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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 11:12 am    Post subject: how about subaru seats in a vanagon? Reply with quote

Anyone done this?
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=498596
Wonder what would be involved? Just attaching the rails from the vanagon over?
If anyone has done this, I'm interested in your impressions.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Out of curiousity....

Have you already tried to contact the seller of the van that you linked to? He would seem to be a logical place to start.

I like the look, but think I would miss having the armrests.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember Brain at Smallcar talking about doing this last time I was at his shop. He said that he was working on some brackets.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm doing a SVX conversion, and I have the whole car to mess with...

So I put the nice, all leather, powered Svx seats in the van just to test fit
....and althought they look really cool, recline alot further, and are much easier to operate....and just plain better built.

My impressions are that they would be uncomfortable for long drives.
they sit too high,and the angle under your thigh is too steep for easy pedal operation...If you were over 6' tall and had disproportioately long legs they may be perfect.

...But for me, at 5' 8" with stumpy legs...no
The grey color is even a good match to the vanagon interior
..and I could care less about the loss of the armrests....never use em.

Ive have considered using some Nissan frontier arm rests on the doors with all the window and lock controls, they fit nice....just haven't been able to find them in my color yet
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They look like they sit a bit high.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I mounted Ford Clubwagon seats for several reasons - softer on the butt than VW; and power slide/tilt/lumbar support and both armrests (I use mine a lot). They're great, though as mentioned are taller which led to other problems.
The driver's seat took a lot of bracket fabricating.

A writeup at www.griffco.ca/interest. if you're interested.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that...
Done some interesting things to your vanagon. A tilt steering wheel! Like that dash cup holder too.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Goffoz, what was involved in putting in those seats? Swapping brackets, or?

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 9:22 am    Post subject: On the subject of armrests Reply with quote

On the subject of armrests - my 84 Westfalia doesn't have them and they are really hard to find. Does anybody know of any from other models of van or car that fit the Westy seat? Thanks.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ratfarmer_vw wrote:
I remember Brain at Smallcar talking about doing this last time I was at his shop. He said that he was working on some brackets.


Brian did fabricate some brackets to make this work. They are welded to the OEM brackets to accept the Subaru seats.

Not sure if they are available off the shelf but they do have the know how to make it work.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone looks into Previa?

They had some nice leather seat. Did not seem to be very high (engine below).
They had armrests.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just spoke with Brian and he confirmed that he had some brackets made up. Mostly just to get rid of the seats that came out of his engine doner vehicles. It sounded like you could either bolt or weld them on, but we didn't get into too many of the details. I plan on paying him a visit to talk it over more and get all of the dirt on the install.

We talked about the seat height and he's been running Subaru seats in his van without any problems. He did say that if you were shorter it might not be the best option.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd be interested in hearing the comfort level on long trips. The two Subarus I have driven (rented Outback and Forrrester) made my back sing opera after two hours. I wonder if settign them up higher helps? (I'm 6'4" so shoul be ok there)
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 3:13 am    Post subject: Re: how about subaru seats in a vanagon? Reply with quote

Just reviving this thread to see if anyone has had any success in pulling this off. If so pics and and an explanation please.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:08 am    Post subject: Re: how about subaru seats in a vanagon? Reply with quote

Legacy seats into a bus:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aws6zDDNa8
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:02 am    Post subject: Re: how about subaru seats in a vanagon? Reply with quote

Oh gawd. You're gunna make Casey's head explode.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 10:16 am    Post subject: Re: how about subaru seats in a vanagon? Reply with quote

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