Alternative front seats?

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Alternative front seats?

Post by grifterkid » Tue Aug 26, 2014 3:09 pm

Whilst my mind is in overdrive thinking about a potential SE5 that may be mine soon I would like to pick your brains just a bit...

First of all, are the standard front seats comfortable and supportive? To me they look just a little lacking but I've never sat in one nor driven a Scimitar SE5 before so for me to judge would be wrong really! What do you guys make of them?

If I was to change them for something a little more substantial what would you recommend. What, if any, alternative 'perches' do you have in your SE5 Scimitar...?!

Obviously I'd need something that still enabled access to the rear seats and something that did not steal too much space from the rear also...

I am really very keen on originality or period perfect so I'd not want to go too mad and fit some insane looking modern-ish sports thrones...!!!

Any help/advice would be hugely appreciated... :wink:


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Re: Front seat options...

Post by philhoward » Tue Aug 26, 2014 3:14 pm

I picked up a pair of Alfa 147 seats at the weekend to test..looking promising. Chosen because they are black velour like the headlining in mine (and I'm not a fan of vinyl/leather). Also available in leather, and 3 door variants (I went for 5 door ones because they were almost free).

Ones that look "right":
Jag XJ-S/XJS
Mazda MX-5 (also available in tan if you get a 5a with that colour interior)
MGF/TF


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Re: Front seat options...

Post by zeb » Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:41 pm

I bought some Alfa 156 seats eons ago ( still have them in the garage) as a possible fit to my previous 6A.
I found that the drivers seat, which i trial fitted, JUST went in.
Im not sure whether the 147 seats are of the same dimensions but, if they are, they will be a pretty tight squeeze into a 5A.
Ive been looking into the possibility of fitting, once ive sorted out the rubbish electrics, a full set of Pug 206 cc seats into my current 6A. The rear uprights look extremely close to the standard Scim uprights, even down to the same shape, however, the fronts look a bit bulky.
A possible then and may be a possiblity for a front and rear matching jobbie for a 5A?



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Post by philhoward » Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:48 pm

I was hoping the 147 seats were a bit thinner than 156 (and I saw a set of Spyder seats in a 5a at Curbs) and once you remove the plastic gumpf off the sides, they look like they'll be a cosy fit with the runners removed (just need to find a way of fitting them to 5a runners now). A bit close to the seatbelt on the B pillar, but I'm hopeful.


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Post by gas guzzler » Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:50 pm

I've recently put in a pair of black leather MX5 seats, they look well suited to the car and are very comfortable.


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Post by ScimmyMike » Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:50 pm

I've some TT leather seats complete with bum warmers, they were too tight in the SE6b due to the door pocket arrangement on that car, might go into a SE5 or Coupe with the brucy bonus of tilting for (limited) rear access, Porsche 944 went into my coupe so may be an option, took mine out as they squeaked on the rear seat, not a problem on a SE5 I'd have thought, different arrangement.


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Re: Front seat options...

Post by philhoward » Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:52 pm

Was looking at a 944 at work today and they look like they're worth investigating..


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Post by greeny » Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:19 pm

Have Recaros from an RS Turbo in my GTC they would be an easy fit. and with a retrim they wouldnt look too out of place......


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Re: Front seat options...

Post by scimjim » Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:14 pm

I'm a big fan of the original seats (and I've done some looooong trips in them - 12 hours from Gütersloh to Curborough one year :-)).

Megan (SS1) has MX5 seats which are very good (and have built in speakers)

I've seen 944 seats fitted to a 5a before (non-runner, so I couldn't test them thoroughly)

Viv has S2000 seats in his Sabre IIRC? very comfy.

don't forget that you need them to tilt if you're ever going to need to get in the back.


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Re: Front seat options...

Post by ScimmyMike » Tue Aug 26, 2014 9:52 pm

Got a spare pair of 944 in the garage if you'd like to try Phil


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Re: Front seat options...

Post by MikeyBikey » Tue Aug 26, 2014 9:58 pm

I do agree with Jim. The originals are extremely comfortable, just a real shame no head restraint. Hence i put MGF seats in for sprinting (great but don't really tilt forward) but i don't use the rears anyway..


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Post by PeterJeffree » Fri Aug 29, 2014 4:34 pm

I put in a pair of nearly new tan leather seats from a Marlin (kit car), they look great and are very comfortable, but due to the height of the headrest they don't allow adult access to the rear seats



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Re: Front seat options...

Post by grifterkid » Tue Sep 02, 2014 11:58 am

I am very keen on the option of adding the Jaguar XJ-S seats as they have a tilting facility which is handy to say the least...!

Are these an easy fit or do they require quite a bit of jiggery-pokery...?!


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Re: Front seat options...

Post by philhoward » Tue Sep 02, 2014 12:26 pm

The 147 seats have mated quite easily to the original runners with the addition of some 20mm (actually electrical conduit - £7 per 3.75m length). As long as the tilt mechanism on those is on the back rest and not the base, they should do the job nicely. I've got some pics to post up a bit later in my project thread of the frame (but not of the actual seat yet as I'm laying down new carpet!).


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Re: Front seat options...

Post by greeny » Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:28 pm

Just to show off RS turbos seats in a C

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And buckets in the Coupe with optional adjustment gear. Tight fit they are too!

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And the standard ones in the SST

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