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I have recently purchased an 89' 245 and the seats aren't in the best of condition. Are there seats that are recommended as replacement seats or should I look in slavage yards for used ones? Another option would be to take the vinyl seat covers off and repair/replace them. Is there an easy way to remove the covers? The drivers seat is a little broken down and I would be interested in building it back up. Any help/recommendations would be appreciated.
 

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I can help you with the drivers seat anyway...<P>I am guessing that your lumbar needs repair for starters. The best thing to do is order the Lumbar Repair Kit from IPD and install this yourself. It'll be like a new seat again after this simple repair.<P>Antother problem that I had on mine was that the seat foam on the 'bum pad' (sorry can't think of anything else to call it) was deteriorating and flaking away below the seat causing the seat to sink in. I patched this by buying a plastic binder and cutting the covers off of it. Then I placed the covers between the metal webbing and the foam. This stops the contact and rubbing of the foam on the webbing and stops the deterioration and also firms the seat up a bit. While I was doing this I reattached a few springs that had come loose. These two repairs made all the difference for me.<P>Another option is to get some nice ones from a wrecker...<BR>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Jay:<BR><B>I can help you with the drivers seat anyway...<P>I am guessing that your lumbar needs repair for starters. The best thing to do is order the Lumbar Repair Kit from IPD and install this yourself. It'll be like a new seat again after this simple repair.<P>Antother problem that I had on mine was that the seat foam on the 'bum pad' (sorry can't think of anything else to call it) was deteriorating and flaking away below the seat causing the seat to sink in. I patched this by buying a plastic binder and cutting the covers off of it. Then I placed the covers between the metal webbing and the foam. This stops the contact and rubbing of the foam on the webbing and stops the deterioration and also firms the seat up a bit. While I was doing this I reattached a few springs that had come loose. These two repairs made all the difference for me.<P>Another option is to get some nice ones from a wrecker...<BR> </B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>The lumbar seems to be okay, but the seat back is kind of lopsided. I wanted to take the cover off and build up the right side of the seat back. Is this something that 240 seats are prone to doing?
 

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The first thing to do is check junkyards for used seats. The 240 series seats hold up quite well, so finding decent ones may not be difficult.<P>There are pieces available to rebuild the seats (foam, the metal grid on the bottom, and the lumbar), but it's expensive. For the price of the foam alone from IPD, you could probably buy several pairs of junkyard seats.<P>If the junkyards have been picked over, chances are that torn vinyl 240 seats will be left behind. This may be a good source for replacement foam for your seats.<P>I got a pair of decent tan vinyl seats for free from someone just looking to get rid of them. If you have tan seats, I can give you the cover off of a tan vinyl seat for the cost of shipping. I think it has a couple of small tears, but it's not split or cracked. It could be used on the drivers side instead, but there would still be a hole on the right side from the lumbar adjuster.<P>Here's a page that describes the replacement of seat foam:<P><A HREF="http://www.fidalgo.net/~brook4/Seat_Foam.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.fidalgo.net/~brook4/Seat_Foam.html</A><P>There are also covers available that go right over the seats, but these are really only good for seats with solid foam and worn fabric/vinyl/leather.<P>
 

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This is the one thing I have neveer heard anyone complain about in 240's. The seats. Feel very ergonomic over the long haul. Definately the best in its time.
 

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The driver's seat in our 240 is in pretty bad shape also. I picked up a used set of Recaros with removeable tracks that were original equipment in an older VW GTI 16V. I'm told, with a little modification, they'll bolt into the 240's seat's tracks. I'll let you know how it goes. I may try to install one this weekend.
 
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