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Old 02-21-2008, 02:59 PM   #1
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Wiring up Recarro Seats

For those who have installed Recarro's into non EAP Foci any problems, tips, guidelines, how to's for hooking up the wiring harness so that the belt reminder and airbags are operational?


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Old 02-22-2008, 04:44 PM   #2
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I know someone here has installed these seats....come on, share the experience.
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Guess nobody has... I haven't. But I'd sure like to!!! But no money!
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Well im prob. not going to be any help since i have an svt and installed the recaro eap seats in mine but everything just pluged right in the the factory harness. I still have to take apart my center console and figure out the heater wiring tho.
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i know you gotta switch the buckles from your old seats to your new ones. well i did with some seats i bought outta another foci
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Wait a second... you shouldn't have to cut anything. All of the two-wire plugs pop out of the main connector harness, so you should be able to swap them to the correct locations on the non-SVT harness.
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:25 AM   #7
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Wait a second... you shouldn't have to cut anything. All of the two-wire plugs pop out of the main connector harness, so you should be able to swap them to the correct locations on the non-SVT harness.
Hey CaysE, are you sure that works on the regular focus seat connectors? That may not be the case, at least on the base LX sedans.

The plugs that were in my car, were the "square type" in my diagram, and there was no way they'd plug in to the svt/recaro seats, which used the "rectangular type."

In addition, the wires may be removable from the SVT seats, but they weren't from my stock connectors, so, you'd have to be willing to remove the electrical connector entirely from your stock seats, and swap the non-svt seat connector onto the svt seats to make it work without cutting anything.

I found it easier to just cut the harnesses out of the car (since I had the recaro harnesses with the seats) and splice the recaro's in, but of course, YMMV.

Either way, I managed to get everything that I needed to work, working (I didn't bother wiring the side airbags, since my car didn't have them stock, and I don't feel like messing with them) by doing what I posted above.

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Each of the different seat components uses a two-wire connector that mounts into the main connector, whether it is square or rectangular. They are different colors and secured into the connector with a dab of glue on the back that you have to scrape off. I haven't seen the square connectors first-hand, but that's how the SVT seats are.
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Each of the different seat components uses a two-wire connector that mounts into the main connector, whether it is square or rectangular. They are different colors and secured into the connector with a dab of glue on the back that you have to scrape off. I haven't seen the square connectors first-hand, but that's how the SVT seats are.
Hey,

I never looked into that, but I'm still not sure it will work.

The wiring positions inside the "rectangular" connectors are pretty much centered inside their individual little plugs, but they're not centered on the square types, so the small colored SVT plugs won't physically plug into non-svt connectors without some serious tweaking.

I was fairly accurate in my positioning of the wires in the diagram I made here:

http://www.michaelmallon.net/fordfoc...connectors.png

See how the black circles (which are the wires) are towards the tops of the small squares on the "square" connector, but basically centered on the "rectangular" ?

Anyway, I'm sure it could be done, it would just require tweaking the shape of the SVT plugs to make them fit the non-svt connector.

hope the original poster has figured it all out, cheers everyone!

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Ahh... ok. That makes sense.
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