. Adding a back rest and seat pad have not
>>>>helped. She is at the point of either replacing the seats, or replacing
>>>>the
>>>>car.
>>>>
>>>>There are other posts in this newsgroup on the same subject, but I saw
>>>>no
>>>>good solutions.
>>>>
>>>>Are there aftermarket seats that would probably work well, or can her
>>>>seats
>>>>be exchanged with those of other years/models? She is tall, if that
>>>>matters.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>

>>
>>


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Old 08-19-2005, 19:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: 2002 Explorer Seats

Not sure if you have leather or cloth, we'll assume leather.

I have seen leather seats from the older (96 -01) explorers for 300.00 a pair,
very good condition, at the junkyard. Lots of rollovers out there.

You could also think of BMW 535/740 used seats. More, but nice. Lumbar
adjusters, some heated, all electric

I don't consider remounting seats dangerous. I have done quite a few, cause
I like to sit high behind the wheel. Just use good quality bolts.

A question though - don't the newer ex's have a sensor in the seat so the
airbag will not blow if there is no one in it or a child is in it? I don't
know the answer, just a question to avoid a potential pitfall.


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Old 08-21-2005, 23:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: 2002 Explorer Seats

Ross;

Good suggestions.

So far I've found the name of a good local upholstery shop, and learned from
a guy in the parts dept of a local Ford dealer than seats from any year with
the same body style would probably fit without modification. I will call
some junkyards next week, see what's available.

I'll look for that airbag sensor if I replace the seats, thanks.

Tom




"ross via CarKB.com" <forum@CarKB.com> wrote in message
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> Not sure if you have leather or cloth, we'll assume leather.
>
> I have seen leather seats from the older (96 -01) explorers for 300.00 a
> pair,
> very good condition, at the junkyard. Lots of rollovers out there.
>
> You could also think of BMW 535/740 used seats. More, but nice. Lumbar
> adjusters, some heated, all electric
>
> I don't consider remounting seats dangerous. I have done quite a few,
> cause
> I like to sit high behind the wheel. Just use good quality bolts.
>
> A question though - don't the newer ex's have a sensor in the seat so the
> airbag will not blow if there is no one in it or a child is in it? I
> don't
> know the answer, just a question to avoid a potential pitfall.
>
>
> --
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Old 08-22-2005, 08:01   #8 (permalink)
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Re: 2002 Explorer Seats

Best seats I had in an Explorer were the ones in my '92 EB. They even
had inflatable bolsters on the sides. Seats in my '99 were not as
good as the '92 and seats in my '05 are even worse. Probably next to
impossible to find '92 seats in any kind of decent condition though.

On Mon, 22 Aug 2005 04:37:37 GMT, "TomC" <albert@ayler.bye> wrote:

>Ross;
>
>Good suggestions.
>
>So far I've found the name of a good local upholstery shop, and learned from
>a guy in the parts dept of a local Ford dealer than seats from any year with
>the same body style would probably fit without modification. I will call
>some junkyards next week, see what's available.
>
>I'll look for that airbag sensor if I replace the seats, thanks.
>
>Tom
>
>
>
>
>"ross via CarKB.com" <forum@CarKB.com> wrote in message
>news:5319F2A7694EB@CarKB.com...
>> Not sure if you have leather or cloth, we'll assume leather.
>>
>> I have seen leather seats from the older (96 -01) explorers for 300.00 a
>> pair,
>> very good condition, at the junkyard. Lots of rollovers out there.
>>
>> You could also think of BMW 535/740 used seats. More, but nice. Lumbar
>> adjusters, some heated, all electric
>>
>> I don't consider remounting seats dangerous. I have done quite a few,
>> cause
>> I like to sit high behind the wheel. Just use good quality bolts.
>>
>> A question though - don't the newer ex's have a sensor in the seat so the
>> airbag will not blow if there is no one in it or a child is in it? I
>> don't
>> know the answer, just a question to avoid a potential pitfall.
>>
>>
>> --
>> Message posted via http://www.carkb.com

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