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Old Fri, Dec-30-2016, 03:28:49 AM   #21
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I only made 2 sets for both my seats. I could make more, and it would certainly be easier the 2nd go around, since I now have the programs for the CNC, but it still would not be cheap if I were to charge for time and material.
Based on my experience it would not become attractive price wise unless I can make 5-10 sets.
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I'm thinking about replacing the stock electrical and heated seats. Besides not giving me enough back support on long rides, i'm 6'0" and feel the seat too short. With all the knowledge gained during your project, can you help me with the following doubts:

1. How low compared to stock, can the seat be mounted with sliding subframe without being offset with the steering wheel? Is there any subframe that also allow height adjustment?

2. Can you control the seat heating system with oem dash buttons?

Other things that i need to look at if i go forward with this is that the seats must have the cinnamon leather to keep the interior scheme and the f8x illuminated badge.
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I'm thinking about replacing the stock electrical and heated seats. Besides not giving me enough back support on long rides, i'm 6'0" and feel the seat too short. With all the knowledge gained during your project, can you help me with the following doubts:

1. How low compared to stock, can the seat be mounted with sliding racks without being offset with the steering wheel? Is there any racks that also allow height adjustment?

2. Can you control the seat heating system with oem dash buttons?

Other things that i need to look at if i go forward with this is that the seats must have the cinnamon leather to keep the interior scheme and the f8x illuminated badge.
2) If you're having them rewrapped in cin leather either way, I'd order the seats in the cheapest material avaiable without seat heating and use the e39 seat heater pad (avaiable seperately from the seat leather unlike the e46 seat heater pads). Should be plug and play into the e46 seat harness, which will allow you to use the stock dash buttons.

That's my plan
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I'm thinking about replacing the stock electrical and heated seats. Besides not giving me enough back support on long rides, i'm 6'0" and feel the seat too short. With all the knowledge gained during your project, can you help me with the following doubts:

1. How low compared to stock, can the seat be mounted with sliding racks without being offset with the steering wheel? Is there any racks that also allow height adjustment?

2. Can you control the seat heating system with oem dash buttons?

Other things that i need to look at if i go forward with this is that the seats must have the cinnamon leather to keep the interior scheme and the f8x illuminated badge.
1.) it's hard to say. I have mine about 2.5" up from the floor. Keep in mind the stock seat is already offset slightly, so you don't have to be perfect on center. I just didn't want to add to it and now might actually be closer to center than before.
I did not put sliders, so I don't know how low you can mount it with them and still slide it fwd. That is where it can get tricky mounting the seat as far to center as possible, because as you slide it fwd it will interfere more and more with the tranny tunnel.
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correct me if i am wrong, but is that a seat fan with switch on the bottom of it?
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correct me if i am wrong, but is that a seat fan with switch on the bottom of it?
I wish I knew. I bought this seat from a guy that was going to install it in a Hot Rod project. It was new and came with the heater, but I have not hooked it up yet. I have noticed that fan shroud underneath myself, but I think that is just a vent for the seat heating. The button is probably the hi and low setting for the heat.
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1.) it's hard to say. I have mine about 2.5" up from the floor. Keep in mind the stock seat is already offset slightly, so you don't have to be perfect on center. I just didn't want to add to it and now might actually be closer to center than before.
I did not put sliders, so I don't know how low you can mount it with them and still slide it fwd. That is where it can get tricky mounting the seat as far to center as possible, because as you slide it fwd it will interfere more and more with the tranny tunnel.
I read above about leg support hitting the center console when mountng too low. Do you think that the cross sportster cs would be easier to fit centered with the steering wheel due to the lower leg support?
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I read above about leg support hitting the center console when mountng too low. Do you think that the cross sportster cs would be easier to fit centered with the steering wheel due to the lower leg support?


It probably would help a little. It really is only an issue when sliding fwd, thus I decides to go without them.



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i've got a CS on my passenger side and was pleasantly surprised at how low it sat, but shorter passengers do note that it sits a bit low.

i use macht schnell floor mounts (which lets you get it as close to the center tunnel as practical) and macht schnell seat belt receptacle mounts (which add about half an inch of height)

the seat in general is on the wide side for E46 fitment, you can barely use the recline adjuster because it's so close to the door sill (a problem your mounts will probably remmedy if they can move it above the sill)

if there are potential weight savings involved i'd be interested in your mount!
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