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Old 01-07-2021, 09:59 PM
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I was driving today and applied the clutch only to have the driver's seat slider give way and fully retract backwards. The driver's seat slider will no longer latch into a position that I need without retracting when applying the clutch.

At 5'9", 170 lbs, that's a problem in reaching the pedals with the drivers seat all the way back. A new slider has been requested from Backdraft.

Has anyone replaced a slide? Is is difficult to remove the seat? Any input as to a better slide for the driver's seat as an alternative?

Any applicable input is appreciated.

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Old 01-08-2021, 06:55 AM
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I'd stick with the BDR sliders as your current holes in the seat and car will be the same.
Aftermarket sliders can be a crap shoot and on-center spacing on-seat and to-car details are rarely provided.
Removing the seat cushion will give access the the seat to slider fasteners. Sliding the seat full aft exposes the forward fasteners and forward slide the aft ones. Removing the track to car fasteners is easier with two ppl.
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Old 01-08-2021, 04:20 PM
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Thanks spdbrake! I'll try that as soon as the new slide arrives.
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I'd stick with the BDR sliders as your current holes in the seat and car will be the same.
Aftermarket sliders can be a crap shoot and on-center spacing on-seat and to-car details are rarely provided.
Removing the seat cushion will give access the the seat to slider fasteners. Sliding the seat full aft exposes the forward fasteners and forward slide the aft ones. Removing the track to car fasteners is easier with two ppl.
What is involved in removing the seat cushions?
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Old 01-09-2021, 07:19 AM
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Mine just pop right out. The bolts for the slider are easily accessible right under it. Looks like this.

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Mine just pop right out. The bolts for the slider are easily accessible right under it. Looks like this.

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I was driving today and applied the clutch only to have the driver's seat slider give way and fully retract backwards. The driver's seat slider will no longer latch into a position that I need without retracting when applying the clutch.

At 5'9", 170 lbs, that's a problem in reaching the pedals with the drivers seat all the way back. A new slider has been requested from Backdraft.

Has anyone replaced a slide? Is is difficult to remove the seat? Any input as to a better slide for the driver's seat as an alternative?

Any applicable input is appreciated.

Thanks

Gus
Is it possible the lever return spring has just broken or slipped out? Does the slider need to be replaced, or just removed, inspected, cleaned and re-installed? I would think sliders are pretty reliable, so I'd bet on the latter.
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Is it possible the lever return spring has just broken or slipped out? Does the slider need to be replaced, or just removed, inspected, cleaned and re-installed? I would think sliders are pretty reliable, so I'd bet on the latter.
I can see that the "teeth' are engaging into the slide but when applying the clutch, that force pushing back into your body is enough to have the teeth pop out of the slide and the seat goes flying back. Could that be a spring issue?
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I can see that the "teeth' are engaging into the slide but when applying the clutch, that force pushing back into your body is enough to have the teeth pop out of the slide and the seat goes flying back. Could that be a spring issue?
It could be wear on those teeth or the slots they engage with, but I'd look at the spring.

This photo shows the spring, attached at one end to the track and to the engagement pawl lever at the other. If that spring is broken or dislodged, or if there is something else interfering, the pawls won't engage properly and would disengage when force is applied to the seat.

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Put the seat where you want it and then swap out 2 of the mounting bolts for a bit longer bolt. It will lock it in that setting.
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Put the seat where you want it and then swap out 2 of the mounting bolts for a bit longer bolt. It will lock it in that setting.
Thanks. It's an option if all else fails. I like using the slide to get in and out. Makes it easier when you drive closer to the wheel to get out, hence, I use the slide every time I use the car.

I think what's really needed is a two slide rail system as you have in your everyday car. Waiting for the new slide and we'll see what happens.
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It could be wear on those teeth or the slots they engage with, but I'd look at the spring.

This photo shows the spring, attached at one end to the track and to the engagement pawl lever at the other. If that spring is broken or dislodged, or if there is something else interfering, the pawls won't engage properly and would disengage when force is applied to the seat.

Thanks Brian, This is helpful although I believe I have a slightly different slide design.

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