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!