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Possible Passenger seat height fix for 2013 Ford Fusion


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#1 OFFLINE   DAVE

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 06:10 AM

I should start off by saying that we really like this new car and Energi feature is amazing and an easy sell to friends once they drive it. I'm also blown away with Ford and how far they've come in regards to quality. I'll take the blame for not looking sooner...

So far the only real complaint on the 2013 Fusion has been from front seat passengers from all ages. My 78 year old mother, my kids, and my wife all said "how do I make the seat go up" as soon as they sat down. I searched the web for any solutions and all I found was more complaints about the Fusion 2012 & 2013 passenger seats. Even the very positive auto reviews from leading sources point out that front passenger seat is too low with adjustments for all directions except up and down. I talked to 2 different Ford service departments all both said, yes, we've heard that complaint but had no solution.

After studying it, the easiest fix was to simply raise the rear of the seat up 1.5" or 2 " up. The hard part was finding the correct bolt and length made from the gauge material as the original. The next part was finding a source for the spacer. Lots of cheap plastic ones for various Jeeps but I was concerned about safety. I finally found a place that makes solid steel spacers in various sizes (Aluminum and Stainless steel are too soft).

The original bolt is a 1.5" Torx T55 which must be part of the new Fusions Ford Mondeo heritage from Europe. (These cars are very popular over there, I saw them everywhere) , the replacement 3" bolt is the same gauge steel but has a 8mm Hex bit head. You can buy these T55 & 8MM sockets at HomeDepot or Sears for about 3.00 each.

The seat feels to be the perfect height now. Even a 1.5" spacer would have made a huge difference. My biggest concern now is studying it a bit more to see if there is any stress on the seat or the bolt. The seat appears to move back and forth with no strain, the space and bolt are flat (not angled) See enclosed Picture to get a better idea of what it looks like.

If you need info on the parts (try this modification at your own risk ) - email me at 3dadd.ebay@gmail . I have a few extra 3" bolts as I had to buy a box of them.

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#2 ONLINE   murphy

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 06:59 AM

I would have made a solid rectangular spacer that is the same size as the original contact patch of the rail with the frame,  I would expect the bolt and round spacer to either bend or shear in a frontal collision.  You no longer have the original binding friction between the rail and the frame.


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Posted 21 May 2013 - 01:58 PM

Murphy,

 

You can get square spacers. The front collision is a concern as well which why I'm still studying it. I think using a 1.5" spacer would help in this case. 

 

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 06:40 AM

Ford did respond to my concern over the low height of the passenger seat and its discomfort for most people via email but it was obvious that they did not really read it. Sounded more like a robo response but it could also be a template they use for all concerns. They did recommend that I take to myFord dealer  - I told them in my email that I took it to 2 different Ford dealers/service dept and both said it can't be fixed and they hear the complaint frequently. 



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Posted 12 June 2013 - 09:03 AM

Dave, where did you find the replacement 3" bolts?

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 05:22 PM

I got a box from a local guy. Feel free to email me if want a set. 3dadd.ebay@gmail



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Posted 16 June 2013 - 06:05 AM

Sounds like a fix, but has anyone found a rail that could go between the spacer and the floor to take some of the stress in a frontal collision?



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Posted 16 June 2013 - 08:08 AM

I have not found a rail yet and had zero luck with any other solution better than what I've already installed. What I'd like to see is a option to purchase a powered passenger seat but it looks like the spacers and bolt is the only answer.I talk to 2 different Ford Service center and they were cool and wanted to help (also validated they've also heard the complaints) .

 

I did take the time to show the car to a few friends that own auto repair shops and they think it's a hard problem to solve as no other Ford seat is likely to fit as this one (& the MKZ) looks to be designed in Europe (Ford Mondeo) and finding the part in a junk yard is unlikely for the near term. 

 

I've had a few people contact me on installing the spacers and bolts and lets see how it goes for them to get more than one opinion. I've sent the bolts and given them the part numbers and website to order the spacers.  Again, the bolts are the hard part to find and need to match 100% , just longer.



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Posted 16 June 2013 - 08:10 AM

Here's where I order the Spacers.  (if you need bolts  - the hardest thing to find, I have a few left as mentioned above , they run 5.00 each and you'll only need 2)

 

 

I ordered the spacers here: http://www.mcmaster....spacers/=n6j3uo
The part number is 92415A466 . You need 2 @ 13.29 each. You can order online and takes about  days. This company is great and very helpful.


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Posted 16 June 2013 - 08:11 AM

Basic install tips:



If you look at the how the seat is mounted, the front is actually higher than the rear  and you sit way too low and the seat is at an extreme  diagonal slant. By putting the 2 risers in the back it rises it just enough to be comfortable.
 
Use a T55 Torx and remove the 2 rear bolts and slip  the spacers and align them with the holes. The use the new 3" Hex 8 bolts.  As I mentioned, I went to the 1.5" Spacers as it seemed like a better fit. I've had no complaints about the seat since installing it.
 
I so had a small piece of black automotive carpet I cut out to fill in areas under the bolt. Not a huge deal as the seat will cover it either way.
 
I ordered the spacers here: http://www.mcmaster....spacers/=n6j3uo
The part number is 92415A466 . You need 2 @ 13.29 each. You can order online and takes about  days. This company is great and very helpful.
 
As I mentioned, the hardest thing to find were the bolts. I wanted to match them perfectly. No question I found the right bolt just with USA Hex heads. Torx bolt are usually from Germany and I've noticed a lot parts on the Fusion are from Germany . Remember the Fusion is actually a Ford Mondeo from Europe (Fusion is 100% built in USA) which explains a lot.
 
Hope this helps - make sure to post your picture and comments  If it works out for you.
 
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Posted 17 June 2013 - 01:15 AM

I bought the bolts from McMaster as well: http://www.mcmaster....9/3094/=n89ir7.   Note, these aren't torx head; but allen head. I used the M10 1.5 pitch with a 70mm length.  Rather than spacers; I'm trying a block cut from a 2x4.  The bolts fit perfectly and, so far, after a 4 hour road trip - passenger was a happy rider.


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Posted 17 June 2013 - 05:53 AM

Any Pics of the before and after from the side of the seat ?



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Posted 17 June 2013 - 05:29 PM

I have sent out a few sets of bolts and lets see they can post before and after. I can tell you that it solves the issue for sure as far as making comfortable. You could go to 2" instead of 1.5" but I wanted to make sure someone at 6"1 would not feel cramped.



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Posted 18 June 2013 - 11:47 AM

Dave, I was one of the guys who ordered bolts from you.

Had to create a new user ID to get into the energi forum, Have been on these forums for a while, my user name on the other forums is chuckokie36.

I ordered a Fusion Hybrid Titanium in October 2012 and received it in in early April, love the car.

I will be posting pictures after I install the bolts and spacers.Thanks for your help!


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Posted 22 June 2013 - 05:24 AM

I installed the 1 1/2" spacers and bolts as described above by Dave. The results were excellent. My wife had complained from day one that the passengers seat was too low, she hated it, after the install she said it feels like our 2005 Honda Accord Hybrid which she loved..

 

 

From the side the seat looks good and is hard to tell from stock.

I made one mod to the spacer install.

I cut a piece from 2 x 4 (2 x4s are exactly 1 1/2 " thick) 

I cut a piece 1 3/4" wide x 3 1/2" long to fit between the seat rail and the floor of the car.

I then measured the distance to the bolt center hole and drilled a 1" hole in the wood to install the metal spacer in.

There is a screw that holds the seat adjustment mechanism that protrudes below the rail so i had to drill a 1/2" hole for that.

I then painted the wood block black to match the carpet etc.

Very happy with the results. the seat adjustments work as stock

 


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Posted 01 October 2013 - 02:22 PM

If you are interested in raising the rear of the passenger seat aprox 1 1/2 inches I may have a fix for you. I purchased 2 transmission mounts from o'reillys parts (stock number 2109) and 2 bolts 10m-1.5-65. I'm very happy with the results and looks very professional. Dv43

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 03:29 AM

Dv43,

 

I think we would all be interested in a link to theO'reilly Transmission mount that you used . Maybe a picture of the mount and link.


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 07:02 AM

Starting a new thread with a NEW IDEA thanks to another forum member (Martin) who made (machined)  a set of new risers with the idea of adding a "Little More Peace of Mind" in case of frontal collision concern raised by Cricket36.  See new thread . NEW possible Seat height fix for Fusion 2013 (might also apply to the 2014  - not sure) 

 

I will say it's cool when forum members get together to share ideas. Hopefully our Ford Forum moderators will forward the complaint to Ford engineering. This new idea seems fairly straight forward and would solve this silly issue of the passenger seat being too low and uncomfortable. 


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