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Using Seats From Other Fords In Your Ranger
Originally By: AllanD
(Photo of Escort GT seats inside TRS-2 1996 Ranger)
Here is what seats will bolt in to a Ranger:
All years. Tempo GT's are the nicest. Tilting "pillow" headrest and frequently power lumbar.
1981-1991? GT's again are the nicest, "Halo" style headrest, sometimes power lumbar.
(The 'Halo' Buckets in the TRS-2 Ranger are from an Escort GT)
Don't bother looking they will be gone when you get there. If you're lucky, look for Mustang GT's. Also halo style headrests on GTs.
1982-1988, Turbocoupe has nicest seats same as Mustang GT but with tilting "pillow" head rests, almost always power-lumbar, adjustable thigh support, adjustable side bolsters on base. The best factory ford seat (IMHO).
1986 Merkur XR4TI
The front seats from an 86 Merkur XR4TI will fit in a B2, so I assume rangers too, If you drill out the rivets, and swap the brackets from the tracks, 1/2 hour per, the seats I used gave me height adjust, adjustable headrest, lumbar support, much better lateral support, (no more bouncing out of the seatbelt) and they're heated. (Submitted by Merc)
All of these will bolt directly to your factory tracks if you have either Buckets or split-bench.
If you have a conventional bench then you will need to replace your tracks with split-bench/bucket-seat tracks. (Toss your solid bench tracks they are completely different).
You will have to run a Tap through some pre drilled holes in the bottom of the seat frames. The holes are already there but unthreaded.
If you have a conventional cab Ranger you will probably have to use the "halo" style headrest used in Mustangs and Escort GT models, as the pillow style will hit the rear window. This forces the seat back into a very upright position. (and is EXTREMELY uncomfortable)
If you have a Supercab Ranger or a Bronco2 headrest clearance isn't an issue.
One other word of warning Ranger Standard-cab, Ranger Supercab and Bronco II's all have different floor pan profiles and so use different seat tracks, so if you want to put buckets or a split-bench into a std cab Ranger you must get your seat tracks out of a std cab Ranger.
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Comments From Sasquatch_Ryda:
"Ok...I have installed a 60/40 bench from a 2000 Ford Ranger extended cab into my 1997 regular cab. I had to swap the seat tracks from my original seats onto the 2000 seats. The 2000 seats had all the holes in them already to bolt up to my 1997 tracks, they just weren't threaded yet.
Tonight I just installed a set of bucket seats out of a 2004 ranger extended cab into my friends 1994 extended cab. The seat tracks are welded to the 2004 seats so there was no swapping them. It looked awful close to fitting so I did some measuring. Everything lines up perfect, exact same seat tracks. They bolted right in. I had to swap the seat belt receiver from his old seats to the new ones, that was it (and remove the seat belt pretensioners). Also being the 2004 was a 4 door extended cab, the seats do not slide forwards on their own when you release the seat latch."