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    Monday, 19 December 2011

    Bucket Seats Install

    This was done using a Sparco Torino 2 seat with a Sparco bracket for the 03+ Toyota Corolla and the Sparco installation hardware.
    A spare bolt and washer is needed for the seatbelt assembly if you wish to use it. It is listed in the supplies.
    The Sparco installation instructions used in this DIY can be downloaded from here
    Depending on your seat/bracket set-up, all steps in this DIY may not be applicable to you or may be slightly different.
    This particular DIY was written for the passenger seat. The driver seat is the same procedure, but ignoring the weight sensor discussion.
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    First are the tools. Pretty simple stuff.
    Sockets are 11mm for the battery, 15mm for the bracket-to-floor bolts, mallet to put the handle for the slider on, and 6mm hex key for the actual screws (could depend on what set-up you use. This is for the Sparco stuff)
    Not Pictured: METRIC: 10 x 1.25 stubby bolt & washer
    Installation hardware (varies with wherever you bought your bracket).
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    1. Disconnect the negative terminal from the battery. This is a precaution against the airbag going off (better safe than sorry).
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    2. Now move your seat forward and you will see two bolts to remove. Get to it.
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    3. Move the seat back and you will see the front two. Now tilt your seat back after you remove these bolts.
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    4. Remove these two sensors by pressing down on the tab in the middle. It requires some force. If you have chubby fingers here’s where the tweezers(?)/pliers(?) come in handy.
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    5. Now disconnect this third one and you can remove the seat.
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    Feels weird driving around without that seat…. awesome weight reduction, fk yea!!!
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    6. I traced the seatbelt wire in yellow. You need to unclip it at the red circles. Luckily, I have 11 year old Chinese girl fingers, so I could do it by hand. If you’re…”American,” you will probably want to get those (I’m referring to them as) tweezers out.
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    7. Now follow the wire and remove it from under the seat.
    (Note: for the driver-side seat, if the sensor will not come out, try raising your seat with the extra lever they have. You pull the lever up to raise the seat. This took me about 20 minutes of frustration to remember )
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    8. Use the 15mm to remove the seatbelt bolt.
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    Notice that the bolt does not come out. This is why you (hopefully) bought the stubby bolt and washer.
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    9. Now install the seatbelt receiver onto the bracket. Notice the washer is on the inside.
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    10. Depending on your set up, grab the small screws and the washers. The large screws are used to connect the actual bracket to the seat and don’t require washers (no room for them anyway).
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    11. To install the screws, clamp the nut and use the fat hex key to turn the screw.
    Note: It’s better to not completely tighten the screws until you have all four on. This allows for play when installing the rear screws.
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    Basic overview. Now how do we reach the rear holes?!
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    12. It’s kinda tough, but man up and adjust the sliders by hand. They will be pretty hard to move, but just make sure that you hear a *click* when you have them positioned. Installing the sliders when they aren’t fully locked in is not a good idea..
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    13. Flip your seat on it’s back and put two screws in the top of the sliders to connect to the actual seat base.
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    Here’s how they should line up.
    Note: Again, it is advisable to NOT tighten the screws all the way. Secure them down, but go back after all 4 are secured and then tighten them.
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    14. It’s easier if you install the slider bar now because it’s difficult to match both sliders when you need to reach the rear holes. Use the rubber mallet to tap the bar on to the two metal adjusters.
    Note: If you happen to install the bar facing UP, just use some muscle and pull it off and reseat it. You may have to hold a tiny metal wire down on the slider while pulling to release the bar.
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    15. Push the slider bar you just installed up (towards the cushion) and pull up towards your body (assuming you’re standing up). This will free up the holes on the bottom to install the bottom 2 screws.
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    16. I forgot to circle the two bottom screws, but they’re the small black ones, not the silver ones. The 4th one may require some elbow grease depending on how well you aligned all the holes.
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    17. Wire the seatbelt wire so that it doesn’t get in the way of the sliders. This is important because you’d hate to have you or a passenger trying to move the seat and then stubbornly push and break or fray a cable. The black box will be fine rested on the straps like that, but if you’d like to add some zip ties for reinforcement, they’ll help.
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    Here’s the problem with the passenger seat. The weight sensor is a 4 point system, but I don’t have the system! I talked to a few experienced Toyota technicians and we sat down and looked at the system on the computer. He said that even if you implanted the 4 point system (say, from a junked seat) and got it recalibrated at a dealership (fairly expensive) it still may not function properly. Hopefully someone will find a fix at some point. I’d like my passengers to have an airbag!
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    18. Bolt up the rear bracket. You may need 2 people for this if you’re either a) lazy or b) hella weak.
    Note: If you’re doing this by yourself, the easiest way I found was to rest the front two bolt points on the little ledge, then start with the rear part that bolts into the side of the car, or what I like to call the “floating” point. If you aligned it properly, the bracket should now rest on 3 other supporting points and will free you up to work on them without having to old up the entire seat and bracket while trying to align the bolt.
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    Depending on your bracket, you may have a very tight fit like this one. Although discouraged, you may OMIT this bolt. The seat still holds up during daily and spirited driving, though one may NOT infer any guarantees during an accident. With that said, I suggest that you install all 4 bolts!!
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    19. Now sit in your seat and grab the slider bar. Pull it up as if it was your old seat and slide back and forward. It may be hard to move the seat at first, but your sliders should have come pre-oiled and need to be broken in. Do this about 10 times (completely back and completely forward count as one rep) and the seat should be fine for any passengers.
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