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Old 04-28-2009, 09:35 PM   #1
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Who here is/was using race buckets in their daily driver? What seats are you using? Without a quick release wheel how big a PITA is/was it?

I swap a crappy Sparco Sprint in and out of the car for track days. It's a real PITA to get in and out of with the HT on and also not a particularly comfortable seat. I really like the planted feel and lower driving position though. A quality race bucket can be comfy, just tough to get in and out for an old fatboy like me. Any recomendations on true race seats that are easier to get in and out of than others? Any "tuner" fixed back seats that perform great?

In my research it looks like the old sparco Roadster is pretty cool as a tuner seat but is questionable on bolstering for the track. I'd really rather go true race. If someone knows of a race seat that has lower sides please chime in!
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i have a set of evo 8 recaro sets in my 99 miata easy to get in and out work great with harnesses and look amazing
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i have a set of evo 8 recaro sets in my 99 miata easy to get in and out work great with harnesses and look amazing
Pics??
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ill have pics tomorrow but install is easy you use your stock sliders and use 2 flat bars to go across each slider the bar i used was 2inches wide. but ill try to get pics tomorrow. cspence you need to bring that amazing miata to Milford arby's there a lot of people that meets up there on Tuesday nights.
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ill have pics tomorrow but install is easy you use your stock sliders and use 2 flat bars to go across each slider the bar i used was 2inches wide. but ill try to get pics tomorrow. cspence you need to bring that amazing miata to Milford arby's there a lot of people that meets up there on Tuesday nights.
How do they sit, height-wise, compared to the stockies?
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i have a M2 Hard Core roll bar and they sit just below the top bar ill have pics with evo seat in driver side and stock seat in passenger side ill also measure the difference.
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The evo recaro's are reclinable street seats. They have harness holes though but are fairly low bolsters vs true race seats. Very nice! Not the same as fixed buckets though.
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The evo recaro's are reclinable street seats. They have harness holes though but are fairly low bolsters vs true race seats. Very nice! Not the same as fixed buckets though.
yaa i know nothing like a fixed seat but i think there a hell of a lot better then the stock cheese seats the miata come with. if people want ill make a tutorial on how to install them once i get pics.
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yaa i know nothing like a fixed seat but i think there a hell of a lot better then the stock cheese seats the miata come with. if people want ill make a tutorial on how to install them once i get pics.
Do it up man...I'm tuned in! I was thinking about the lotus seats, but the recaros would be nice too!
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yaa ill do it tomorrow and if you come down to arby's some time ill let you take it for a ride to see how they are i got the 2 seats for 400 bucks
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I run Momo Start bucket seat for my DD Miata. It's kinda pain to get in and out, but you will get used to it.
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yaa ill do it tomorrow and if you come down to arby's some time ill let you take it for a ride to see how they are i got the 2 seats for 400 bucks

Sounds like a plan....where you pick em up from??
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Sparco sprint 5 2007 versions
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How's helmet clearance on those Sparcos?
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i got them off a friend who i know from work he strips cars that we buy and then sells the parts and keeps some of the money i work for TheShopCT.com but at them moment i have quit do to not having a car to get there with and no one to drive me.
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I've had an ultrashield rally sport size 17 for years and years. Mounted to the stock rails.
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i have sprints bolted to the floor. I'm holding out for a set of exige seats.
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nice if any one is looking for a set of fixed seats that have a carbon fiber backing there a 1000 bucks if i remember. good for the person looking for an ultralight seat for the ultralight flyin machine
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Clearence where? Top, back sides ect..

They fit me great, im low under the roll bar and perfect height for the harnesses to slip right into the seats. I love them.
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Exige seats are nice but spendy. Lot's of the Lotus guys upgrade seats so I'm not sure how good they are for track work. The Lotus guys are liking Tillett. If you've got a narrow butt check out Cobra 7 racing seats. (not the roadsters)

I'm picking up a pair of Sparco Pro 2000's tomorrow. Cheap enough and in good enough shape to use as trade bait if I hate them. Quality seats with brackets and harnesses from a ricer selling them cheap. Love buying REAL race stuff from ricers for 70% off. If these are too big a pain to get in and out of I'll look to sell these and maybe get the Sparco Roadsters, Chrono sports or similar.

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