Join Date: Apr 2006
Car: '18 3.6R Ltd
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Interesting question that I'd not seen before. I expect that your concern is about the effects of weight on the folded seat-back and how that pushes the bolsters harder into the seat-belt receivers.
I say this because, ever since I bought our OB 8 months ago, I've kept the back seat folded down almost permanently. Generally, there's no extra weight on the seat back, and (I just checked) the bolsters have very minor dimples where the receivers hit them. (I just put some padding -- folded pieces of torn-up white tee-shirt material -- in there as protection.) I expect that weight on the seat back would, over time, create somewhat bigger dimples and possible damage the leather (or whatever it is).
Seems like padding and keeping the leather of the bolsters as supple as possible is the only workable approach.
Side note: Because I keep the seat down, and because I've got that ivory leather, I created a non-retractable window-shade sort of cover for the area forward of the Subaru window-shade bar -- it's black (light-weight) canvas and covers everything up to the forward edge of the folded seat back. Cargo, up to about the bottom of the side windows, can be covered by it, and when there's nothing back there is makes everything aft of the front seats invisible. I'd take a picture, but even with flash it's almost impossible to see. HPH
Subaru #8 is the best one yet ... although the Legacy GT Spec B and Gen 3 OBXT were pretty nice...and the STi was no slouch.