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#1 Cruizin Central

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Posted 21 April 2007 - 09:27 PM

Heyo,

Up until about 3 months ago i had a racing bucket seat in my car, unfortuntly it was mostly white, which looked aweful in the otherwise black/dark gray interior so I put the original seats in. Comfortable as they are, i've been missing the way that a racing seat hugs you, and have been shopping around but most race seats i;ve seen are rather hard and lumpy and tend to poke you in funny places, like sides of the leg. I then found a nice pair of black AU Fairmont Ghia seats! I fell in love with them and snaped them up.

I took out the passenger seat and found that the AU mounts to the floor are vastly different to the original ZK fairlane seats:

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the AU seats hole are much further apart, what to do? i considered drilling holes in the floor of my car but there already where 4 perfectly good holes there from the previous seat which go through strengthening ribs under the car. So i had to came up with a way to use them. Since the bum part AU seats appears lower then ZK seats, i needed something that would also raise the seats about 40-50mm.

So i bought some 50x50mm square section steel and cut it up to go under the AU seat rails, drilled holes in the top and had threaded rod welded to the sides to go into the original holes in the floor:

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I spray painted them black and attached to the AU seat:

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They fit great, but now the tricky bit, do they fit in the holes in the floor? Especially since i used 3/8" threaded rod and the original bolts that hold the seat in where only 5/16". I put them in and they slid in beutifully:

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It was then a simple matter of sitting the AU seats on top and doing up all the bolts.

The result:

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I'm quite pleased with the result, the seat match the interior, are comfortable and hug you nicely without being difficult to get in and out of the car.

I'm also selling my old seats, they are in very good condition, have a look:

http://www.xfalcon.c...27484#post27484

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#2 misterxe

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 11:32 AM

sticky this!, awsome work dude, thanks for explaining it so well!

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 11:40 AM

great thread buddy. well done. looks terrific and a definate match to the ZK

#4 DXD351

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 11:52 AM

top explanation mate. You should be the xfal translator!!

#5 Cruizin Central

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 12:05 PM

Heyo,

Thanks for the great responce guys, i didn't think anyone would be too interested to be honest :)

Now that the seats are in i've run into a little snag, they are about 1cm higher then the original seats, and the original seats were pretty high for, my hair brushes the celing which isn't helped by having a lower celing hight due to factory sun roof and me being 6"2'.

I'm thinking i might have to lower the seat some how...

Ren.

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 02:55 PM

Nice work!!! Are the seats better? nice n connnfffyyyyyyyy? :P
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#7 XF0747

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 02:58 PM

good stuff man, at least everyone else will now have an idea on how to do this conversion

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 03:25 PM

Heyo,

Thanks for the great responce guys, i didn't think anyone would be too interested to be honest :)

Now that the seats are in i've run into a little snag, they are about 1cm higher then the original seats, and the original seats were pretty high for, my hair brushes the celing which isn't helped by having a lower celing hight due to factory sun roof and me being 6"2'.

I'm thinking i might have to lower the seat some how...

Ren.


easiest way would be to use some 25mm x 50mm box and make the mounts all over again
good work btw, very tidy
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#9 djr1718

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 04:31 PM

Great idea I reckon it could be done on any seat, know off a AU falcon getting wrecked might do that myself.

#10 Pane

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 05:06 PM

G'day

Thats a great write up. I'm in the stages of a similar project for my ute. I'm using 50mm by 40mm 5mm angle to do the same job. I have made mine slightly lower cause i think the standard seats in the ute are a little high. Ive got a set of grey fairmont seats out of a ba series one.

I see that you welded a plate half way down the threaded rod to get the brackets the same height as original. I hadn't thought of that, i was gona use more angle to get the height right but i may steal your idea now.

Very informative write up, love it.

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#11 KLR250

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 05:16 PM

I see that you welded a plate half way down the threaded rod to get the brackets the same height as original. I hadn't thought of that, i was gona use more angle to get the height right but i may steal your idea now.

Very informative write up, love it.

Cheers

I think he's welded a plate to a nut, thats the best way, as its fully adjustable
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Posted 22 April 2007 - 05:17 PM

Nice work, this'll come in handy when I fix the interior later this year
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Posted 22 April 2007 - 06:24 PM

Sorry i forgot to mention the plate and nut, KLR250 is right its a nut welded to a neat little square washer i got at the hardware, so its adjustable. I too was originally thinking of putting a bit of angle or box section there but this was quicker and easier. nut pobably doesn't even need to be welded to the washer come to think of it...

KLR250, I think you're right, making new parts using 25 x 50 is the way to go.
I'll post some more pics once its done.

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 06:46 PM

nice work dude, looks awesome.. just wondering how DIY seat conversions go with roadworthy? i want to change the seats in my ute, after my dad (big truck driver that gets quite dirty) got in and out of it everyday, for like 4 years. there quite flat, hard, dirty and and uncomfortable.. sh!t happens.

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 06:57 PM

nice work dude, looks awesome.. just wondering how DIY seat conversions go with roadworthy? i want to change the seats in my ute, after my dad (big truck driver that gets quite dirty) got in and out of it everyday, for like 4 years. there quite flat, hard, dirty and and uncomfortable.. sh!t happens.


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#16 DINO

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 07:10 PM

knew there had to be a catch, they never make it easy.

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 07:13 PM

its just cause if you have a spill the seats and mounts have gota be able to take the force of a persons body being thrown around

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 08:15 PM

yeah, but you dont have to be a rocket scientist either, compare the stud sizes on a shit X series seat to the new frames rene has fabricated, its over engineered if anything,
id probably use high tensile threads if i was to change anything
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Posted 23 April 2007 - 12:12 AM

looks great buddy :)

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Posted 09 May 2007 - 06:15 AM

I've finally made the lower rails:

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They are made from 20x50mm steel and now my head is pretty far from the ceiling.

The originals are now up for grabs, one pair of adaptors to fit one AU seat into a X-falcon, they cost me $35 in materials and welding so if i could get that for them i'd be happy postage would be about $8 to most places in Australia:

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If you are 6 feet tall or less these would be fine for you. I'm 6"2' and my head was a bit too close to the ceiling for my liking. When fitted you'll be sitting about 1cm higher than the standard X-falcon seat.

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