Racing Type Seat Upgrade

Discussion in 'Corner Carver Racing Tech Discussion' started by SilverMustangGT, Aug 7, 2021.

  1. SilverMustangGT

    SilverMustangGT Member

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    I'm looking to upgrade my seat to something that will work better to hold me in place while autocrossing and for track days. It's not a daily driver, but I'm looking for something that will be comfortable for a 2-3 hour drive and with a reclining seat back. I'm not looking to go all-out race car.

    I have been looking at the Corbeau A4 since it reclines.

    Interested in hearing what other mustang owners are using for their seat, harness bar, and 5 point harness.

    It's for a 2008 Mustang GT
     
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  2. Midlife Crises

    Midlife Crises Senior Member

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    I installed this set of Braum Racing seats in my 2010 GT just a few months ago. They slide, recline, accept a 5 point harness and are quite comfortable.

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  3. SilverMustangGT

    SilverMustangGT Member

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    Nice looking seats! Are those the Elite R series?
     
  4. Midlife Crises

    Midlife Crises Senior Member

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    Yes. The R is the only recliner I could find that accommodates the 5 point harness.
     
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  6. Kobie

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  7. SilverMustangGT

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    Those look really good. Did you buy it directly from Sparco?
     
  8. Kobie

    Kobie forum member

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    I went through Vorschlag, but I think just about anybody can get them.
     
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  9. Vorshlag-Fair

    Vorshlag-Fair Official Site Vendor Official Vendor

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    Good to see somebody asking questions in this sub-forum again! When it comes to seats in Mustangs, we have done a few (and talk extensively about it in this post).

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    Instead of regurgitating what I have written here and elsewhere about how bad the market is for side-mount seats, and why our seat bracket bases are better, I will talk about more of what the OP is asking about - tilt back seats.

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    We have been doing more and different seat mounting brackets for more styles of seats lately...

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    We have been selling and installing Cobra, Sparco, Recaro, Racetech and other brands of seats for ages, but Corbeau RRB (above - 2016 install at left, 2021 version above right) was always our go-to for reclining seats. These types of seats are more appropriate for a real street driven car, as a fixed back racing seat often makes the back seat inaccessible, are less comfortable on the roads, and fit fewer people. The styling can be polarizing but each model usually comes in 4-5 materials, options, colors, stitch patterns.

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    We just finished a new seat bracket design for this "bottom mount" reclining seat on my wife's C6, above. This is a Corbeau RRS seat, which is the same on the torso as the RRB, but is easier to get into (yet has less leg support as the RRB).

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    The C6 comes with absolute GARBAGE seats, which make the Mustangs seats look pretty good in comparison. On track it is like sitting on a park bench! We had to re-think our entire seat mounting bracket designs to work with the very different spacing of the bottom mount Corbeaus...

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    Above left is one of our many seat bracket bases for side mounted fixed back seats. The width for the side brackets or sliders is VERY different than the bottom mount sliders used on reclining seats like Corbeau. The sliders are also much more substantial on the Corbeaus, more like the OEM sliders - which are often part of the seat mounting structure.

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    Instead of re-designing our side mount style seat base brackets, we started over - and mimicked the OEM seat bracket/slider combos. We needed to add the tilt into the brackets, like the OEMs, so the seat sliders forward it also goes UP. On a side mount style seat we can just pick different holes in the side brackets to get the tilt right. Lots of other changes were needed, so it is a whole new seat bracket design.

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    Sadly we don't have an S197 or S550 seat bracket & slider for the tilt back seats, but we will take what we learned on this Corvette design and transfer that to these Mustang chassis soon (we have both models in the shop). Just something to think about for the future, if you are looking at a seat upgrade and don't want to jump right into fixed back racing seats...

    Cheers!
     
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  10. Strengthrehab

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    Terry, What bases would you recommend for the RRS in an S550? I'm still loading tires into my backseat so I need the reclining/flip forward feature.
     
  11. SilverMustangGT

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    Terry, thanks for info. Will just the 4 point harness work with the RRS and RRB?
     
  12. jmustang

    jmustang Junior Member

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    IMO,Braum makes the best looking seats. How are they on track?


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  13. Midlife Crises

    Midlife Crises Senior Member

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    I am 5’11 and 245. When I wedge my ass down into that seat I don’t move around at all. There is shoulder room but my torso and hips are supported. The seat is even comfortable wearing a helmet.
     
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