Driver Swivel Seat Installation

Driver Swivel Seat Installation

At first, we did not plan on installing a swivel seat on the driver-side. After using the passenger-side for a while, we realized that a swivel seat is a beautiful thing in a camper van conversion! It creates a lot of space. We changed our mind and we are installing a swivel seat on the driver-side RIGHT NOW!


Read first:

The emergency brake is located just beside the driver seat. Unfortunately, the swivel seat will interfere with the emergency brake when rotating, so the emergency brake must first be lowered. Then, the swivel adapter can be installed. That’s OK, all of this will be covered in this post! Just keep reading!


Read Second:

We installed a Discountvantruck swivel seat on the passenger-side and tried to install it on the driver-side too. Because of its design, it will interfere with the dual batteries and therefore it’s a no-go. (it might work with a single battery option, but we’re not sure). That’s why we are installing a SwivelRus on the driver side.


Update June 2018:

There’s a new swivel seat in town: Scopema. If we had to start over, we would install it because:

  • It raises the seat by only 1 inch, compared to 1.75 inches for the SwivelRus. That’s nice, especially for the driver side; we found the driving position not as good after we installed the SwivelRus.
  • We were told by folks that installed it that there is less wobble than with the SwivelRus.
  • The hole pattern match perfectly the factory seat.
  • In fact, we plan on installing one in the fore-coming weeks and make a complete review; stay tuned! We DID install it! Check out our full review:

The Scopema Swivel seat is available for the Ford Transit, Dodge Promaster, Mercedes Sprinter and Mercedes Metris:

  • Click here to choose your model and Buy on eBay
  • If your model is not listed in eBay, it’s probably out of stock. Please contact the seller and let them know the vehicle and side (passenger/driver) you want (and mention you found them via FarOutRide!). Contact the seller here (click “other”, then click “Contact the seller”).




TOTAL COST : 400$ USD approx



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  • Scopema Swivel Seat Adapter (Buy on eBay)
  • Stainless Steel Plate (to protect the cable housing from rubbing with sheet metal)
  • Stainless Steel Fender Washer





We want to thank and give credit to “freeriden”; on the Ford Transit forum, he was the first to publish a solution to lower the emergency-brake: “Driver Swivel Seat Install” thread on


Let’s install the swivel seat!


STEP 1: Lower the Emergency-Brake

It must be lowered to resolve the interference issue.


First, remove the 2 plastic parts by pulling them up (no tools required)


Ford Transit Driver Side Swivel Installation (14)
Success! The 2 plastic parts are out of the way!


Here is the idea of this modification: we take the 3 existing attachment points (start of arrow) and re-located them lower in other existing holes (end of arrow). Not clear? Keep reading!



Now, let’s take that seat out of the way.

There are 2 screws to remove at the back:



and 2 screws to remove at the front:



Don’t take the seat off yet! We still have to detach the electrical harness:

Just unscrew this bolt and the electrical harness will come off


We’re going to take the batteries off to access the e-brake screws inside the seat base.

NOTE: we have the dual batteries option. Your setup might differs!

To remove the protective plate, we need to remove these 2 screws



And here are the batteries!

Ford Transit Driver Side Swivel Installation (23)


All the batteries posts can be detached. The two batteries are “linked” together with this small tube (to locate in the picture, follow the arrow head). It looks like it is a venting tube. It can be detached (and re-attached later, no problem) to remove each battery individually (unless you’re much stronger than me).



The two batteries are located in a plastic basket. Remove it!

Ford Transit Driver Side Swivel Installation (26)



You can now remove the 3 screws that attach the e-brake from inside of the seat base (we have no picture, but you’ll figure it’s pretty obvious)


The e-brake is not yet free! Remove the 4 nuts that attaches the metal plate to the seat base and trim the plate as shown to be able to remove it:



Then, disconnect the e-brake electrical wire (at the red arrow)

First, remove the grommet (rubber part in the seat base), then pull away the electrical wire



The nut below is welded. We need to remove it, because we will use the hole that is under the nut.

Make sure to catch all the metal chips! Those are evil! They will create rust spot in a short time! We used a bag and then vacuumed all over.

Ford Transit Driver Side Swivel Installation (1)


The nut is gone! Sweet!

Ford Transit Driver Side Swivel Installation (2)


We’re about to lower the e-brake, but doing so makes the cable housing rub with the sheet metal. Indeed, it off-centers the cable housing through the cutout. (the rubbing happens below the van, not shown here)


We must prepare a device to protect the cable housing from rubbing with the sheet metal. We kept the sheet metal that we trimmed when installing the Maxxair Fan! Neat!

We trimmed it the right size, made it “round” to match the cable housing, sanded the rough edges and encapsulated it in heavy-duty 3M protector:

Ford Transit Driver Side Swivel Installation (8)


We will now lower the e-brake. The back screw fit nicely, the front screw “fits” in the large cutout (where the e-brake switch wire grommet was). The cutout is way too big, but adding a fender washer will make everything secured! The third screw (the lower one) is no longer used… (but we feel that it is strong enough with only 2 screws)

**while lowering the e-brake, carefully guide the cable housing so it does not rub with the sheet metal below the floor. The sheet metal is really sharp!**



We must now crawl under the van to install the part that will protect the cable housing from rubbing with the sheet metal. We fixed it with a worm-drive clamp:

Ford Transit Driver Side Swivel Installation (9)


We’re not done just yet! See, the airbag control module is located just forward of the e-brake. The metal bracket that we removed previously was acting as a shield, since the module is suppose to be pressure-sensitive
Ford Transit Driver Side Swivel Installation (10)
Showing the airbag control module


We need to modify the metal bracket and put it back in place.

We were a bit aggressive with the modification, but it’s doing its job of protecting the module. Only the 2 front nuts are used to hold the bracket now. You might come up with something better?




Re-connect the e-brake electrical wire previously disconnected and put everything back in place!

Unfortunately, the 2 plastic parts that we first removed do not fit anymore, but this is only aesthetic. We still have to do something about that… trim them or something.


Nice, we’re done with the e-brake!


STEP 2: Install the swivel adapter

That’s pretty straightforward…

This is the seat base without the swivel adapter:
Just put the swivel adapter on the seat base and fasten using the screws that you removed at the beginning. Then, install the seat on the swivel adapter using the bolts/washers/nuts include with the SwivelsRus kit:
You’ll figure where the screws go!


And that’s a wrap!
Driver and Passenger Swivel Seats










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14 thoughts on “Driver Swivel Seat Installation”

  1. Love your journal and writeups. I purchased the Scopema driver’s-side swivel seat for my 2018 Ford Transit 250. Just installed it today. Love how the seat height isn’t affected much. I was really unimpressed by the craftsmanship, though. Three of the four holes that line up with the seat base line up. The fourth doesn’t. Measured it up and it doesn’t fit. So I have to drill through the Scopema plate to get the fourth bolt to fit, which it needs to because the seat shakes without it. Also, I had to grind out two of the welded studs in the handbrake bracket. The instructions provided weren’t very good.

    Anyway, I’m happy with the seat height, but this job required a LOT of work, cutting, grinding, and the plate wasn’t made properly.

    • Oh and the worst part about it is your can’t access the battery negative to turn off van power without removing the entire swivel seat base. That’s nuts. You used to be able to just slide the seat forward to access. Not any more.

  2. I want to remove the driver chair, so I can drive my wheel chair
    Over the driver seat platform ? And figure a way to secure the wheelchair
    On the platform. Or take the platform out all together ?
    Scott and David
    Race Hawaii !

  3. Quick Question: When you disconnect the two batteries under the driver’s seat, do you lose your “presets” on the on board computer system because of complete power loss? I know when I take my car to get the battery replaced, the sales tech will hook up a temporary power source under my dash to keep power to all of my presets as they are? That way I do not lose my clock, radio stations, etc…

  4. Great site, I hope to use many of your ideas soon. Do you know if these seat swivels work on the 10 way power seat option ?
    Thank you for your insights

  5. If I buy the driver model of the swivel-r-us swivel bracket, will I still need to modify the e-brake assembly by lowering it, or is it sufficiently high that the e-brake won’t be a problem?

    I’m debating the increased cost of the driver swivel versus the time and effort it will take to modify the e-brake assembly. I’m also curious about the increased height of the driver’s seat if I went with the driver swivel as I’m not very tall.

    Any info you have about the differences between the driver and passenger swivels would be great! The info on their website isn’t as informative as I’d like.

    • I just sent them an email to set the record straight.

      As you know, we installed the passenger swivel on the driver side to minimize the height increase (which is about 1.75″). This makes quite a difference, I would definitely not want any more height increase. In other word, I think it’s worth the time and effort to lower the e-brake assembly.

      I’ll report back with the info from SwivelsRus when i hear from them.


  6. Thanks for the post. I also just recently installed the swivel-r-us adapter (passenger side) and am happy with the quality, albeit a bit high cost. Been referencing your site beaucoup so thanks for taking the time to document your build!

    Merci encore mec~


  7. Hi. Would love to do this on my 16 T250. I just dropped my Transit at Quigley for the 4×4 conversion. Do you have a shop drawing from the top view showing the angular protrusions as it swivels and when it is at 90°? I will have a Sortimo partition with the slider door installed so 90° will probably be it’s limit. I just want it to be easier to get to and thru that doorway.

    The 4×4 transfer case shifter is located in that same middle isle and since I can’t move that I want to see if the seat on the swivel will clear that. Also the back of the seat as it swivels is a concern but I would certainly live with having to bring up the seat back if need be.

    • Hi David,
      unfortunatly we don’t have a drawing. But keep in mind that, to rotate, the seat has to be pushed almost completely forward with the back of the seat pushed forward too; then during the rotation, it has to be pushed slightly backward to clear the dash…
      What I’m trying to say is, you cannot just sit on the seat while rotating; it’s a bit more complicated than that! I doubt it will help you achieve what you want.


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