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1997 – 2003 Ford F150 Armrest Assembly

Here’s the deal…The 1997-2003 Ford F150’s with bucket seats can have 2 armrest assemblies that attach to the seat frames in different ways.  The first way is a simple bolt on design (using a Torx T-50 bit) that has a built on metal peg stop to keep the armrest from going below where it should.  The other way has the same bolt that holds on the armrest, but there is an adjustable cable system that keeps the armrest from sagging down.  The Torx bolt on both of these designs is located under the actual armrest cover closest to the center console.  It is around a 50/50 toss up which one will be in your vehicle.  Below is a picture of the cable style assembly.  The bottom metal seat pan is shown here laying upside down on the seat top.

The red arrows on this picture show the path of the cable.  It originates on the back side of the bottom seat pan and runs inside the top cover to the armrest.  Whether you are doing a replacement leather seat cover on the top or the bottom of a 1997-2003 Ford F150, the cable will need to be disconnected.  You can do this by taking off the 13 mm nut that is holding on the cable to the metal seat pan (shown in the picture by the green arrow).  Once this nut is taken off, you will be able to separate the bottom and the top.  When reassembling the seat, feed the cable back through the bottom cover, through the metal bracket, and tighten the 13 mm nut back on the threads at the end of the cable.  Keep in mind that you can change the angle of the armrest (when in the down position) by tightening or loosening this nut.  Tightening the bolt will raise the armrest when it is folded down, and loosening will lower the armrest.  We carry replacement leather seat covers that match the OEM interiors for Ford/GM full size trucks and SUV’s.  If you have any questions about this armrest assembly, or any leather replacement covers for your vehicle, please give us a call and we would be happy to help.



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