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    Hello guys,I've just bought a SRI 150, but the previous owner has cut a letterbox sized hole in the back of the drivers seat to fit a DVD or something ? So it looks rubbish !
    My question is,can I just strip the material off the seat in one piece and 'peel' on another one or will I need another seat.
    Big job or not possible ???

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    If its like the Astra you should be able to strip the seat and then it has like a plastic seem on the rear that can be pulled should be able to pull it all off.

    But for all that effort may aswel stick another seat in. Only take 10/15 mins to swap the seat

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    Are you sure it's a cut hole? I had problems with the centre bit on the rear of my drivers seat falling down

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    Quote Originally Posted by John IS3 View Post
    Are you sure it's a cut hole? I had problems with the centre bit on the rear of my drivers seat falling down
    Oh its cut alright,looks like its been done with a machete !
    Its a right mess,but reflected in what I paid for the car,so I've a bit of cash to play with for bits.

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    you can defo swap the base cloth , on that there are rings which hold the skin to the foam , not sure about the back rest mind but i'd wager its do-able pal

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    Quote Originally Posted by bembo449 View Post
    you can defo swap the base cloth , on that there are rings which hold the skin to the foam , not sure about the back rest mind but i'd wager its do-able pal
    Thanks for that,I'll give it a go before I buy a used seat.

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    Check how much it would cost to have it professionaly done or even contact Vauxhall direct, they may have a new one as old stock??

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    you may want to talk to ian highlander on here mate i know he was stripping his seats a while back.

    Believe it was to make leather fit tho loll but im sure he can offer advice

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    Quote Originally Posted by paddyvectra View Post
    you may want to talk to ian highlander on here mate i know he was stripping his seats a while back.

    Believe it was to make leather fit tho loll but im sure he can offer advice
    Thank You for that.

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    PM received and a (hopefully) detailed reply sent

    Edit: Copied here, incase it's any use to anyone else.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian-Highlander

    Hi Mick,

    Yeah, it's relatively simple to do, although you have to remove the seat from the car to do it.

    Two large Torx bolts behind the seat on the runners and another one on the end of the seat belt by the door and then unplug the multi-plug under neath and the seat lifts out.

    Stripping the seat is fiddly and a bit time consuming, but easy enough to do, from memory (and this is from memory so may not be perfect).

    Underneath at the back, unclip the two hooks at the end of the elastic for the back (you'll see what I mean when you look at it).
    Slide your hand up BEHIND the back panel almost to the top and you'll feel a plastic piece that goes horizontally across the full width of the panel that's hooked over metal, unhook it (push up and out hard from inside) and then the panel just slides out downwards.
    It's easier to remove the base first as that gives you better access to the back, but you may get away with not doing it. Remove the adjuster handles and side winder handle (you'll need two or three different Torx bits for this).
    At the back of the base underneath you'll see a plastic rod threaded through the fabric with hooks on it, unhook them then look round the outside edgs and you'll see the same type of plastic full length clips underneath that held the back on, undo them all and the base pretty much just lifts off.

    Then in the back, working from behind, push the seat springs in hard and you'll see either two or three bolts (varies) holding the air bag in place, undo them (careful you dont lose the nuts), carefully unclip the electrical connector to the airbag and pop it out and remove the airbag.
    Remove the head-rest.
    Stick your hand up inside the top of the seat and you'll feel the plastic "pipes" that the headrest sits in, each one has a clip at the bottom, push it in and the whole fitting should slide out.
    The rest is fairly self explanatory, you'll see it all as you go along.

    Removing the fabric from the cushioning is very fiddly, Vauxhall use a lot of metal rings to hold the fabric in place and you need to either open these up using pliers one by one or cut them with a strong pair of cutters (when you put new cloth back on just use strong cable ties in their place).

    Hopefully this combined with the pics in my stripping the leather seats thread (http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showthread.php?t=148142) should make sense, give me a shout if you're still confused.

    If you get really stuck and can drive down to Ely with the new seat covers/seat then I'd be happy to give you a hand (but pick a warmer weekend )

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