1988-99 Chevy GMC OBS Truck Seat Swap - Cheap DIY Upgrade to 2007-2013/14 GM Bucket Seats. (2023)


Full Installation of OBS Outpost's Seat Brackets to adapt 2007-2013/14 GM Truck/SUV bucket seats and center jump seat console to all 1988-99 Chevy C/K 1500 Tahoe Yukon OBS GMT400. We feature our latest Laser Cut CNC Formed Seat Bracket Adaptors along with our Jump Seat Brackets. DIY step-by-step instructions allow you to save money and customize your OBS Chevy GMC Tucks Interior.

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All right gang welcome to obs outpost.

This is dan, and today we're going to be installing these 2012 gm truck seats into a 97, extended cab, we'll be showcasing our gen 3 brackets.

The gen 3 brackets basically will fit all 2007 to 2013 full-size gm trucks, tahoes suvs, escalade, sierra everything, that's a full-size truck these seats are all going to be identical.

The jump seat is only going to come out of the trucks.

We're going to be doing that today, obviously in the extended cab, I'm also going to show you how to do this in a single cab as well.

So, let's get started.

I just want to show you what we're going to be using today to do this install this is our gen 3 seat bracket set.

We saw this on our website.

Www.Obsoutpost.Com we've got the seat bracket set for the driver and passenger, and then we've got some jump seats uh over here, one for extended cab, tahoe crew cab, the other for a single cab.

These are all steel brackets, uh they're laser cut for starters, they're cnc formed and then they're all fully welded, all gusseted very strong.

This is raw steel right here, so this is exactly the way that you guys will get them when you order them.

They're, basically paint ready, you just wipe them down with some acetone and what I recommend is getting a color that matches the interior of your carpeting and color match them.

That way, these brackets are going to look the best, most guys, paint them black or get them powder coated, but I, like the color match the best.

So let's get to step one, what we need all right, the first step you want to take your seat and lay it on its back.

Like you see here now your seats going to have these brackets attached, like this on all four corners.

They're gonna have rivets through these holes right here and I need to drill the rivets out I'll, put a link in the description on how to do this.

I'm not gonna go over that today, but literally just drill these rivets out.

They take just uh 30 seconds a minute for each one.

You're gonna have eight rivets per seat, so 16 rivets need to be drilled out.

Once that's done, you're going to take your bracket now, this bracket's got the threaded insert option it.

You could just take a 5, 16, nut and bolt, and if you get the threaded insert option, it just makes the install go a little faster, but bracket, basically top hole.

Bottom hole is going to line up to this hole in this hole right here, so this would be an outer bracket, and then this one right here, because it's offset it's going to be the inside bracket you're going to do the same.

So you got two options.

You can mount the brackets to the seat first and then mount them in your vehicle, or you can actually just mount the brackets in the vehicle first and then mount the seat to the brackets.

We're gonna do that way today.

So I got the bracket sitting in here right now.

This is the passenger side, so for an extended cab, we're gonna be using the furthest uh holes apart, the first one and the last one for the passenger side we'll be doing the same on the outside bracket, the first one, the last one.

So here's the factory holes right here.

It's going to bolt right into the factory holes just using the factory 15 millimeter, bolt that we took out when we removed the seat.

I'm gonna put that in there like that, crank it down, and I'm going to do the same for this side, this side you're going to have to use a ratchet just drop the bolt in there I'll get it started by hand.

Okay I'll finish this up with a ratchet and then we'll drop the seat in so we went ahead and we just dropped the seat on top of the rails.

I lined up the front holes with the front hole in the bracket on the inner bracket and the outer bracket, and then I just kind of threaded started threading the 5 16 bolts in by hand and then, when I get to a point that I feel like I'm not cross, threading just go ahead and finish them up with the gun, bring the seat forward and then go ahead and do the same for the rear.


For those of you going to be doing a jump seat, I'm going to show you how to install the jump seat bracket uh.

We first of all need to prep the jump seat.

So I turn it upside down.

We've got six 10 millimeter nuts right here.

Let's go ahead and get those removed.

We need to remove the seat belt, the seat belts held on by a t-50.

These are usually lock tight in from factory they're, pretty tough.

To get out.

I recommend using a breaker bar to get started with and once you break it free, you can go ahead and just use your impact ratchet.

I've already worked these loose all right.

Now that we've got this bracket completely detached.

We no longer need it we're going to take our jump seat brackets.

So we put arrows little stickers on the orientation these brackets how they're supposed to fit.

This is the rear.

This is the front.

You can see that they've got cutouts specifically for the bolt holes, but also these like clips right here these two notches right here are: if your vehicle came with a factory center console, there's two 10 millimeter bolts, it would line up perfectly here.

These two slots back here are for where the factory seat belt receiver buckle would have went, they were 18, millimeter or big t50 torxes like this, I go ahead and I replace those with 18 millimeter makes it easier to bolt in, but we'll show you that inside the vehicle so let's go ahead.

We now with the front you need to put the little 10 millimeters on up front to tighten the bracket down.

Just use a ratchet for this one.

The rear is not as important on the extended cabs.

I do it because you've got the clearance on the single cab.

Because the bracket's, so short, you probably won't be able to reach your hand in there, and why is it important well because you're going to use your new bolt to mount your seat belt back in so once this is bolted back in torque down that bracket's not going anywhere it's solid.

So let's go ahead, get the other one in and then bring this over into the truck, and let's show you how to mount this to the truck all right.

So we're approaching the cab here.

I just want to kind of give you a visual where these are located.

So these holes right here would have been where the seat belt buckles would have been for the factory seats.

Now, if your truck had a console in it, you'd have two 10 millimeter holes like run right there and run right there for the factory and that's where the slots were.

This truck was a 60 40 seat did not have a console, so we're going to do is we're going to start by lining up the jump seat.

The two slots on the back bracket over the these belt buckle holes right here, we're gonna start with theirs get those screwed down and then we're gonna have to drill some holes up front okay, so I got the jump seat positioned over the seat belt buckle hole and I already started inserting my bolt.

Now I replace the torx with uh some 12 millimeters uh just go to the hardware store.

I just find it easier to use these.

You can definitely use the torx.

I just find using this head a little bit easier, so I just started finger.

Tightening this one I'll do the same for the other side over there have to do that on the driver's side get these tightened down and then I'm going to come around to the front of the vehicle, and then this might be hard to see.

We've got some pre-drilled holes in the bracket right here and another one over here or you could use the slots um.

What you're going to do is you're going to mark these holes first with a marker and then you're going to take the jump seat out and then you're going to drill holes down into the through the trans tunnel, put everything back and then run two bolts and two nut plates uh to finish off the installation for the front back bracket.

So I'm going to go ahead and get this rear.

One tightened down I'll drill, some holes for the front and then get that buttoned up as well.

So we got the two different rear jump seat brackets for the gen we've seen the single or the extended cab get installed.

This is for the single cab uh the extended cab, tahoe crew cab.

They all have that two inch drop off in the back, whereas a single cab trucks are all flat floor.

So it's a much shorter bracket.

It's going to basically install the same way like the uh, with the arrows, pointing forward it's going to drop in there like that.

It's going to have where you you know: do your um seat belt at but you're not going to put this one on the console, the jump seat, um for installation you're, going to actually mount this in the cab first and I'm going to show you.

What we want to do is just lay the jump seat in here like this.

We want to locate these dimples there's going to be four dimples right here.

These two I already drilled out and you're going to have four holes in the bracket.

Now you don't have to use all four.

I just use the the two rear.

You can see that these holes are going to match up perfectly to that hole and that hole once they're drilled out just going to drop some bolts through there go up underneath.

Add your nut plates come back up here.

Torque these things down it'll draw the nut plate up, make it super tight.

You can see the rear is pointing forward once this is tight and secure, then you're going to take your jump seat and set it on top of here and then you're going to bolt in your seat belt, lock all that down, get the rear mounted up and then for your front uh the front's going to land somewhere right around here, you're just going to drill two holes for your transmission tunnel mark those first pull the jump, seat off drill, put the console back and then run bolts through just like you did for the rear and the jump seat will be done for a single cab.

So one thing I want to cover with you guys before I forget: I get this question asked a lot.

Is you know if you got a power seat? How do you wire it up? These gen threes are very simple: you've got a black with a white wire, I'm sorry, a red with a white wire and a solid black.

Your black is going to be your ground, your red's, going to be hot.

So when I'm installing these seats, what I'll do is I take a battery like this positive is all the way over here, at least on this battery is and then I'll.

Just take a spade.

Terminal put it in a negative right here and then so this way I can extend the rails.

Remember I told you it's easiest if you put the rails all the way forward, so now I've got the rails all the way forward and the seats powered up outside the vehicle again red with white wire, positive, solid, big black is the ground and you can just use a little.

You know cordless drill battery to put power to your seat while you're just getting this thing installed before you actually hook it up in the vehicle right, so I went ahead.

Uh reinstalled, the driver or the passenger seat got the jump seat fully in, and I positioned my driver's seat brackets for some of you that may have taken notice of the back seat.

That's going to be actually be a different video.

That seat is a part of the gen 4 bracketry 2014 2018 that came out of a crew cab right there.

So we will be offering that really soon um bit as far as this seat right here.

The one thing that I wanted to point out, excuse me guys is: I told you, on the passenger side on extended cab, tahoe and yukon you're, going to use the first and the last slot driver's side we're going to use the first and the third, so it's going to be for all driver sides are always going to be that way.

It's a shorter configuration it's around 10 and a half inches versus 13 and a half like the passenger side.

If it's a single cab, it's going to be the first and third or the second and fourth, depending on what generation seats you have with bracketry, but they all the good news is.

These brackets will work in every vehicle all right, king.

It's been a little bit of work, but we are done, and this thing looks: freaking killer, 2012 seats and a 97 truck.

They almost looked like their factory.

So one thing I wanted to do is answer a few questions.

At least one is guys ask me, you know how do these seats fit in here compared to a factory bucket uh? The height of these seats is identical to the factory.

It sits right at 13 inches the front.

Does they will dip down a little further? They sit a little deeper than a factory seat, so you will gain a little bit of headroom factory seat from the steering wheel to the back when you're, fully traveled in the furthest, uh rear position, you're going to be at 18 inches.

So it's I've actually positioned the seat here at 18, inches verify it so normally this would be the furthest back.

That you'd be able to go so check this out, 21., so you're going to gain about three inches doing a gen 3 swap you're actually going to four inches.

If you do a gen four swap that's the 2014 and 2020 seats, but for this one right here these seats are really affordable.

Obviously they're older from 20.

You know 2007 to 2013, but I picked this pair up from a junkyard, and these are all love.

They came out of a denali sear or something like that and um.

They were real, cheap.

So doing a swap like this number one, it's gonna make your driving experience better.

It's going to overall increase the value of your truck compared to your ratty old, clapped out seats that that you already had in there.

So there's a lot of benefits to doing a seat swap, and the idea behind this is that anybody can do it.

These brackets are just pure bolt in with the exception of drilling out some rivets.

This is really a simple job that anybody can tackle on.

You don't have to hire a shop to do it and you can get some instant gratification out of it driving around in your truck feeling good about it.

So if you have any questions, feel free to email me, dan, at obs, outpost, dot, com, the brackets are available on our website www.obsoutpost.com and always looking forward to your comments.

Guys thanks for watching.

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