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Ultimate Subaru Seat Cushion swap

Hello all I haven't found anything like this before so I figured I would document it all and share with the group.

Mission: Swap 2015-2018 STI Seats into a 2014-2018 Forester and Keep ALL existing functionality and keep existing seat height.

You would think that its a direct swap with the 2015-2018 STI Seats to 2014-2018 Forester but No its not, at least for the later years.

The differences in my situation for the 2017 Forester XT Touring is driver seat is a power seat with power lumbar and 1 and 2 seat memory settings as seen here.



The Passenger seat for the Forester is all Manual, and has automatic airbag weight sensor.

The STI seats have a different plugs for both driver and passenger seats. Driver seat didnít have a power lumbar, and passenger did have a power lumbar. STI seats also sit a few inches lower than the Forester seats do. I wanted to keep my height as it was.

So letís dive into this.

We are dealing with airbags so disconnect your battery and let it sit for a few minutes. To make sure no juice is left over to blow up the airbags. I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE IF YOU BLOW UP AIRBAGS IN YOUR FACE!

Then get all the seats out, 4 bolts on each seat 14mm bolts, unplug everything carefully. Now we are ready to break down the forester seats.



The cloth/leather cover needs to be unclipped from the frame first. Theres one on the left one on the right.




Undo this little bungee loop and gain access to 3 more clips on the top that hold the seat to the frame. I found using a flathead was easiest to get these off, they are on there good and they are pretty flexible to not easy to break or snap. They are also barbed in a sense so they donít come off as easily as you would think.





the bottom we have 4 more clips but we will come back to those.



3 or 4 screws depending if they are manual seats or not. Manual seats have 4 screws and power have 3 screws.






pop panels off carefully. If you have manual seats thereís an extra step to take off the reclining handle, thereís a small tab on the inside to lift up on and it slides right off. Note: if you have power seats there is NO NEED to take the buttons off, its an entire module so its one piece.







Now we are at the hinges. 2 14mm bolts on each side and the top part of the seat is off. Just be careful of the heated seat and airbag wires and lumbar wire (if yours is automatic)







now the bottom of the seat should lift off and separate from the frame (remember those last 4 tabs in the front of the seat Ė 2 white and 2 black ones. Now is the time to take them out and its much easier to do so now when they arenít under tension.





bottom is off!


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Back to the top of the seat. There is a grove that folds into the seat to keep the bottom together, just slip your finger in there and slide it across to get it out. Also there are two zippers along either side. I used a zip tie to put in the zipper part to help unzip them easier.







the flap comes down and we have some metal clips holding the inside of the leather to the frame, clip those off, you will see 2 now and 2 more later.



Reach in (be careful these frames are sharp! I cut my fingers a few times! Wear gloves if you can) and pop out the top head rest posts. They just squeeze on the inside and push out the bottom. One of mine was easy to get out, the other I had to improvise and used a Ĺ inch extension and an hammer to help it out. Once they pop out the top then you can just pull them by hand to get them out.





theres a bolt that holds the airbag in take that out 10mm and the flaps get fed through the frame.



2 more of these annoying clips



And you are ready to slide the frame out of the seat cushion like a tight glove. SO now that its out there depending or not if you have a power lumbar you will have a big white box on the frame opposite the airbag, if you donít then it will be blank. The issue is you are going from one to another then you will have missing foam, So I made a stencil cut foam from the blank one and put it in the empty hole to make it look as natural as possible.







Put it all back together and you should be in business.





When putting everything back together I used small zip ties for those 4 round metal clips that attached the seat fabric to the frame.

Hope this helps someone in the future.


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Well thats annoying, I will go try to fix it this week. I swear it all worked when I posted.

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Pictures work! Awesome thread! Now I wish I had black leather so I could do the same without it looking jankity.
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Nice work. You 17+ guys have it a lot harder than I did in my 2015. It was simple back then!

I see you already got the STI wheel with matching airbag, so next up is the JDM S4 armrest, right?

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Nice work. You 17+ guys have it a lot harder than I did in my 2015. It was simple back then!

I see you already got the STI wheel with matching airbag, so next up is the JDM S4 armrest, right?
yeah if I can find one, Next is actually the rear brake project, just looking for a day to myself to work on them.


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Nice work. You 17+ guys have it a lot harder than I did in my 2015. It was simple back then!

I see you already got the STI wheel with matching airbag, so next up is the JDM S4 armrest, right?
how easy is it on the 15?

my wife hates the seats and I'd love an easy fix!
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how easy is it on the 15?

my wife hates the seats and I'd love an easy fix!
Should be plug and play

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Should be plug and play
sorry, treat me like an idiot.

by plug and play can you explain what is swapped? just the cushion or is the entire seat swappable?

I have the premium package, power driver seat manual passenger.

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@Jerobean the information you seek is in the Ultimate Seat swap thread. Everything is there. Check the sticky at the top of the interior section. Start from the end and move backwards to find the SJ info.

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Great info. I swapped in some STI (driver's powered) seats into my '15 FXT touring. An easier path I took to replicate the lumbar support was I ordered one of the stand alone air bladder systems off amazon and installed it into the backing of the STI seat. I was able to wire it up to the existing lumbar switch as well to maintain OEM functionality :)

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