Produced between the 1997 and 2004 model years, the fifth-generation C5 Corvette is something of a performance bargain, offering impressive power and grip that still holds up today, assuming you find one in decent condition. Even so, there are a few aspects of the C5 Corvette that enthusiasts will be keen to upgrade, including the seats, which could do with additional bolstering – sort of like the seats equipped by the following C6-generation Vette. Now, one enthusiast is documenting the process of swapping C6 Corvette seats into a C5 Corvette in the following video.
Coming to us from the 100PercentJake YouTube channel, the video is a little over 26 minutes long and includes a first-person perspective on what’s needed to make the swap work. Prior to getting into the nitty gritty of the swap, the video host goes over why it might be a good idea.
Essentially, the motivation behind swapping in the C6 Corvette seats comes down to two things – side bolstering and comfort. As the video host points out, the original C5 Corvette seats don’t do a great job of holding the passenger in place, and don’t really offer too much lumbar support either.
“The whole design of [the C6 Corvette] seat feels more modern,” the video host points out. “And it smells good because it’s got fresh upholstery.”
All good stuff. But while the swap is pretty straightforward from a nuts-and-bolts perspective, the wiring involved may be a bit of a turn-off for some of those at-home DIY’ers interested in doing the swap for themselves. Luckily, the video host documents what’s needed to make the wiring bits work as well.
The video starts with swapping the passenger seat, after which the video host tackles the driver’s side seat, the latter of which is a bit more involved due to the wiring. The whole thing is done with simple hand tools in the host’s driveway, which should be encouraging for those eager to do the swap at home.
Check out the full video below: