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Newer model seats for 97 Ranger xlt 4x4?

Is it possible to directly replace the seats on my 97 XLT 4x4 with seats from a newer model without modifications? The driver seat is getting uncomfortable and I thought that seats from a newer totaled vehicle might be the way to go. I looked at custom seats and that would be great but like everyone else these days I'm on a budget. Any help will be appreciated.
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I have a 97 also. I saw a set of seats from an 03 for $200 on craiglist which is a good price. I am wondering the same thing. I might just take that chance.
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Great, let me know how it goes.
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ext cabs, yes and no. they should bolt up pretty well, but you will run into an issue for the seat belt. the 97 olders are mounted to a sliding rail. 98+ are not. you would have to bolt your belt to the new seats anyways.

reg cabs, not really. the mounting holes will need some work to get them to line up. again, you'll have to swap the seat belts.

97 and older and rangers reg or ext cab have a lot of bolt in options. this link will apply.
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Thanks a lot, very helpful. The link you include lists many older model cars. Do you know what the best newer model seats might be? I'm thinking newer vehicle = less wear (usually).
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i found a set of 94ish mustang seats a few months ago that were mint minus some color fade. old doesn't mean worn out. i have mustang buckets in mine and love them. a lot of people have explorer seats and they are great as well.
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Thanks again, now I'm on the lookout.
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Ok I found some 05 and06 Ranger seats locally. Are you saying that these seats should bolt to my sliders, or will the whole slider assembly from the newer model bolt in?
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98+ seats don't just unbolt from the tracks. the 04+ is a little different, but i think they still kinda fall in the same category.

you need to find seats from an ext cab and they should pretty much bolt in, tracks and all. but you will have to do something with your original seat belts.
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Thanks again, looks like its time to get some seats and see what I can do.
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OK, I got some 2004 60/40 seats. Can I remove the female part of the seat belt from my 97 seats and remount it on the 04 seats? Seems like the simplest fix.
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yep. really is your only option.
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Thanks, I'll let you know how it goes.
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Mission accomplished

Well, there in, 2004 60/40s in my 97. Anyone who is considering the switch should just do it. The 04 seats are way more comfortable! They sit a few inches higher too. I'm 6' 1" and its not too much. The arm rest on the door in in better alignment too. The old seats looked great but my back was killing me. Not anymore. The tracks lined up perfectly. I just had to swap the seat belt receptacles on the seat which is pretty easy. Thanks for all your help guys.
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good deal....post some pics.
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