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    Default Fixed Back Racing/Bucket Seat in a Gen 2

    Thanks to Lewis and Brandon in the other thread I have had my own successful racing seat install in my 2010 MPS.


    I hit a point at track days where the seat was noticeably holding me back. I need more feel from the car to be able to drive it consistently at the limit and I always find myself sliding around in the seat and having to constantly re adjust my position. Also bracing my knees against the sides of the footwell not only left bruises at the end of each track day, but also causes my entire body to tense up, further limiting my driving.


    So I did some shopping around and found the Sparco Evo2 fitted my body shape better than the others. I also tried OMP, Velo and Cobra seats but the Evo2 stood out because it fitted my shoulders better than all the others.


    Next step was to get the mounting hardware sorted and the best option for this car was a Planted base plate and side mounts. The problem I had was my car is right hand drive and I wasn't sure if their brackets that are made for US spec cars would fit. A quick email to the guys at Planted had them asking me for a photo and some measurements and they confirmed that their right side mount was the correct fit. Very happy with their service.


    Bracket ready to go.



    I also picked up a set of Sparco Sliders but they ended up being a dud purchase as they don't actually bolt up to this combination of side mounts/bracket/seat which I happen to have bought so I ended up bolting the seat in a fixed position.


    Everything ready for install.



    Test fitting the bracket.



    Test fitting the side mounts and seat. Since I ended up going for a fixed seat position I needed to drill a couple of holes into the base plate to fit the brackets in the right spot.




    Completed installation. I am picking up eye bolts and a 6 point harness and on Friday so will have everything sorted to go racing this weekend.
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    Very nice
    How'd you go with the airbags? Guessing it's tripped a warning light at least?

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    Airbag light is blinking so no getting around that. There are bypass parts that you can plug in to stop that but apparently they only work for the steering wheel airbag. I will probably swap this seat in and out just for track days so that shouldn't be a big problem. Certainly will need to swap it back to at least pass rego.

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    Nice work. Much more snug than the factory ones. How much work is it to switch them over each race day?

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    Now that I have the harness all set up it is quite easy to swap the seats out. Just 4 bolts.

    The hardest part is getting the OEM seat in and out without scratching the bodywork, since the rails are attached to the seat they have a habit of snagging where the sun don't shine while you're moving the heavy bastard in and out.

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    You've probably tried this as you seem pretty handy but lower the seat as much as you can and even fold it forward to reduce how much space is required to get it out.

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    Folding forward not only reduces area but pulls the weight towards the center when held horizontally. Throwing a blanket over the seat can help too.

    You can also push the steering column in to give you more room.

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    The opposite is to lay the seat back straight and take them out through the back doors

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    Sounds fun :s Yeah, towels sound like a good idea...and a box

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