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Bucket seat swap older explorers?

I have searched for an answer and everyone says RPS has a chart for this. Problem is, I havent been able to open that site in two days. So, I my drivers side seat of my stock 60/40 decided I was to fat to continue to hold upright. So yesterday while driving around an off ramp it decided to give up. So it let go and layed me down into my extra cab while going around the corner. Needless to say I had a slight baja experiance while jumping the divider into the on ramp. Luckily there wasnt much traffic so I didnt hit anything. OK, now to the question. Will seats from an older pre-94 exploder bolt in? I have a buddy with 2 extra exploders for his parts trucks and I can grab the seats for free. From what I understand its a direct bolt in for extra cabs. All info I am finding is for newer leather seats but I dont have time or money to hunt them down. Will I need to do anything special with my stock (99) pretensioners and seat belts or are they unaffected by the swap. Sorry for the ramblin but I dont want any unforseen problems. I dont know if the older seats are narrower or different. I appreciate all input.

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the older explorer seats should be a bolt in. the only thing that ford changed with the newer body style explorers is the shape of the body, front end and dash. they are all based on the same plateform. i think you said your truck is an extended cab so you wont have to worry about switching tracks. the only think you WILL have to do is to fab up a bracket extention for the seatbelt bracket. it will be short on the explorer seats.
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A seat belt extension? Does this mean the seat will be higher up than my stock ones (putting my head closer to the roof)?
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no no no....what i mean is were the lower seatbelt bolts(THE ONLY BOLT WITH A TORQUIX BIT ON THE SEATS!) to the floor on the ranger, which is about a foot behind the rear seat bolts, is farther back than in an explorer. also the explorer seatbelt lower is susposed to bolt to the hump in the floor pan while the ranger is susposed to bolt to the floor. you will have to have a 6 or 8" piece fabed to extend the bracket to get it to line up with the rangers. i am getting ready to work on drawing one up on AutoCad for my seat swap.

UNTIL YOU GET THIS FIXED YOUR SEATBELTS ARE USELESS AND WILL NOT STOP YOU FROM MEETING THE WINDSHIELD IN A WRECK!!
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no it oesnt raise the seat. there is a bar that runs on the inside edge of each seat that bolts to the floor... it slides with the rails.


also the only other problem i ran into is that on the inside seat rail the hole where it bolts to the floor are too small they need to enlarged just a hair. the outside is fine. with a drill bit it would be easy. if you get the power version all you need to wire up is the adjustments. our trucks dont have the seat belt pretensioner.



hey lifted you beat me to it!!!!!!!!!! now go do the cad drawings!!!!
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no it oesnt raise the seat. there is a bar that runs on the inside edge of each seat that bolts to the floor... it slides with the rails.


also the only other problem i ran into is that on the inside seat rail the hole where it bolts to the floor are too small they need to enlarged just a hair. the outside is fine. with a drill bit it would be easy. if you get the power version all you need to wire up is the adjustments. our trucks dont have the seat belt pretensioner.



hey lifted you beat me to it!!!!!!!!!! now go do the cad drawings!!!!

lol im getting on it............someone had to beat ya!!!
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When I did mine I just went to Home Depot and got a few of those O-fastners they have over by the rope and cable. They were rated at 2,000 pounds. On mine, a short one and a long one made the connection just right to the torx bolt. You can check it with the bolt out a little ways. Then put it right arounf the shaft of the torx bolt and just tighten it up. Has worked for almost 2 year like that just fine, and I was rear ended last month. Held up great.


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no no no....what i mean is were the lower seatbelt bolts(THE ONLY BOLT WITH A TORQUIX BIT ON THE SEATS!) to the floor on the ranger, which is about a foot behind the rear seat bolts, is farther back than in an explorer. also the explorer seatbelt lower is susposed to bolt to the hump in the floor pan while the ranger is susposed to bolt to the floor. you will have to have a 6 or 8" piece fabed to extend the bracket to get it to line up with the rangers. i am getting ready to work on drawing one up on AutoCad for my seat swap.

UNTIL YOU GET THIS FIXED YOUR SEATBELTS ARE USELESS AND WILL NOT STOP YOU FROM MEETING THE WINDSHIELD IN A WRECK!!
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