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P80 replacement seat skin thread research JAN 2020

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Re: P80 replacement seat skin thread research JAN 2020

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My recommendation is to take the swatches off the card, label them with sharpie on the back and hold up individual swatches, one at a time to match them. Interference from neighboring swatches will defeat a close match if you try to do it with them still on the card.
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E Showell wrote: Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:42 pm My recommendation is to take the swatches off the card, label them with sharpie on the back and hold up individual swatches, one at a time to match them. Interference from neighboring swatches will defeat a close match if you try to do it with them still on the card.
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Can't wait to see how this turns out.
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abscate wrote: Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:20 pm
P80 seats are the same from 1994-2000 I believe
Would 1998 S70 Front Seats fit 1997 850?

Alternatively, would swapping driver's with passenger's work -- just the butt-seat portion? It is manually operated.
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Believe so. Bottom parts swap, top parts need slight mods for lumbar and adjust knobs.

In my skin swap thread previous
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1999 C70 to 1999 S70 front seat skin swap. Imperfect but ok 8/10

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TLDR - if you want the factory look a C70 to S70 seat skin swap does not work. Its ok, but not perfect

I recently scored some nice C70 seats and swapped skins onto Evita the 1999 S70

The seat bottoms fit perfectly.

The seat backs are different - there are several differences in positions and bolsters. It look ok cosmetically but some parts of the leather tags are visible - not for the purist.

GIven they were $100 vs 4x $350 I can live with it.

Summary of differences

They aren’t.

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The headrest holes are spaced differently

The mount on the bottom of the seat back skin is a bayonet type, vs hog rings on the S/V70

Accessory handles slightly different

Extra handle for the tip forward function

Seat bottom and foam are identical

Seat back foam is not -,and C70 cars kept mechanical SIPS longer than the S/V70 chassis so the seat back foam won’t match a 1999- S/V70

Im still getting the seat back tight and finalized but it looks ok and feels great





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Hey guys, I know seat skins are not getting any better with time. SCP is having issues with manufacturing due to the virus. Hopefully we will gain some progress this fall. A full set of skins for under $300 per seat OEM factory quality is a real deal. Go ask any upholtry shop. I was quoted $950 for 2 front seats on my T-5R with me providing the alcantara. Tough business but if you want your interior to look nice, might be worth biting the bullet of the car is in otherwise good shape.
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Are these aftermarket seat covers compatible with any internal airbags or other safety measures in the seats? I'm really interested in getting new seat skins.
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That’s unknown territory , Firefox. It’s one of the reasons I like finding good used skins. There does seem to be a difference inside the skins on a SIPS car, so I guess skins for the seat back have to stay on the correct side
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