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Old 04-21-2009, 08:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey, newbie on the list here and only a year and a half old in the NB/MX-5 world. My present project pursuit is the installation of racing seats on a budget. Best seats at lowest price I know there's lots of seats out there but, I have concerns about what fits and what doesn't. Hoping to retain slide and recline adjustments...I know, THAT'S NOT REALLY A RACING SEAT. So maybe they should be called sport seats. Anyway if you have experience in this area please let me know. I would appreciate any information provided.
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Just go buy the cheapest seat you can find, that's what you are going to do anyway.
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Just go buy the cheapest seat you can find, that's what you are going to do anyway.

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Thanks for the sage wisdom oh wonderous and great Billet Head(s). Simply priceless!
Now, to someone that actually has something other than pocket lint between their ears I'd still be interested to hear some intelligent in-put.
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"Best seats at lowest price"

No such thing. You are going to ignore everything and just buy the first Pep Boys seat you find.
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Ultrashield. Although you lose recline and slide...
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The Sprint 5 is the cheapest FIA approved seat that I know of, and I know they fit in Miatas pretty well without much effort.

http://www.sparcousa.com/pseats_comp.asp?id=622

Beyond that, if you don't care about FIA approval, just go on eBay and buy any Bride knock-off reclining seat.
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Thanks mk_slayr...Thanks, I appreciate it. Gives me a place to start.

ultimateforce...not all of us are vying for an "FIA" world title. I figure you must hold at least one...o'course I don't know if you are right handed or left handed...maybe you use both Just wondering....ultimateforce....is that indicative of what it takes for you to put a coherent thought together? A good man knows his limitations.
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^ Rofl. Sub for reply.

FIA is about minimum safety standards, not just race equipment certs.

Buying a safe seat should be your number one concern, but if you don?t want to listen to the advice of knowledgeable members that?s your issue. And yes I know there are a few seats that are just as safe as FIA certified, they just haven?t paid to get certified blah blah blah.
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Thanks mk_slayr...Thanks, I appreciate it. Gives me a place to start.

ultimateforce...not all of us are vying for an "FIA" world title. I figure you must hold at least one...o'course I don't know if you are right handed or left handed...maybe you use both Just wondering....ultimateforce....is that indicative of what it takes for you to put a coherent thought together? A good man knows his limitations.

Wow. This one just blows my mind.
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Look to spend at least $500 on a seat setup. go with a bucket seat and if you are short you can keep the sliders. Seriousily. I was in your shoes and wanting to go cheep back in the day too. save your money and get something safe, nice and high quality. otherwise spend the money elsewhere. everything you skimp on now you will end up replacing and you will end up having to use low grade crap for the next few years till it gives out. Life is worth something too. dont skimp on safety.

im saving for my seat setup at the molment. FX1 pro, corbeau sidemount (no slide or recline) and corbeau 5 point 3 inch camlock harness. (should be $650 ish after shipping.)
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Recaro SPG, only way to go.

you cannot be cheap on safety equipment.
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I only spent $300 on my setup.

I did build the bracket for the seat myself though.

I picked up an Ultrashield from Track Dog. It?s an aluminum fixed back seat. Definitely the way to go as low as possible. Basically the bottom of the seat is flat, .125 thick aluminum with some thin cloth stretched across it. It sounds bad, but it?s hella comfortable. I?m 6?5 and I used to sit about 1 to 1.5 inch above the roll bar (bossfrog clearview maxx) Now I?m about .75 to 1? under it sitting straight up. I bought it primarily for safety, to get under the rollbar, so I?m only using the stock seatbelt now. Eventually I put in a harness bar and a 5 point, but not until it gets tracked more. Don?t like running a harness on the street.
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MK I need to meet up with you man, because I need to get one of those seats from TDR too so I'd like to see how low you got it. We also have more weird stuff in common, I'm 6'5'' and I really wanted to buy the AAC lights that you got from juxter. Ok so now that I think about it we only have height and seat, light and car preferences in common but still LOL.
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MK I need to meet up with you man, because I need to get one of those seats from TDR too so I'd like to see how low you got it. We also have more weird stuff in common, I'm 6'5'' and I really wanted to buy the AAC lights that you got from juxter. Ok so now that I think about it we only have height and seat, light and car preferences in common but still LOL.
We both have M editions .
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Ah, yea about that I still have it but um, see what had happened was I was rear ended and now I have a new black 94 R-pack. I just haven't updated anything yet even though I've had my new one for like 2 months now. Maybe I'll do that now.

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just keep it stock
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If you still want to retain recline...get the Bride Gias, it's only $1600
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Don't even bother with a cheap reclining seat.

yeah, I'm just going to quote what ultimateforce said in his second post.
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Alright, apparently some of you need to go back and re-read the RULES. Play nice.
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If you still want to retain recline...get the Bride Gias, it's only $1600
the Gias doesn't fit in the miata really well.

i tried fitting mines into it, but was an epic fail.
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Recaro Ergomed, $3,300
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^ dude that's cheap as fu**!
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im saving for my seat setup at the molment. FX1 pro, corbeau sidemount (no slide or recline) and corbeau 5 point 3 inch camlock harness. (should be $650 ish after shipping.)
save yourself the money and skip the corbeau sidemount. I went this route and couldn't get the seat centered in the car and the wing would hit the door panel. I made my own bottom mount, worked like a charm and it was cheaper as well.
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^ dude that's cheap as fu**!
No kidding, I might get a set of 7 for my mom's van!
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Hey, newbie on the list here and only a year and a half old in the NB/MX-5 world. My present project pursuit is the installation of racing seats on a budget. Best seats at lowest price I know there's lots of seats out there but, I have concerns about what fits and what doesn't. Hoping to retain slide and recline adjustments...I know, THAT'S NOT REALLY A RACING SEAT. So maybe they should be called sport seats. Anyway if you have experience in this area please let me know. I would appreciate any information provided.
How much of a budget? You got $100 for each seat or something more? If your talking 300 to 500 each, SPARCO has several that will fit well in a Miata.
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I personally like the RX8 R3 (Recaro) seats. They look hella awesome and are hella comfortable. If I could order a set I would, but I can't find them for sale anywhere, even on Recaro's site. Best of both worlds if you ask me. The second pic is the one Recaro sells on their site (Sportster CS) which is very similar to the R3 one.



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Can you order it straight from Mazda?
The Evo X has similar seats also...
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Maybe it's worth hitting up a junkyard to find a nice stock seat? Might not be able to find a set of recaros from an rx-8, but you can probably find some old recaro's out of a mkII gti with the pimpass plaid inserts.
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