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    Rear seat - spring vs foam

    I have a spring based rear seat and, that I believe has coconut husk backing, is deteriorating pretty bad. And, I think is the root cause of an odor when it rains. A few questions:
    1) Are the foam and spring seats interchangeable?
    2) Advantage of one over the other?
    3) If I keep the spring base, and recover the seat, what should I use to replace that backing? Burlap and some thin foam?

    I did recover my front sport seats myself, so I have the hog rings and pliers.
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