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    After more than a year, I finally found black seats to go with the rest of the black interior that I'm going to swap into my car. Everything else is from another '01 STS, but these seats are from a '98-'00 (physically the same except for the rear arm rest, which I'll swap for a "correct" one when I find one).

    My question is: Are there any differences in the wiring for the seats between years? I'm assuming no, but wondering if anyone knows different.

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    Re: Interior swap, What modules/parts need to swapped from my car?

    when i was looking on car-parts for seats once i rememeber not being able to find any 02 03 or 04 seats for my 2000
    atleast not that they would say worked
    not sure why but maybe there is something that was different like the elextrical may be differnet perhaps

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    Re: Interior swap, What modules/parts need to swapped from my car?

    Im a little confused about the climate control unit I swapped from a different car cause i scratched mine and its been working for over a year now.. I did no such programing..

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    Looking for opinions

    Ok, first step to this swap is a trip to the upholsterer. Here's the plan:

    Before anything goes in, I'm going to have the headliner, A and B pillar, and sail panel trim, covered in black Alcantara (automotive "suede"). Next spring, I'd like to have the seats reupholstered in better quality/higher grade leather, with perforated Alcantara inserts, and also have the door panel inserts covered in perforated Alcantara.

    My question now is, what do you guys think of using the perforated Alcantara on the headliner and pillars/sail panels (as opposed to solid)?

    Keep in mind, that this will all be in black, so the perforations will be a bit more subtle than with a lighter color. I've spent a good chunk of time on Google looking at pictures of solid and perforated Alcantara headliners. I do like the look of the perforated, it adds more texture to the interior (not that the solid Alcantara doesn't do that by itself), but I don't want it to be overwhelming.

    Thoughts?

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    Re: Interior swap, What modules/parts need to swapped from my car?

    I like it, I like some contrast between pillars and roof panel too.

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    You like which? The idea of the perforations on the headliner, or solid?

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    Re: Interior swap, What modules/parts need to swapped from my car?

    I like perf roof liners, looks old school to me.

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    Can't post pics from my phone, but here's a couple links:

    Post #4 here shows full perforated:
    http://www.acura-tsx.com/forums/showthread.php?t=734246

    And here's solid:
    http://f10.m5post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=689144

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    Re: Interior swap, What modules/parts need to swapped from my car?

    That's a tuff one, they both look great. I'd have to say the perf looks more Caddy, where the smooth looks more lambo...(sporty). I like the perf...

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    Really? I would have thought the other way around.

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    Re: Interior swap, What modules/parts need to swapped from my car?

    I am retarded you know....
    I don't think you can go wrong either way...

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    Ranger or Sub when you have time, could you move post #'s 19 and up, to a new thread, with a more appropriate title? Thanks.

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    Well, I started the swap today.

    The plan was to strip the car, take the headliner, pillar trim, and sail panels to the upholsterer, order a new ISS from Chris, and Dynomat the floor and doors while the parts were being upholstered, then reassemble the car..... but I'm me...

    Two days ago while vacuuming, I noticed a wet spot under the drivers floor mat, and I know from experience that the foam under these carpets absorb such a ridiculous amount of water, that the carpet itself doesn't get wet until there's a pretty good amount of water on the floorpan.

    So, I get everything out, carpets come out last, I lift them up not knowing what to expect, I look down at the floorpan and see this:





    .....SO, after I came back out of the house with the lighter fluid and book of matches, I took a closer look. There's a piece of sound deadening material under each front seat, and each outward rear seat. It's butyl backed by an aluminum sheet. The water corroded the aluminum, exposing the extremely sticky butyl to the carpet foam, which then stuck to it, and both large and small pieces tore off when I removed the carpet. So what first looked like rotted and flaking metal at first glance, was mostly black butyl, yellow and brown small slivers of wet foam, and "rust dust" that had been carried around by the water.

    The orange stuff in the front footwells is all "dust", but there is surface rust in the rear. The money I was going to use for the upholstery will probably be mostly eaten up by the body shop. I'm bringing it there at the beginning of next week for them to find and fix the leak, do a thorough floorpan inspection, clean everything up, and re paint/seal the floor.

    The fun part is that I'll still be driving the car while it's disassembled. Other than the door panels, rear shelf, dash, sliding sunroof shade, and drivers seat, the interior, including the trunk, is completely bare. It's pretty loud, you can hear EVERYTHING, and there's a slight echo. It's also noticeably lighter. It sits higher front and rear, and initial steering response is a little more sensitive. Acceleration is a bit "jumpy" from a stop as well, for the first few minutes, I was taking off quicker than I intended.

    Oh, no shifter either, since the console is gone. I'm using the shifter cable end by hand, which sticks out of the dash where the console would normally be. So basically it's an organ pull shifter, which kind of sounds like something that '60's British roadsters should have had

    Should be interesting for the next week or so.

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    Re: Interior swap, What modules/parts need to swapped from my car?

    I bet the water leak is/was from the sunroof drain being plugged -
    at some point in time -

    as you said - once water gets below the carpeting -
    it will NEVER dry out -

    some wire bushing followed by some rubberized undercoating
    might save your upholstery fund -

    and regarding the steering column -
    I would thing just changing the plastic trim and steering wheel -
    would be a lot easier than swapping the entire column -
    unless your column has problems with some electronics inside -

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    I'm actually wire wheeling and POR 15-ing it right now. I had a chance to go by the body shop earlier, and we found that there was no real metal damage, just a few minor scaly areas.

    As for the column, I have a new dash complete with wheel and column, what I'm replacing is the ISS. My original one has a clunk and small amount if play, and I have no idea if the "new" one is good or not, so I'm just going to buy the redesigned one, and install it while everything is apart.

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