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Old 06-14-2014, 10:50 PM   #1
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Both my power seat switch boxes are more junk than not. I already pulled them and installed manual seats from a 740, but the stitching/patterns don't match, the leather is harder, etc. Can I remove the power bracket assemblies and bolt my old seats to the manual rails?
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Old 06-15-2014, 12:34 AM   #2
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I think the best is to move the covers/cushions you want, to the manual frames.
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Old 06-15-2014, 03:18 AM   #3
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I did this once using 91 740 manual frames with the 940 covers.

Need the seatbelt/pocket trim in your color/year range but it works.

Time consuming but no more miserable power seats.
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Old 06-15-2014, 08:01 AM   #4
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I've got a 945 with the same issue. In thinking about it, aren't there two ways to address this problem?

One way (the more commonly discussed one) is to take the seat foams and covers from the power seats and move them to the manual seat frame.
And that would make sense if you have motors that aren't working.

But if it's just the switches that have crapped out (as is the case with my car), wouldn't I be able to replace the poorly designed Volvo switches with a better set of switches. Electronics supply on-line sources would certainly have more robust and reliable switches, and I could make a plate to have them sit where the original POS switches were.

Anyone out there ever done this?

And yes, I know I'd still have the heavy power seats, but having the ability to have the seat recline on long trips is my goal. They're very comfortable seats and the leather is still in good shape, just that they have OEM switches that break if you look at them the wrong way.
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Old 06-15-2014, 12:33 PM   #5
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That sounds horrible. Is there a good write up on this?
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Old 06-15-2014, 12:39 PM   #6
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That sounds horrible. Is there a good write up on this?
I just happened to see this thread; have been looking for one myself so I'd definitely say I'm in the same boat as you gents. I just flat out don't like power seats, it's annoying once the motors age and die / bind up on half of the actual seating positions on the rail.
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Old 06-15-2014, 04:58 PM   #7
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Both my power seat switch boxes are more junk than not. I already pulled them and installed manual seats from a 740, but the stitching/patterns don't match, the leather is harder, etc. Can I remove the power bracket assemblies and bolt my old seats to the manual rails?
I switched from power to manual and put the power seat leather on the manual frame and cushions. The frame is different between power and manual so only power frames bolt to power rails etc.
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If you need the storage bin/outboard seat cover for these manual seats, I have a really nice set in gray available!
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