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Old 05-22-2017, 10:00 AM   #1
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Best donor model for seat replacement? (03 E350SD)

While doing all the just-bought-a-used-vehicle maintenance on Saturday, I figured out that the stock seat is going to get pretty terrible on the long drives to and from the track.

A google search didn't come up with much, but what other models' seats can be used to replace the driver & passenger seats in the van? I don't mind a little drilling, but I'd like to avoid having to fab up new brackets . . . unless the new seats are THAT good, haha.

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Old 05-22-2017, 11:22 AM   #2
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Is the stock seat worn out / damaged? If not, what is concern with comfort - lower back, thigh, side support?

Seems the seats are personal in nature. I have put ten hour days and six week travel trips in on the stock seats (in really good condition) and find them quite comfortable. I have on occasion added a mesh lower lumbar support which makes even nicer.

I have thought for those having seat comfort issues, having the existing seats modified with firmer foam/bolstering an upholstery shop woul dmake some sense. I cannot believe it would be that expensive, it would be done to one's personal taste, and and it would be done in a way where you can test it before final. Lumbar bladders and heaters can be added to the stock seats.

New seats can be pretty darn expensive.
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Old 05-23-2017, 04:24 AM   #3
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I have the same model van and the front seats are totally shot. I'm installing Toyota Sienna captain chairs. Nice because they have a footrest that extends out when you recline, if you put them on a swivel and have room for that.
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I have the same model van and the front seats are totally shot. I'm installing Toyota Sienna captain chairs. Nice because they have a footrest that extends out when you recline, if you put them on a swivel and have room for that.
That should be awesome; is there a thread detailing the install for those?
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Not that I know of, but there are some on eBay and elsewhere for sale on the internet. You might be able to order them new from Toyota, not sure about that.
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Oh, the seats are readily available. I was asking if there was a thread here or elsewhere that showed the process of switching them into the van. i.e., how much fabrication is involved, etc.
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Perfect - thanks!
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If the front stock ford seats aren't shot, I'd suggest trying them before investing any time and effort in a swap. I'm perfectly happy with mine, way better than the seats in our BMW for long trips. The only seats we've had, that were ergonomically superior, were in a Volvo.
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I'm perfectly happy with mine, way better than the seats in our BMW for long trips.
Wow, I thought I was the only one. I love BMW seats for a little while but they suck on the road. I've often longed for a comfortable, upright van seat on car trips.

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