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    How to: 2001 Camaro SS seats swap to 2004 Cavalier (direct swap)

    Well the pictures dont do it justice (as they were taken on an iPhone and the driver done side at night), but I finally picked up a good deal on some 2001 Camaro SS black leather seats for my Cavalier and installed them the same day (today).

    Firstly, the install is 2/10 on a scale (1 easy, 10 hard). The only reason its a 2 is because the driver side can be a slight PITA if you cant get to the bolts and there is wiring for the seat belt dash light.

    Pros: looks way better, slightly lower/narrower than cav seats, leather, direct bolt on, stiffer ride but feels good in corners/good lumbar. Ebony leather matches the gray cavalier interior perfectly.
    Cons: not nearly as much 'cushion' or padding, stiffer ride quality (more sporty than comfort), leather can be easier to ruin than fabric and cold/hot temps will affect it too (fabric doesnt get cold/hot).

    Only modification is to swap the rails, bolt patterns are identical. You will also have to figure out how to customize your seat belt guides. Im just going to cut a slit in the top of each and slide the belt in, similar to how the Cavys already are.

    I made a quick/sloppy how to just incase someone wants to do it, but you can figure it out on your own if you know how to turn a wrench/socket. The Camaro seats didnt come with rails, so I didnt have to remove anything from those.

    Tools required: 1/2 socket (1/2 deep socket if you have it for driver front bolt), 6in extension (optional), socket wrench, and I used a wratchet wrench (closed end), this sped things up IMMENSELY!

    Time to completion: < 1 hour (if you vacuum and tinker with things like i do, maybe 2 hours)

    1. Unbolt the 4 1/2 nuts holding the seats down, lift seats out.
    1.a - driver side has a wire coming from the floor to the seat belt for the belt warning when youre not buckled up, you have to unclip this. Its clipped into the center crossmember under the seat.
    2. using the same 1/2 socket/wratcheting wrench, remove the 4 1/2 bolts holding the seat rails onto the bottom of the seat. (you may have to move the slider around to get better access to the bolts). The wratchet wrench is WAY easier and saves a lot of time, but you may have to use the extension to get some of these out as the wrenches dont necessarily fit (youll see why if you look at one up close).
    3. place the same corresponding seat rail (pass to pass, driver to driver), in the reverse method.
    4. be sure when putting the driver side seat back you reconnect the seat belt sensor.
    **you may want to vacuum the carpet and clean your console and other bits up before reinstalling, because you know this is the last chance for a while youll have to clean it and pick up those McDonalds fries and coins you spilled

    also, if you have any questions let me know. not the best pics, but it works and its very easy and worth the upgrade.













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    thank u. thread has been stickied

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    Thanks for posting this buddy, love the look of the camaro seats!
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    Nice write up!

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    thanks guys, I think they turned out pretty nice myself!
    Definitely an upgrade, but takes some gettin' used to since they're thinner/stiffer than the thick cushion seats of a Cavalier!
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    I'll have to keep an eye out for a pair of these; I'd love to have some more support for the twisties, and these seats are plentiful.

    Thanks for the writeup.

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