I just purchased a 1999 USFS K2500 4X4 Suburban at auction. The front seat
is trashed. It wouldn't be so bad except that it's a bench seat and I can't
find one. Everything seems to be buckets. What other models use the same
seats? Trucks, Tahoes? And are the welded nuts there if I go to buckets?
And could I use any front seat if I use the original mounts? Are they hard
to mount or should it be a piece o'cake? LOL!
Steve in Montana
Although I don't know for sure on your specific model truck.....on my
92 K 1500 .... my experience was: truck had a OEM bench seat which I
replaced with a split bench seat I got off ebay.
I had to drill 4 holes for the extra mounting points for the split
bench seat. There were no "welded nuts" in the floor board to
accommodate the new seat. I used grade eight hardware along with some
large washers, and nylon lock nuts to install the seats. The outside
two mounting holes were re-used and I re-used the OEM bolts for those.
You need to make sure to get the right seats that would fit your year
model range vehicle. I'm guessing the brackets / floorboard has
changed over the years.
Its not that big of a deal to swap out. Check out ebay...they have
some nice seats for sale all the time. Most are complete with brackets
and seat belts.
I believe if you look under your vehicle you will find out if the nuts
are there. In mine they were. You may have to slice the carpet to get
the bolts through. The other thing that I had to do was to cut the
threads into the bolts. I am at a loss at the moment what that is
called, but the nuts were not threaded. It is very common for people
to swap from one style of seat to another at the dealership or very
shortly after purchasing a vehicle. The only thing you need to be
concerned with is the bolts used and if your new seats have integrated
seatbelts in the seat. Other wise, get seats from the same body style
pick up or suburban and they should bolt right in. If you have to
drill holes it is not a big problem, just be careful not to let the bit
go too far through the hole, you might hit something on the other side.
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