Some seat swaps don't come with instructions and you have to make your own. Below is a list of basic precautions that should be taken with every seat swap.
7 Key Tips
- With the vehicle powered off, undo all bolts holding down the seats.
- Disconnect the battery for 15 minutes prior to unplugging any connectors.
- Wiring Different? Reuse the old wiring as much as possible
- The best way to avoid any issues when swapping seats is to make sure your car does not detect any changes. This means using the same components as much as possible, especially if the connectors are different.
- Test everything before securing the seats
- Your car does not care if your seats are secured or not, so before you tighten the bolts, check all the electrical connections, look for any codes on the dash, and make sure your original seatbelt buckle fits into the new one. Sometimes these buckles change within the same generation, so we recommend using your own.
- Do not cut your connectors
- We provide the floor end of our connectors for a reason. You can use T-connectors to tap into your existing harness or re-pin your connector if you know how to do it.
- Be careful with the airbags
- Airbags usually have yellow wires, casings, or tapes to mark them. Handle these wires with caution.
- Start all the bolts by hand before using tools
- The easiest way to fasten the bolts is to thread them by hand as much as you can, then use power tools to finish the job.
What If I Get A Warning Light?
This is a fairly rare issue however it isn't unheard of. If that happens follow the steps below:
- Have your SRS light read and then reset.
- Start the vehicle, sit down, and buckle in as normal
- If the light is gone, you're all good to go! If it's not, continue to step 4.
- Have your SRS code read again to verify that it's the same code.
- Research the fix based on the code
The issue is usually resolved by swapping over a simple component, typically a small sensor.