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    Hi,

    First, apologies, I´m not sure whether this is best in this forum or the styling forum.

    I have found a driver´s seat in the USA with lumbar support - I´ve had no luck finding one in the UK and the parts and labour to retrofit are more than buying a complete seat from the US.

    I asked my local indie about fitting it and he was concerned about there being complications like a separate ecu for the electric seat.

    So, my question is, has anybody retrofitted electric seats (not memory or heated) into a car that previously had manual seats?

    In either case, does anybody know what would have to be done from an electrical / programming point of view?

    Also, the seat is advertised as coming with "all tracks and switches". Does that mean that the tracks are different to the ones the manual seats use?

    Any help would be much appreciated as the more I look into this, the more confused I get!
    Andy
     
     

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    I think when I looked into this previously there was no wiring for the seats fitted under the carpet, so you'd need the wiring retrofit kit.
     
     

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    My biggest concern in that was a drivers seat from the US. as in a lefty? I hate to think what can of worms that route opens up for a uk car fitment
    2002 325 Compact Sport ti M-Tec---- A little thanks goes a long way
     
     

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    Thanks guys. In the end I found a manual seat with electric lumber support on ebay Germany! In my particular car there were no wires under the seat so had an electrician just run a 12 volt feed to it. It works fine, I just need to get around to have an upholsterer 'skin' the leather of the original seat on to this one which is velour. The fact that in the German car it would have been a passenger seat doesn't seem to make any difference.

    I do still find the seat less comfortable than my old Volvo V40 which had manual lumber support.....

    Cheers,
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