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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The below link is to a tyre review comparison between 17" 18" and 19" tyres of the same type on the same car on the same roads

Thought it may provide food for thought?

https://youtu.be/mPyg3ilw3KU

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to this the distance between the side mounts should be 395mm:



Runners on the outer row of mounting holes:



Too far apart to mount the seat:



Flip the base, look at the mounting holes:





I moved the runners to the middle position, so they're inline with the mounting holes in the car:



At this point the seats would mount using the supplied 5mm spacers:





Or I can move the side mounts inward, which would mount the seat to the side-mounts with no spacers (which does strike me as better).

However, what I'm struggling with is what this gives me over mounting the Recaro side-mounts on the OEM sliders.

The BBI side mounts do have more mounting holes:



Than the Recaro:



Which as long as the seat doesn't hit the base suggests that ultimate mounting could be lower, but I have to count the thickness of the base plate in the total stack height.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good God, the glorious noise:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFUlMUo3h10
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You really need to mount it all in the car to see where you need the seat. E.g mounting side mount buckets in an E36 BMW requires a big offset towards the transmission tunnel otherwise you’re way out of line to the pedals
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, that makes sense. I was going to fit the seat today, but when I called the shop who I ordered it from they said they'd not got it in yet. Next week!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Waiting for car parts is one of life’s hells😂

If you want prettier spacers then Tillett make them https://www.tillett.co.uk/racing-accessories.asp
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pole positions or SPG's Dammit?

Or GT3 reps?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A single Recaro Profi SPG, which will give me an asymmetric car that will doubtless raise eyebrows, but this is something of a test. I also think that asymmetric seats is the hot trend for 2020, so I'm getting in early.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good skills!

Wasn't impressed with the GT3 reps from Design911 when I tried them. V small and the back seemed to flex a bit more than I expected.

Will you get the asymmetric full harness in red as well!!!?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sticking with the standard three point inertia reel, despite the harness point integral to the seat base. I think a five point harness in a cab would look a little over the top, although it'd be nice to be able to fit something for track days that could then go in the boot for the drive home.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seat (finally!) arrives:



And is instantly turned into a cat basket:


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

14.6kg for the new seat, base and seat belt receiver.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Plus cat?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

She's 6kg, or the same as the shell.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finished work at 6, had a go at test fitting the seat.

It's very easy (surprisingly so) to whip the stock seats out, the only momentary puzzle was working out how the seat loom connector had to be released (same as the connector for the stereo - pull the side outward as you pull the top upward).

The stock seat is heavy - how heavy I don't know as I didn't weigh it, but my back is complaining slightly as I type this!

i'd fitted the seat very approximately to the side mounts/BBI base, so put that in. It was a bit far back, very snug, but felt pleasantly sporty.

I pulled it back out to adjust the position, but first snugged up all the bolts on the base.

However, the bolts that came with the Recaro side mounts are not long enough to screw into the seat whilst using the spacers that came with the BBI seat bracket, which meant that my side mounts were at the wrong width - so I gave up for the day and came in, after refitting the drivers seat.

I'll experiment with the position that I can get the seat with relation to the base in the sitting room, where it's warm, this evening.

I would have cracked on and gone for a drive - but the seat belt receiver bolt is too long, annoyingly, so I need to get some washers or a shorter bolt.

The base isn't threaded - you have to put a nut on the bolt, rather than screwing it into the base.

Overall, I'm not impressed with the BBI base, but maybe my opinion will change when I get the seat into its final position.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a humble tip .. put a towel over the door shut and as close to the catch as you can get it , another over the center console and a third over the door card ..

Trust me .. its very easy to catch the seat runners on these places lifting it in and out and it leaves a very nice scratch if you do.

Undo the rear seat bolts then the front ones to keep the runners under the seat and not sticking out .

To be honest .. at work and as i'm not on the large side .. i have to get one of the other mechanics to hump them in and out .. i can just about manage a normal seat but a full electric one is too heavy for me .. sigh .
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the advice - sadly I don't have a helper other than the cat!

I've just put the seat back on the base and three of the four bolts go in fine, the fourth one spins, annoyingly - it will bite, but only when wound so far in that it leave no room for the side mounts material.

So! That's a discussion to have with the place that I bought it from tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2019 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very dull update - more 964 parts find their way into my 996:


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Makes an absolutely incredible difference to how the car feels, and for the first time I actually feel like I'm in the correct place in the car.
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