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Old 04-02-2013, 09:30 PM
Dzita88 Dzita88 is offline
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Default Re: wanting to put in bucket seats

Originally Posted by Dcrymes99ranger View Post
Gah i wish people would be more spesific on this. IF you put Explorer seats in a SINGLE CAB RANGER THEY WILL NOT FIT. you have to some how swap tracks. The tracks in the single cabs are longer than the ext cab rangers. YOU CAN PUT EXPLORER AND MOUNTAINIEER SEATS in a ext cab ranger cause the tracks are the same. You only have to tap the holes to bolt em down. Im going through this process myself with a set of mounty seats 00 mounty seats. And i need to figure out how to bolt them in. I can't just swap seat tracks, dosent work like that. The rivets in the ranger bolt in straight down. The rivets in the mounty bolt in sideways. So what i wanna know is would someone who has had this problem please explain to me what the heck i need to do. So i wish people who say all u have to do is swap seat tracks is not true.
I am going through the exact same problem. I got really nice leather bucket seats from my friends 95 explorer and I am at a loss of words trying to make them work. I have every tool and material I would need at home. When I put the bare tracks from stock ranger seat and put the explorer seat on top of the tracks I have a head room clearance problem or I could weld a frame to both tracks and have a nice day. my issue is cutting down those metal brackets that are riveted to the track. I grinded off some and took 1 bracket off took a lot of chisel work. I'm just thinking to myself I can subtract maybe 1" and still have the tracks level. I just can't sit that high. I'm 6'1 and my buddy I commute with every day is 6'3 is there any way to lower them somehow?
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Old 04-03-2013, 03:55 AM
GoGoPowerRanger GoGoPowerRanger is offline
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Default Re: wanting to put in bucket seats

I did this mod last summer, it is pretty easy, you just have to have faith in yourself to do a good job, you only get one shot. I did use a needle and thread to sew up the corners by my own choice, I just wanted a cleaner install.

Here is a brief how-to:
1. Disconnect all electricals from underneath
2. Open tailgate and cover with a clean drop cloth
3. Remove seat and lay on the tailgate with the bottom facing the rear
4. Loosen the upholstry and peel it back to reveal the middle portion inner foam. When you get to any seams that will stay revealed, carefully cut the seam thread with a new razor blade. take care not to cut the material.
5. Use a very sharp 6" or longer straight blade knife and carefully cut the foam along the break line where you want the new edge of the driver's side bucket seat. Its not a straight cut either...It has to taper outward at the top edge of the seat.
6. Break out the sawz-all and commence to cutting. Try to get the cuts as close to the welds on the frame as possible. Mine was a tube frame, some I have seen were a flat pressed sheet frame. depends on the year I guess. You can salvage the arm rest at this point too if you had plans on using it like I did.
7. Pull the upholstry back over and trim as needed. You should end up with just one major seam that runs up and down (see pic) Use a heavy duty cottom poly thread and a heavy gauge needle. A pair of needle nose pliers doesnt hurt either to pull the needle thru the thicker material. Use straight pins to hold the seam together. Ya didnt know you were gonna have to be a Suzie Seamstress did ya?
8. I used zip ties to help hold the edge of the upholstry to the frame.
9. Work the wrinkles out as you sew. dont rush this part. Make several passes back and forth along the main seam to help keep it strong.

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Old 04-03-2013, 07:38 PM
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Default Re: wanting to put in bucket seats

I went to the junkyard and got the passenger bottom seat pan off another truck. Poke a hole for the lever and swap it out for the seat pan on your driver's seat. It'll be missing the little side apron and you may have to trim a little tab off the track if you install a tight fitting center console. I did it on my 2000 and my brother's 2002. Parents bought us leather from Classic Soft Trim and they had direct replacements for what I had done.
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Old 10-08-2014, 05:49 PM
nexxen nexxen is offline
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Default Re: wanting to put in bucket seats

Could someone measure the distance between the 2 seats now that it's done ? I got a 9.5in Tuffy lock box center console that I would like to use in my ranger but b4 I start cutting my seats I want to know if my console will work.
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