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Welp, that was not long.... After creating my last post, I found a pair in Annapolis (45 mins from me) that seemed like a great starting point.. I just nabbed them for $350 and got back home recently. They sure feel awesome when sitting into them! The black one definitely is mint while the ripped up one is still decent. I just need a re-upholstery kit then I might tackle it myself or pay someone to do it.

Only thing that is different between those two is the reclining knob is triangular on one and circular knob on another.

Hope I did good!

Nice pickup.

They are slightly different seats. Left one is a Recaro LX-B, and the right one is a Recaro SE which was sold in the late 90's and early 2000's. The SE was based on the LX seat, but if you look at the top foam area, they are shaped slightly differently. Keep this in mind when your source out covering materials. Other than that the bases should be the same and everything should bolt in fine.

The triangle knob is typically on the newer seats. The Recaro Specialist is the currect gen recaro that was based on the LX, which became the SE and now the specialist.
 

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Lseat is legit, although i'm not too sure about the quality.

The russian might be using borowed pics (I think i've seen them elsewhere) but i've also seen the bolster foam he sells and it's pretty much the same that capital seating sells, but cheaper.


This guy is well known for his recaro covers. You can google search "Zoom zoom zooming" for reviews and feedback.

https://www.ebay.com/str/zoomzoomzooming


My kit is factory recaro centers i bought used and cleaned, and a unknown jacket kit i purchased from an individual who never installed it.
 

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Wow you did an amazing job! I am mechanically inclined, but not sure if fabrics/seats are something I want to tackle haha.
I was too at first. Thought it was some sort of art and i'd never get them back together, but this is my first time tackling seats, and as you can see by the above pics...i did fine.

Give this a read. Shows you how to break down those seats for cleaning and inspection and restoration if you choose

https://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?4611046-***RECARO-Disassemble-Reassemble-DIY-100-Pictures***
 

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Sorry for the stupid question, but do you mean you bought the planted seat base and attached it to the recaro sliders?

An ebay seller I spoke to said he used modified 93 mustang seat track on top of 93 mustang sliders and it worked well height-wise, etc. I am wondering if that is true? I think I can source a pair of 93 tracks and sliders locally on the cheap side.

Thanks

-Jarvis

It's basically a sandwich. The recaro sliders bolt to the seats, and then you bolt the planted bases to the sliders. Whole thing then bolts to the floor.

Here's the Planted tech base bolted to the floor. The sliders would then bolt to 4 of the holes on the very edges of this base. Seat bolts to the slider




Here's a thread on using the stock 87-93 sliders on the recaros.

https://forums.corral.net/forums/general-mustang-tech/1135648-installed-some-recaros-my-93-a.html
 

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Leather shouldn't turn purple. Just their black cloth is know for that.


I'm into my Recaros for ~1100. Bought the donor seats for $200, and then new bolster foams and diaphragms for ~$400. Spent $350 on used/new coverings and then sold off the original fabric and some parts for $200. $280 for planted bases and bought used Recaro sliders for $100.

Couole months of parts hunting and disassembly. The seats break down easily.

Search "Recaro Trophy seats" from late 80s VWs. They are black leather with gray inserts. Can pick some decent ones up for $400-500 used and ready to bolt in with sliders and bases. There is also a gray cloth version

Literally just came in from swapping my center inserts to the lighter cloth insert from a trophy seats. Also attached is how these seats looked when I got them for $200


Those are freakin sweet.


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Welp, that was not long.... After creating my last post, I found a pair in Annapolis (45 mins from me) that seemed like a great starting point.. I just nabbed them for $350 and got back home recently. They sure feel awesome when sitting into them! The black one definitely is mint while the ripped up one is still decent. I just need a re-upholstery kit then I might tackle it myself or pay someone to do it.



Only thing that is different between those two is the reclining knob is triangular on one and circular knob on another.



Hope I did good!


Ya, you done did real good. Looks like the one cane with a slider as well, niiice
 

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Lseat is legit, although i'm not too sure about the quality.

The russian might be using borowed pics (I think i've seen them elsewhere) but i've also seen the bolster foam he sells and it's pretty much the same that capital seating sells, but cheaper.


This guy is well known for his recaro covers. You can google search "Zoom zoom zooming" for reviews and feedback.

https://www.ebay.com/str/zoomzoomzooming


My kit is factory recaro centers i bought used and cleaned, and a unknown jacket kit i purchased from an individual who never installed it.
That is awesome. I am moving to San Diego in less than a month and this guy is based in Seal Beach which is not too far from where I will be. So It looks like I will focus on getting the correct brackets so I can use them in my vehicle and then I can get them re-done when I am near this guy in California.
 

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Ya, you done did real good. Looks like the one cane with a slider as well, niiice
Yes sir! however it is the one with tabs so it looks like I wont be able to use them considering I need the ones without the tabs... they got the tabs so I am not sure how I can use them.

If I am able to use it then any idea where can i find a base that would accommodate to the tabs? I could also buy 2 new non tabbed racero sliders and sell the ones with tabs.

Brings me to next question - I am wondering if I could ditch the recaro sliders and use the universal sliders I bought brand new from Corbeau? Clearly it wont fit as is but I am wondering if anyone makes an adapter that would mate the recaro seats to those universal seat sliders?
 

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Nice pickup.

They are slightly different seats. Left one is a Recaro LX-B, and the right one is a Recaro SE which was sold in the late 90's and early 2000's. The SE was based on the LX seat, but if you look at the top foam area, they are shaped slightly differently. Keep this in mind when your source out covering materials. Other than that the bases should be the same and everything should bolt in fine.

The triangle knob is typically on the newer seats. The Recaro Specialist is the currect gen recaro that was based on the LX, which became the SE and now the specialist.
Truthfully they look the same to me! What exactly is the difference? Says a lot about how much I know about those seats.

Does that mean I need a different top foam when I have them reupholstered in the same kit?

I was too at first. Thought it was some sort of art and i'd never get them back together, but this is my first time tackling seats, and as you can see by the above pics...i did fine.

Give this a read. Shows you how to break down those seats for cleaning and inspection and restoration if you choose

https://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?4611046-***RECARO-Disassemble-Reassemble-DIY-100-Pictures***
Thanks man!
 

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Capital Seating sells the upper bolster foam in the period correct shape and the zoom zoom fella can make kits for that shape. Before I replaced any good foam I would email zoom zoom and ask if he has patterns for your current foam.
 

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You could call wedge and ask them if they still produce that tab style frame, I have their older bases with the tabs in my car.
I could ask them but I think I would like matching bases on both drivers and passengers seats.

I am thinking about just cutting the tabs off and drill my own hole it it is that simple. Need to observe the brackets when I get into garage later tonight.
 

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I could ask them but I think I would like matching bases on both drivers and passengers seats.

I am thinking about just cutting the tabs off and drill my own hole it it is that simple. Need to observe the brackets when I get into garage later tonight.
I think the only difference in the tabbed vs no tabs is the actual tabs. Once you cut them off, pretty much the same as NT.


Let me see if i took pics of how my sliders mounted
 

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Truthfully they look the same to me! What exactly is the difference? Says a lot about how much I know about those seats.

Does that mean I need a different top foam when I have them reupholstered in the same kit?



Thanks man!
Foam might be the same really. Subtle differences in the shape (i think the headrests might be slightly different) might not be that noticeable. You have the seats in front of you though so it might be easier for you to notice if there are differences. I haven't had an SE in front of me to compare.
 

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Ok found some pics.

Planted Tech Brackets



The no tab sliders



Brackets bolted to the sliders


I bought a set of seat skirts from an 89 VW Mk2 to hide the bracketry



You can see how the seat skirt hides all the brackets from view here.
 

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Foam might be the same really. Subtle differences in the shape (i think the headrests might be slightly different) might not be that noticeable. You have the seats in front of you though so it might be easier for you to notice if there are differences. I haven't had an SE in front of me to compare.
Damn those skirts make it look all clean and sexy! I totally dig it. I am an OCD and now you just made it a little more expensive for me haha. Where did you get those skirts from? I dont see them on the capital seating website.
 

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I am wrestling myself with the decision on which route I should take:

Option #1:
-Cut off my current Recaro tabs and drill new holes
-Buy one more Non-Tabbed Recaro Sliders ($135)
-Buy Planted Seat Bases to mate the Recaro Sliders to the floor of my car ($280)

Total Cost = $315 to run authentic Recaro Slider

Option #2:
Buy 2 new Wedge seat brackets with built in sliders ($338 for the pair) - http://wedgebrackets.com/ford-mustang-78-98-seat-brackets.html

Total Cost = $338 for possibly somewhat an updated/modern design. Only downfall is the fact I am stuck to running those brackets in foxbody mustang only, but I dont think I will ever get rid of them so this point is kind of moot.

Kind of leaning towards Wedge bases for some reason. I like how their lifter bar is shorter than recaros. Dumb reason LOL, but anyone here got experience with the wedge bases/sliders?
 

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Damn those skirts make it look all clean and sexy! I totally dig it. I am an OCD and now you just made it a little more expensive for me haha. Where did you get those skirts from? I dont see them on the capital seating website.
Those are factory OEM VW Jetta Mk2 recaro side skirts. Volkswagen part specifically, not recaro.

I got mine on ebay, but they pop up for sale on Recaro FB groups and www.vwvortex.com. The later website was a good source of parts as well. I had to make an account to converse in the classifieds for parts i needed
 

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Kind of leaning towards Wedge bases for some reason. I like how their lifter bar is shorter than recaros. Dumb reason LOL, but anyone here got experience with the wedge bases/sliders?
I weighed the same decision. Wish i could see a side by side comparison of the two.
 

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I weighed the same decision. Wish i could see a side by side comparison of the two.
Yeah other thing I m looking to find out is the mounting height of both combos... Hopefully they are identical or lower on the wedge brackets.

Wedge does not list their info on the website so I just emailed them.

Do you know the height of your recaro slider plus the planted base? I know the sliders add 3/4' - what about the base?
 
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