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996 seats in a 911?

I've found a really nice pair of 996 seats for my 78 Targa. My understanding is that they'll bolt right in, but I'm unsure about power. Apparently they have a specific control unit, and hearing this makes me wonder if I'm gonna end up spending a bunch more money just to get them to work (all motors are there and functional, apparently), or is it just simply buying a wiring harness?
Anybody got any experience of this? I haven't picked them up yet, and would rather know before I parted with my money...
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My understanding is that they'll bolt right in,
Where did you get that understanding from? You have to be sure that is REALLY the case. Power is easy.
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My understanding is that they will NOT fit. Could be wrong. Love to find out if it works.
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They are too wide for any pre-1999 car, except the Boxster. The rail is also different.
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i just bought a set from L.A. porsche from supposed 98 996 8way power matched right up to my 85 cab. only snag was needed to shim up bottom 1/8" to clear front to rear power adjuster. worth every penny, looks & feels like a new ride.
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i just bought a set from L.A. porsche from supposed 98 996 8way power matched right up to my 85 cab. only snag was needed to shim up bottom 1/8" to clear front to rear power adjuster. worth every penny, looks & feels like a new ride.
How much you snagged those seats for?

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i just bought a set from L.A. porsche from supposed 98 996...
If it's from a '98, then they are 993 seats. They will fit. I love the 993 TT seats.
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sprint, 1400 complete. mine were not worth redoing.
now my wife even enjoys riding in it.
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sprint, 1400 complete. mine were not worth redoing.
now my wife even enjoys riding in it.
$1400 for a pair? Great price. Post some pics!
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BTW, moses the 996 came out in 1998.
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The 993 Carrera 4 was produced until July '98
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sprint, 1400 complete. mine were not worth redoing.
now my wife even enjoys riding in it.
Woo hoo!!! Great score there!

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i just bought a set from L.A. porsche from supposed 98 996 8way power matched right up to my 85 cab. only snag was needed to shim up bottom 1/8" to clear front to rear power adjuster. worth every penny, looks & feels like a new ride.
Which one's yours?
996 standard:



or 993 sport:




There is a 996 Sport as well, but I currently don't have a pic. Pre-73 cars have wider seat-rail track than post-74, so perhaps it will be even easier to install on early cars?

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I believe they're the 996 Standard. from a 2000 model. I haven't seen them yet, and have only the guys description to go on. He bought them for his Golf, then changed his mind. I found that apparently you can get an adapter to fit the seat rails, but at over $200 a seat that changes the bargain somewhat. I'm paying a grand for the seats, btw.
I wonder about Adscap's post - they're too wide to fit in the car? Or they rub on something? What changed in '99? Thanks for all your posts, guys.
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They will fit in a 911, you just need a set of of adapters. I put some in my 75 but took them out, they're so damn heavy (around 50-60lbs).
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Heavy and tall. I tried a 996 sport seat in my '83. In addition to being a good 20lbs heavier than my manual OE sport seats the rails are different, though if your willing to drill and fiddle with yours it can work. Rails are definitely different in early and late SC's as well as 3.2's. Beware. Also note that most of the wiring under the late model seats are for the seat belt warning light gizmo. Yank and discard. Ultimately the seat was too tall to work in my coupe.
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Ultimately the seat was too tall to work in my coupe.
Look at the first picture above, the beige seat which is of a 3.2 Carrera, appears to be same height as the 996 seats next to it.
You can take out the motors to make them manual plus to save weight.


Don't use adapters otherwise it will raise the seats to a higher position.

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993 Standard:
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my seats look like the 993 standard, leather seating area perforated centers and vinyl on back.
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I'm not terribly concerned about the power, so long as they will work manually (and fit, of course). Taking the motors out will save some weight (height?), too. So it's down to the adapter/drill and fiddle option.
Smcdermaid, how were they too tall? Did they foul the headliner? Had you left the motors in? Can you explain what/how much drilling and fiddling? I don't want to ruin them if they're not going in the car.
Axeman, where did you get the adapters? Did you keep them when you took the seats out?
Blue72s, thanks for the pics. Do you have measurements from these seats?
Doug, yours aren't too tall, then? (if you had to shim them up then I guess not). Full range of motion etc..?
Every pair of seats I've ever seen on ebay are advertised as bolting right in. Seems there's more variation than people think :-)

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