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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Mon, Apr-10-2017, 06:04:40 PM   #1
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Default What seats to upgrade to for Daily Driver?

Ok Guys, am interested in possibly upgrading my factory seats in the M. But want to keep them to be more comfortable styles since I am basically a 6'4" 280lb guy, and the skinny full race seats just suck to me.

I currently have the manual factory seats.

Thoughts?

Should I consider just recovering my factory ones so they aren't slick as snot?

This is just a weekend car and something I do autox from time to time.
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Fixed back or folding?

Harness provisions or stock 3 point?

Weight savings a concern?

Budget?
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I'm actually a pretty big dude myself so I'll comment to follow along. I've been eyeing the Recaro Sporster Seats and wonder if I'll fit in them.
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I'm actually a pretty big dude myself so I'll comment to follow along. I've been eyeing the Recaro Sporster Seats and wonder if I'll fit in them.
Big as in tall or big as in wide?
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Big as in tall or big as in wide?
6 ft. Average height. A bit wide
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6 ft. Average height. A bit wide
I really don't doubt you will fit then. Depending on width, the Cross Sportster might make more sense as it substantially reduces the leg bolstering. I ended up using the Recaro Speed S(same idea) on my 911 as it allowed me to splay my legs(I'm 6'5") and get a good driving position in terms of wheel to arm distance.

As far as Recaros in general go, I have nothing but positive things to say about them. Hugely comfortable and supportive, great in hard driving, very practical, light, safe, and the S08 custom order program had a ton of great options. Ultimately I'm going to do them to the M3 as well.
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I'm actually a pretty big dude myself so I'll comment to follow along. I've been eyeing the Recaro Sporster Seats and wonder if I'll fit in them.
I'm tall and wide and i'm not confortable with the shoulders using the Sportster, Pole Position, etc and i want to install other seats also.

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Have you considered the z4m or m6?

or grab a set of kick ass recaro's from a evo
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I really don't doubt you will fit then. Depending on width, the Cross Sportster might make more sense as it substantially reduces the leg bolstering. I ended up using the Recaro Speed S(same idea) on my 911 as it allowed me to splay my legs(I'm 6'5") and get a good driving position in terms of wheel to arm distance.

As far as Recaros in general go, I have nothing but positive things to say about them. Hugely comfortable and supportive, great in hard driving, very practical, light, safe, and the S08 custom order program had a ton of great options. Ultimately I'm going to do them to the M3 as well.
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I'm tall and wide and i'm not confortable with the shoulders using the Sportster, Pole Position, etc and i want to install other seats also.
Interesting. Truth be told, it's a car for both the weekend and for autox/track. So while I do partake in autox/track I still want comfort. Maybe I'll stick with the OEM seats when the time comes. I sure do like the look of those Recaros.
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