How to: increase seat incline
I was unhappy with the available incline of the drivers seat, and wondering about this, because I was happy with it during the test drive. So I dismounted the drive seat to investigate and found a possibility to increase the incline.
So here is my write up and the pictures. (Please note that everything you do is your responsibilty and under your judgement):
1) Drive the seat incline fully down
2) Drive the seat back until you can reach the front covers and remove them
3) Unscrew the 2 bolts, put them aside
4) Drive the seat forward until you can reach the rear covers and remove them
5) Unscrew the 2 bolts, put them aside
6) Seat is unmounted, and you can lay the seat back with the backrest against the 2nd row
7) On the transmission side under the seat, you will find the motor to drive the seat incline (see picture 1)
7) At the end of threaded bar is a nut, which is cramped to avoid movement (picture 2 green circle)
8) Carefully grap the nut with a wrench (I used an adjustable pipe wrench) and unscrew the nut. It will take certain force as the threads cut through the cramped nut. Be carefull not to damage the threads with the wrench
9) 'Unscrew' the nut to the end of the threaded bar. I used some Locktite to secure the nut there. However, because the threaded bar doesn't turn there is no turning force to the nut, the engine housing just bumps against it
10) Check the movement of the motor; initially it will stop at the old position of the nut, just push the button again and it will run until it bumps in the nut. It will remember this position for the next time (selflearning).
11) Put the seat back to its mounting position
12) Screw the rear bolts in, handtight
13) Move the seat back until you can reach the front mounts
14) Screw the front bolts in, tightem them carefully
15) Move the seat forward until you reach the rear mounts, tighten the bolts carefully
16) Put the covers on
Total gain is about 1/2-1 inch. So it is a nice improvement. I am running that 2 months now, with changing of the incline daily as my wife and I share the car. No issues, everything is still tight.
2012 Limited V6 4x4
Tow Package, Skid Plates, Tow Hooks, Tubular Side Steps, Mud Flaps, Underbody Protection
Planned: headlight washing system, amber rear blinker, rear fog light, change amber parking lights to whites, lockpick, front camera, swap RBZ to RHW