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Driver seat replacement - compatibility across model years

Alex L

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Hey Guys. I have a 2015 PIU with the all black cloth driver and passenger seats. Like most interceptors with some solid use, the driver seat is ripped on the bolster and some foam ripped. I am looking to find a replacement driver seat through a salvage parts supplier (car-part.com). From my research and what ive seen, there are 2015 PIUs with the all black seats like the 2016+ model and then some with the charcoal/black seats like the 2013/2014 model years. It appears they changed mid to late year (2015), in preparation for the 2016+ switchover to all black seats.

My question is will 2016 or 2017 seats be compatible in a 2015? Ive been trying to find one from a 2015 (so I wouldnt have to worry about compatibility issues), but since half the model year is charcoal/black it is somewhat hard to find an all black 2015 driver seat in good condition. There alot more from 2016/2017 model years abailable which is why Im wondering if this would work. Can anyone confirm a 2016 or 2017 would work with no issues? Would all seatbelt/airbag plugs match up? Has anyone else completed a similar swap? Any info would be appreciated.

Car-part.com seems like an awesome reacousre for parts. Ive been looking on ebay and google for a few parts since i picked up my interceptor with virtually no luck. Car-part has tons of parts from PIUs all over the country. Maybe yall already know about this resource, sorry if you do lol.

Alex
 




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Alex L

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Hi Alex. Have you considered a leather seat from a retail Explorer? Question about front seats

Peter

I have not only because then the driver seat would not match the passenger or I would have to buy another seat for the passenger in order to match. Plus the cloth will hold up better for what I use the PIU. Being a firefighter the cloth IMO will hold up a little better then leather as well.

Im looking to go with the cloth seat but thanks for bringing up that option.
 




Alex L

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Anyone have any experience swapping a seat from a newer model PIU with an older one? Found a driver seat from a 2017 with 7000 miles for a real good price. I have a 2015 that I am looking to put this in. My concern is the plugs and air bag. Will the 2015 accept this seat with no issues and throw no codes? Will the plugs line up? Any info or insight would be appreciated. Seat is about a 3 hour drive from me or else Id buy it and give it a try, but don't want to make the drive for nothing. TIA
 




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