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Old 08-20-2013, 10:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Lotus Elise/Exige Seat Shopping Guide

Planning on doing some research and compiling info here on elise/exige seating options, colors, mounting, replicas, etc. If you want to contribute or correct anything that I may find, please do feel free to post below. Thanks!


I'll get this started with some random info off the top of my head. Again, please feel free to add to or correct what I've got!

OEM Options
05 - Non-Probax
06+ - Probax



Mounting
Chance91
Flipside Customs
Infinit Fab
RyokuRob

Replicas
British Racing Group
Infinit Fab

Other Links
NuBax.com - About ProBax
Lotus Elise Seats by RevLimiter
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The Lotus Position by Nik Berg @ The Telegraph
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I've got a tan (leather) non probax Elise seat in my 95, I need to adjust it to suit me but just sitting inside it feels nice. Also has the inflatable lumbar support.. I kinda wish I held out for probax though..
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hey thanks for the input! can you confirm that it is out of an 05? do you do any autox by chance? wondering how well these will hold you in
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you can also get aftermarket lotus seats through Autokonexion as well
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oh very interesting, got a link to more info on those?
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you can also get aftermarket lotus seats through Autokonexion as well
The Autokonexion seats are InfinitFab seats.
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I have Lotus Probax Trim Shop seats in black in my NA. Mine are design #9. From what I understand, they are an OEM option. I'm running flipside brackets. They seem to be OK. I like that they use the miata sliders so they are adjustable, but I wouldn't mind going lower with the RyokuRob ones.



link to a thread I found on the trim shop seats below:

http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f92/...t-ideas-34230/

and here they are in the car:



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Old 08-20-2013, 09:50 PM   #8 (permalink)
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wow those look great! so how exactly does the trim shop work? i gather from Robert Puertas in the thread that

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do you need to provide seats or is the pricing on page 2 the price of the seat customized to your liking??
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They also make a hans compatible one that came in the Lotus Cup cars: http://shop.britishracinggroup.com/E...-LOTEXV6CS.htm

Those would be outside the budget of Miata driver though

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its a norm that the seats cost more than a miata ...
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I like this thread very very very much.
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if anyone happens to know the material and color options by year of standard configuration, that'd save me a lot of trouble lol. i believe i've seen black, tan, red, cloth, leather, or a combination of the two, lots of work to get this thread more complete!
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its a shame that the seats cost more than a miata ...
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Going from memory, here are the Elise seat options. I might do an Exige seat option post later, if I feel sufficiently motivated

Padding styles: 05 has the inflatable bladder, 06+ is Probax. Probax seats will have a small label on the shoulder of the seat saying "ProBax." I highly recommend Probax seats as they are the most all day comfortable seats I've ever sat in.



Styles: Standard Elise seats and the Sport/Touring seats (note that these are basically Exige seats) are already highlighted above. I believe the Sport/Touring is only available for certain years, but I may be wrong. I definitely don't think they were available in 2005 as I think the seats with the harness cutouts are Probax only.

Trim: Standard trims are gray cloth, black leather, red leather, magnolia leather, and biscuit leather. I think the cloth seats are available in both full cloth and cloth for center insert only with the outside in black leather. Magnolia leather pictured below:



Special Editions:

California Edition:


Type 72D:


Purist Edition:


Jim Clark Edition:


60th Anniversary Edition:



Final Edition (full Alcantara):


Good luck getting your hands on any of the special edition seats. They are expensive and almost never come up for sale as they're worth more in the special edition Lotus than out of it.

Trim Shop: Lotus had a Trim Shop that would make seats (and the rest of the interior) in a variety of different options. Trim Shop seats tend to be unique to their owner's tastes. The Trim Shop has since closed.

Hope this proves useful. I may be missing some information as Lotus tends to change trims at the drop of a hat. If you have addition questions about Lotus seats, just let me know.

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Great write up! Only other thing I'd add is that Elises also had red leather.
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Great write up! Only other thing I'd add is that Elises also had red leather.
Oops. Missed that one. Thanks fellow Bay Area Lotus/Miata owner! I may know you in real life...
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Tillett makes a racing seat that is shaped extremely similar to oem elise seats. The only issue is they don't come clothed, they just have little rubber-ish pads on them. They weigh 5kg of something like that.
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Another option is the seats from the Tesla Roadster. I've been informed that Tesla changed materials, colors, and padding on an almost weekly basis so it's hard to organize them into specific categories. However, the mounting points of the seats seem to be the same as the Elise seat.

The Roadster seats have a bit less lateral support in the shoulder area, but are more aggressively bolstered in the rib area. The padding is Tesla specific; it's not a 2005 Elise seat with the bladder and it's not ProBax. It's got a bit more lumbar support (for better or worse) than the ProBax. The leather is higher quality than the leather used by Lotus.
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LionZoo thanks so much for adding that info!

has anyone tried all the different seat brackets? i have chance91 which sit way too upright (and i like being very upright these are too much) and i have a ryokurob which is too reclined for my taste. i really like the look of the infinit brackets and like that they use the stock sliders, but it doesnt make sense if they angle is the same as either of the ones i already have..
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LionZoo thanks so much for adding that info!

has anyone tried all the different seat brackets? i have chance91 which sit way too upright (and i like being very upright these are too much) and i have a ryokurob which is too reclined for my taste. i really like the look of the infinit brackets and like that they use the stock sliders, but it doesnt make sense if they angle is the same as either of the ones i already have..
I purchased an infinitfab one and it didn't work with my Exige seat. The bottom portion of the bracket is too wide and does not allow you to get the bolts on the front / bottom of the seat in. I'm not sure if there is any difference between elise and exige mounting points, I would assume there are none. However the bracket can probably be modified to work. I just didn't have the patience so I purchased a set from flipside customs.

I would be happy to sell it to you if you want to try and make it work.
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Anybody selling brackets anymore? I followed all four links and they have all been quiet for a while. Ryoku Rob's inbox is full and won't accept messages.
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I think your best bet is to find a local fab shop and have them make you a set of the Chance91 brackets. From looking at the design work, the Chance91 brackets actually seem to be the best thought up.
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I think your best bet is to find a local fab shop and have them make you a set of the Chance91 brackets. From looking at the design work, the Chance91 brackets actually seem to be the best thought up.

I ended up finding and ordering flipside customs brackets for the Infinitfab CF Exige replicas.




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I think your best bet is to find a local fab shop and have them make you a set of the Chance91 brackets. From looking at the design work, the Chance91 brackets actually seem to be the best thought up.
Nah, there are brackets still available. Flipside are go-to's and Blackbird Fabworx makes burly ones that pass tech and get you as low in the car as is possible with these seats.

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I ended up finding and ordering flipside customs brackets for the Infinitfab CF Exige replicas.
Indeed you did! Can't wait to see them in.
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Will bolt to the stock sliders.

There are some differences because the seats I'm using are made by Infinitfab and they are Exige replicas. I realize that means differences from the Elise seat as well as differences from an OEM Exige seat. I wrote this as feedback to Rob at Flipside Customs. Spoke with him on the phone and he really seems like a good guy.


In order to get the rear triangular brackets mounted, I had to use some spacers. In this first photo, the spacer I used allows the bracket to sit perpendicular to the front straight bracket, rather than staying with the contour of the seat and coming off at an angle. It's a 1/4" aluminum spacer.



These seats use nuts bonded into the structure, but in my seats there seems to be some kind of backing plate that does not allow the bolt to pass all the way through. I noticed you shortened the mounting bolts - in these seats another 1/4" of bolt (the large rear bolt) needs to be removed in order to get them to fully seat. That, or washers on the outside of the bracket.



On the straight bracket at the front of the seat, my replica seats seem to have the crotch belt cut-out more forward, so the bracket actually covers the front portion of the hole, AND the trim material doesn't allow a flush mounted bracket. Again, I used 1/4" spacers to mount the brackets. I do not think this interferes with the belt, although it might make installing the harness difficult.





I'll be bolting up the stock sliders and don't expect any issues because the slotted mounting mounts are perfectly lined up.

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Do the Flipside brackets center the seat to the steering wheel? From what I've read they're a little bit offset...
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Sort of a stealth edit but I have photos of the Infinitfab CF Exige replica seats with flipside customs brackets mounted on the stock sliders. Even though the brackets are slotted, the sliders really only fit in one position in order to meet up with the floor mounting points. It looks centered to me but I haven't taken any measurements to verify.








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Technocraft also makes a carbonfiber lotus seat. Thats what I'm running in my car with Ryoku Rob mounts
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and here they are in the car:



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