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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-18-2011, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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Major Interior Upgrades...

Been collecting various bits and pieces for upgrades and this weekend will be going into overdrive! Like a tazmanian devil on crack I've torn out the back seats, rear deck covering, "A","B" and "C" post trim, and most of the stuff holding up the headliner.

While I had the rear seats out I decided to see about doing something to try to improve how quiet the car is. So now I've got "Q" Pads to insulate the flooring, (Want Crypt-like quiet)

So this weekend will be the OTIS install, lighted keyring install and oh yeah did I mention the leather seats?! Yup. One hell of a deal. Full set from 99 LHS (will need a bit of mod for bolt in patterns but worth it.) When I say "hell of a deal" I mean $65 for the entire set!! I've also got a set of Rockford Fosgate 4way 6x9's to go in the rear deck. Now to run wire to second amp and perhaps if time allows "Q" pad the doors.

I must remember to take before and after pics!
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Um... the seats will bolt in with no mods...

CONGRATS!

Take pics along the way...
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Sounds like fun! Pics for sure! What are Q pads??

If you want Crypt Quiet....
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"Q" pads are a less expensive sound deadening material kinda like dynomat. Not sure how much difference they will make but I thought it might be worth a shot.

I mis-typed about the seats... they are from a earlier year model LHS. The bottom seat is screwed on not pushed into the tabs in the floor. The rear seats have the center armrest but where the seat is attached on the bottom the metal strips are set closer to the center of the car. Your right they fit, but can't be bolted down without changing either the seat frame or fabricating some kind of bracket.

I've also been toying with the thought of just taking the covers off the rear seats and putting the leather ones over the old forms. Seems they have the same plastic channel clips.... I haven't gotten to the front seats yet but I did notice that the passenger side is powered. My old one wasn't. I'm hoping its nothing more than running a jumper wire to the power.
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The fronts will just bolt in, and for power you just need +12 and ground. I don't know what the plugs are like under the carpet of a second gen - if you had a first gen I know the correct plug is likely strapped to the floor under the carpet.

As for the rears, there is some chance that you can just change out the frames. The one second gen - to - first gen I did would NOT swap frames - we had to actually remove the second gen frame and cut and weld the tabs in the right spot, the adjust where the top clips were for the back rest of the seat. As for bottom, it was just a frame swap and we were good. The problem we had with the seat back rest I believe was because that specific 1st gen car was designed with the built in baby seat, so you might have better luck.
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Gonna have fun no doubt! I've dry fitted the rear seats and the tabs up top match, I might just have to see about removing the lower seat covering and see if it will fit on the old cushion/frame.

The other thing I had a question about was the drivers seat has some wear on the left exterior. No damage per se, just color faded/came off. Is there a spray dye that's recommended or just leave it be and drive it? I don't want to put anything on it that would rub off on pants as it got older.

Thanks for the wiring tip! I figured it wouldn't be too bad a install. I only wish mine were heated.
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you'll have to get 2nd gen seats to get heated. Sounds good though. Take pics! I wanna see 1st gen seats in a 2nd gen heh.
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Wait, those are fiberglass? Umm, that may not be what you are looking for if you really want a quiet ride. Look for a butyl based deadener (kills rattling) and a mass loaded vinyl (kills exterior noises). However, since it sounds like you already have them, I hope they do in fact accomplish your goals.
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The "Q" pads are a vinyl/butyl based deadener. What exactly is mass loaded vinyl? Extra thick pads?
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http://www.amazon.com/Fibreglass-Evercoat-116-Q-Pads-Deadener/dp/B000P70UP8 is why I thought it was fiberglass.

As far as the MLV, it normally comes in 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick sheets and is used to block out unwanted sounds whereas deadener, which is normally a butyl layer topped with aluminum, is used to dampen the vibrations of the metal panels. That was the shortened version. If you want to really learn about it, read this PDF, it has some great information however it is not a short read. If you would like, I can send you many links to some great product as well as some personal recommendations.

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Thanks man I'll check it out!!
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.......couldnt these be retrofit..?
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If the op wants that functionality, then yes. The issue would be the wiring and switches. Not really all that hard, but If it has variable temps or needs a certain voltage, you would need to account for that prior the install.
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Gonna have fun no doubt! I've dry fitted the rear seats and the tabs up top match, I might just have to see about removing the lower seat covering and see if it will fit on the old cushion/frame.

The other thing I had a question about was the drivers seat has some wear on the left exterior. No damage per se, just color faded/came off. Is there a spray dye that's recommended or just leave it be and drive it? I don't want to put anything on it that would rub off on pants as it got older.

Thanks for the wiring tip! I figured it wouldn't be too bad a install. I only wish mine were heated.
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