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Old 10-15-2011, 01:08 AM   #1
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I'd like to know how you like it, any disadvantages to it such as side visability in your blind spot (cant spot the a-hole dive bombing you into a turn), or any issues you have getting in and out of the car?

I've got an Evo 2 Plus right now, and I like it, it's not bad, but am thinking of getting the Pro ADV this winter. I'm also worried about getting out of the car in an emergency situation with having the quarter window taking up a lot of room....

any thoughts, comments, concerns or gripes would be appreciated.
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I've had a Sparco Circuit Pro in the car for 2 years. You use mirrors on track so the blind spot thing isn't a big deal. You will want to remove your quarterwindow for egress, though.
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+1 for the Pro ADV. Prepare to have custom mounts created.
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I've had a Sparco Circuit Pro in the car for 2 years. You use mirrors on track so the blind spot thing isn't a big deal. You will want to remove your quarterwindow for egress, though.
I can get out of the car with them in place, but yes removing them would make it easier.
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I have the Sparco Circuit. The sides of that seat are extraordinarily high, so a detachable steering wheel is an absolute must or there's literally no way to get my leg out. However, have had no issues with the quarter window being in the way...

As far as the halo goes, it completely blocks your ability to physically look over your shoulder and check your blind spot - but this is only something you do on the street. You can still see all of your mirrors without moving your head, so it doesn't really effect your track visibility.. Since I drive my car on the street still, I put a small rectangular convex mirror on my driver's side mirror and fabbed a bracket that holds a round convex mirror inside of the car near the top of the passenger side A pillar. Using these two additional mirrors, I can see both of my blind spots without ever having to move my head an inch. I like it so much I want to do the same thing with my street NB.

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Great info guys, thanks for the feedback.

Right now I was able to use the Sparco side mounts on my Evo 2 Plus, which is about the same width as the Pro ADV from what the Sparco website says. It probably helps that my trans tunnel is cut and a "L" shaped piece of steel was welded in place in order to give plenty of clearance for the inner seat mount. For that reason, I'm thinking my side mounts might still work?

Although, from what I've heard, a "custom" mount can get you closer to the floor, which I wouldnt mind...
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Because the transmission tunnel's wall is sloped, the lower you want the seat to go/the closer to the floor you want to mount the side mount brackets, the more the transmission tunnel gets in the way.

My car is currently getting the trans tunnel cut/welded and new mounts fabbed that should put the seat perfectly centered with the wheel and as low as possible without cutting the floor out and welding in a new lower floor. It's good that you have the trans tunnel cut, so you should be able to center the seat.

As far as lower mounts go, the cheap option is to cut out the factory seat mounts, and bolt the side mount brackets to the floor with big backing plates underneath the floor for the bolts. This is definitely not optimal though because the floor, without the factory seat mount acting as a cross-brace, is really quite flimsy. You can have custom, very low brackets welded in, but such work costs $$ because there's a lot of hours involved to get the geometry just right and tailored to the driver. Worth it though, IMO. I'll post up a pic or two when I pick my car up from the fabricator tomorrow.

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Because the transmission tunnel's wall is sloped, the lower you want the seat to go/the closer to the floor you want to mount the side mount brackets, the more the transmission tunnel gets in the way.

My car is currently getting the trans tunnel cut/welded and new mounts fabbed that should put the seat perfectly centered with the wheel and as low as possible without cutting the floor out and welding in a new lower floor. It's good that you have the trans tunnel cut, so you should be able to center the seat.

As far as lower mounts go, the cheap option is to cut out the factory seat mounts, and bolt the side mount brackets to the floor with big backing plates underneath the floor for the bolts. This is definitely not optimal though because the floor, without the factory seat mount acting as a cross-brace, is really quite flimsy. You can have custom, very low brackets welded in, but such work costs $$ because there's a lot of hours involved to get the geometry just right and tailored to the driver. Worth it though, IMO. I'll post up a pic or two when I pick my car up from the fabricator tomorrow.

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Awesome thanks!

The previous owner cut out the factory seat mounts... should I have a fabricator weld a support beam or something across the floorpan to make it a bit sturdier? it looks like theres room to do something like that right in front of my seat.
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Ah, removing the quarter window. I saw a number of these at a race recently and could not for the life of me figure out how a driver could get out through the window.
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Cobra Evolution with window frame removed here. Super comfy seat, very safe.
All of our team drivers are in pretty good shape so we all fit it despite there being almost a 50lb weight difference between Sonny and Oscar.

Ran the first two events with the window frames still in place and that was no bueno.
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I am a little confused, don't you guys open the doors to get in and out? Every spec Miata I have seen the doors are still functional
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You're supposed to be able to get out of the car even if the door doesn't want to open (as it may be in case of an accident), and yeah halo seat and quarter window are tough to get through.

A nice Allview mirror solves the blind spot issues quite well.

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Has anyone tried autocrossing in a halo seat? How terrible is it?
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I'd like to know how you like it, any disadvantages to it such as side visability in your blind spot (cant spot the a-hole dive bombing you into a turn), or any issues you have getting in and out of the car?

I've got an Evo 2 Plus right now, and I like it, it's not bad, but am thinking of getting the Pro ADV this winter. I'm also worried about getting out of the car in an emergency situation with having the quarter window taking up a lot of room....

any thoughts, comments, concerns or gripes would be appreciated.
can you use something like this for blind spots? i have round ones.

i dont track my car but they are great for dd.

http://www.autosportcatalog.com/mirr...:referralID=NA
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Has anyone tried autocrossing in a halo seat? How terrible is it?
I do all my autocrossing in my Sparco Circuit. Love it. Honestly, the only thing the Halo blocks is turning around in the seat and trying to check your blind spot over your shoulder. It doesn't interfere with seeing anything else.
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humm i never really thought about try to get out of the car if the door doesnt open, i have lexan windows and a circuit pro seat
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