Assembling your new scheel-mann seats

Link to the entire seat manual!

General Tips

First: Disconnect the ground cable.

Disconnect the ground cable from the battery. Ona Sprinter, there is a convenient quick disconnect under the dashboard on the left side of the center console.   

Tools You Will Need

All tools need to be high quality. Do not use a tool that does not fit inside the fastener precisely. Large flat blade screw driver 

  1. Small hammer 
  2. 5mm Allen wrench 
  3. 6mm Allen wrench 
  4. E14 female torx socket 
  5. T40 male torx
  6. T50 male torx
  7. 15mm End Wrench 

In addition, you will need general wiring tools like a wire striper, crimper, ring terminals and butt connectors for hooking up the seat heaters. 


Installing The Sliding Rails Onto The Seat

***Note that for a Sprinter or Transit, the seatbelt anchors are mounted in -between the seat and the sliding rails***

If you need to install seat belt anchors or spacers for your Sprinter or Transit application, they will be installed in between the seat, and the slides. Please look at the next section "Tips for Mounting Bracket System On Mercedes Sprinter" for information about the correct orientation of these parts.
Note that the release handle has a slight bend in it. If you lay it on a flat surface, you will see light under one side like in this picture. You want the bend to go away from the seat.
Note the slight bend

Both rails and release handle laid out in the correct orientation

Use the socket headed bolts and lock washers that are supplied with the seat. The correct holes are reinforced with a second layer of steel as shown in the picture. (Note: there are three mounting holes on each rail and the hole in the middle does not have an extra layer of steel).
Get the rear mounting bolt started, and tighten it most of the way. You want to leave it slightly loose for now so that you can get the front mounting bolt started.
To release the slide mechanism to access the bolt holes, you can gently slip a wide screw driver in between the seat and the release tab. Once you have slipped the screw driver in, twist it to release the slide so you can access the front mounting hole. Install the front bolt, and tighten it fully. Once the front bolt is tight, move the slide forward and install the last bolt in the rear, and tighten both rear bolts fully. Tighten all 6 bolts to 25 NM
The release lever can be bowed slightly and put into position. There are two mounting holes to choose from in the release handle. You can use either set of holes, one set will just allow the handle to extend farther out under your legs. Line up the desired hole on the single tab sticking out of the slide on one side. Once it is in position, a tap from a soft mallet or a small hammer to set it into the sliders fully.

Tap the release handle until it is seated in the groove

Tips for Mounting Bracket System On Mercedes Sprinter or Ford Transit

For applications without a swivel: The seat belt receptacle anchors mount on the both sides of the seat. The seatbelt anchors sandwiched in between the seat, and the seat slider, and point down. For applications with swivels: The seat belt receptacle anchors mount on the inside of each seat, and the spacer is mounted on the outside of each seat. The anchor and spacer are sandwiched in between the seat, and the seat slider.
There are new bolts included to mount the seat belt component to this new anchor.
Use the supplied 8mm socket headed bolts to attach the risers to the sliding rails. Place the whole seat assembly into the van, and use the factory bolts to attach the risers to the seat base. Leave the bolts loose, until all four are started. Once all the bolts are started, tighten everything down. Bolt up the seat belt to the seat using the supplied bolts.
The seat heating harness in the van has two wires, and is split to 4 female spade connectors. Brown is ground, and the black with purple tracer is hot. Our wire harness has a solid red hot wire, and a ground wire that is Red, with a yellow tracer.

Another view of the seat heating connector.

NOTE: There is a seat belt sensor wire on the drivers side seat. Use zip ties to carefully support this wire high enough that it does not get caught on the sliding rails as the seat is slid back and forth.

Tips On Mounting The Arm Rest.

On the Sprinter, the arm rest fits on the inside of each seat. If the seat was special ordered with an arm rest, the factory will cut holes in the fabric where the mounting bolts are located. As circled in red here.
If you feel behind the material on the side of the seat, you will feel two bolts. The location is highlighted here.

Make an small cross hatch incision to access the bolts.

Snip off the tabs so that you have access to the bolts

To mount the arm rest, first find the included black oxide coated countersunk bolts. These new bolts will be used to install the arm rest.
Once the original upper bolt is removed, offer up the arm rest and using the new black bolt, start threading it in to the seat. Once the upper bolt is started, you can remove the original lower bolt, and start treading in the new black bolt. These bolts hold the seat back to the reclining mechanism. Do not take both bolts out at the same time. If the new bolt does not start to thread in easily, look inside the bolt hole to make sure that everything is lined up properly. Once both bolts are started in the hole, tighten them both.
Make sure that both bolts are tight.