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    Fitting folding rear seats to JDM VR4 fixed rear seat model

    I think the subject probably gives the game away on what I am trying to do, but has anyone found a good way to fit the folding type of rear seat backs that have the extra bracket mounts for bolting them to the car, to the JDM version of the VR4 which has the fixed single rear seat back, and uses a large hook and 3 mounting bolts (like the two side panel ones for the folding seats) instead to mount the seat?

    I was thinking that I could potentially mark the car where the bolt holes should be and then try and drill some holes at that point, and bolt them on from the underneath, but as I'm not much of a VR4 expert I thought I'd ask the very knowledgeable collective on here who definitely are!

    Many thanks and cheers

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    Here's some photos of the seats for reference:

    Original rear seat back (single piece)

    JDMRearSeatBack.jpg

    Replacement folding leather seat backs (not showing side bolsters)

    FoldingRearSeatBack.jpg

    Leather seats

    LeatherSeats.jpg

    Sunny day shot of my car

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    If the rear seats are from a saloon then it is possible. I think rear seats from an estate are slightly different so it may be possible but certainly the side bolsters are slightly different.

    If I remember correctly the upper brackets can just be bolted in place, but the hinges at the bottom of the seats need studs to fit onto. I did it by robbing them from a donor car. I drilled the spot welds and then welded them in place in the VR4. If you can find a donor then it should become obvious.

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    That's an awesome reply - many thanks Nick

    Luckily my good friend who still has the donor car so is very kindly going to send down the mounting points and the upper brackets and then hopefully with a bit of spot welding as you suggest we should be good to go

    Out of interest should I then remove the solid cardboard/padded back piece in the VR4 as this will now be replaced by the carpetted back of the seats?

    Thanks again

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    Not 100%, but I think the solid panel is probably just a spot welded steel sheet - the aperture it covers is likely the same as on standard UK saloons.
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    Just so you know those seat you are fitting to the car are UK spec blur fleck cloth seats covered in a leather and vinyl cover.
    the front seat will make you sit much higher in the car than the standard jap VR4.

    i only say this as i have the same uk spec seats in my legnum vr4.

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    After a bit of reading around it looks like in theory I can drill holes where the U-bolts should be on the car, and then find a matching size U-bolt for each side, and then put these in place for the seats to clip to

    The bottom bolts for the middle seats I can mark out, and again drill holes to mount these with bolts, basically achieving similar to the bodies designed for these seats

    So the question is - has anyone done this or achieved the same in an alternative or better way?

    Here's a few pictures of the mounting points I found on the web, and it would be awesome if anyone who does have these mounting points could measure me the width of the U bolts, their depth to the car back panel and the width of the gap between them

    Happy New Year!

    Judder

    Attachment 81669

    and here's the U-Bolt type thing I think I can find to hold them in place if I can get the right sizes

    Attachment 81670

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    Last edited by Judder; 01-01-2020 at 09:39 PM.

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