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78 Brat FRONT seat brackets, aftermarket seat install ??'s


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#1 ninefourteener

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 10:43 PM

I sold my OEM seats because I could barely fit in the car...so the hunt has been on for a suitable set of aftermarket racing seats.

Not that I really need "racing" seats, but they are thinner,and will consequently add more room for my legs.

I kept the original sliders.... the PROBLEM is that the mounting holes for a gen 1 brat are 11" (front to back), and 15" (side to side).

I haven't found an aftermarket seat that matches those measurements, and they don't make brackets for this car to mount aftermarket seats.

I'm THINKING a set of fixed (non-reclinable, one piece) seats, with the side-mount brackets, and then bolting the bottom part of the brackets to the OEM sliders.

Like this set:
http://cgi.ebay.com/...sQ5fAccessories

Or, I'm thinking just a "regular" set of adjustable seats with "whatever" mounting holes on the bottom, and custom fabbing some cross bars. The cross bars will obviously be 15" wide, but the "side-to-side" mounting holes may be 12", or 14".... and I'd just have to drill a few carefully measured holes.

Or..... I'm looking for suggestions on what other folks have done. Pics help ;)

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 06:30 PM

your going to end up custom fabbing just about anything that goes into that car. Is this car going to be driven on the street daily? If so i would NOT get the racing seats that are non-adjustable. That will get old really fast on long drives when u want to switch positions. As for aftermarket seats that will help you out....i would look into a set of recaros or flofits. I have flofits in my car. If you hunt around long enough you can find them cheap. They were big $$$$ back in the day but i got em for a song. And i did get lucky too in the EA81 body style...they bolted right up with no mods to the stock rails.

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 11:14 PM

I have a set of sliders from an early 90s Legacy if you are interested. They are just sitting around.

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 08:40 AM

I actually kept the sliders because I figured that aftermarket brackets would be tough to find.

I ended up finding an off-brand of 2-tone grey and black seats on eBay for like $275 shipped. Not Recaros or anything, but at least they aren't covered in "BOMZ" or "Type-R" or anything.

.... and they are adjustable..... so I'm already prepping to fab up some brackets.

These are what I bought.... should do well, and I can't argue with the price:
http://cgi.ebay.com/...e=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 08:59 PM

I actually kept the sliders because I figured that aftermarket brackets would be tough to find.



Wait...theres an aftermarket for old school soobs?:lol: But seriously...there is none. Its good you kept the sliders. Thats going to make your life a lot easier. You will most likely be making some sort of adapter bracket between the seats and the slides.

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 11:03 PM

Sooooooooooo... I got my seats :)

Oh.... also got this rockin-rump roast universal windshield washer pump/reservoir...... straight from CHINA (Oh yea) for a whopping 12 bucks..... now I have SQUIRTERS!!!! (I'll just make sure my son doesn't chew on it, for fear of lead poisoning :) A few repaired wires, a new hole.... and I actually made it fit right back in the stock location.

So...... a couple hours with a dremel and a cutting tool to "stretch" out the original seat bracket holes, a little time with a drill.... quite a few measurements.... and wa-la.

Low cost.... good looks..... and I can actually drive the car without my knees in my chest. I can actually FIT in the Brat.

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Posted 30 July 2010 - 01:47 AM

I'm ordering seats from here eventually: http://www.classiccarseats.com/

I'm going to try and match the car like you did, in some fashion :P

#8 ninefourteener

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 04:20 PM

Seat belts....

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 09:58 PM

Did those fit well over the course of time? what model are those? *want*



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Posted 11 June 2014 - 11:09 PM

Where do those seatbelts anchor into the body?If the  ones that support the back anchor into the floor ditch them.seat harnesses like that can't have the anchor at a point lower than 15* from horizontal or they will compress your spine in an accident.Not saying you plan on getting into an accident,but that why you wear the seatbelts for when that what if becomes reality.






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