Separating seat from riser

Separating seat from riser

Postby tedanderson [OP] » August 13th 2012, 4:32am

Is there a way to separate the manual seats from the riser? I am in the market for a replacement of my driver's seat right now, but being that the passenger seat is in mint condition, I want to swap the left and right seats for now.

Anyhow, I know that the seat can be unbolted from the floor but when I took a closer look I noticed that the lower tracks are riveted into the riser. Is there a way that this can be detached? Preferably I'd like to be able to swap the seats without pulling the risers in the first place but if I have to pull them up to disassemble them, that's fine.

But what I didn't want to do is get the seatbelt latches on the wrong sides if this was the only way to swap seats.
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Re: Separating seat from riser

Postby RECox286 » August 13th 2012, 4:56am

Remove both upholstered seats, leaving the metal part attached to the floor. Run the seat fully forward to get the rear bolts, and

full rearward to get to the front two bolts. Belt attachments stay put. Split the seat bottoms from the seat backs, keep the seat

backs in their respective positions, while rotating the seat bottoms left to right and right to left. Put everything back together and

start wearing out the new driver seat.

I've done this quite a few times over the course of many trucks/years. Keeps the seat back adjustment knob where it should be, and

the seatbelt attachments where they should be. The seat back doesn't usually wear out the way the seat bottom does.

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Re: Separating seat from riser

Postby tedanderson [OP] » August 13th 2012, 6:16am

Remove both upholstered seats, leaving the metal part attached to the floor.


Right. That's my question- How do I do that?

Run the seat fully forward to get the rear bolts, and full rearward to get to the front two bolts.


When I do this, all I see are rivets that hold the track to the seat riser. Can you explain in more detail?
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Re: Separating seat from riser

Postby ProStreet_LS1 » August 13th 2012, 10:31pm

4 13mm bolts up inside the sliding track, probably have to feel for them. Slide seat all the way forward to get to front two, slide seat all the way back to get to the back two.
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Re: Separating seat from riser

Postby Lumpy » August 14th 2012, 12:25am

At some point it's likely simpler to remove both seats and bases entirely, THEN find the bolts/rivets whatever, and remove the seat from the base on the bench instead of in the van.

3/8 air ratchet is a wonderful tool.. :rolling:


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Re: Separating seat from riser

Postby RECox286 » August 14th 2012, 3:40am

My original post, the answer to your original question post, was quite specific, in that I let you in on the secret handshake

and password: " Set the seat to full forward to access the rear two bolts, and then set the seat to full rearward to access the

front two bolts." Roll the dice, go directly to Jail, do not pass GO, do not collect $200. Leave the metal part of the seat in

place. Don't make this harder than it is... (Ahhh, yis'll catch on fer sure, once you gits the idear.)

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Re: Separating seat from riser

Postby tedanderson [OP] » August 14th 2012, 11:40am

Hmmmm.. Ok. I found the front bolts by sliding the seat forward. (thanks Tbibadasstro) Now I see that there are bolts between the track and the seat. But the track is permanently attached to the riser. This shouldn't be that difficult to do but I may end up taking the whole thing out just so I can vacuum in the tight spots under the seat.

Thanks for your help guys! :thumbup:
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Re: Separating seat from riser

Postby RECox286 » August 14th 2012, 7:18pm

I apologize Ted, I left my head (it screws on) on the bedside table when I ordered the absolute reverse of what I meant to write.

Seat full foward: front bolts, seat full rearward: rear bolts. ( Track is part of the metal bottom, not part of the upholstered seat.)

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Re: Separating seat from riser

Postby tedanderson [OP] » August 15th 2012, 3:10am

Hmm.. this should do. :lol:
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Re: Separating seat from riser

Postby chevymaher » August 15th 2012, 3:19am

tedanderson wrote:Hmm.. this should do. :lol:
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Re: Separating seat from riser

Postby Seb » January 20th 2013, 2:23am

Just wanted to say thank you Uncle Bob, I changed mine over this afternoon. 160k miles had taken there toll.
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