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80's Recaros
« on: June 16, 2013, 09:50:54 AM »
I bought these about 2 years ago for the grey Calibra which died over a year ago.
I was told they were from a Mk1 Astra GTE. I suppose they could be from a Mk2 or even a Manta?



The seats have been stored in the shed since I bought them. They have been indoors for a few weeks to freshen up, but they still smell a bit musty.
They are designed for different bases. In order to fit the Calibra ones, I have used L shape steel section. Calibra seats are designed to have the bases fit inside so this has raised their height  :(
I have cleaned them up & they were looking ok indoors but now they are fitted in the car, they look grubby.

They give much more support than the OEM Calibra seats. Why did GM not fit this style of seat to the Calibra in the first place? From my first few drives, they feel much more comfortable than the Calibra seats. I really need a long trip to judge this properly though
I like the more angular design but this may not be to everyone's taste.
They don't trap the belt receptor when the seat belt is flipped forwards. I find this really annoying with the Cali seats.

There are drawbacks though:
They don't have seat heaters.
They will be harder to keep clean than leather.
The steel section on the outside of the seat means that they sit around 1" or more higher. In the confines of a car, this is an enormous difference. The top picture gives a better impression as to how high they sit.

I can live with the top 2 issues (until winter at least), but I'm really not sure about the extra height. This has changed the feel of the car completely. I'll give them a few weeks but the extra height may tempt me to swap them back out again.

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Re: 80's Recaros
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2013, 11:59:18 AM »
They are nice seats, had them in my Astra GTE.

Lord knows why VX fitted arm chairs, they are trully bad tbh, no support and don't exactly look great do they?

I couldn't live with cloth and no heat though now. The height would also be an issue for me, I like to sit low down in the Cally.
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Re: 80's Recaros
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2013, 12:18:21 PM »
What about recovering with leather where the cloth is and fitting the heated seat pads...I know it wouldn't be cheap mind?

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Re: 80's Recaros
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2013, 22:33:26 PM »
What about recovering with leather where the cloth is and fitting the heated seat pads...I know it wouldn't be cheap mind?

would the new leather not stand out a bit compared to the old! last time I had a quote for my seats to be re done a few weeks ago & it was about 800 notes!
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Re: 80's Recaros
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2013, 10:06:43 AM »
Saw these & sat in them yesterday.

The height is a bit odd at first but I think you'll get used to it, they do hug the old backside & little better than the Calibra seats. :)
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Re: 80's Recaros
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2013, 14:55:46 PM »
I'm not fused about them being cloth. Maybe harder to keep clean but I think it is more comfortable.
They may take just over 1 hide to cover them because the base & back pads are separate.
I have a big issue with the height though. I fit fine but it just doesn't feel right to me. Maybe it will just take a little time for me to get used to them?

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Re: 80's Recaros
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2013, 04:01:52 AM »
looks good but does not do much my style
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Re: 80's Recaros
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2013, 14:04:59 PM »
You can be more damning that that, Jorge. I don't offend easily.  :)

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Re: 80's Recaros
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2013, 14:05:44 PM »
Personally I love them!
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Re: 80's Recaros
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2013, 02:33:29 AM »
You can be more damning that that, Jorge. I don't offend easily.  :)

lol ;)
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