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Old 09-18-2001, 11:10 PM   #1
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Thumbs up impreza seat brackets: yes

just in case anyone was wondering (i know i was), it looks like impreza front seats bolt right into a bd/bg legacy with no muss and no fuss. i picked up a set of rallispec seat brackets that were originally in an rs and they fit just fine in my legacy. a couple of the holes were off by about 1 mm, but they may have been like that on the first car, too. there's also only 4 bolt holes on the bracket versus the 5 on the original seat, but it doesn't look like that'll be a problem.

on a somewhat related note, can you legacy guys with 3 point harnesses tell me where you attached them on the door side? did you replace the seat belt bolt, or is there somewhere else? i might never use it, but better put it in before it gets stuck on the back burner like a few other items..

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Old 09-18-2001, 11:43 PM   #2
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No harness yet ($$), but I can tell you that the legacy mounting bracket & rails Corbeau made for me and shipped with my Forza seat were pretty lousy.

It was off by more than a few millimeters, but I got it to fit after some good 'ole fashioned "banging it with a hammer".

I should really just snag two WRX seats.
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Old 09-19-2001, 08:04 PM   #3
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Did you pick up efoo's seats, Roger? I looked at them myself (we test fit one of them in my car) but decided I didn't need to spend the money on seats. Turns out that was a wise decision, as I now need that money (and more) to fix the engines in both of my cars. Oh well.

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Old 09-19-2001, 10:17 PM   #4
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Hi Roger,

If you bought a kit with eye-bolts (included with the belts in most TRW/Sabelt packs I have seen) you should be able to straight replace the OE ones. You should bolt the belts to rear seat bolts - which you should replace with the eye-bolts (struggling with the English today!!).

If not, there has got to be a place that sells eyebolts in the thread and length you need.

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Old 09-19-2001, 10:25 PM   #5
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pat, i didn't - i picked up a set of sparco torinos from someone in new jersey. it's nice not having to brace against the door or armrest while going around corners.

i've now got more seats in my garage (2) than chairs in my apt. (0).

anotherb4, i've got the eye-bolts. was just curious if the door side one replaces the front seat belt mount bolt or if there is another hole it goes into.
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Old 09-19-2001, 11:34 PM   #6
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hey guys,

fyi ... the '02 wrx seats also bolt right into our legacys ... at least the '97's ... but one does have to change female seat belt on wrx seats to one from a 96-98 Subaru to continue using the original belt ...

I did pick up 3pt Sabelts ... and am going to see if I can center a mount in trunk (safely) and just put seat backs down when I use the Sabelts to complement the regular belts ..

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Old 09-20-2001, 01:24 AM   #7
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If what Charlie says is true, you guys should stalk the classifieds, waiting for some (IMHO) foolish WRX owner to "upgrade" their seats. The WRX seats are fantastic, and light years beyond the 95-99 Legacies (I had one...I should know) in comfort, firmness, and keeping you put during the frisky stuff. Car and Driver, when comparing the WRX to the 330xi and S4, said that the WRX's seats were the best of the bunch.

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Old 09-20-2001, 01:34 AM   #8
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I have two '02 wrx seats in my garage (thanks to Mike Story) ... so there's no doubt in my mind ... the driver seat is a bit higher than the stock legacy but I doubt it would be a problem for most of us...

I want to reupholster them in same fabric as my legacy and also need to come up with the two female belt ends off a 96-98 subaru ... I will post pictures when I complete this ... but given my work schedule ... it will be at least a couple of weeks ...

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Old 09-20-2001, 08:36 AM   #9
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charlie - i pulled the seat belt click-in thing off the stock seats and mounted them on the new ones in holes that were already there. just one bolt for each (17 mm, i think) and some strange wire for the driver's side that plugged into something coming out of the carpet.
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Old 09-20-2001, 07:37 PM   #10
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Roger, I whish I had brought my Dig. Cam. so I could have taken some pic's Do you have one, if so start shouting

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Old 09-21-2001, 06:18 PM   #11
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is this what you're looking for? shot a couple of pics this afternoon before the batteries in the digicam went bye-bye:

pulled the sill and carpet and found an empty bolt hole that was seatbelt/eyebolt sized


console side bolt and seat bracket (and a penny)


the seats take up less room than the stockers, so it's easier to fish out loose change


and what the seats look like in the car
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Old 09-21-2001, 06:22 PM   #12
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Come on Roger you want to give me your old seats
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Old 09-21-2001, 10:40 PM   #13
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Sweet!! Go well with the wheels!!

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Old 09-22-2001, 10:04 AM   #14
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cfwdfw do the wrx seats bolt right up in the stock Legacy locations? Have you measured it yet?

BTW froggert I think the wire you were refering to goes to the seat belt warning light.
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Old 09-23-2001, 06:41 PM   #15
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yes ... I've had the driver's seat in and out twice ... and it's simply a matter of aligning and maybe wiggling just a bit ... and it bolts right in ... the right rear so far has been the most challenging ... but simply physically moving the bracket a bit by hand and it lines up and tightens up ... I will eventually have pictures ...

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Old 09-26-2001, 02:32 PM   #16
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So....you guys are saying that Legacy Seats are basically interchangable with 2002 WRX seats? If this is the case I might be looking for a Legacy seat to buy. I have an 02 WRX and the seat is giving me trouble....too firm and tight. I am looking for a more conventional drivers seat to put in for now. Unfortuantely, I can't sell my WRX seats because I have a lease. So, I guess if anyone out there has an extra legacy drivers seat in good/like-new condition, I might consider buying it. Thanks......Mark
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Old 09-26-2001, 02:47 PM   #17
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yep, the 4 bolts that hold an impreza seat in match up with holes in the legacy. you'll lose the side airbags going to a legacy seat - have you tried an auto upholstery shop? they may be able to scoop out or swap some foam.
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Old 09-26-2001, 03:57 PM   #18
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Froggert...thanks for the reply! Unfortunately, because I'm in a lease, I cannot alter the seat. I have tried everything - pads, braces, seat covers, and nothing seems to work. Love the car, just never comfortable on my long (40m miles one way) daily commute. I'm a bit desperate at this point to try a different seat, and don't want to spend $700-$1000 on a name brand sport seat. Just saw your post this morning..thought I might give it a shot
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Old 09-26-2001, 10:19 PM   #19
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hmm... I have a feeling you might find that a seat from an outback or legacy just might bolt in as well ... you might check in with your local dealer and ask the parts guys .... say what subaru seats have the same bolt patterns as the seats out of a 97 legacy ... just maybe ...

for example ... the seat belts are identical for the MY96-98 years ... so maybe some of the seats are too ... if so then shop the specialty junk yards ...

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Old 09-26-2001, 11:19 PM   #20
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The Corbeau website says 88-97 Legacy/Outback have the same seat bolt pattern. 97 seems to be the last time this list was updated. Now as far as I know, the Legacy started in 1990 (at least in the US) but it looks pretty good for matching the seats up.
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Old 09-27-2001, 09:41 AM   #21
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Folks...thanks again for replying. I have tried talking with all the Michigan Subaru dealers and they have all said they have no idea, and have no way of knowing if the brackets are the same. I even tried SOA, and they said the same. In fact, they told me I could not change the seat or I would void my warranty! It has been a nightmare to try to find this answer. So, when I saw that the seats were compatible, and that this thread was about some of you replaing your stock seats, I was thinking someone here may have a drivers seat sitting around collecting dust that I might be able to buy. I think I will stop by the Legacy forum more often...very nice people here....Mark
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Old 09-27-2001, 10:34 AM   #22
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Hi Mark,

I'm perplexed that they're telling you it would void your warranty .... especially if you go to another subaru seat ... I think there are other members who have more experience with SOA warranties than I ...

If you do change the seat you would lose the air bag feature.. however as long as you kept the female seat belt mount off your seat and used it on your replacement subaru seat ... you would still have the seat belt visual reminder on the dash ...

You could post a wanted to buy (WTB) note in the private vendors forum ... but you might want to try sitting in a few of the different suby seats and see if they work for you ... and suspect you may already be doing this

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