flamaest
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Re: Howto: Adding more padding to front seats

Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:09 pm

Good job and congrats! Now to get the seat back open for foam insertion....

scbolt
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Re: Howto: Adding more padding to front seats

Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:52 am

globecanvas wrote:
flamaest wrote:Hello everybody,

I was able to install some high density foam in the form of two different sheets, side by side, using the video provided by the user who started this thread.



I picked up two of what appears to be the same gardening knee pad that you show in your photo for comparison purposes, at the local Rite Aid, for $2 each. The brand is Bloom and the size is about 7-1/4" by 14". They are exactly the right size to slip under the seat cushion, one on either side of the seat heating wire, with no cutting required.

I did this modification today. It cost $4, took about 10 minutes, required no tools, and is completely reversible, It completely fixes the uncomfortable seat problem.


Do you remember how thick these pads were? I am trying to decide how much "lift" I should look into adding to the seats -- 1 inch? 1/2 inch? 1-1/2 inch? 2 inch?

flamaest
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Re: Howto: Adding more padding to front seats

Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:30 am

Normally, half-inch is about enough. If you go much thicker than 1 inch then you will start to notice deformities in the top of the seat after it's installed.

globecanvas
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Re: Howto: Adding more padding to front seats

Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:59 am

scbolt wrote:Do you remember how thick these pads were? I am trying to decide how much "lift" I should look into adding to the seats -- 1 inch? 1/2 inch? 1-1/2 inch? 2 inch?


The pads were about 1/2" thick. More than that would have been difficult to fit the seat upholstery over.

k0an
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Re: Howto: Adding more padding to front seats

Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:34 am

Thanks for posting instructions on this. I'm also hoping that Chevy will step up and do this fix. Here's a petition if anybody wants to sign it:
https://www.change.org/p/general-motors ... ront-seats

robbertPatrison
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Re: Howto: Adding more padding to front seats

Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:48 pm

Instead of adding foam, I ripped out foam from the side skirts of the seat bottom. That makes the seat bottom wider and flatter. It is easy to do and quick: just unclip the sides and poke in a finger to start ripping foam.

After this this 'foam-o-suction' the seat is actually quite comfortable, because the main problem is the side pressure of the narrow seat.

k0an
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Re: Howto: Adding more padding to front seats

Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:17 pm

While following these instructions I figured out why some people are having left hip pain. There is a huge bolt sticking out. See my post: viewtopic.php?f=10&t=7293

DNAinaGoodWay
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Re: Howto: Adding more padding to front seats

Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:22 am

globecanvas wrote:
scbolt wrote:Do you remember how thick these pads were? I am trying to decide how much "lift" I should look into adding to the seats -- 1 inch? 1/2 inch? 1-1/2 inch? 2 inch?


The pads were about 1/2" thick. More than that would have been difficult to fit the seat upholstery over.


Any problem stretching the upholstery and reattaching the clips?
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globecanvas
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Re: Howto: Adding more padding to front seats

Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:38 am

DNAinaGoodWay wrote:
globecanvas wrote:
scbolt wrote:Do you remember how thick these pads were? I am trying to decide how much "lift" I should look into adding to the seats -- 1 inch? 1/2 inch? 1-1/2 inch? 2 inch?


The pads were about 1/2" thick. More than that would have been difficult to fit the seat upholstery over.


Any problem stretching the upholstery and reattaching the clips?


No, it was no problem.

desiv
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Re: Howto: Adding more padding to front seats

Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:48 pm

Just a thought..

I see that some people have used foam garden kneeling pads..

Are there any concerns around fire retardance and the heated seats?

If you are putting it under the other foam, does it matter?

Just want to make sure I don't make things too much worse if I try.. ;-)

Thanx,

desiv

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