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Old 01-20-2002, 12:54 PM   #1
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Default need help- Rs seat conversion

Well I picked up a set of RS seats for $150, but they came without seatbelts. No prob, I thought, I'll just bring over the belts from the GT. Weeellllll....not so fast. The nut came off the female belt bracket, but the bolt won't budge- tried pliers, heat, liquid wrench, hammer and screwdriver....nothing. I am now giving up and will try to get a different bolt at the hardware store, unless anyone knows something I don't. also, the hole for this bolt on the RS seat has a strange chimney-like extension on the inside. Come to think of it, this would mean the GT bolt wouldn't work anyway; it will be to short to make it through this "hat."

Murphy strikes again. a 1 hour project is turning into an all day affair.
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Old 01-20-2002, 01:07 PM   #2
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I don't think that bolt comes off.

I tried for about an hour and only ended up losing the nut. So now that I have stock seats back in I can't use the proper seat belt mount because I lost the nut. I had to use one of the smaller holes with a smaller screw (NOT SAFE!).

Any idea what size bolt that is so I can go get a nut to fit it? I've tried several sizes I had sitting around but could not make a fit.
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Old 01-20-2002, 01:24 PM   #3
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Worse luck, dude. I just tried to place the RS seat in there for the hell of it, and the brackets DO NOT line up. I thought they would since it is the same floor pan, but no. I think I may be out $150......
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Old 01-20-2002, 02:14 PM   #4
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Where do the brackets not line up? I test fit a Recaro SRD in my car once - took the seat out of an RS, dropped it into my car, and it bolted right up.

The only kinda weird thing is that for some reason the Legacy uses 3 bolts to hold the inner rail (the rail closest to the center of the car) to the floorpan, while the Impreza only uses two. So that meant I had an ugly patch of carpet missing because the Impreza bracket didn't extend as far back as the Legacy bracket.

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Old 01-20-2002, 02:26 PM   #5
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I have RS seats in my wagon, from a 2001 Coupe.

The original seats had 5 mounting bolts and these only have four, but they lined up just fine.

The seatbelts on mine were a bit nasty though, but i just used a very good bolt and some washers to make everything work right...
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Old 01-20-2002, 05:33 PM   #6
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What!?!

Gawdammit. OK, I'll try again next week. I think something else is going on though, because I have been struugling with the stock seat for over an hour and can't get it back in either.

I think something is getting blocked somewhere. I know the amp wouln't fit under the RS seat, and I pulled it once, but I'll pull it again. Right now though I am fuming. If I get the front bolts to align properly, then 2 in back won't go. It's as iff the bolts were meant for 1 time use and are now all stripping out. VERY annoying, even more so when it seems to be just my car. Or, of course (and more likely) my own ineptitude
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Old 01-20-2002, 07:27 PM   #7
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I had to do a contortion act to get my stock seat back in. I couldn't exert enough pressure on it to get the bolt holes to line up with the ones in the floor, so I had to sort of sit on the seat and use my legs against the A-pillar and then manage to screw the bolt in while I was exerting as much pressure as I could.

I was pretty sore the next day.

It helped to trim all the carpet away from the bolt holes, but even then I always had one that didn't want to match up.

If you ever figure out what size that nut is (to go on the seatbelt latch holder thing to connect it to the seat) please post it here.
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Old 01-20-2002, 09:27 PM   #8
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ok then, I don't feel as bad now; that is exactly my problem- those front bolts. I'll try again, maybe toworrow , with this alleged RS drop in thing. As it stands, I'll be going to work in my wifes Outback.

(madface for the fact that my car isn't safe, not against the OB!)
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Old 01-20-2002, 09:29 PM   #9
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The seats are a bitch....all the way back to the first gen legacies. I had mine out, and it was the biggest pain in the butt. But the way the seat belt was, I could only move the seat so far away from the car. Ended up messin up the door paneling puttin it back in.

Anyone know if the newer RS seats will bolt up to the seat bracket of the legacy? Or is the seat and metal bracket that holds it to the car one piece?
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Old 01-21-2002, 03:46 AM   #10
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Thumbs up Hmm.. Another Approach

I took another approach towards all of this.. I simply took a couple hours to take the RS seat material off and just pillow slipped them over my original seats and just got some hog rings and clamped it all together, my seats are now 2X Comfy.
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Old 01-21-2002, 10:55 AM   #11
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maybe subaru's build tolerances aren't so good? i had no major problems bolting in seats from an rs and removing the seatbelt part from the stock legacy seat.
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Old 01-21-2002, 06:05 PM   #12
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Default How big an idiot am I, exactly????

You know how sometimes you slide the seat back or forward, and one side catches but the other side doesn't, and instead catches a couple notches ahead? Well.......

Kirsten comes out to help her defeated husband, flips the seat over and says, "well look here, the front rails don't match...." pulls the slide handle, lines 'em up, and drops the seat right into the GT. Urk. That's my girl.....

Still not done though. We haven't solved the seat belt conundrum, even after 2 trips to the store. Looks like a trip to the Subaru dealer to find the bolt that RS seats use to attach the female belt receiver. got the piece of the GT seat, but haven't gotten it on the RS seat yet.
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Old 01-21-2002, 07:24 PM   #13
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heh, yeah I realized that the other night when I ripped out my interior to clean it, and put in my new amps. I thought the wires running from the center console to under the seats had caused the bolts not to line up, but a bit later I realized that the rails weren't aligned. Now I don't feel so bad

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Old 01-22-2002, 10:52 AM   #14
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All Done!

Wowee what an improvement, and well under budget, too! Why weren't these seats part of the GT package to begin with? I know I know, right down to the hood scoop, the GT is basically a poseur. Ah well, I am quite pleased now. Real bolsters, real lumbar, and real hip support! Now for some real power.....
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