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#1 2019-05-28 10:30:40

Krypton
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Lumbar Mechanism Swap to a 9-2x From Another Subaru

Hello,

First time posting and on the Saab 9-2x forums.  Had a question I hope someone would be able to shed some light on.  Can you swap a manual Subaru seat lumbar system in to a 9-2x seat?  I'm contemplating picking up a 9-2x that's local to me, but concerned by the fact they apparently don't come with adjustable lumbar support.  My initial thought is you'd be able to fit a manual lumbar system in a 9-2x seat considering how much dna it shares with a Subaru.  Any thoughts if the above is possible, or better yet, has anyone done such a swap?

Thanks all for your time,

Mike

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#2 2019-05-28 15:43:11

itsnotmeitsyou
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Re: Lumbar Mechanism Swap to a 9-2x From Another Subaru

It would be easier to shove in an aftermarket air bladder lumbar support setup.  That's what I did when I put STI seats in my new Forester.  You'd have to run power to it but not too far for a 12v fuse connection.  I think it works as well as the build in lumbar support the original Forester seats came with.  I got the kit off Amazon.


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#3 2019-05-28 16:01:07

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Re: Lumbar Mechanism Swap to a 9-2x From Another Subaru

I'm not aware of any Imprezas that came with adjustable lumbar. Instead of going electric I used a blood pressure cuff (complete with a telephone coil hose and a squeeze ball), held in place by the seat springs. Works great, easy install and cheap parts off Amazon.

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#4 2019-05-28 18:09:52

itsnotmeitsyou
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Re: Lumbar Mechanism Swap to a 9-2x From Another Subaru

snowphun wrote:

I'm not aware of any Imprezas that came with adjustable lumbar. Instead of going electric I used a blood pressure cuff (complete with a telephone coil hose and a squeeze ball), held in place by the seat springs. Works great, easy install and cheap parts off Amazon.

That's basically the non-electric version of what I got.


2005 Saab 9-2x Aero:  More than you've had done to your car.
2015 Forester XT 'TS' clone
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#5 2019-05-28 20:57:39

Krypton
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Re: Lumbar Mechanism Swap to a 9-2x From Another Subaru

Thanks for the tips guys.  I might still go to a junkyard and see if I can salvage the lumbar mechanism from a Subaru.  Ideally I'd like the system to look as factory as possible.

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#6 2019-05-29 10:08:43

Shiloh51933
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Re: Lumbar Mechanism Swap to a 9-2x From Another Subaru

snowphun wrote:

I'm not aware of any Imprezas that came with adjustable lumbar. Instead of going electric I used a blood pressure cuff (complete with a telephone coil hose and a squeeze ball), held in place by the seat springs. Works great, easy install and cheap parts off Amazon.

My 1992 Mustang Saleen came with a similar design for the air lumbar seat.  There was a blood pressure style pump w/release valve just under the front seats so you could pump up the lumbar bladder manually.   I believe the idea was less power options, draw less HP from the motor.

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