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996 GT3 bucket seats (Recaro)

What gives? No longer available.

Big old debate over the DesignTek CF buckets when D911 stocked them, I went with, some cited a chap over on PH (the car one), was making race cars with them, had a good name for himself.

What was his name? Pop Pop Bang Bang or something? Didn't he even come on here and stand by them?
 
Shame Senoj, have some great breathing apparatus going cheaply.
 
The return of Marty Wild said:
Shame Senoj, have some great breathing apparatus going cheaply.

Cheap but genuine :?: :floor:
 
The return of Marty Wild said:
What gives? No longer available.

Big old debate over the DesignTek CF buckets when D911 stocked them, I went with, some cited a chap over on PH (the car one), was making race cars with them, had a good name for himself.

What was his name? Pop Pop Bang Bang or something? Didn't he even come on here and stand by them?

That was the same chap selling titanium fasteners, knew his stuff. I still wouldn't go replica though, especially in a GT3.

First off, nice to speak to you over PM big hammer. It's rare to find someone looking to be fair these days.

These are difficult to price, they are discontinued and sought after. The good news is the seats you are after are plentiful and easily found for less than a grand (I had a little look for you and there are plenty of winged sport seats listed on eBay).

I Just came across these (with harnesses) that sold for £6K only a few days ago. I'm hope an enthusiast caught them, but otherwise we'll see them listed for a huge profit shortly....

A good price guide perhaps?

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/266113309258?hash=item3df596da4a:g:ubYAAOSwgJZj2~Cw

Good luck.

P.S

Not that it applies for this advert but with some of these 'rare' parts I'd always try Porsche first. Carbon folding buckets new from Porsche for example - are less than some of the sale adverts for used sets (especially with PCGB discount).
 
Shanty, a pleasure. And thank you for your guidance.

To everyone who has written expressing an interest in the buckets: I am putting the seats on hold for a few weeks, partly so I can confirm the original specification of the car when it was supplied by AFN and partly so that I can source an appropriate replacement set.

I have learned a lot from the contributions made by others who post on this site. I will try to give back, partly by sharing (when I can) my experience with my car and partly by trying to engage with other enthusiasts here.

I have received an approach from folks who specialise in commercially driven trading. I appreciate your interest but my preference is to see these buckets go directly into another car, not have them re-listed on Ebay.
 
Shanty, a pleasure. And thank you for your guidance.

To everyone who has written expressing an interest in the buckets: I am putting the seats on hold for a few weeks, partly so I can confirm the original specification of the car when it was supplied by AFN and partly so that I can source an appropriate replacement set.

I have learned a lot from the contributions made by others who post on this site. I will try to give back, partly by sharing (when I can) my experience with my car and partly by trying to engage with other enthusiasts here.

I have received an approach from folks who specialise in commercially driven trading. I appreciate your interest but my preference is to see these buckets go directly into another car, not have them re-listed on Ebay.
 
Senoj said:
The return of Marty Wild said:
Shame Senoj, have some great breathing apparatus going cheaply.

Cheap but genuine :?: :floor:

I have 3 tons of PPD, which is basically as good as PPE, can be shipped you next day delivery. I can throw in a MagicTree freshener if you buy now.
 
Glad you aren't rushing into getting rid of them Bighammer.

I forgot to say in my first post, I would never part with those seats anyway. I can understand you wanting to return the car to factory spec if that's your thing, but just about every GT3 buyer will want those buckets in the car if you ever sell it.
So for the low price of the leather chairs I'd just buy them and store the buckets.

As you've said though you want to double check your factory spec anyway. The last thing you want to do is fit those big, massively heavy, zero support offering seats, only to find out that's not how the car was supplied anyway. That would be a tragedy.
Those sport seats are not very good at all. You slide around in them terribly and you'll get a shock when you feel the weight of them. They're unbelievably heavy. A real backwards step as far as the driving experience goes.

Either way though don't part with the buckets. They're never going to fetch less than they will now so they're better than money in the bank.
I'm glad you'd like to see them go to another enthusiast anyway. Fair play. :thumb:

Too many wannabe parts dealers and experts popping up now who think every Porsche owner has more money than sense. :roll:

(I'm not taking about Jin there. He's a nice guy, even if his prices are nuts. :grin: )
 
Marky911 said:
Glad you aren't rushing into getting rid of them Bighammer.

I forgot to say in my first post, I would never part with those seats anyway. I can understand you wanting to return the car to factory spec if that's your thing, but just about every GT3 buyer will want those buckets in the car if you ever sell it.
So for the low price of the leather chairs I'd just buy them and store the buckets.

As you've said though you want to double check your factory spec anyway. The last thing you want to do is fit those big, massively heavy, zero support offering seats, only to find out that's not how the car was supplied anyway. That would be a tragedy.
Those sport seats are not very good at all. You slide around in them terribly and you'll get a shock when you feel the weight of them. They're unbelievably heavy. A real backwards step as far as the driving experience goes.

Either way though don't part with the buckets. They're never going to fetch less than they will now so they're better than money in the bank.
I'm glad you'd like to see them go to another enthusiast anyway. Fair play. :thumb:

Too many wannabe parts dealers and experts popping up now who think every Porsche owner has more money than sense. :roll:

(I'm not taking about Jin there. He's a nice guy, even if his prices are nuts. :grin: )

Best seats no doubt 👌 definitely a wannabe dealer tho 15k for 2 chairs is extortion. Nice guy or not needs his head checking! 🤔
 
Gt3Owl said:
Marky911 said:
Glad you aren't rushing into getting rid of them Bighammer.

I forgot to say in my first post, I would never part with those seats anyway. I can understand you wanting to return the car to factory spec if that's your thing, but just about every GT3 buyer will want those buckets in the car if you ever sell it.
So for the low price of the leather chairs I'd just buy them and store the buckets.

As you've said though you want to double check your factory spec anyway. The last thing you want to do is fit those big, massively heavy, zero support offering seats, only to find out that's not how the car was supplied anyway. That would be a tragedy.
Those sport seats are not very good at all. You slide around in them terribly and you'll get a shock when you feel the weight of them. They're unbelievably heavy. A real backwards step as far as the driving experience goes.

Either way though don't part with the buckets. They're never going to fetch less than they will now so they're better than money in the bank.
I'm glad you'd like to see them go to another enthusiast anyway. Fair play. :thumb:

Too many wannabe parts dealers and experts popping up now who think every Porsche owner has more money than sense. :roll:

(I'm not taking about Jin there. He's a nice guy, even if his prices are nuts. :grin: )

Best seats no doubt 👌 definitely a wannabe dealer tho 15k for 2 chairs is extortion. Nice guy or not needs his head checking! 🤔
doesn't sell much!
 
BigHammer88 said:
Shanty, a pleasure. And thank you for your guidance.

To everyone who has written expressing an interest in the buckets: I am putting the seats on hold for a few weeks, partly so I can confirm the original specification of the car when it was supplied by AFN and partly so that I can source an appropriate replacement set.

I have learned a lot from the contributions made by others who post on this site. I will try to give back, partly by sharing (when I can) my experience with my car and partly by trying to engage with other enthusiasts here.

I have received an approach from folks who specialise in commercially driven trading. I appreciate your interest but my preference is to see these buckets go directly into another car, not have them re-listed on Ebay.

Happy to help :thumb:

Marky911 said:
Glad you aren't rushing into getting rid of them Bighammer.

I forgot to say in my first post, I would never part with those seats anyway. I can understand you wanting to return the car to factory spec if that's your thing, but just about every GT3 buyer will want those buckets in the car if you ever sell it.
So for the low price of the leather chairs I'd just buy them and store the buckets.

As you've said though you want to double check your factory spec anyway. The last thing you want to do is fit those big, massively heavy, zero support offering seats, only to find out that's not how the car was supplied anyway. That would be a tragedy.
Those sport seats are not very good at all. You slide around in them terribly and you'll get a shock when you feel the weight of them. They're unbelievably heavy. A real backwards step as far as the driving experience goes.

Either way though don't part with the buckets. They're never going to fetch less than they will now so they're better than money in the bank.
I'm glad you'd like to see them go to another enthusiast anyway. Fair play. :thumb:

Too many wannabe parts dealers and experts popping up now who think every Porsche owner has more money than sense. :roll:

(I'm not taking about Jin there. He's a nice guy, even if his prices are nuts. :grin: )

Sage advice from Marky, sitting on the decision sounds like the sensible way forward.

Gt3Owl said:
Best seats no doubt 👌 definitely a wannabe dealer tho 15k for 2 chairs is extortion. Nice guy or not needs his head checking! 🤔

I'm afraid I agree, I have lost out on countless private sales over the years in a hunt to pay a fair price for carbon folding buckets, only to see them readvertised with huge profit margins.

I don't think anyone can be labelled a 'nice guy' when he essentially robs actual owners of paying a fair price, then advertises at extortionate prices with no real service in return, just his own gain. We aren't talking small margins here.....

It has literally got to the point where in some cases it's cheaper to buy new from Porsche

Flippers of new Porsche's are the same breed, it's a morally grey area.

Anyways rant over.
 
shantybeater said:
BigHammer88 said:
Shanty, a pleasure. And thank you for your guidance.

To everyone who has written expressing an interest in the buckets: I am putting the seats on hold for a few weeks, partly so I can confirm the original specification of the car when it was supplied by AFN and partly so that I can source an appropriate replacement set.

I have learned a lot from the contributions made by others who post on this site. I will try to give back, partly by sharing (when I can) my experience with my car and partly by trying to engage with other enthusiasts here.

I have received an approach from folks who specialise in commercially driven trading. I appreciate your interest but my preference is to see these buckets go directly into another car, not have them re-listed on Ebay.

Happy to help :thumb:

Marky911 said:
Glad you aren't rushing into getting rid of them Bighammer.

I forgot to say in my first post, I would never part with those seats anyway. I can understand you wanting to return the car to factory spec if that's your thing, but just about every GT3 buyer will want those buckets in the car if you ever sell it.
So for the low price of the leather chairs I'd just buy them and store the buckets.

As you've said though you want to double check your factory spec anyway. The last thing you want to do is fit those big, massively heavy, zero support offering seats, only to find out that's not how the car was supplied anyway. That would be a tragedy.
Those sport seats are not very good at all. You slide around in them terribly and you'll get a shock when you feel the weight of them. They're unbelievably heavy. A real backwards step as far as the driving experience goes.

Either way though don't part with the buckets. They're never going to fetch less than they will now so they're better than money in the bank.
I'm glad you'd like to see them go to another enthusiast anyway. Fair play. :thumb:

Too many wannabe parts dealers and experts popping up now who think every Porsche owner has more money than sense. :roll:

(I'm not taking about Jin there. He's a nice guy, even if his prices are nuts. :grin: )

Sage advice from Marky, sitting on the decision sounds like the sensible way forward.

Gt3Owl said:
Best seats no doubt 👌 definitely a wannabe dealer tho 15k for 2 chairs is extortion. Nice guy or not needs his head checking! 🤔

I'm afraid I agree, I have lost out on countless private sales over the years in a hunt to pay a fair price for carbon folding buckets, only to see them readvertised with huge profit margins.

I don't think anyone can be labelled a 'nice guy' when he essentially robs actual owners of paying a fair price, then advertises at extortionate prices with no real service in return, just his own gain. We aren't talking small margins here.....

It has literally got to the point where in some cases it's cheaper to buy new from Porsche

Flippers of new Porsche's are the same breed, it's a morally grey area.

Anyways rant over.

💯

There not even mint condition, probably need some restoration
 
shantybeater said:
BigHammer88 said:
Shanty, a pleasure. And thank you for your guidance.

To everyone who has written expressing an interest in the buckets: I am putting the seats on hold for a few weeks, partly so I can confirm the original specification of the car when it was supplied by AFN and partly so that I can source an appropriate replacement set.

I have learned a lot from the contributions made by others who post on this site. I will try to give back, partly by sharing (when I can) my experience with my car and partly by trying to engage with other enthusiasts here.

I have received an approach from folks who specialise in commercially driven trading. I appreciate your interest but my preference is to see these buckets go directly into another car, not have them re-listed on Ebay.

Happy to help :thumb:

Marky911 said:
Glad you aren't rushing into getting rid of them Bighammer.

I forgot to say in my first post, I would never part with those seats anyway. I can understand you wanting to return the car to factory spec if that's your thing, but just about every GT3 buyer will want those buckets in the car if you ever sell it.
So for the low price of the leather chairs I'd just buy them and store the buckets.

As you've said though you want to double check your factory spec anyway. The last thing you want to do is fit those big, massively heavy, zero support offering seats, only to find out that's not how the car was supplied anyway. That would be a tragedy.
Those sport seats are not very good at all. You slide around in them terribly and you'll get a shock when you feel the weight of them. They're unbelievably heavy. A real backwards step as far as the driving experience goes.

Either way though don't part with the buckets. They're never going to fetch less than they will now so they're better than money in the bank.
I'm glad you'd like to see them go to another enthusiast anyway. Fair play. :thumb:

Too many wannabe parts dealers and experts popping up now who think every Porsche owner has more money than sense. :roll:

(I'm not taking about Jin there. He's a nice guy, even if his prices are nuts. :grin: )

Sage advice from Marky, sitting on the decision sounds like the sensible way forward.

Gt3Owl said:
Best seats no doubt 👌 definitely a wannabe dealer tho 15k for 2 chairs is extortion. Nice guy or not needs his head checking! 🤔

I'm afraid I agree, I have lost out on countless private sales over the years in a hunt to pay a fair price for carbon folding buckets, only to see them readvertised with huge profit margins.

I don't think anyone can be labelled a 'nice guy' when he essentially robs actual owners of paying a fair price, then advertises at extortionate prices with no real service in return, just his own gain. We aren't talking small margins here.....

It has literally got to the point where in some cases it's cheaper to buy new from Porsche

Flippers of new Porsche's are the same breed, it's a morally grey area.

Anyways rant over.

💯

There not even mint condition, probably need some restoration looking at the photos!
 
Hello, I've messaged regarding the seats, been searching a long while for a pair to go in my 996
 
It's been a few weeks now so it's time for an update. And it's a little embarrassing.

I asked AFN for the original build sheet for the car - partly out of interest and partly because I wanted to cross-check what I had been told when I purchased the car. It took a while but the information arrived on Friday.

So: the seller advised me that the car was delivered with comfort seats; a later owner had installed the buckets, Tequipment cage and extinguisher to bring it to CS spec.

He was partially correct - the cage and extinguisher were not originally installed. However, this car was specced with leather buckets - the same seats that are currently in the car (and that I nearly traded).

Long story short: a near miss on this occasion. I no longer intend to sell the seats, nor purchase comfort seats (thanks to all who showed interest). And if you wish to point at me and laugh....well...that's probably fair!
 

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