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i think i understand now. no, ext cab and reg cab tracks are different lenghts. the reg cab is longer iirc.
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Is that long console from an explorer?
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Looking to do this myself on my B3000 (yes, a Mazda snuck in here), so thanks for the hints and photos. I have the 60/40 bench, but really want buckets and center console. I guess I'll start trolling the junkyards again!
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man it's worth it. i love havin bucket seats waaaayyyy better
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Orange and camo interior looks great

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What do you do about the recline adjustment if you swap in a passenger side bucket to your driver side 60/40? Won't the lever be wedged in the crack next to the console?
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What do you do about the recline adjustment if you swap in a passenger side bucket to your driver side 60/40? Won't the lever be wedged in the crack next to the console?
On my 03, (not sure what years are the same), both seat pans were the same.
Both had the same hole on each side.
Remove the plastic and slide it out of one and in the other, put the plastic back on.
Along with the 4 bolts on the pan there is at least one bolt on the back of the seat.
Remove the back first then the slide from the bottom.

Even the Lumbar mechanism has a hole in the passenger seat pan just like the driver’s side; must be just for swapping things around.

Check out matting of track mounting and as stated earlier watch the seat bolt up.
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on a 98+, no. you aren't changing the recline mechanism. only the metal pan, foam and cover.
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for those of you that are looking to do a really cool conversion, look at an expedition console, but buyer beware, it only works good if you got an automatic.
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I am new to the forum. So i am a little confused. I have a 96 STD cab Ranger. I have the 60/40 bench seats and want to put in bucket seats. Can i just grab a passenger explorer seat or take a passenger ranger bucket seat? Or better yet what is the cheapest, easiest, and efficient way to do so? thanks
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you could do that, but you would have the problem of the recline handle being on the wrong side. there is a list of seats that will bolt into 97 and older in the interior section. mustang, explorer, bronco II, etc.
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Very nice mind if i borrow your idea?
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The swap idea was great. I had an idea once but didn't go for it as it may not fit and I would be in a mess.
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you could do that, but you would have the problem of the recline handle being on the wrong side. there is a list of seats that will bolt into 97 and older in the interior section. mustang, explorer, bronco II, etc.
Not so in my 2003 EDGE the Seat Pans are the same.
Just switch the mechanism to the other side.
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I am new to the forum. So i am a little confused. I have a 96 STD cab Ranger. I have the 60/40 bench seats and want to put in bucket seats. Can i just grab a passenger explorer seat or take a passenger ranger bucket seat? Or better yet what is the cheapest, easiest, and efficient way to do so? thanks
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you could do that, but you would have the problem of the recline handle being on the wrong side. there is a list of seats that will bolt into 97 and older in the interior section. mustang, explorer, bronco II, etc.
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Not so in my 2003 EDGE the Seat Pans are the same.
Just switch the mechanism to the other side.
we weren't talking about a 98+ seat. it was in reference to a gen 3 seat, which would put the recline mechanism on the wrong side. i'll state it again, swapping the pans from passenger to driver side works perfectly for a 98+ seat, but not for 97 and older.
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we weren't talking about a 98+ seat. it was in reference to a gen 3 seat, which would put the recline mechanism on the wrong side. i'll state it again, swapping the pans from passenger to driver side works perfectly for a 98+ seat, but not for 97 and older.
I know, are the older version of the seat different ?

Rangerstepsode, have you looked under your seats yet ?
You need to remove the seats, take off the tracks and see if the metal pan under the seat has holes on both sides.
If there are holes on both side then you can swap them around; maybe look into how much trouble it would be to put holes in, if they aren’t there.
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yes, 97 and older frames are side specific. yes, there are holes in the pan on both sides, however, the pivot point on the inside of the seat is a welded part. so to use a passenger side seat bottom on the driver's side of a 97 and older, you would have to cut the pivot point off the inside of the seat and reweld it to the other side of the pan. i have a set apart in my shop right now. i'll take pics of it in a little bit.


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97 and older seats use 3 bolts to mount the backrest to the bottom. two on the recline lever side, one on the inside. the inside has a little bracket that sticks up for the bolt. so if you were to swap pans side to side, then the mounting holes will not line up.


93-97 seat frames: green circles are where the inside bolt would be. notice two are passenger sides, and one is driver side. this is why 97 older bottom pans will not swap.


also on the backrest:

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Only you would have a bunch of seat pans lying around.
lol.
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yes, 97 and older frames are side specific. yes, there are holes in the pan on both sides, however, the pivot point on the inside of the seat is a welded part. so to use a passenger side seat bottom on the driver's side of a 97 and older, you would have to cut the pivot point off the inside of the seat and reweld it to the other side of the pan. i have a set apart in my shop right now. i'll take pics of it in a little bit.
Ok. next is the floor of the 97-dwn different from the 98-up ?
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Ok. next is the floor of the 97-dwn different from the 98-up ?
Yes. i can confirm that, my seats are out of a 98 ranger, and i had to swap seat frames/pans or whatever they are.
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2 door ext cabs should be very similar, and the 4 doors aren't much different. i know the 97 and older ext cabs have the extra "leg" that the seat belt slides on. it anchors to the floor about 12" behind the rear seats bolts. 98+ do not have them as the belts are mounted to the side of the seat. explorer seat tracks are the same size as ext cab rangers except they run the extra "leg" just like 97 and older ext cabs.

reg cabs are different, but i believe 97 tracks can be made to work in a 98+. This allows 98+ guys to run mustang seats, explorer seats, etc.


STX, those are some i was trying to sell a few years ago. they ended up getting recycled. i have a set of gen2 ranger GT seats apart right now, and a set of mid 80s mustang GT seats apart right now. so i still have a bunch of frames!
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Yes. i can confirm that, my seats are out of a 98 ranger, and i had to swap seat frames/pans or whatever they are.
OK then so I will shut up before I get owned again !

I was thinking the seats were the same, just the tracks was different.
(If it was me I would try the Track from your existing truck seats under a newer Ranger Bucket Seat and see what needs to be done to mount the seat to the track).
Luck on the hunt…
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