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Old 06-07-2009, 04:21 PM
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Follow up:

Seeing as my driver's side turned out so well, I wondered what condition my passenger side seat was in.


Amazingly enough, it was in perfect shape. But I just bought this babee in September of 2008 and I want it to last me through the long haul. So I went to work on it just as I'd done the driver's side.

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The initial post and pictures are from cntryby of the Dodge Diesel Forum. They are his pictures and his truck. The pictures to follow are from my project on my truck.

The tools you'll need:


Ball Peen Hammer and Phillips Head Screw Driver.
I don't have heated or motorized seats so the upholstery removal was quite easy.
If you have either, it may involve more screws or a bit more intense and detailed parts removal.

The Materials:



3M Super 77 (washes off your hands with soap & water)


1"x22"x22" Green Foam from Hobby Lobby (approx. $5.99)


1"x14"x14" White Foam from Hobby Lobby (approx. $3.99)
I used 2" on my driver's side and I like it better.
But, the store was out and i settled for 1".


1 - Half Yard of Burlap from Hobby Lobby (approx. $2.99)
If you cut your pieces right, you can use 1/2 yd for both seats.
It all depends on the condition of the foam. Get 1 yrd for good measure.

Removal of the upholstery is pretty easy, except for the front hook. The nice thing about this is Dodge no longer uses the old hog rings. The plastic hooks are sewn right in. It can get tricky. Push down on the seat cushion for slack in the material and the hooks won't give you much problem.
Here's what you'll have after you unhook the seat cover and remove the cushion.


Take your ball peen hammer and knock down any slag, sharp metal edges and so on.
You can glue burlap over the edges if you'd like.
I didn't on either seat, but it can't hurt.



Glue the burlap to the bottom of the foam to prevent snowing under the seat as age and wear sets in.



Although nothing was wrong with this cushion, I went in and reinforced it with extra burlap for good measure.



Use the 1" green Foam on the top of the cushion.
I'm not a professional at this as you can tell.
Thank goodness the seat cover will help the foam conform to the right shap.
Also, if you can find 1/2" foam, it'll probably do you better.



The knuckle buster of it all is getting the cushion back in position.
There's a tab that has to be pulled over the back part of the seat.
Once you've got the seat in position and aligned with the recliner adjustment arm, you're ready to take it home.
BE SURE to match up and attach the velcro parts of the seat cover to keep definition in the seat.



Viola! Ready for the road.
The passenger side seat isn't as POOFY as my driver's side, because I only used the 1" foam under the base of the seat. If you use the 2", be prepared to ride in luxury
and a little higher than usual until the seat settles in. My passenger seat won't be used as much as some others, so I'm not concerned with the difference. It just looked really flat along side my newly repaired driver's side. I had to attempt to make them match....and they do to the unknowing rider.

Hope you guys like and approve this thread.
I hope you get your seats back in shape as easily as I did.
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Nice write up! Beans for that!
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Old 06-08-2009, 06:45 PM
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What a great write up! I will prob use this in the future. The bolster on my drivers seat was so bad that it was giving me lower back problems from sitting at an angle. BUT.... if anyone is looking for a quick fix, I just switched the the drivers coushion with the the passenger side, its like brand new, and the job took about 15 min.
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First let me say thank you for the write up. I printed it off and was going to fix my seat problem. It's so hard to drive my truck because the comfort is gone. However, my Ram has heated seats and a side panel. The side panel can be unscrewed but something is actually attached that goes under the seat. I believe that to be the heating device. I tried and tried and then tried some more to get the seat cover to off and has to be sewn into something or something is under there that I can't see that is preventing me from removing it. I can get my hand up under the foam but not over the side to see what is keeping the cover from moving. Does anybody have any suggestions?
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Excellent write up . Never knew it would be that easy . Beans for that .
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excellent write up!!! i will have to try this as the seat isnt as comfy as it used to be. the only bad thing is for me that i have the older model(99) and the cloth on the side has already torn. will have to try to get a new one before i add cushion
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Great write up! Did this on my '04 with success.

The foam was in tatters as well as the wire/spring framework. The replacemet is even easier when you take the seat out of the cab. Requires a 13mm Deep socket to remove the four bolts.
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After a bit of arguing with the dealer I finally got them to replace the foam cushion on my '08, they claim it is wear and tear and should not be covered by the warranty. Sorry but anything that fails after 25k km's is not normal. Anyways they agreed to change it once for me, what can I do to try and prevent the new one from failing or is it just going to fail no matter what?
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After a bit of arguing with the dealer I finally got them to replace the foam cushion on my '08, they claim it is wear and tear and should not be covered by the warranty. Sorry but anything that fails after 25k km's is not normal. Anyways they agreed to change it once for me, what can I do to try and prevent the new one from failing or is it just going to fail no matter what?
My personal opinion, seeing as how I'm going to get my dealer to do mine, also, is until they improve the material, they are just replacing it with the same stuff, so, eventually, it will happen again. Until I can get the step bars, I've just gotten into a better habit of not sliding out of the seat getting out and just making a better jump for it when getting in, lol! BTW, welcome to the forum, since I see this is your first post! Be sure to introduce yourself to everyone in the Newbie Checkin and get your official Ram Z welcome!

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My 2005 Ram 2500 has 82K miles on it now. I have had the seat rebuilt 3 times by the dealer and it needs a fourth. The manual lumbar adjust keeps breaking. The foam keeps deteriorating to the point that the metal frame is pushing into my backside and sending pain down thru mt right leg. It is downright unbearable. And the cover on the back has consistently had the hinge brackets/framing push thru the seat cover and the base cover has had seams separate and things protrude thru cover. These are the worst seats I have ever had in a vehicle and I have had plenty. Hell, my 1980 Datsun 310 hatchback had better seats than this truck. I am going to try these tips. Now granted, I am 6'2 345 lbs...but this is supposed to be a Heavy Duty work truck so I never buy the crap that it's normal wear.
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