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NEW Possible Seat Height Fix for Fusion 2013 ( 2014 ? )
This is a followup forum thread to my original post on a Possible Seat Height Fix for the 2013 Fusion. This fix might also work on the 2014 , since I have a 2013 , a 2014 owner would need to chime in to confirm.
As a recap of the issue - there are many complaints from 2013 Fusion owners about the lack of a height adjustment of the passenger seat. The default configuration only seems to really serve someone over six feet in height. I've talked to several local dealers (we have 4) and all told me that they gets complaints all the time and there is no fix short of using booster seat. By simply raising the rear of the passenger seat 1.5 inches seems to solve the issue for many.
My older thread has a simple solution using a steel spacer and 3" automotive bolt which solves the issue but left a few people concerned about a front collision and seat not being secured. I met up in person with a forum member (Martin) who needed a few of the 3" bolts I had for his Fusion and we discussed the issue. Martin came up with a simple design that extends the Nipple from the rear of rail of the passenger seat. (BTW - I still have a few bolts left for sale as I had to buy a case of them - email me if you need a set firstname.lastname@example.org)
Once you remove the 2 rear Star bolts (you can get the socket from Home Depot) , you can tilt the seat slight forward and look at the mounting. You will see how these pieces fit into place to create the extension. The new steel riser has 2 holes with the front most hole being used both as a receptacle for the seat rail and the extension (look at photo) . I did find it odd that the right side was oval shaped and the left was round. This must be to allow a little "wiggle room when installing the side and making final adjustments. The rail extension is round on both sides .
The fit was perfect and seems to be a logical approach and I thought I'd share the results - kinda cool when forum members work on ideas together..
For the Ford Forum moderators - please feel free to pass this info onto Ford engineering. I think everyone here would love a simple fix like this from Ford to this issue
thanks - hope this gets people thinking a bit more on the issue..
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