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Old 03-22-2003, 06:42 PM
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power vs non power rear seat swap

I'd like to swap the rear seat cushion from my 1991 560 SEL with one from a 1991 420 SEL since the leather on the 420 seat is in much better condition than the 560. The 560 rear seats are power recliner and are heated while the 420 is not. My question is this. Can the 420 seat be made to fit and retain the heating and reclining features or are the seats totally incompatible to thye point that it can't be done?

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Old 03-22-2003, 07:04 PM
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I'm sure it can be done if you have the patience and fortitude to try.

Look at this. That will give a little insight to what you'll have to do. As far as attachment in the 560, nothing should change because you will use your seat frame, just move the new leather to your seat.

It's a long slow process, but my results were well worth the effort. Granted I only did the front seats. The rear seats have a couple extra pleats, at approximately 30-40 minutes per pleat.
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Old 12-01-2003, 08:18 PM
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Rear seats?

I want to do this to rear seats. I have 300 and want the heated/recliners in the rear. My question is what about the wiring? Would the 300 be prewired? How much trouble would it be to wire/install? You guys have any idea?
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Old 12-21-2003, 01:28 PM
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I have a 92 600sel. My rear seats don't actuate currently. Can't imagine the motors used much/burned up. Switches, fuses more likely. Never had seats pulled/disconnected. How difficult & how?
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