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Old 06-14-2011, 11:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Beaten to death: Ebay Brides, how are they holding up?

Figured I'd ask since a lot of people have these, but I never hear much beyond how they initially are. How are they holding up for you guys, seeing as how our seats tend to see a lot of sunlight / uv exposure?

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Old 06-14-2011, 12:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have 2 sets. One set of black taiwan ones in my car, and a set of the grey and white ones (from canada) for video game chairs. Both have held up to constant use. about 1 yr of use and no signs of wear.
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Awesome. Can't believe i'm probably going to drop the cash on them - was going for the Sparcos that were in the classifieds, but lack of bolstering and high seat height made me go 'meh'.

When you bought yours, were the Gradant ones the same price? I'm seeing them for $200 over the black ones, which sort of kills it

and here I was thinking I'd get shot for bringing it up and thinking this would be full of OMG THEYRE FAKES DONT BUY posts. I've spent too much time on m.net
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I have been thinking about a set of these as well. Just something to replace the worn out stock high chair seats.
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I got gradient for 400/set off ebay. As far as lack of bolstering and low seat height, you will need to have custom mounts made if you want ultimate low seat height. I have mine sitting on the floor and replaced the leg custion with the butt cushion, and running no cushion under the butt so my head remains beneath the side bars on the cage.

I was really contemplating buying the Sparco's in the classified section too, and they will probably be a better choice for the miata. My bride seats aren't meant for anyone bigger than a 34 waist. I'm a 32 and its a pretty good squeeze for me. It would be nice to have a wider seat on the passenger side.

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Old 06-14-2011, 12:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'd go for them, me personally im over the whole jdm this and that shit. jdm parts are great but some are overly expensive. Not saying that all knockoffs are great which they aren't but there are some that work out well.
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i have two sets, one red cugas with cf backs, and black low max 2 stella. both are amazing!!!
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I ran the Sparcos by a friend who runs his miata in CSP, pointed out that for any real use other than street, they wouldn't be too great because of a lack of bolstering by the legs.

Also: Did you end up getting the side mounts with it? I'll probably bolt to the stock sliders in my NB, and people have said they bolt right up so I'm not quite sure if thats with the side mounts or just the seat itself.

Anyways, probably get the VIOS ones...
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no mounts came with the seats. Seats are side mount only, so you WILL need to buy mounts or have some made. The seat that was already in my car had a flat bar steel rail/mount which sounds like it would be relatively cheap to have made and put the seat right on the floor
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Old 06-14-2011, 12:42 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Lets see how much the ebay guy charges for them...they list for $60 for sliders and side mounts.

Otherwise I'll break out some metal and a drill like I did for my license plate holder...which on second thought it seems like a scary idea
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A friend of mine has the gias ones, they are nice. The only problem with them is the material has the tendency to pull out around the harness holes, but thats an easy fix.

I'm planning on getting a set for my MSM, not the gias ones though
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I made a custom bracket, then permibolted it to the floor. I don't need sliders. All the way back with normal seats was too close. Now I'm perfect.
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Not a longevity report, but my 6'1" brother just bought Sonic VS3's.

His 32" waste just fits but his shoulders are too wide for the seat. He is going to try to keep them and see if he can repad the back to push his shoulders forward but not looking good yet. If you have broad shoulders you may want to reconsider brides/copies of brides.

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Just some more info, these are the narrow brides - he bolted straight to floor but had to pull the door bolsters and cards to make them fit (97 model has big stupid pad there so it had to go - aluminum inner door panels fitted now). He's right on floor with supplied brackets - he's LOW.
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Not a longevity report, but my 6'1" brother just bought Sonic VS3's.

His 32" waste just fits but his shoulders are too wide for the seat. He is going to try to keep them and see if he can repad the back to push his shoulders forward but not looking good yet. If you have broad shoulders you may want to reconsider brides/copies of brides.
I'll second that, I sat in original Brides of the same design and while the waist/leg area was snug the ears on the shoulders were way too narrow for me (and I'm not even 6ft). Anyone tried the reclining model (like the Gias)?
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Helped my friend install a pair last summer. Just sat in them the other night, still felt nice and didn't notice any wear & tear but it was dark out.

The seats are nice, but as a disclaimer I have no experience with any other bucket in $200/seat range, I've sat in various decent OEM seats, and I've sat in $800+ (per seat) seats, but have no experience with the cheaper $200ish Sparcos or whatever, so I can't directly compare them to anything. Maybe every $200 seat is also as nice, I don't know.

I 10000% believe the story (myth?) that they are made in the same factory that the old brides were made, and then the factory owner just kept making them when the contract lapsed, with the same process. They are otherwise just stupid accurate for typical barebones cheap chinese R&D. God Bless Taiwanese entrepreneurship?
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they're flimsy and horrible.

I sold mine to rick (rotaryrookie?), and he thinks it's comfortable. xD
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flimsy? They feel solid as hell in my car. They don't twist or lean any with pressure applied.........unlike my carbon fiber APR seats did. Now THOSE were flimsy (looked damn good though)
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Old 06-16-2011, 12:15 AM   #18 (permalink)
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how do these fake brides hold up in an accident?
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Not a longevity report, but my 6'1" brother just bought Sonic VS3's.

His 32" waste just fits but his shoulders are too wide for the seat. He is going to try to keep them and see if he can repad the back to push his shoulders forward but not looking good yet. If you have broad shoulders you may want to reconsider brides/copies of brides.
I'm 5'10" and have this issue with most bucket seats I have sat in. It really just matters on a persons build. Granted I dont even like having people sit on each side of me in movie theaters. I can't help but have my elbows on each arm rest without crossing my arms.

Point is, if you haven't sat in them before, and your not really slim or petite, test them out first. I have never met a person that likes bucket seats who is not a car fanatic and willing to make the trade off.
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how do these fake brides hold up in an accident?
pretty decent.
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Most have way too much flex!
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Anyone tried the reclining model (like the Gias)?
I have the reclining Gias and love them. They are solid and very comfy. I'm 5'9" 150lbs and also fit my friend who's 6'0" 180ish and 36" waist. Fitting them was tricky but look great and are centered. Downside would be that they slide back farther than stock but you don't sit as far back as a bucket moved all the way back and no 5th belt pass through.
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Also: For you guys running stock seat belts, how did you attach the receiving end of the belt?
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Get an NB seat belt receiver. Doesnt have a sliding rod like the NA ones do. Just simply attaches with one bolt to the seat or if you have a custom bracket made for it.

As far as the guys saying these seats flex or are flimsy.....what kind of mounts were you guys running? Stock rails with side mounts or custom bolt down mounts? I ask this because a bolt down mount will feel much more sturdy.
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I have the reclining Gias as well. I made my own brackets and bolted them in the stock location with no slider.

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When I saw "Ebay Brides" I for a minute tought it was a topic out "buying/importing" women from Russia to the US to marry... LOL
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why would we import russians when we can import asians instead
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Thats a sexy lookin bracket for a DIY.
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I contemplated using that mounting setup but need to slide the seats forward to occasionally remove the hard top
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just save up and buy the real deal..
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