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Old 01-04-2011, 12:00 PM
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2nd Geneneration Dodge Ram Seat Swap

This swap should take about 30 min to an hour to complete, due to how much stuff you have to clean out from under the seats. Also, this is a good time to vacuum under the seats, as they are easy to get to. So give your truck a good interior cleaning while you are at it. By doing this swap, you will be getting a new seat for the driver, and the passenger will have the ‘well worn, broken in seat’.


1 of 4, 10 mm bolt under the seat

When swapping seats from the passenger to drivers’ side, there are 4 bolts, 10 mm, on the underside of each seat. Be careful of the wiring for the seatbelt, and airbag sensors. Also, if you have electric seats, watch for the power connectors.


When you have the seats out, check the underside where you can see the foam and look to see if the wires have cut the foam. If this happens to be the case, you should reinforce the foam with some 4” webbing, and ‘hog rings’, or take the seat to an upholstery shop and have them reinforce the foam. This way the passenger will not feel as if they are going to fall through the seat when they get into it. Now, if the seats are in bad shape, the cloth is torn, damaged, etc., take the passenger seat first to an upholstery shop and see if they can reupholster the seat, fix the torn stuff. Then when that seat is complete, bring the other one to them. Doing it this way keeps you from being charged a removal and install fee. This way you can still use the truck for it intended purpose.


The only thing that you lose when swapping the seats across is the leather is now on the outside of the seat cushion, not next to the center seat section. What the leather does is it allows for ease of movement between the seat and center console. This is usually not a problem, because normally you set the seat in one position and leave it there. This only works if you have the 40-20-40 seats.


When removing the center console, there are 4 bolts to remove. If you are taking the seats out of the vehicle, remove the center consoles first, to make the removal easier. Make sure to unplug all wiring before completely removing the seats.

This seat swap may work on other generations and makes of vehicles.


More info and pictures to be added.
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:26 PM
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Good info! I didn't know how the seat bottoms come out. Maybe now I can get the drivers seat fixed!!
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Old 01-05-2011, 10:18 AM
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I didn't realize how easy it was until I started to read about it and the went and looked, because I need to change mine soon. It will be like having a new truck!!!
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Old 01-09-2011, 09:35 AM
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I looked at a 2008 Chevrolet 3500 with a Duramax that has power seats, and they look like they have 4 bolts also. The main difference is that they have lots more electrical wiring, possibly because of the power seats though.
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'05 Suzuki, GSX1300R, Hayabusa, All Stock, #3('00 blown engine, '00 stolen, & '05)
The complete live & learn and pass it on by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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Thanks for the information. The seats in my truck are starting to break down, after 123,000 miles. I will see about swapping sides.
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