1999-2004 Mustang Seat Options and Restoration
The interior of a Mustang can definitely show its age and if you daily drive it. The constant getting in and out will put some noticeable wear and tear on your seats in particular. If you’re looking to freshen up your Mustang’s upholstery there are many options out there that can fit everyone’s price range. What determines the type of seats you go with depends on your Mustang’s purpose, your budget, and your personal preference. Here are some options to consider.
Can I restore my stock, factory Mustang seats?
Love the look of a 1999-2004 Mustang’s original interior? Then I would suggest going with a new upholstery kit. An upholstery kit will give you the same exact look, feel, and color you have now, but it will be brand new condition. If you’re regretting not choosing the leather option there’s still a chance. This is the perfect opportunity to upgrade to leather or even a custom color that will match your interior better or give it that extra edge when at a car show. Installation of new upholstery can be very difficult so unless you or someone you know has experience, I would leave it up to the pros and take it to an upholstery shop and have them install it.
Also, if your seats just aren’t as comfortable as they used to be you can even replace the foam padding that is under the upholstery. This will give your seat the same level of comfort it had leaving the factory. The foam compresses over time and just doesn’t give the cushion it used to. The next best thing to new seats is new foam and upholstery.
How can I best protect my Mustang’s seats from damage?
If you’re just looking to keep your current seats in good condition then I would recommend a set of 1999-2004 Mustang seat covers. These will protect your existing seats from a number of things such as wear and tear, UV fading, and stains. Almost all seat covers are washable as well, so you can keep them looking brand new for many years. This is also a good alternative if you’re on a tight budget because they are the cheapest of the seat restoration options.
Should I replace my seats altogether?
If your Mustang’s seats aren’t looking their best or you want something that will really hold you in place when going around the track then consider replacing the seats with an aftermarket set. There’s a very wide variety when it comes to aftermarket seats. Some are for strip and street use, while others are really meant to be put in a track car. Depending on where you race and what class, you may be required to have aftermarket racing seats. There are solid one piece seats and the traditional 2-piece seat that reclines. Some common aftermarket seat manufacturers are Corbeau, Sparco, Bride, and Kirkey.
What else will I need when replacing my Mustang's seats with an aftermarket set?
Keep in mind, when you go with aftermarket seating in your Mustang the existing seat tracks will not work. You will need to purchase pre-fabricated tracks offered from the aftermarket seat manufacturer, have custom seat brackets made, or fabricate your own setup to make to seats fit securely in the car. That said, many manufacturers offer these tracks along with the seats themselves.
What about the rear seats?
If you find that you don’t have much of a use for your Mustang’s backseats then you can remove them and install a rear seat delete kit. These kits install very easily, still give the back area of a 1999-2004 Mustang that clean look (a main reason many perform this type of modification). The second big reason for deleting the rear seats is weight reduction. You can drop a significant amount of weight from the car by installing a rear seat delete and remember, every pound you shed has the immediate ability to help with track and 0-60ft times.
What’s all of this going to cost me?
Those who don’t want to spend a fortune on a new interior look would be wise to go with a set of good seat covers. They are by far the cheapest option. Getting a new upholstery kit can be a bit costly after you figure the cost of installation, unless you do in fact choose to install the kit yourself. When you go with aftermarket seats the prices vary quite a bit, but you will drop weight with an aftermarket set and increase comfort. For some, the added performance benefits and ability to take the car to the track make aftermarket seats the most appealing option.