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post #1 of 71 (permalink) Old 01-21-2008, 06:47 AM Thread Starter
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DIY: Increase Your Seat's Upper Bolstering (Lateral Support)

This is a simple modification that will increase the lateral support in the stock seat backs. Also, it's completely reversible. Thanks to meldog21 for telling me about this mod.

By the way, I'm 6' - 180 lbs. If you are a heavy guy, you probably won't want to do this mod.


Step 1: Move the seat forward and unzip the back. Use a pair of pliers to guide the slider, as the zipper does not have a pull tab. Separate the plastic rails at the bottom. Once that is complete, unfold the seat cover side, exposing the support foam.
Edit: Pay close attention to how the plastic rails on either side of the zipper (at the bottom) are assembled. You will need to re-assemble these later.





Step 2: Tuck the outside flap inside the structural support.




Step 3: Fold the cover back over the lateral support and repeat for the other side. Before you zip up the seat, you'll need to re-assemble the two "rails" that fasten the lower edges of the seat cover together. This is a pain, but it just takes a little patience and some muscle (see posts 16 & 18).

Use a pair of pliers to guide the slider, as the zipper does not have a pull tab.


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Re: DIY: Increase Your Seat's Upper Bolstering (Lateral Support)

Wow!! Cool tip!! Thanks to you and meldog21 for passing this on.
Quick and easy.....

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Re: DIY: Increase Your Seat's Upper Bolstering (Lateral Support)

Very cool tip. I may try this and see how I like it. I am 5'10" and 180.

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Good tip. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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Re: DIY: Increase Your Seat's Upper Bolstering (Lateral Support)

Vant, good job with the pictures. I was too lazy to do the instructions with pictures. Hopefully lots of people will look at your photos/instructions and see how easy it is to do a great mod that costs zero dollars.

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Great idea, thanks for posting

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Thanks, gonna try it.

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dumb question but bow the heck do you get the seat covers off? I tried looking but is seems to be sealed.

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Zipper in back.

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Man it can't be that easy???? How will this affect the leather and seat long term? I hate the stock seats and it looks like this just might be the fix I need.

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i did this mod and fell in love with my stock seats again. my biggest complaint with the z was the side bolsters were pathetic for a car capable of 1g. now i am so very happy. thanks for posting this
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i did this mod and fell in love with my stock seats again. my biggest complaint with the z was the side bolsters were pathetic for a car capable of 1g. now i am so very happy. thanks for posting this
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Re: DIY: Increase Your Seat's Upper Bolstering (Lateral Support)

Wow, that is the most amazing free mod I've seen since the ziptie. I have to try that when I get home!!!


Edit: When you say muscle is required - how hard is it to pull back together? I'm afraid I'll get it open and not be able to zip it back. (or maybe just paranoid about damaging the leather)

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Re: DIY: Increase Your Seat's Upper Bolstering (Lateral Support)

Is the center console cover off for this mod?


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Man it can't be that easy???? How will this affect the leather and seat long term? I hate the stock seats and it looks like this just might be the fix I need.
I don't think it will damage the leather. If I notice anything in the next several months, I'll let you know.

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Is the center console cover off for this mod?
The center console cover was off, but it does not need to be to do this mod. I was doing work on the radio bezel at the same time.

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