09-06-2012, 12:35 PM
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Louisville, KY
What I Drive: 2000 Sangria/Torreador Red SE
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My dad got a 2012 SEL hatch and he can't stand how high up the driver seat sits. (He's lowered the seat with the handle all the way down to the lowest setting already)
We disconnected the cables on the battery then swapped the driver seat with my SVT to see if that was any lower than the stock seat for poops and giggles and it ended up with my dad liking how it sat (yes, they bolt up and the new seat fits in the mk.1 Focus....mostly)
He wants to put aftermarket seat in to replace the stock driver seat. We know that he would loose the driver-seat airbag, the heated seat, and whatever else is on there. It may even void the warranty I'm guessing?
The thing I'm wondering is will it mess with the computer systems or trigger some sort of lockout? I have a feeling like something along those lines would happen with all the technology that goes into the car especially with the giant plug with all the wires coming out of it on the front of the seat(I think a majority of them are for the leather seats power motors).
Also, a big issue with adding an aftermarket seat is what will fit. Practically anything will fit with enough work and effort, but for this we're definitely going to be using a seat adapter bracket to mount to the stock mounting location on the car so as not to modify the car itself (going back to perfectly stock is always a good thing). The only issue with the aftermarket seats regarding fitment is whether the seat (when installed in the car, adapter bracket, sliders and all) will be way too low like when putting RX8 seats in a mk.1/1.5 Focus with the Mazda brackets.
With all of the explanation being said and done; how does everyone feel about this seat?
A friend of mine has one in his Honda and it's really comfortable for even a hefty guy like me.
That's just an idea for now. More updates will come when I get a break from college to head home and figure more things out with my dad.
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