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Old 03-19-2006, 04:13 AM
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Thumbs up Rear seat elastic holder?

I know we've all seen the droppy holder on the back of seats on various 80s S and E class... but has anyone ever fixed this? I would think a simple piece of elastic from a sewing/fabric store would probably work okay but am curious if that would be a quality solution...

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Old 03-19-2006, 11:51 AM
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I bought a universal elastic trunk cargo net on ebay for $10 and I have about 20 feet left of elastic in my tool box. Let me know if you want a cut for shipping cost.

1) Take the screw at the bottom of the seat back out and side the back off.
2) 2 screws on the top corners of the plastic elastic holder and the bottom un-clips.
3) The elastic upper has 2 metal clips crimped on which hold into in the plastic, a flat screw driver and pliers are all you need to uncrimp and re-crimp the metal clips on to the new elastic.
NOTE: Obviously don't measure the old stretched out elastic, you want the new to have slight tension across.

Please take photos for an DIY write-up.
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Old 03-19-2006, 02:31 PM
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Seems easy enough, you have a PM.
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Old 03-19-2006, 02:52 PM
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Instead of replacing the elastic cord, I just used a "toggle" like they have on jacket and bag drawstrings to tighten or loosen the webbing.
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Old 04-14-2006, 01:24 AM
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I did the sewing store fix. They have several widths and shapes to choose from. Cost a whopping $3.00. I reused the metal cord holders that were on the original. I used an awl and needle nose pliers to get them off. I used lineman pliers to recrimp them. It's a quick fix requires little skill and money and looks 100% better.
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I just did this fix a few days ago. I agree, cheap and easy fix and looks like a million bucks when you're done! Black 1/4" elastic was 81 cents at Wally World, and I have enough left to do each pocket one more time each (will keep it as spare). Took all of 30 minutes to do, very satisfying...
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I know this is an old thread but for anyone seeking a fix for this, an alternative is getting the seat backs from an 89-91 boneyard model. On the 126, it's a direct replacement and they have the more modern leather pocket instead of the cargo net. A five minute job, too.
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I just replaced the elastic on my seat backs, and took a few pictures. For parts I used 1/4 inch elastic I bought at Hobby Lobby for 89 cents.
Picture 1 is my saggy seat backs.
Picture 2 is removing the phillips screw at the center bottom of the back. With the screw out pull straight down and the back will come off.
Picture 3 remove the two screws on the back to remove the net holders.
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Picture 1 shows the replacement cord I used, and the crimped on metal sleeves that secured it.
Picture 2 and 3. I used four number 10 washers, and looped the elastic through them and tied a square knot (retired sailor). I stuck the flat elastic into the slots on the seat back.
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Picture 1 and 2 show the washers inserted into the slots.
Picture 3 show the seat back put together.
Picture 4 shows the back re-installed.

I did both seat backs in 30 minutes, using 89 cents of elastic and four used washers.

I thank those who post here, you've saved me money and time beyonf belief, hope this helped someone. Chuck
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Picture 1 and 2 show the washers inserted into the slots.
Picture 3 show the seat back put together.
Picture 4 shows the back re-installed.

I did both seat backs in 30 minutes, using 89 cents of elastic and four used washers.

I thank those who post here, you've saved me money and time beyonf belief, hope this helped someone. Chuck
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