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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Fri, Sep-29-2017, 05:25:24 PM   #1
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Default another aftermarket seat/ seat bracket question

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I have a friend that I am helping restore an interior and he is adamant on going with aftermarket seats. Admittedly, I am reluctant to help him out of my limited knowledge of aftermarket seats and as a purist. So if anyone can put me in my place so with my following reasons, please do so:

Seat brackets: having to use aftermarket seat brackets is always questionable to me because the material and construction might not behave or survive in the event of a car accident in contrast to the oem seat being bolted down directly to the frame. In addition to that after market seat bracket being another pivot point between the seat and the chassis it self.

Aftermarket Seats: the car manufacturers takes into account many decisions when designing a specific OEM seat for a car when it comes to driving position, comfort, and safety. Aftermarket seats can be universal, but is there an aftermarket seat anyone is experienced with that matches the same quality and orientation as vaders or sports seats?
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Default Re: another aftermarket seat/ seat bracket question

Recaro Speed seats with Recaro sliding rails.
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Default Re: another aftermarket seat/ seat bracket question

Recaro >

Any Recaro seat improves upon the poor comfort of Vaders. If he is wanting to rear seat access (assuming a coupe), Recaro Speed, SR, SRD, Sportster CS are all great options. The Speed, SR, SRD are of the E36 era. If he wants a fixed back seat Pole Positions are even better.

For the Speed, SR, SRD, Sportster CS route; Recaro uses OEM E36 seat mounts that they modify to mount the seat to. This is the best fitting option but not the lightest. If you're 6' and above you'll want to opt for the "low" version they make.

For Pole Position mounting you'll want to use a mount like Planted (which are a pain) or the new Brey Krause mounts (I'm yet to get a set but they use the OEM rails off stock seats). You can't use the Recaro modified seat mount mentioned above as the seat height is too high after factoring in the side mounts for the seat.

Any other seat brand is NOT worth your time. Recaro is simply the best. The majority of us suffer from the aches Vader seat use bring. After an hour your back is on fire. Recaro Speed/SR/SRD give you 3+ hours of great driving before any discomfort. Pole Positions, setup correctly I can go 4+ hours. Your friend is making the right decision IMO.
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Recaros that are similar to the SRD were used on factory cars -- BMWs years ago, VWs, Mitsubishi and others, and current version of this seat in cloth costs about $1,000 without brackets. They are factory level quality. Much more expensive Recaros have also been fitted by car makers to production cars.

Sparco makes a quality seat that is also in some factory cars like the new Alfa sedan, but it is a $2500 seat. I do not think any of the Sparcos that cost $300 to $700 for cloth seats without brackets have ever been factory fitted to a production car.

There is no reason to question the seats that have been factory fitted. Its the cheaper ones that are questionable and the reviews are mixed.
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