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Its getting to the point where my car is no longer a daily driver and the seats are not holding my arse in place around quick corners , but I am of a vintage that I need(
reasonable) comfort .

Any suggestions , anyone had experience . Corbeau are just down the road from me but I feel you need to use these seats for a week or so before you know if they suit you .


Im not looking to spend silly money or the need for fia approval but don't want skimp either . ive had cobra seats before and found them awful, be it in an offroader .

Ive looked a lot on line , before anyone says that's what the internet is for.
 

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I went through a similar decision recently, probably best going to sportsseats4u and seeing what fits within the price range.

I have fixed buckets in my weekend car which is great for that but would find them a pain in the arse for the scooby (which is also a semi weekend car/non-daily)

Otherwise the Recaro Speeds are awesome seats i found. Variations of them (difference is the harness slot section) can be found in Mitsi Evo's and Honda Integras. I did 74k miles in them and the side bolster remained intact after all that time.

But im just repairing the base seat foam now instead of buying something new
 

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I've had experience with Sparco Evo 2's (had them in my last car), Recaro Pole Position's and Corbeau Carbon backed with wrap arounds. Fixed buckets are really comfy and I did a huge Scottish road trip in them. They were bolted to the floor so practicality was not so great if someone else needs to drive. The wrap arounds are absolutely useless on the road as they hugely restrict your visibility, I would certainly not recommend those.

Personally I'd go with Recaro Poles, they were the most comfortable and a classic look with a clean simple design, not at all fussy. A Forester is not a racy looking car so having some very racy looking seats will just look mega try hard so the most you can minimise that the better.
 

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I've had Recaro Speeds in my 205 GTis and found them really supportive and comfortable.
As kingstonjames said, they are found in various Mitshubishi Evos so you may be able to pick up a set from ebay (that's what I did).
 

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If you can wait and can get to Autosport International in January, theres several manufacturers showcasing their seats.

Oh yeah, my 'weekend' car has seats designed on the Recaro Pole Positions but are alien looking and are comfy though id go with the Speeds out of all the ones mentioned for a 'daily'
 

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So these were delivered today ready for some track days this year .

Not sure how long they will remain in the car they seam comfy , I drove about 20miles so so ill see how my back is in the morning.
 

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Having had a (expensive leather) version of them in my previous Audi RS3 I'd be looking for a set of Recaro Sportster CS, expensive new but they made it into many road cars such as various Renaults therefore are available used for decent money, you can also get full original cover sets for them for not bad money on eBay refreshing them to as new.

Just an example but can be had way cheaper - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Renault-Clio-197-200-Recaro-front-seats-with-subframes-/323560704980

New covers - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RECARO-Sportster-CS-Upholstery-Artista-Black-fabrics/264101439773

Great seats, very supportive and very comfortable.

It's what I'll be going for in my FSTI eventually.
 

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So these were delivered today ready for some track days this year .

Not sure how long they will remain in the car they seam comfy , I drove about 20miles so so ill see how my back is in the morning.
Those were the ones I did 2500+ miles round Scotland in, comfy af. No back ache at all.
 

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itll be interesting to see how lockheed finds full buckets given hes getting old and frail ;-)
Lolol, depending on the suspension too yeah he may have a different experience. I found the back support was perfect for me, I don't have back issues but even still, you can just relax into it and its shaped to the correct spine position unlike a lot of normal seats.

Lockheed, I did those 2500+ Scottish miles in this...


Offroadin' by batousan, on Flickr

... thats on KW Clubsport suspension (hard af) and everything that had a rubber bush was polybushed, the chunky AD08s were partly for the Kanjozoku look I was going for and an extra bit of comfort on the road lol. If you complain about these seats then you'll get no sympathy from me :lol:
 

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That's a shame you wouldn't give me any sympathy for my poor old frail back , I thought that was what forums are all about .

On other hand im looking forward to giving you lots of sympathy when your ringlands fail.:raspberry:
 

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That's a shame you wouldn't give me any sympathy for my poor old frail back , I thought that was what forums are all about .

On other hand im looking forward to giving you lots of sympathy when your ringlands fail.:raspberry:
They give better back support than most oem seats, the only issues arise when the person who sits in them is, lets say, carrying a little extra in the mid section and doesn't fit into them properly. I tell you what mate, they are a great tool for dieting lol.

I setup a ringland monthly standing order to the savings account when I decided to buy something with an EJ255, comes with the territory and with the mileage we do I'd hope it would be a few years off :surprise:

So did you bolt the seats to the floor for extra lowness (I prefer this personally) or are they on sliders for practicality?

One thing you will find now having gone through this myself a few years ago is you will be come obsessed with suspension so much more than before, you feel a lot more of whats going on and where you can improve things. That said the STi seats are reasonably supportive compared to what came in the Mini and the chassis isn't as stiff so maybe your already 90% of the way there. Have you had full corner weighting and rollbar preload adjustments as well as full alignment yet (assuming you have done this if your tracking it)?
 
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