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Old October 29th, 2009, 05:46 PM
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Importing Recaro SVX seats to the US?

Does anyone know of someone who has imported this seat into the US or have any ideas on who I can contact to import a pair of them for me?

I know that OEM parts are usually limited to usual distribution paths but this is not an item that LR USA will bring in for me so any suggestions would be helpful.

I have already contacted Recaro USA and they were no help.

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http://www.recaro.com/fileadmin/pdf/...der_SVX_GB.pdf

http://www.recaro.com/index.php?id=5599&L=2
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Old October 29th, 2009, 05:55 PM
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Stephen at Safari Rover is usually happy to help. I'm confident that RN would order them for you, but seeing has how they are already allegedly eye-bleedingly expensive, a RN markup would likely make them even more so.
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Old October 29th, 2009, 07:16 PM
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Stephen at Safari Rover is usually happy to help. I'm confident that RN would order them for you, but seeing has how they are already allegedly eye-bleedingly expensive, a RN markup would likely make them even more so.
allegedly seems like soft for that statement.
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Old October 29th, 2009, 07:24 PM
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I also bring in things from time to time, it is about $400/cubic meter. l am in the process of getting a pile of things from Land Rover Salvage in the UK right now, probably shipping in about a week. So it depends how close to Ottawa you are.
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Old October 29th, 2009, 08:00 PM
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I have been offered those seats in the past. I may still be able to source them. It takes more then a part number in my experience.

You can PM me if you are interested in having me source a pair.
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Old October 30th, 2009, 09:17 AM
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id be interested in a set possibly
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Old October 30th, 2009, 09:35 AM
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They look very nice and comfy. How much are they? Am I just blind or is the price not in the spec sheet? Good thing is that they appear to have been made for the ST SVX, so assuming they'll hold up to sun and rain damage?

Here's a close up pic for more detail. They say 1,400 pounds for the pair here:

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Old October 30th, 2009, 10:54 AM
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I wonder if the bottom comes out like the defender seats
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Old October 30th, 2009, 10:59 AM
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I thought there was another thread where someone said that the bottom did come out, but otherwise they were the same as an off the shelf recaro?

Here you go:

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ghlight=recaro
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Old October 30th, 2009, 11:08 AM
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OK, let's talk seats. First of all it is important to sit in a seat to see if they are comfortable. There are plenty of seats on the market that look great, but then you sit in them and find that they pinch your thighs, poke your kidney section, etc. Then there is the issue of having to get into your seat box if need be. I had a customer in the shop recently who had Jeep aftermarket seats in the 90 and he thought they were great. I sat in them and found the cushion to soft right off the bat. I told him I would have to drive in these for a few hours and then I would be able to tell him yea or nay. Do your research before dropping a good amount of money on a cool looking seat.

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Old October 30th, 2009, 11:19 AM
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To add to what Chris says, one man's dream seat (like the rock hard near racing shells in my lotus) is another man's nightmare seat.
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Old October 30th, 2009, 11:20 AM
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Good advice.

No use making a garage queen out of your D90 because of new seats. Save that for the 37" tires as a reason.

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OK, let's talk seats. First of all it is important to sit in a seat to see if they are comfortable. There are plenty of seats on the market that look great, but then you sit in them and find that they pinch your thighs, poke your kidney section, etc. Then there is the issue of having to get into your seat box if need be. I had a customer in the shop recently who had Jeep aftermarket seats in the 90 and he thought they were great. I sat in them and found the cushion to soft right off the bat. I told him I would have to drive in these for a few hours and then I would be able to tell him yea or nay. Do your research before dropping a good amount of money on a cool looking seat.

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Example: the Exmoor "etreme" seats suck completely. I don't even have a big ass and they completely don't fit.
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Old October 30th, 2009, 11:57 AM
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Example: the Exmoor "etreme" seats suck completely. I don't even have a big ass and they completely don't fit.
Didn't you just outgrow some pants that had to go to Goodwill lately.

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Ha ha - no, I still fit that into that stuff, but my 90's style wasn't gettin' me any play with the ladies.
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Seats are like shoes. You need to see which will fit and how comfortable are they. Unless you want to look good and be miserable.
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The pain in the ass (sorry couldn't help it) is accessing the battery/ECU compartments with many aftermarket options.

I bought Corbeau's off fleabay for $400 and absolutely love them. Getting in and out is a bit tricky but once I'm in they fit well. I've drven the 90 to and from VT from NJ and I'll get out with my back feeling fine. Fatigued but no painful aches.

I redid my my mounts so I can use the small 13mm spanner to undo the bolts when I need to access underneath but I really wouldn't mind a removable bottom.
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i liked the stock seats, they were more comfortable than my disco 2's.
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The pain in the ass (sorry couldn't help it) is accessing the battery/ECU compartments with many aftermarket options.

I bought Corbeau's off fleabay for $400 and absolutely love them. Getting in and out is a bit tricky but once I'm in they fit well. I've drven the 90 to and from VT from NJ and I'll get out with my back feeling fine. Fatigued but no painful aches.

I redid my my mounts so I can use the small 13mm spanner to undo the bolts when I need to access underneath but I really wouldn't mind a removable bottom.
I have the Corbeau A4's and they are really comfortable once you are in them, but getting up and over the bolster, even on a truck with only a 2inch lift and 33's on it, is a pain. Always seem to rack myself. I got around having to get in the box, by adding a quick disconnect and battery terminals to the outside of the box.

Works pretty good actually.

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