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Old 09-14-2010, 07:18 PM   #1
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For some reason, after only 230,000 miles the seat on my tow vehicle is shot. Is the best move to have it rebuilt or should I go junk yard hopping. By the way, what would fit a 97 F250?
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For some reason, after only 230,000 miles the seat on my tow vehicle is shot. Is the best move to have it rebuilt or should I go junk yard hopping. By the way, what would fit a 97 F250?
That's an awful lot of miles............for a seat.

How many on the TV???

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For some reason, after only 230,000 miles the seat on my tow vehicle is shot. Is the best move to have it rebuilt or should I go junk yard hopping. By the way, what would fit a 97 F250?
Rodney, I would say replace it if the spring/frame is sagging or broken. Otherwise you may want to just consider taking it to an upholstery shop and having them replace the foam and padding and make new covers in the original look and color. The junk/scrap/salvage yards would be a cheaper way to go for a replacement. All junk/salvage yards have the ability to tell you what model years parts will fit your pick-up. Happy Trails, Ed
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I've gone both routes, once each. The salvage seat was as ugly as the original but worked well. With another vehicle I tried an an upholstery shop - recommended by my favorite car dealer - and the results were reversed. I also tried ordering online from another recommended source, with similar disappointing results. I was able to return that one - no problem - but I decided I prefer the "see before you buy" approach.

Your local truck accessories shop will probably be able to order custom/replacement seats but you may not be able to try out a sample. Or you may find a manufacturer with a "local showroom", but when I tried that route the showroom turned out to be somebody's garage and they weren't home.

All in all, the junker swap turned out to be the most satisfying - and cheapest - solution.
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