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    Default R15 back seat in R12?

    I'll try it tomorrow, but I thought someone might know (and possibly save me the trouble). Will the back seat from a R15 fit in a R12?

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    Not sure if the locating tabs are in the same place, but there again it could be made to fit.
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    Anything can be modified to fit with the aid of a 9 inch angle grinder..just saying.

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    Not sure what is the entire range of seats fitted to R15, but if they're the R17 type (two types I know of tombstone and separate headrest), the answer is no. The reason is the bottom half of the R12 is higher and the back has a different mechanism altogether because it doesn't need to flip forward. I have tried this idea myself some time ago, and from foggy memory I think the R17 seats are also a bit narrower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schlitzaugen View Post
    Not sure what is the entire range of seats fitted to R15, but if they're the R17 type (two types I know of tombstone and separate headrest), the answer is no. The reason is the bottom half of the R12 is higher and the back has a different mechanism altogether because it doesn't need to flip forward. I have tried this idea myself some time ago, and from foggy memory I think the R17 seats are also a bit narrower.

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    Its the back seat he is talking about not fronts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 59 Floride View Post
    Anything can be modified to fit with the aid of a 9 inch angle grinder..just saying.
    Yeah, my next project could require a few 9 inch blades....

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    Quote Originally Posted by COL View Post
    Its the back seat he is talking about not fronts.
    I thought the fronts would bolt straight in? Maybe I'm wrong on all fronts?

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    Hi mistareno,
    just went out with torch in hand & the rear seat attachment is the same in both, but the swab attachments are in a different spots. Nothing that a couple of manufactered tabs wouldn't fix!!
    cheers Roger.
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    Thanks. I'll give it a go.

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    You have to post a pick. The back of a 15 or 17 is so comfortable (I should know having pretty much grown up in the back of one). The only downside was getting in. This one has back doors. PERFECT!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mistareno View Post
    I thought the fronts would bolt straight in? Maybe I'm wrong on all fronts?
    Yes I think they will bolt straight in but the seat part is lower as Schlitzaugen has said so may need to lift the seat a bitif you are short.
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    Quote Originally Posted by COL View Post
    Yes I think they will bolt straight in but the seat part is lower as Schlitzaugen has said so may need to lift the seat a bitif you are short.
    Yeah, at 6'4, no problems there. Extra Headroom will be a bonus.
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    Col, I only realised after I posted.

    The problem with using the whole front seat is that it will completely change your driving position and I am not sure it's going to be comfortable. R12 has one of the most comfortable driving positions I have experienced. Low seats are not that comfortable on long drives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mistareno View Post
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    R15/17 seats are to low and narrow and wont work in a 12.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Cavanagh View Post
    R15/17 seats are to low and narrow and wont work in a 12.
    Front or back Dave?

    The back seat fits ok. Just needs the outer locating tabs fabricated.

    I'll see how the fronts go tomorrow.

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    How about some pics Mistareno when all the seats are fitted
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    Quote Originally Posted by COL View Post
    How about some pics Mistareno when all the seats are fitted
    Yeah. Will do. Just gotta fit the front parcel tray back in and fit the rear carpet.

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    The fronts are too narrow, Mr.reno. The rails might be in the same place though (but not sure).
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    I'm going to revive this post and ask if the 15/17 seat in the back of the 12 was ever completed?
    Are there any photos of the finished product?

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    Ha Ha , why would you bother . The back seat of a 15 is like a sink hole!
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    The first 15 I saw was a smashed car at a wreckers in the early 1970's when these cars were new. I looked in to the interior and couldn't believe my eyes. The back seat was so up market then. Dished out for the occupants when every other car had bench rears and even bench front seats were normal. I had to have one just because of the shaped back seats. It was early 80's before our second car was an R15. I still have it in my shed. Although I gave it to my neighbour recently. I love the rear seats.

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    Why?
    Because I have a seat from a 17 which is black and matches the rest of my interior, whereas the current 12 rear seat is brown, so the seat that's free is the seat for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3006882 View Post
    Why?
    Because I have a seat from a 17 which is black and matches the rest of my interior, whereas the current 12 rear seat is brown, so the seat that's free is the seat for me.
    I think given what you have done to the rest of the car though, the 15 rear seat will let it down. It'll look small, odd, and ill-fitting. Best replacing all the seats with four Recaros.
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    R15 rear seats are likely an improvement.
    My R12 rear seats are saggy and barely support my weight. The R15 seats look more supportive.
    I have R18 seats in the front and they are quite comfortable.

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