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Old 11-20-2018, 06:46 PM   #121
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Thanks for posting this mod, I followed suit and got my three turned into a 2. I had a local auto upholstery shop strip the seat for me, then I cut out the middle seat and welded it back together. It went surprisingly well - I opted to weld it back together in the van with the two bases clicked in to avoid any issues with alignment. Dropped it back at the upholstery shop and they modified the foam and fabric as needed. Looks great and frees up so much room!
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Old 11-22-2018, 06:05 PM   #122
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Just in the process of doing this mod. Ive got the seat cut and welded, the cushions cut and glued and will embark on the upholstery or bring it to someone do. In the meantime can anyone comment on how the upholsterers are cutting and sewing the fabric? Jolls mentions in his original write up cutting down the center of the hump. But photos of mods do not show a new seam on the hump. So it would appear that they are taking the fabric apart at the seams and re-stitching. Is this the case? It appeared to me that those seems are stitched with the plastic rails and not easily unstitched and re-stitched but please let me know if anyone has a more detailed procedure I can use. Id love to do it all myself and am on the home stretch! Otherwise I might have to bring it in to a shop. Thanks in advance!


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Old 11-22-2018, 06:09 PM   #123
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Just in the process of doing this mod. Ive got the seat cut and welded, the cushions cut and glued and will embark on the upholstery or bring it to someone do. In the meantime can anyone comment on how the upholsterers are cutting and sewing the fabric? Jolls mentions in his original write up cutting down the center of the hump. But photos of mods do not show a new seam on the hump. So it would appear that they are taking the fabric apart at the seams and re-stitching. Is this the case? It appeared to me that those seems are stitched with the plastic rails and not easily unstitched and re-stitched but please let me know if anyone has a more detailed procedure I can use. Id love to do it all myself and am on the home stretch! Otherwise I might have to bring it in to a shop. Thanks in advance!


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Use a seam ripper and split at seat seam plastic rail comes off. You need to reattach it.

The back is harder because you have to cut and rebuild a corner to avoid making a seam in middle. Or you can just make a seam on back support since it's not that visible.




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Old 12-02-2018, 02:41 PM   #124
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Use a seam ripper and split at seat seam plastic rail comes off. You need to reattach it.

The back is harder because you have to cut and rebuild a corner to avoid making a seam in middle. Or you can just make a seam on back support since it's not that visible.




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I'm in the middle of two seats right now. Here is a picture of what I was referring to for taking the seam apart and pulling off the plastic retention strip.

This is the back of the upper part. You will need to do some additional cuts and joins on the curved part that goes under the foam.




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Old 12-07-2018, 03:58 PM   #125
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Success! Thank you for the write up, would not have had the confidence to do this without your write up! We installed slightly smaller diameter tubing inside each cut section and welded that, for additional strength. The sewing/cutting of the fabric was a piece of cake, and I used rivets to secure the plastic backing piece.

The variable that is still unknown, is how the two kids will take to being so close together. My wife has already referred to the "love seat" as a "hate seat". But hey, its way easier to get bow to stern now.

Thanks again!
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Old 12-07-2018, 05:03 PM   #126
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Bike bum:
Thanks for your thanks! Nice contribution with using rivets on the plastic seat back... I never thought of that!
Good luck with the new love/hate seat!
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