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Old 11-10-2010, 06:48 AM   #1
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In looking at some interior shots of folks trucks here, I see that most are suffering from the same delima I am: lower drivers seat left bolster sag. I'm assuming it's from the years of sliding in and out of the seat.

Has anyone replaced their lower seat foam? If so, where did you buy it? I went to an apolstry shop the other day, and they quoted me $125.00 to replace the lower foam cushion. They said it would be much better than the stock foam used, as it's less prone to sagging and deterioration.

Anyone do anything different?
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my uncle had an 05 and he had the seats re done to fix that problem....i dont remember the cost.. but it did was way better.. i almost drove 2 and a half hours just to swap him drivers seats before he sold it lol
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...I've been thinking about that same issue. I do plan on getting some sort of steps in the near future. This '06 seat height is several inches higher than my old '92 seat was. I might spring for a $125 refurbishment after that.
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I don't know which forum I found it on but there is a 3 part video from katskins leather on how to recover your own seats and you can buy the factory foam from Ford parts. My seat heater on the driver's side is currently not functioning and I plan on replacing the lower seat foam when I repair the heater. The video tells you everything you need to know.
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I know alot of guys that I ride motorcycles with have redone their stocks seats for the same reason. They take them to a local shop and have the stock foam undercut and better firmer supporting foam added underneath so the seat will still have the same shape since it is using the same top layer but will have better support from the upgraded foam base. Uses the original cover material as well. Might be a good option for what you are describing.
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Default Not only the bolster but holed through the seat cover

Getting in and out without the side steps (rails) has worn a hole through the seat cover where there's a nice sharp edge of the seat frame. I'll be looking to get all of this repaired at some time in the near future.
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Great topic! Mine is doing this (I bought the truck used, but maybe my bigger frame is accelerating the deterioration) and I want to fix it. Has anyone thought of using memory foam or latex foam to replace those cushions? I bet those would be more comfortable and retain their shape in the long run.
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Getting in and out without the side steps (rails) has worn a hole through the seat cover where there's a nice sharp edge of the seat frame. I'll be looking to get all of this repaired at some time in the near future.
I have the same issue, and almost every used F-150 I looked at before I bought mine had the same EXACT problem.

I'd love to see a better solution than just 'cover it up with a seat cover'.
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i used to work at an auto upholstery shop and the best option is having them replace the panels in the seat that are ripped and a foam buildup which is what was described earlier with cutting out some of the foam underneath and replacing it with firmer foam... i've found that all trucks have their disadvantages and fords have a burr on the metal that tends to cut through the foam and then hit the cover so when they build it up ask them to put some heavy fabric on the underside of the foam... you won't feel it but it'll preserve the foam longer... the gms and dodge's are worse as dodge offers no support at all and gm seat frames crack and split so it feels like you're sitting on a toilet, i've welded hundreds of gm truck seats
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Not kidding- I put a girdle on mine. removed 4 bolts holding seat to frame, pulled upholstery loose on front and right side, peeled it carefully back as far as possible. Realized foam I had would not work. Thought about it- then took two old t-shirts, cut across to make two 6 inch knit bands. Pulled existing foam up at front, worked one band, then the next, over entire cushion, like a wide rubber band wrapped around a sponge. Smoothed it down, then pulled upholstery back in place. Worked some poly batting in between wire mesh and left side of cushion bottom for good measure. Bolted back onto frame. Don't know how long it will last, but looks, feels great. I'm sitting upright now- hardest part was getting bolts aligned to re-inset.
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