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Old 04-23-2012, 05:17 PM   #1
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Default (240) I need new seats, what are my options?

For Volvo 244 1989

My drivers seat has bad lean and my passenger is loose, so one of my next goals is to replace the seats and carpet.

Though I don't want to go with stock volvo seats, I need some good aftermarket options that wont cost more than 600 bucks for the set.

With aftermarket seats like sparcos and others, they need specific rails, can the volvo set be modded, or would it be better to buy another set and where?

I need them to be comfy for trips, but allow a 4 point harness and hold you in on corners.

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Old 04-24-2012, 07:23 AM   #2
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I've got Monza Autotechnica buckets in my GT.
Modded bracket bolting to 240 runners.

I want to replace them with something nicer.
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Old 04-24-2012, 09:37 AM   #3
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I picked some up out of a toyota in the yard. I love them, great side support, easy to get in and out of, and weigh nothing. Just throwing out options, you may be looking for something nicer.
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:41 AM   #4
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I've used seats out of a Mazda MX5 and a Nissan 370Z, and both are excellent OEM seats. Neither were too hard to mount, the MX5 seats were easier though. They have brackets that bolt to the sliders, so you just have to remove those and make you own. The Z seats are better seats, but require some cutting/welding.

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Old 04-24-2012, 11:46 AM   #5
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Id search for some used Sparco Evo's. If you look long enough you can probably find them @ that price
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:54 AM   #6
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Id search for some used Sparco Evo's. If you look long enough you can probably find them @ that price
+1 I have a Sparco Evo L seat with the Kaplhenke.com brackets. Have made several >6hour trips, and are quite comfy. I'm 6'2 230. Great seats.
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:15 PM   #7
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I'm sold on Recaros for a daily driver. I have JDM ITR Recaros in my 245 and they are awesome if you are a thin person like me. Recaro SRDs are basically the same thing but a little wider.
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:24 PM   #8
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Recaros for a daily driver. I just put these in my car and should have done it sooner. They are awesome.
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:55 PM   #9
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Recaro Trophys are a good daily driver seat with far better support than stock. Can be found cheap (I got mine for $150), especially if you browse some VAG forums.
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Recaro Trophys are a good daily driver seat with far better support than stock. Can be found cheap (I got mine for $150), especially if you browse some VAG forums.
You need to get pretty creative with the proprietary VW seat mounts but it can be made to work.
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:06 PM   #11
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I wanted to get something more race like, yet comfortable.

Such as:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/PAIR-BLACK-B...ht_1038wt_1396

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Yonaka-Samur...ht_4691wt_1163

How hard would it be to get regular brackets to work with universal sliders?
I really don't know too much about seats.
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I wanted to get something more race like, yet comfortable.

Such as:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/PAIR-BLACK-B...ht_1038wt_1396

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Yonaka-Samur...ht_4691wt_1163

How hard would it be to get regular brackets to work with universal sliders?
I really don't know too much about seats.
Just to let you know, those seats are very low quality and questionable in a serious collision.
They will probably fit pretty easily, but if you're willing to spend $400, get a used set of name brand seats. You'll be glad you did in the long run.

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Old 04-24-2012, 11:00 PM   #13
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Then what about these?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2X-SPARCO-RE...ht_3046wt_1396

Isn't cipher racing a name brand?

Locally, there isn't much in the way of good black racing seats :(
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:02 PM   #14
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He meant to say get a well known quality name brand, not just some seat that has a brand name.
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:14 PM   #15
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He meant to say get a well known quality name brand, not just some seat that has a brand name.
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What about using the stock seat brackets, how much modification has to be put into them for other seats that include universal sliders to work? preferably bottom mounted seats, not the ones mounted from the side.
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:05 AM   #16
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What about using the stock seat brackets, how much modification has to be put into them for other seats that include universal sliders to work? preferably bottom mounted seats, not the ones mounted from the side.
It was very easy for me to adapt the Recaro bottom mount seats to the Volvo mounts. It cost me $30 in materials and dinner as a trade for some drill press access. I will pull them apart this week to paint them and take photos.

The "Cipher" website does sell name brand seats, but the ones you posted were cheap "knock offs" that they also sell.

I paid less than $500 for my Recaros and I believe that's on the high side of the spectrum. Think about it this way; your seat and steering wheel are the parts which receive the most physical human interaction. Why cheap out?

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Old 04-25-2012, 01:08 AM   #17
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pick up some VW mkII recaro trophy's... i need to put mine in, but they are awesome.
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:07 AM   #18
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Subaru wrx jdm or usa got recaro seat ! awesome side support and very comfortable.

on my old honda i install cheap ebaylike seat and 1 years later suede and foam be worn and need to be remplaced
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:25 AM   #19
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Yea, I asked about the cipher racing seats a few months back. If you read "reviews" online on different forums they seem to follow the same cookie cutter review. I think they are all planted reviews to try and sell them. I still haven't but the bullet in getting my own but I'll be getting used recaro.
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:49 PM   #20
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I just recently installed some bottom mount Recaros in my 240. The stock Volvo sliders are great for adapting as the stock mounting bracket can be unbolted. I had to remove the factory height adjuster on the driver side rail as it was touching the bottom of the seat.

I used another member's idea for mounting the seats and it works well, using perforated angle steel. In my case, no modding was required as everything bolted together.

Volvo rails adapted to the seats:


Passenger side:


Driver's side:


I'm going to get some threaded bar to tie to two sides together as I found that there's a little bit of flex in the seats. The seats sit at around the same height as the stock seats.


Find some random EVO guy who wants to get rid of their stock Recaros
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:30 PM   #21
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i would not use that perforated angle steel... that stuff is super flexible... not something i would trust my life with. either take the time to do the brackets right, or just keep your stock seats IMO
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:27 PM   #22
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I have been very happy with these. http://www.corbeau.com/products/recl...ats/sportseat/ Corbeau sells their Volvo adapters separately. They would make a good base for adapting other seats.
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:30 PM   #23
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I was always a fan of toyota seats. I had a set of Mk3 Supra seats, AE86 seats and 4Runner SR5 seats. All amazing, and can be had for rather cheap.
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:49 PM   #24
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Corbeau forza seats are inexpensive and should be pretty quality. when im ready for seats i will be saving up around 700 and looking on craigslist alot and see if i can get a nice used set of fixed back sparcos.
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I just recently installed some bottom mount Recaros in my 240. The stock Volvo sliders are great for adapting as the stock mounting bracket can be unbolted. I had to remove the factory height adjuster on the driver side rail as it was touching the bottom of the seat.

I used another member's idea for mounting the seats and it works well, using perforated angle steel. In my case, no modding was required as everything bolted together.

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Those perforated profiles look super sketchy. Frankly, that solution is downright dangerous in a collision.
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