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Hi. I am about to buy an i30 Comfort here in UK, (in preference to the very similar Kia Cee'd).
In UK spec cars the seat height adjustment (and also lumbar support) is fitted only to the driver seat. However I would like to have the seat height adjuster also fitted to the passenger seat, and the dealers will not entertain any special order (say they cannot).
Is it possible (for me ideally) to retrofit a height adjustable left hand seat subframe (ie passenger seat) without too much messing about?
Is the seat that is fitted to a fixed height subframe the same as the seat fitted to an adjustable height frame?
Obviously these frames will be made for LHD cars, and so must be obtainable by some order process, and may even be the same as those supplied in UK for Kia Cee'd's that come armed with both height adjustment and lumber support on both front seats.
Next question ..... anyone know if the lumbar support can then be retrofitted to passenger seat?
Thanks for any help - meanwhile looking forward to new car.
 

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I assume that you have tried the drivers seat in the i30 and noticed that it will only go up, not down. I would prefer a slightly lower seat but have got fairly used to the position now. I found the lumbar support useless - for me anyway.

Your plan of getting a LHD driver's seat frame sounds feasible but expensive. How's about getting a seat bolster if the passenger needs to be higher - much cheaper. :)
 

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I think a modified seat will be unfeasible - think also of safety engineering being altered.

Once one's requirements become so specialized, a different car might be needed!

I have a similar seat annoyance - passenger seat is too 'deep' so my wife's (and also any small teenager's) back of legs rub on seat front.
Very annoying on longer journeys.
So far I have not found a neat bolster that is not too fat or wide to solve this - the Halfords ones are too wide to fit within the seat side support squabs.
 

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QUOTE (Talking Hoarse @ May 6 2010, 06:29 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=320242
Hi. I am about to buy an i30 Comfort here in UK, (in preference to the very similar Kia Cee'd).
In UK spec cars the seat height adjustment (and also lumbar support) is fitted only to the driver seat. However I would like to have the seat height adjuster also fitted to the passenger seat, and the dealers will not entertain any special order (say they cannot).
Is it possible (for me ideally) to retrofit a height adjustable left hand seat subframe (ie passenger seat) without too much messing about?
Is the seat that is fitted to a fixed height subframe the same as the seat fitted to an adjustable height frame?
Obviously these frames will be made for LHD cars, and so must be obtainable by some order process, and may even be the same as those supplied in UK for Kia Cee'd's that come armed with both height adjustment and lumber support on both front seats.
Next question ..... anyone know if the lumbar support can then be retrofitted to passenger seat?
Thanks for any help - meanwhile looking forward to new car.
Hi to everyone with seat style problems- Now no one has said if they are disabled (which I am ) but anyone can take advantage of using a specialist in this sort of vehicular change by asking a disabled vehicle adjustment engineer to solve the problem they have- I don't know about costs but if you really want something like this done generally cost isn't as important as comfort. The website I list does have some prices on it.
Can I suggest you look at http://www.motabilitycarscheme.co.uk/main....p;Source=CSAI#G which gives prices for work too.

You could also contact a vehicle trimming company who would be able to help with cushioning and then replacing the seat covers. If you just want to lower a seat try looking at the manual seeing how the seat fits and then perhaps rejigging the seat spacers- (Only an idea to help)

Cheers
Itza
 

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This Halfords padded seat may suit some people's needs -

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/...tegoryId_165627

It looks like it would fit and raises the height somewhat according to the comments. Not recommended for side airbags but it looks like the single elastic strap at the back might fit below the area where the bag is. The elastic fixings for the base attach by big hooks.

We don't know what Talking Hoarse actually wants though. :)
 
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