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I am finding the seat bottoms to be too firm? - my right but cheek :) starts hurting after 30 minutes in the seat. Wife finds the passenger seat fine. Any ideas on how to soften part of the seat bottom?
 

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Drive more?

Seriously - over time, the cushions and support structure of the seat will change and "soften" up. It's the nature of foam.

It may be just a situation of changing the way you sit in the seat - move a bit more to one side or the other? If you have a power seat adjustment, you could (in theory) add a gel pad or some other type of cushion to sit on, but this would also impact your left side and if that's fine, then ...

Question - which side do you carry your wallet on? I'd suggest taking your wallet out of the back pocket when driving and see if that helps.

The cushions and the support structure (in the old days - springs) will be pretty much the same left to right, no one side being firmer than the other. But time will (as with all things in life) sag and squish that foam cushion and/or the support structure. Short of having a custom molded seat cushion, there's not much to do.

But try sitting a bit more "this way or that way" and see if that helps. If you're using cruise control, shift where your leg rests... If you're not using cruise control, start using it - see if that helps. And if you have your wallet in your right back pocket (as most guys often do) pull it out when you're driving and put it in a jacket pocket or something and see if that helps. Just don't leave it in the car when you get out of the car...
 

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ahh good one, but no wallet in my back pocket, and I have tried moving around, messing with the lumbar support air bag etc.
 

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I am finding the seat bottoms to be too firm? - my right but cheek :) starts hurting after 30 minutes in the seat. Wife finds the passenger seat fine. Any ideas on how to soften part of the seat bottom?
I hear you!
Being somewhat lacking in 'natural rear end padding' I had to resort to a sheet of memory foam under the seat covers of my previous Forester. In my case, that solved the comfort issue.
Friends with the same vehicle also noted the firmness, so it's not just us.
Thankfully, my 2020 is much improved in this area. I use nothing but neoprene seat covers now and it's just fine.
 

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It took mine a couple of months to "wear" in. I remember thinking it was hard as a rock, and then it was much better.
 

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I find my 2020 forester sport seat bottom feels fine. However, I wish it has more bucket support. I feel it is a little too flat and wide. However, my wife’s crosstrek bucket seat is deeper and hug my butt just fine.
 

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My issue with the 2020 Forester seat isn't so much the stiffness, but the shortness. It hits the bottom of my thighs at the halfway mark where my legs start bothering me after an hour or so. My highlander had a thigh extension which I took for granted. I'm still only 3 weeks into owning it so I'm hoping to find a good position. It's just a bit frustrating.
 

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That seat shortness has been mentioned many times by others. Me too. My wife's i30 is just that much longer and therefore, superior.
I have put some spacers, or jackers, under the front seat bolts to increase the angle. (Some hole elongation required, my bad?, but a huge improvement !).
 

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I have the exact same problem! On the side of the seat (same side as right but cheek) there is a point where leather is attached to the seat. Detach it. It helped me a little bit. But I still find seats too firm. I have 2021 Forester Limited.
 

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I have the exact same problem! On the side of the seat (same side as right but cheek) there is a point where leather is attached to the seat. Detach it. It helped me a little bit. But I still find seats too firm. I have 2021 Forester Limited.
How is this detached? Do you have to tear the fabric? Thanks for the help!
 

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How is this detached? Do you have to tear the fabric? Thanks for the help!
No, no need to tear the fabric. On the side of the seat (same side as right butt cheek) move your hand until you find the end of the leather fabric. There will be a plastic thing that attaches leather to the seat construction. Push that plastic thing down (it will move around a little, you may need 2 hands). This will detach the leather cover from the seat construction. In the same way you can attach it back.
 

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I think i get it, however it's a struggle. There is a about a 2" plastic clip that goes from the seat fabric to a metal bar on the seat frame. Does the clip slide off (back to front) or unsnap (down and to the right of the seat)? Don't want to break it. Thanks for the help!
 

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I think i get it, however it's a struggle. There is a about a 2" plastic clip that goes from the seat fabric to a metal bar on the seat frame. Does the clip slide off (back to front) or unsnap (down and to the right of the seat)? Don't want to break it. Thanks for the help!
Push the plastic clip down. I may rotate a little. Just keep it in a straight up position and push it down. It will unsnap from a metal bar. You will be able to snap it back if needed.
 

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It would be nice to have seat bottom extenders like the upper Outback models have for us 6 footers who would like more thigh support than those short seats provide. Or an optional big mans model with a few inches more leg room and thigh support. Put a "Big Man" badge on the car too. My back seats are always down, let the driver have the option of using the space behind the seat. The pilots seat can always be moved front for small people.
 
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