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Old 05-30-2010, 12:18 PM
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bad repo of 68 Camaro new seat springs

I bought new bottom seat springs from Ricks first gen and they are not even close to the orginal. The border or edge wire is smaller gage and is paper covered, The inside edge wire to attach seat listing is way off, cant hog ring center listing of cover to it. I would have to modify this thing quite a bit, to make it fit. Poor quality, I could have repaired the seat springs myself but wanted to save some time so I got this. Way too expensive, should be half the price.Anybody have any experience with this? Are all spring assemblies this bad?
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Old 05-30-2010, 01:12 PM
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HI,if Rick is a reputable dealer,he should make this right,phone him and see what he says, DO NOT modify the springs UNTIL you contact him.
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I have been using rick for years and never had any trouble worth anything and if i did he has always made it right. No problems for me anyway. Ricks and Ecklers are the same now also, Just thought i would throw that in so if you didn't already know.


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I know they stopped selling those seat springs untill Echklers took over about last month. I also have bought from them before and I had just one problem with them. Will call them and see what they say. Thanks guys for the info.
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This is not a bad seat spring assembly. The border wire is not a problem, it is attached to the springs correctly. All the border wire does is connect everything together. In addition, there are two tie wires connecting the springs from right to left, which was probably not on the original seat spring assemblies. This keeps all the springs connected and acting as one assembly, which is very good. The fact that these are bucket seats makes the border wire question a moot point. The seat assembly is too narrow to worry about. This might have been a problem if this was a bench seat with a considerably longer length. In that case, the border wire should be at least 9 gauge solid steel wire, and I've seen those wires get brittle and break from wear over time. The main thing in this case is the seat springs themselves, which do most of the work, and they are just fine, and probably duplicates of the originals. These seat spring assemblies are O.K. to use, and won't be a problem.

You will still get a quality seat if the seat foam is good. It would be more important to get a high quality deck pad covering the whole seat spring assembly.

I'm curious, what did you pay for them?
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Thanks for the info Dan, I got out to the garage and started putting things together to see how far off they were, looks like I can make it work, need to bend it a little here and there and add some extra hog rings and wire to attach the seat listing to. i got the new PUI foam from Ricks also. By the way the cost was $94. plus shipping for the springs.
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That's a very reasonable price.
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Dan. I have seen on ur posts that you use "laminated deck pad". I plan to use vinyl over the springs then some burlap or least that what I did on the pass seat. Would that be OK?
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I'm not crazy about using burlap or cotton (or anywhere else for that matter) in car seats because mice love to make nests with it. I prefer to use synthetic materials that rodents don't like.

What you are trying to do is support the foam that goes over the springs, and the heavier that layer is the longer the seat foam will last without getting cut by the springs. This isn't as important in the seat backs, but on the seat bottoms which get the most wear and tear it is very important. That's why I use laminated deck skin over the springs on seat bottoms.
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