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Seat Swap

I have an opportunity to get a pair of 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP black leather bucket seats for a steal, wondering what you guys think about seat swaps that cross make/model barriers...I will make the mounting/bracket/track situation work easily, but just ISO some opinions.
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they are basically going to be a one off deal. you will have to cut, modify, and weld brackets to get them in. i say go for it if they fit. just make sure they aren't too tall, or too wide, etc.
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If you can get them in there and you like them for for it!
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What year is your truck? I'd only be worried about pretensioners working. And the gtp seats are a fair amount bulkier too. That being said can be done I'm sure but might be more fab work than what you think. I know a guy on here did the Escape seats and he was having some issues but it worked out!
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they are basically going to be a one off deal. you will have to cut, modify, and weld brackets to get them in. i say go for it if they fit. just make sure they aren't too tall, or too wide, etc.
94' Ranger Super cab

Nah they are slim racing type seats not bulky at all...lol the stock split-bench seat is the bulky one.

The things that worry me are the seat belt connection points, they're attached to a rear sliding arm on both seats that connect to the floorboard via TORX' bolts that go through the floor to the outside of the truck (can see the ground through the TORX hole)

No worries as this sliding arm connects to the "Slider" or seat frame not the seat itself so won't be an issue.

Pretty sure all I have to do is:

Take the sliders off of both the ranger, and GP seats. (sliders being everything from the seat down)

Put the ranger slider on the GP seat.

Put the GP seat with ranger slider into the truck.

I could either pop a 1/2" bead on each corner with a 110 flux core mig.

Or since the GP holes are only 1/2" wider on either side...drill new holes.

Real easy.

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What year is your truck? I'd only be worried about pretensioners working. And the gtp seats are a fair amount bulkier too. That being said can be done I'm sure but might be more fab work than what you think. I know a guy on here did the Escape seats and he was having some issues but it worked out!
What pre-tensioner(s) ?? What-chu-talkin-bout-Willis...
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GTP Seats in their natural habitat.
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Seat belt pretensioners... its the cylinder that says "do not tamper with, contents explosive..."or something off the wall like that lol.
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Seat belt pretensioners... its the cylinder that says "do not tamper with, contents explosive..."or something off the wall like that lol.
On the underside of the stock seats? I didn't touch anything under the stock seats just unbolted the slider/bracket from the seat...it's just 4 bolts.
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Yeah there's 4 bolts but check "under" the seat if you will...lol don't know how else to say it. There should be a cylinder with a thick cable attached to the belt receiver. And to the seat bracket itself. I want to say a 14mm bolt holds it in place...again would depend on year I think? Someone else would have to pipe in
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Ranger driver's seat.



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Yeah there's 4 bolts but check "under" the seat if you will...lol don't know how else to say it. There should be a cylinder with a thick cable attached to the belt receiver. And to the seat bracket itself. I want to say a 14mm bolt holds it in place...again would depend on year I think? Someone else would have to pipe in
98+ is the only years that got the pretensioners. 97 and older have a regular belt.
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last I checked, my 98 doesnt have the pretensioners, I'll check tomorrow thought. my 2000's didn't either..?
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98+ is the only years that got the pretensioners. 97 and older have a regular belt.
Yep so no need to worry...the stock sliders came off without a hitch. GP sliders came off without a hitch.

Mounting the Ranger sliders onto the GP seats as we speak using:

.035 Lincoln Electric flux-core MIG wire, fed through a 50$ Chicago Electric MIG welder bought on Craigslist.

1/2" bead on all 4 corners.

/e I live in an apartment btw..if I can fab these anyone can...I have a 4'x6' patio and a car-port lmao.
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Thanks everyone for clearing that up!

Just saved the op some headache lol. You lucky sumbeaches without your pretensioners!
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Thanks everyone for clearing that up!

Just saved the op some headache lol. You lucky sumbeaches without your pretensioners!
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Finished. Wasnoproblem :)
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