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    Quote Originally Posted by Junkman2008 View Post
    The movement I'm talking about is ONLY a inch or so. Definitely not enough to block your view and you really have to stand on the brakes to get that. How far is yours moving forward? If it does it when you brake hard, you should be able to move it the same amount while sitting still and using your hand. Can you?
    Yes I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junkman2008 View Post
    The movement I'm talking about is ONLY a inch or so. Definitely not enough to block your view and you really have to stand on the brakes to get that. How far is yours moving forward? If it does it when you brake hard, you should be able to move it the same amount while sitting still and using your hand. Can you?
    Yes I can. And you really don't have to stand on brake that hard to cause seat to move. Incendently, the drivers seat has the same amount of forward play when siting still.

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    I have the back of my seats laid back almost to the waterfall. It sounds like yours are darn near straight up. Are they?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Junkman2008 View Post
    I have the back of my seats laid back almost to the waterfall. It sounds like yours are darn near straight up. Are they?
    Yes

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    One way to nail it for sure, make a short video showing your seats and how much they move. Then I can tell you definitely if you have a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mez View Post
    It is no secret that of the C5 & C6 seats have a reputation for being less than satisfactory in the area comfort and lateral support.

    Over the last year or so, I've developed a repair procedure and want to share it with everyone. I wanted to see how it worked out in my car over time and can say the seat feel its 100% better than OEM.

    There are two problems this fixes:
    1. The bottom side bolsters from the factory do not have any support under them. So as you climb in/out of the seat, the outside bolster foam tears as it sits on the steel seat frame and quickly goes flat.
    2. The steel wires in the center cut into the bottom foam and quickly cause the foam to sag and pinching around the hip area. I found this extremely uncomfortable after only few minutes.


    Send me an email if you would like more information on where to get the repair kit.

    Here are the photos of a recent rebuild on my C6 seat. The C5 and C6 seats are basically the same under the cover. The information below is just the high points.


    1. Remove bolt covers and unbolt seat.



    2. Disconnect wires harness and remove seat from car. This is a a photo of the C6 connector but the C5 connectors are similar.




    3. Remove recline lever, remove side controls, cut numerous hog rings, peal back Velcro, and until string holding bottom seat cover then pull out bottom seat cushion.





    4. Using spray upholstery contact cement, attach new ballistic nylon to the underside of seat foam. The center support wires cut into the foam quickly causing the bottom seat cushion to sag. This brings the OEM foam back to its original position and stops the wires from cutting into it.






    5. Note the large gap between the support wires and the seat frame wear the bolsters are positioned. Using spray contact cement, attach the high density upholstery foam blocks A & C to underside of bolster area. This adds the missing support under the bolsters.





    6. Add Blocks B & D in lower section. Attach jute pad on top of center wires to make the seat more firm. This is optional and you should try this out before reinstalling the seat to see if you like the firmer feel.





    7. Reassembled and Finished. Note that the outer bolster is back to its original height and shape.




    8. Reinstall.

    I would love information on where to get the kit. I would incorporate it into the process of replacing the seat covers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rgsexaue View Post
    I would love information on where to get the kit. I would incorporate it into the process of replacing the seat covers.
    You don't need a kit, you can make your own. That's what I did with my seat rebuild thread. Don't pay the Corvette tax.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rgsexaue View Post
    I would love information on where to get the kit. I would incorporate it into the process of replacing the seat covers.
    I would like to have more details sent to wcbarkdull @gmail.com I want to rebuild the drivers seat, passenger seat is good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoosierdaddy View Post
    I would like to have more details sent to wcbarkdull @gmail.com I want to rebuild the drivers seat, passenger seat is good.

    Thanks,
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    Why not just get the materials yourself? There was no "kit" when I did my seats, I just made it up as I went. Even did a write up here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GFLVETTE2 View Post
    I had 3 bladders, 2 for the lumbar and 1 on the seat base. They are Sport Seats. I do know that the base did get firm when I hit the button, now it don't raise. There are 4 switches on the seat. Thanks and please advise.
    The switch in the back position is for the sides to come in and hug you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GFLVETTE2 View Post
    The rear switch is for the seat sides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junkman2008 View Post
    A lot of times, those bladders go bad. GM wants $800 to replace them (parts only). When I refurbished my seats, I replaced those bladders with some medical bladders that are a little more stout that the stock ones. They work like a charm and give excellent support. I also reinforced my seat but I didn't buy any kit. I just made it up. It's funny how a kit mysteriously showed up on Corvette Central. You can make your own for less than $10 bucks. That's some serious Corvette tax that they are charging!

    Here are the old bladders and the bladders that I used as a replacement. The old, leaky ones:

    The replacements (cost was around $49)




    Here's how I reinforced the seat. I covered the fiberglass edge and taped the hell out of it so that it would no longer bust through the bolster after replacing the foam and leather:

    For the bottom, I bought some really hard carpet like you would find at the front door to the unemployment office and laid it on the springs. That was over 3 years ago and my seats are showing no wear in those problem areas. I drive the hell out of my car so it gets a lot of use.

    Don't pay that Corvette tax!
    Junkman2008 - I just took my C5 sport seat apart and found all the bladders are broke. I found a source for ADC bladders but I do have 2 questions: What size bladders did you use??? and How did you fasten the bladders to the plastic bladder support??? Your solution is be far the best I have seen for bladder replacement, just need a little clarification on the above questions.

    Thanks for sharing you ideas with us rookies.

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    I find the repair kit is exactly what I wanted. It has everything I needed and has instructions.

    The price you pay for ANYTHING is more than the cost of the raw materials. And, yes, you can go out and buy the raw materials for less, but the kit save me time I don't want to spend looking for the right materials comes right to my front door.

    Its like a friend of mine that complains about the cost of everything including a pizza. Yes, you can buy all the stuff for a pizza for a lot less than you can get it at Domino's. But it cooked an and ready to eat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcsevan View Post
    Junkman2008 - I just took my C5 sport seat apart and found all the bladders are broke. I found a source for ADC bladders but I do have 2 questions: What size bladders did you use??? and How did you fasten the bladders to the plastic bladder support??? Your solution is be far the best I have seen for bladder replacement, just need a little clarification on the above questions.

    Thanks for sharing you ideas with us rookies.
    The sizes are listed on the boxes. I bought 2 of each, an adult and a child size.



    I believe that I used Gorilla Tape to hold them in place but it has been so long that I can't remember. I need to remove that seat cover again so maybe I will remember to look at it when I do. Once the seat is put back together, they ain't going anywhere.
    "Marines - Making the other guy die for his country for over 200 years."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junkman2008 View Post
    The sizes are listed on the boxes. I bought 2 of each, an adult and a child size.



    I believe that I used Gorilla Tape to hold them in place but it has been so long that I can't remember. I need to remove that seat cover again so maybe I will remember to look at it when I do. Once the seat is put back together, they ain't going anywhere.
    Thanks for the info, I will now proceed.

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