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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Sun, Oct-28-2018, 03:20:44 AM   #1
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Default Mounting Recaro Sports

Looking to install these seats into my '97 sedan:



From what I gather you can either go with:

Floor Mounts:


https://www.ecstuning.com/b-omp-part...slash-108~omp/

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Sliders:

https://www.ecstuning.com/b-recaro-parts/recaro/0.70.9/

Or you can go with a complete unit from Recaro:


https://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-3...ro-oem/?pdk=AQ

My questions are: Am I missing anything aside from hardware? Do I need seat belt mounting provisions? I've also heard the Recaro mount from Turner is not great for taller drivers, (I am 6'2' with a long torso) so is the Planted Mount / Universal Slider my only option? Are there other bottom-mount options I'm not aware of? Any input or advice would be appreciated!
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Default Re: Mounting Recaro Sports

The floor mounts with sliders will be much lower than the Recaro modified stock brackets, even the “low version” they offer. Not to mention quite a bit lighter. The Recaro option is easier to install though. You will need the first option at your height in my opinion.

Are you really set on that pair of Recaro? Might I suggest a more E36 aesthetically pleasing Speed or SR/SRD (euro tall headrests, no Japanese spec)?

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Wow I thought I would have gotten a pass from you since they are Recaros. Well here is my thinking: they are about as close color-wise as I'm going to find without going the custom upholstery route and the geometric Arista cloth pattern is period correct even if the seat itself is a bit newer. Also not super concerned with weight and these seats offer thigh extensions, lumbar support and a bearing-based mounting system. Should be comfy, have better bolstering and not stick out as much as black SRD's would in my Dove interior. Plus I'm getting a hefty discount on this pair

Will go with the mounts / sliders and report back gremlins. Thanks for your input!
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The floor mounts with sliders will be much lower than the Recaro modified stock brackets, even the “low version” they offer. Not to mention quite a bit lighter. The Recaro option is essier to install though. You will need the first option at your height in my opinion.

Are you really set on that pair of Recaro? Might I suggest a more E36 aesthetically pleasing Speed or SR/SRD (euro tall headrests, no Japanese spec)?
Thank you for your recommendation, Brett...it's noted and added to watch list.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/RECARO-SR3-...53.m1438.l2649
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Wow I thought I would have gotten a pass from you since they are Recaros. Well here is my thinking: they are about as close color-wise as I'm going to find without going the custom upholstery route and the geometric Arista cloth pattern is period correct even if the seat itself is a bit newer. Also not super concerned with weight and these seats offer thigh extensions, lumbar support and a bearing-based mounting system. Should be comfy, have better bolstering and not stick out as much as black SRD's would in my Dove interior. Plus I'm getting a hefty discount on this pair

Will go with the mounts / sliders and report back gremlins. Thanks for your input!
Recaro makes ugly seats too.

Black is not the only option.



Just a warning. If your significant other is short, they will not like any of these seats. They will constantly hit their head on that plastic belt pass through. I have one friend who had a custom matching cushion made that pins in the holes for his wife as she would refuse to ride in the car.

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She must be fun at parties. The seats are local, I'm getting a sweetheart price and my girl isn't a midget. I also like the discreet branding and find them better looking than the Speed/SRD. The only other thing I need to know is if I can use my existing seat belt receptacle or will I need to go with an E30 unit or something else?

My receptacle is this style; can it be fitted or modified to work?

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Recaro makes ugly seats too.

Black is not the only option.



Just a warning. If your significant other is short, they will not like any of these seats. They will constantly hit their head on that plastic belt pass through. I have one friend who had a custom matching cushion made that pins in the holes for his wife as she would refuse to ride in the car.
When you say "short,' how short? I am 5'4'.
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Wow I thought I would have gotten a pass from you since they are Recaros. Well here is my thinking: they are about as close color-wise as I'm going to find without going the custom upholstery route and the geometric Arista cloth pattern is period correct even if the seat itself is a bit newer. Also not super concerned with weight and these seats offer thigh extensions, lumbar support and a bearing-based mounting system. Should be comfy, have better bolstering and not stick out as much as black SRD's would in my Dove interior. Plus I'm getting a hefty discount on this pair

Will go with the mounts / sliders and report back gremlins. Thanks for your input!
I'm 6'0 and have SRD's with the genuine 'low' Recaro bases. They sit about a 1.25" lower than stock so it's perfect for me.

Sport Toplines are a nice seat, better build quality and more features as you know IMO they actually look more like Vaders than SR/SRD do so period correct box is ticked. Bolstering is less aggressive though. Those seats will be a decent match for the interior too. I had black SRD and switched to the same version Braymond posted a picture of. It's basically the same grey as carpets and dash/door cards.


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When you say "short,' how short? I am 5'4'.
They are not the seat for you then. My ex was same height, hit her head on them and complained all the time.

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Recaro makes ugly seats too.

Black is not the only option.

Never seen another set of grey avus cloth!
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I'm 6'0 and have SRD's with the genuine 'low' Recaro bases. They sit about a 1.25" lower than stock so it's perfect for me.
Are you running the original seat belt receptacles or E30 units? Did you use an occupancy emulator or install a mat in the passenger side seat if you installed one?
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Are you running the original seat belt receptacles or E30 units? Did you use an occupancy emulator or install a mat in the passenger side seat if you installed one?
Original receptacles and installed the occupancy sensor mat in the passenger seat
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