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Old June 11th, 2016, 10:59 AM
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I'd like to install a pair of Corbeau LG-1's in my '85 Ninety SW;



We had a pair in the wife's Classic Mini & they were super comfortable.

Problem is, they don't have removable seat bases. The Recaro Sportster CS does, but the nearest stockist is a million miles away & I will need to sit in them before I buy.

As I see it, I have the following options;

1. Install LG-1's & hope I don't need access to the battery.

2. Install LG-1's & make a new access to the seat box from the front.

3. Install LG-1's & make a new access from the side.

4. Install LG-1's & move the battery to the engine bay.

5. Bollocks to the Corbeau. Install the Recaro's & have access.

Thoughts?

Thanks,

Paul.
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Old June 11th, 2016, 11:05 AM
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I have the Recaro Sportster CS and they are awesome. However mine don't have the tip up base so if that's a new feature sucks for me. I'd highly recommend them. Comfortable. Great support and look really cool, better than the pictured Corbeau's in my opinion. I keep a 13mm ratcheting wrench in my cubby to deal with the lack of tip up and will have a positive battery terminal in the engine bay so I don't have to remove the seat to jump a car.
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Old June 11th, 2016, 11:09 AM
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I have the Recaro Sportster CS and they are awesome. However mine don't have the tip up base so if that's a new feature sucks for me. I'd highly recommend them. Comfortable. Great support and look really cool, better than the pictured Corbeau's in my opinion. I keep a 13mm ratcheting wrench in my cubby to deal with the lack of tip up and will have a positive battery terminal in the engine bay so I don't have to remove the seat to jump a car.
Have you ever tried the LG-1? I'm interested to see how similar they are.

Recaro's are also a LOT more money. Not a big deal, but they's better be good for the $$.
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Old June 11th, 2016, 11:10 AM
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Paul, I have not.


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Old June 11th, 2016, 11:18 AM
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Recaros are the way to go. You can always charge the battery from other points if you don't feel like taking the seats out.
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Old June 11th, 2016, 11:24 AM
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Another option is to mount a heavy duty Anderson connector to the front of the seat box. Quick & easy charging or jump starting without having to remove anything.
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Old June 12th, 2016, 11:10 AM
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Anyone sat in both & able to compare? I know the Corbeau fits like a glove, but I have to go clear up into WA to try the Recaro!
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I have aftermarket seats and I made a tilt back mechanism for them. I could have made them half as thick or put them under the rubber mat to drop the seat height a bit. I used Smittybilt seats and sliders.



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Old June 12th, 2016, 01:26 PM
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I have aftermarket seats and I made a tilt back mechanism for them. I could have made them half as thick or put them under the rubber mat to drop the seat height a bit. I used Smittybilt seats and sliders.
Great idea! I have a full bulkhead, so mine would have to tilt forward. I'll probably end up taking a trip to Bellevue & trying out the Recaros. If I really like them, I'll consider going that route, but thus far I'm tending toward the Corbeaus & keeping a wrench handy! Exmoor makes jump seats in a very similar cloth too, so that would be nice.
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You may want to try Scheel-Mann. I like them better than Recaros and personally think they fit the Defender better than Corbeau or Recaros.



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Me personally... I would not do anything that I could not pull out the seat bottom on.
I keep, tools, oil, and other stuff down there as well as the main kill switch - all that can be relocated but frankly I already have stuff where it would go..
I'd go with exmoor std seats and fit nice canvas seat covers on them
All imho
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You may want to try Scheel-Mann. I like them better than Recaros and personally think they fit the Defender better than Corbeau or Recaros.
TPond on this site is in the process of becoming a dealer for them. Sounds great, but they are super spendy. Maybe I will go sit in one when Toby has them in stock.

Or maybe I can try yours out?
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TPond on this site is in the process of becoming a dealer for them. Sounds great, but they are super spendy. Maybe I will go sit in one when Toby has them in stock. Or maybe I can try yours out?
True. They are expensive. But you get what you pay for. And you are welcome to try mine out anytime.
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Me personally... I would not do anything that I could not pull out the seat bottom on. I keep, tools, oil, and other stuff down there as well as the main kill switch - all that can be relocated but frankly I already have stuff where it would go.. I'd go with exmoor std seats and fit nice canvas seat covers on them All imho
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