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Old 01-29-2018, 04:40 PM   #1
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Default The Change to Aftermarket Seats

Sorry to bother people here again... just trying to make sure that I buy the correct parts !
Shedding a few pounds, so I can stay in C ( unless I get that 20% HP reduction ! HEE HEE ). Also, my restored factory seat... well... I've never had it anchored to the crossbar. So, I want to do this right.

The seat I'm looking at, is a Jazz low back, 2 layer "poly", bucket. Looks more comfortable than an aluminum seat ( weights appear to be the same ).
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Is this an acceptable seat ? I really don't like the idea of "high back" in this car.
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Old 01-29-2018, 05:53 PM   #2
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You will need to add a head restraint to your roll bar to make this type of seat legal .
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Old 01-29-2018, 06:43 PM   #3
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And mount it like your life depends on it 'cause it does.
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Old 01-29-2018, 07:54 PM   #4
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Looks like the Jegs seats I had when I really didn't know what I was doing (still don't). Kirky seats are better. It's a race car. Safety above comfort.
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Old 01-29-2018, 08:41 PM   #5
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Kirkey is the way to go. At least stay away from the plastic. Zero on the comfort / saftey meter.
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Old 01-29-2018, 09:48 PM   #6
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Seat is not the safety factor, properly mounted belts are. Hard to believe? Roll the car six times without the belts and with the best seat made, let me know how that worked out. A lot of info on the net about this subject. One major problem is mounting the shoulder belts to far below the shoulders, in the event of rolling it can cause crushed vertebra, I know this veered from the subject, but I couldn't help myself.
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Old 01-30-2018, 06:58 AM   #7
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When I went to aftermarket seats in my Corvette, I was originally going to go with a low back seat. What I didn't like was that the top of the seat went across my shoulder blades. Even with a head rest, I was concerned my shoulder blades would be broken in a hard crash. Went with the Kirkey high back seats and haven't regretted it. The seats are more comfortable than they look.
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Old 01-30-2018, 08:16 AM   #8
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The Kirkey Pro Street are the way to go. By the time you get a cover on them, they are actually pretty comfortable and very supportive, way better than the old 60's & 70's stuff. S&W Race Cars makes some neat aluminum mounts for installing them in a door car so that they will sit nice and low in the car. If you get the Kirkeys, they also sell a rear seat mount that can be attached to the roll bar that runs straight across, directly behind the driver's seat.
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The Kirky back brace is a different animal. It's a horizontal flat aluminum plate formed to the back of the seat that bolts to the cross bar of the cage/rollbar. Adds lateral strength and twist resistance to the seat.

As Mike said, it's a unit. Cage/bar, driver restraint, seat and bracket, helmet, steering and brakes. Take care of them all and be safe.

Oh - and think straight, too...
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Default Re: The Change to Aftermarket Seats

Thanks, guys, for all this information and advice. One thing seems apparent... my desire to run a low back seat, may just complicate things.
I looked at the Kirkey stuff, and saw that they have a grey "tweed" cover, which besides being cooler in hot weather, would actually suit the inside of the car pretty well too. Also, because I'm a lousy racer... I have to at least try and LOOK good ! LOL !

As for helmet, yeah, time for a new one of those too.
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