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B. Wheaton
01-29-2002, 02:10 AM
My driver seat is on its last leg at the moment. I don't expect it to last another year.<p>Best I have found for the SRDs is $599 not including rails and mounts. What about head clearance? I'm 6'0 and fit fine with my helmet in the stock seats. It would also be very nice to finally have some lumbar support :^)<p>Thanks.<br>Brandon Wheaton

Gordon Monsen
01-29-2002, 04:43 AM
The Recaro site lists a company in New Jersey that sells the SRD's pretty reasonably. I think they were about $700 with rails and mounting hardware. -Gordon<br>Thanks.<br>Brandon Wheaton<p></i><br>

Dave
01-29-2002, 11:58 AM
I bought my brackets from Seat Source in Cali and they are quite high. I'm about 5'11" and I fit fine, never tried with a helmet on though. Awkward at first, but I'm used to it now and there is no problem with it. <p>I'm ordering new brackets this summer because from what I understand the Recaro ones sit much lower like the factory BMW ones. However, the recaro ones take a very long time to get so order now.<p>There are usually some decent sets on ebay, check there every couple of days

Dave
01-29-2002, 11:59 AM
<i><br>I bought my brackets from Seat Source in Cali and they are quite high. I'm about 5'11" and I fit fine, never tried with a helmet on though. Awkward at first, but I'm used to it now and there is no problem with it. <p>I'm ordering new brackets this summer because from what I understand the Recaro ones sit much lower like the factory BMW ones. However, the recaro ones take a very long time to get so order now.<p>There are usually some decent sets on ebay, check there every couple of days<p></i><br>

Mike
01-29-2002, 12:06 PM
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Jeff J.
01-29-2002, 04:30 PM
If you try to use the Recaro brackets mounted to the OEM BMW sliders, it will raise the seat significantly over the stock seat (on lowest setting). That is what I currently run, and I canít clear my helmet (I'm 6'1). I'm switching, however, to a bracket made by a company named Wedge Engineering. Their brackets are custom made for individual models (like E30) and are VERY low profile. I will then attach the universal Recaro sliders between the Wedge bracket and the Recaro SRD. The Wedge bracket + the universal Recaro slider should still be quite a bit lower than the stock seat on the lowest setting, and significantly lower than my current configuration (Recaro brackets + stock BMW sliders).<br>My recommendation to you is to go with the Wedge Engineering brackets. If you can live without adjustability, use only the Wedge brackets and your seat will be VERY low. If you want some adjustability to your seat, get one of the Universal Recaro sliders. The sliders are less than an inch tall so they shouldnt add too much height to the seat over the Wedge bracket. The Recaro universal sliders will not mount to the floor of the car by themselves. You must either fabricate some sort of bracket or use the Wedge brackets to get the seats to attach to the bolts on the floor.<br>You can get Wedge brackets from Dynospot Racing (www.dynospotracing.com). I ordered mine from them about 4 weeks ago, and It'll be another week or two before they arrive (they are custom built for each order). If I recall they are a bit over $60 for each side for the Wedge brackets, and the Recaro sliders are similarly priced. I got my Recaro sliders from TCKline Racing...<br>As far as the price for the SRD's go, that price is okay. You might be able to find them a bit cheaper if you look around. Another option is to place a custom order through Recaro for a specific cloth color, but expect to wait several MONTHS for your order to be completed.. Mine took over 4 months. You will have to do this through a Recaro distributor. If you do custom cloth you might be able to match your interior better..<br>Also, have you also considered the Recaro Sport? It is very similar to the SRD, but offers a bit more comfort (the SRD is pretty hard BTW), and more features and cloth options are available for it (including leather - possibly even Tan).<br>As soon as my Wedge brackets come in I'll snap pictures of it along with the seat so you can see what it looks like..<br>My recommendation to you is to go with the Wedge Engineering brackets. If you can live without adjustability, use only the Wedge brackets and your seat will be VERY low. If you want some adjustability to your seat, get one of the Universal Recaro sliders. The sliders are less than an inch tall so they shouldnt add too much height to the seat over the Wedge bracket.<br>You can get Wedge brackets from Dynospot Racing (www.dynospotracing.com). I ordered mine from them about 3 weeks ago, and It'll be another week or two before they arrive (they are custom built for each order). If I recall they are a bit over $60 for each side for the Wedge brackets, and the Recaro sliders are similarly priced. I got my Recaro sliders from TCKline Racing...<br>As far as the price for the SRD's go, that price is okay. You might be able to find them a bit cheaper if you look around. Another option is to place a custom order through Recaro for a specific cloth color, but expect to wait several MONTHS for your order to be completed.. Mine took over 4 months. You will have to do this through a distributer. If you do custom cloth you might be able to match your interior better..<br>Have you also considered the Recaro Sport? It is very similar to the SRD, but offers a bit more comfort (the SRD is pretty hard BTW), and more features and cloth options are available for it (including leather - possibly even Tan).<br>As soon as my Wedge brackets come in I'll snap pictures of it along with the seat so you can see what it looks like..<p>Jeff J.<p><i><br>My driver seat is on its last leg at the moment. I don't expect it to last another year.<p>Best I have found for the SRDs is $599 not including rails and mounts. What about head clearance? I'm 6'0 and fit fine with my helmet in the stock seats. It would also be very nice to finally have some lumbar support :^)<p>Thanks.<br>Brandon Wheaton<p></i><br>

ADAMK
01-29-2002, 07:17 PM
speak to daniel. he is a cool dude and an e30 m3 guy. he will hook u up.

B. Wheaton
01-29-2002, 11:11 PM
only afford a custom leather job....<p><img src="http://www.bayareamotorsport.com/bam3_pd/bam3_pd20.jpg"><p><img src="http://www.bayareamotorsport.com/bam3_pd/bam3_pd21.jpg"><p><img src="http://www.bayareamotorsport.com/bam3_pd/bam3_pd22.jpg"><p><br>My car is Zinnoberrot with tan interior. I can't decide if black/tan or tan/black 2-tone would look best. Any opinions? Perhaps sticking with all tan would be best.<p><img src="http://www.bayareamotorsport.com/m3/m313.jpg"><p>Is it possible to get a "rebuild kit" for the OEM Recaros? Perhaps that would buy me another two years on the stock units.<p>And I digress........<p>~B<p><br><i><br>My driver seat is on its last leg at the moment. I don't expect it to last another year.<p>Best I have found for the SRDs is $599 not including rails and mounts. What about head clearance? I'm 6'0 and fit fine with my helmet in the stock seats. It would also be very nice to finally have some lumbar support :^)<p>Thanks.<br>Brandon Wheaton<p></i><br>

Jon
01-30-2002, 03:05 PM
I'm just wondering what needs to be rebuilt.<p>One <i>relatively</i> common problem is the bottom seat frame cracking. It's pretty much impossible to fix and will cost a bit over $200 to replace. Other than that, I'm not sure what would wear out. You can buy all the little parts individually.<p>One thing that should make the driver's seat MUCH nicer is new foam. I think you can get all of it for under $100. I don't know about yours but my passenger seat is much more comfortable than my driver's seat just because the foam isn't all broken down. If you replace it, I'm sure you could add a bit of lumbar support too if you want...just get some upholstery foam and add it behind or in front of the stock foam.<p>-Jon<p><i><br>only afford a custom leather job....<p><img src="http://www.bayareamotorsport.com/bam3_pd/bam3_pd20.jpg"><p><img src="http://www.bayareamotorsport.com/bam3_pd/bam3_pd21.jpg"><p><img src="http://www.bayareamotorsport.com/bam3_pd/bam3_pd22.jpg"><p><br>My car is Zinnoberrot with tan interior. I can't decide if black/tan or tan/black 2-tone would look best. Any opinions? Perhaps sticking with all tan would be best.<p><img src="http://www.bayareamotorsport.com/m3/m313.jpg"><p>Is it possible to get a "rebuild kit" for the OEM Recaros? Perhaps that would buy me another two years on the stock units.<p>And I digress........<p>~B<p><p>My driver seat is on its last leg at the moment. I don't expect it to last another year.<p>Best I have found for the SRDs is $599 not including rails and mounts. What about head clearance? I'm 6'0 and fit fine with my helmet in the stock seats. It would also be very nice to finally have some lumbar support :^)<p>Thanks.<br>Brandon Wheaton<p><br></i><br>

B. Wheaton
01-30-2002, 06:09 PM
I'd like to at least replace the linkage / hardware at the pivot. If I grab the seat at the top and wiggle it, there is quite a lot of play. More than anything though I WANT LUMBAR SUPPORT DAMNIT! ;^) <p>My seat frame did break and a local guy welded it back better than new in less than an hour for $100. He's also a recaro dealer, so maybe I'll see if he can do anything about the play in my seat. Maybe he can rig one of those inflatable lumbar dookickeys :^)<p>Brandon<p><p><p><br>I'm just wondering what needs to be rebuilt.<p>One relatively common problem is the bottom seat frame cracking. It's pretty much impossible to fix and will cost a bit over $200 to replace. Other than that, I'm not sure what would wear out. You can buy all the little parts individually.<p>One thing that should make the driver's seat MUCH nicer is new foam. I think you can get all of it for under $100. I don't know about yours but my passenger seat is much more comfortable than my driver's seat just because the foam isn't all broken down. If you replace it, I'm sure you could add a bit of lumbar support too if you want...just get some upholstery foam and add it behind or in front of the stock foam.<p>-Jon<p><br>


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