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I wonder whether anyone would know where to get a replacement drivers side [RHD] seat base ?

The leather is good to excellent but the bolster on the outer edge is starting to go flat. I have two new seat heating pads, drivers and passengers seats, but I would like to fit a new foam rubber seat base to the drivers side seat, to lift it back to near factory spec.

I have checked the usual P38 suppliers, and guys like Exmoor Trim, but I can't find anyone who does new seat bases.

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Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Pierre3.

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What about a main dealer?

I got one easily for my 18 year old Skoda from a dealer.

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Get a decent passenger seat, bases are interchangeable and the passenger seat usually has a lot less wear.

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New ones are silly money - get a layer of foam to put between the old foam and the leather cover. I cheated and put an extra piece of High density UNDER the old foam, which also does the job

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Steaming the old foam makes it plump up..

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Get a decent passenger seat, bases are interchangeable and the passenger seat usually has a lot less wear.>

+1, easy enough, though the seat is heavy to remove, it makes a huge difference.

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Hi, thanks for all the suggestions and ideas.

A replacement passenger seat base is a good suggestion that I didn't think about. I will look into that, and see what is about.

When romanrob says that new ones are expensive are they actually still available anyway ? There is no listing by Rimmers or any of the other main official or unofficial dealers.

I will email Exmoor trim and see if they make them.

If there is any information on new items perhaps someone could let me know, even as a guideline.

Pierre3.

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I'm not positive this is exactly the right part number - when you remove the seat it is moulded into the bottom of the foam...

https://www.brit-car.co.uk/product.php/83234/5497/overlay_front_seat_cushion_nrr

Not stocked, but the price may be enough to help you make up your mind : o)

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H i romanrob, I think that you are correct about this part, I think that it is the correct part, but as was mentioned earlier in the topic, it is bleedin' expensive !!!

The earlier suggestion about finding a decent passenger side seat is looking distinctly more attractive ! Looking on ebay, and some other sites with used parts, a complete seat is often only about £60-80, although, interestingly, there are a lot more upper [back] sections for sale, so it must be that the bases have already been sold so the ones that are available look a bit worse than my own.

I will keep a look out and make a few phone calls. The biggest problem is that I am in Ireland so the shipping can be expensive.

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Just out of interest, would anyone know whether the front seats are the same in the P38, and the L322 ? Looking at pictures of breaking RR L322's the base of the seat looks the same, but is this just a pie-in-the-sky suggestion ?

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Not sure about the L322, but put a request on findapart.ie for a passenger seat, the breakers all use it and it saves you ringing round everyone, be precise about the year though the breakers tend not to be experts on Land Rover.

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No. L322 seats are a totally different shape. Well, they are from the top anyway.

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Thanks for the answers, guys.

I just thought that there might have been a match with the L322 base, but it was only a long shot.

Exmoor Trim don't have a pattern for the P38 seat base, but Rimmer's got back to me to say that LR do have stock , but as mentioned before, or elsewhere, the price is a bit steep, I think £198 plus VAT.

I would have to think about it carefully though. The leather is very good, and a new cushion would greatly improve the seat for the remainder of the life of the vehicle, but is it worth £220 or thereabouts to do it, rather than try to find a decent [but not new] base for maybe £50 that wouls last five years or so. it matter of personal value, I guess.

I will try the findapart.ie website first, I think, because it seems to be an Irish website.

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Just a note about the seat cushion - they are still available from LR, and in stock. This is from Rimmer Bros:

The Part Number for the Base Foam

BTR 7482 price is £198.47 plus vat.

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As your leather is perfect , then the seat foam might be a good option for you, it is the same amount of work to take it all out and apart pretty much which ever route you choose. Light stone interiors are generally a good match I think so I wouldn't worry too much about another 2nd hand one blending in. It comes down to price and if my seat cover had been perfect (it wasn't) I reckon £220 for still have been good value for not sitting askew.