Swap the front seats, side to side. You'll probably have to swap the
tracks to keep them in their original positions and you may have
seatbelt anchorages to fiddle with, but the seats should bolt to
either set of tracks easily.
(Been there; done that - at least on BMWs)
in the Times of Yore we didn't have to worry 'bout such things.
Such is the price of progress...
I wonder if any safety interlocks/warnings need accounting? If heated,
probably want to switch the wiring around lest the dashboard seat heat
controls cause confusion ;-)
'00 S4 6spd, Recaros are still perfect...
A good point. Three possibilities occur to me here. The simplest is
to just leave them disconnected when reinstalling the seats. Second,
and most complicated, would be to swap the seatbacks. I wouldn't
expect that to be too big a task with the seats already out of the
car, though. A coupla' bolts, a coupla' screws maybe, and a coupla'
wires. Third possibility would be to reconnect them anyhow and get
blasted *away* from your passenger and *toward* the impact in a side
collision! =8^O OK; maybe that's not so funny ...
'tripper, the heater wires come out of the carpeting under each seat.
When you swap the seat units, you'll be connecting the heaters to the
seats *on their respective sides*. The same thing goes for the seats'
power adjustment controls. It's not like any of these wires *knew*
which seat they were connected to. Talk about confusing the issue ...
(would still try it)
On 17 Feb 2004 07:02:45 -0800, warp2 firstname.lastname@example.org (C.R. Krieger) wrote:
Rats! Uh - no - wait, how about "Picky picky picky" ;-)
Yeah, I realized that was totally brain-damaged - about ten minutes later
while I was warming up the car. Anyway, Usenet doesn't honor cancels anymore,
so I just hoped y'all would let that one slide by.
No such luck. lol
'00 S4 6spd, you can't make this stuff up ;-)
No, I'm not going to attempt swapping the seats. That'd be begging for
trouble. Seats these days are good ideas gone WAY too far---they got this,
and that, and more in them---enough to have just one thing screw up and
trigger all airbags to go off at once if not properly grounded, etc. :)
Gloom and doom....
You could get a _heated_ seat pad.....
You could also talk to an upholstery shop - see what they say.
1987 Audi 5kTQ - on it's 3rd set of seats - now sport
1980 Audi 5k - repaired driver's seat tear - spares in reserve
1962 and '64 Auto Union DKW Junior deLuxes - will probably have to get
proper fabric made - no NOS available AFAIK
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Swapping the seats left-to-right and vice versa is NOT a good idea. Even if you
get the wiring harnesses reconnected without incident, your side
airbags will now fire into the middle of the car, instead of on the outsides of
the seats, where they should be. No idea what will happen to the
bottle of drink that you have placed in the holder between the seats. In the
best case, you will just get wet.
No way I'm changing the seats, but you said something interesting. It was
my impression that the airbags were in the back of each seat and shot
There are airbags in the sides of the car itself, but are there airbags in
the sides of the seats as well?
"Thomas G. Marshall" wrote:
In my car (2001 A4 Avant, B5 chassis) they are designed to fire sideways and
forward from the seat back, at about the height of your rib cage. As a driver
(left hand drive), the bag will put itself between the door and the left of
your rib cage, before they meet each other in a crash.
My head would be somewhat protected by the airbag curtain deploying downwards
from above the side windows.
In general be very careful about playing with the wiring to the seats, since
airbag deployment is controlled through some of these wires. Airbags are
propelled with the help of small explosives. Many people advise against
touching airbag circuitry altogether. I've never dared so I cannot claim to be
an authority on the consequences of doing this.
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