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Old December 29th, 2009, 05:41 PM
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Replacement seats for ST?? What are the best?

Any suggestions on good seats to replace my stock ST D90 seats? I have seen some good and bad posts on Exmoor. What's the consensus?
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Old December 29th, 2009, 09:04 PM
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I just re-did my seats with the Exmoor kit from Rovers North and added heating elements. Looks great, was super easy and is the best upgrade I have made to my truck...especially because it started snowing today in Portland and suffice to say the stock heater in my ST is beyond insufficient.
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Old December 31st, 2009, 03:32 PM
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Has anyone installed the Exmoor Elite seats in their ST? Thoughts?
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I think we had a set of the Elite's about a year ago. I know that when we had them they were not public yet( that's what they told us...), anyway, what we did not like was the fact they were very small. I'm 5'10 and weigh 165 lbs, and I felt really squished while sitting in them, to point it was uncomfortable. Like I said, this was a year ago, I don't know if any changes were made. Overall, for the price(then), the complete package did not appeal to me,... the quality is on par with everything else the Brits make,... take that as you will.
First impression was they looked pretty cool, everyone thought so, but 5 minutes in the seat changed our minds...
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Old December 31st, 2009, 08:52 PM
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I tried the elite seats too and hated them utterly, for the reasons Carey mentioned. They might be comfy for petite women...
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Old December 31st, 2009, 09:14 PM
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Any other suggestions then.......I may just keep my stock seats with a new set of badger covers.
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Old December 31st, 2009, 09:47 PM
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I personally think that the stock seats with brand new foams and seat heaters and Badger covers work well. Just my opinion though. New foam makes an incredible difference!
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Old December 31st, 2009, 10:49 PM
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I installed the Black Canvas Exmoor Trim Seats with Outlast foam and seat heaters last spring. Same finish as the Ministry of Defense uses I hear. The Black Canvas looks & feels great. The outlast foam is the same foam that is used in Snowboard boots to regulate temperature. Not sure if its just my imagination but the Outlast foam also seems a bit firmer than stock. I like that as well. I also installed ET inward facing rear seats (the thicker kind) in the rear and although the foam and fabric is great, the folding mechanism is pretty useless and the gauge of steel used is too thin. Not too happy about that. The front seats are great however.
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Anybody try Corbeau GTS IIs or Recaros? Thinking about an upgrade as well.
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carl - can you provide details on your canvas and outlast seats? plus where you sourced them from.
i want a similar setup
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Anybody try Corbeau GTS IIs or Recaros? Thinking about an upgrade as well.
I have Corbeau GTS IIs in mine and I love them [no really, I love them.. ]. Seriously, I am 6' 3" and regular Defender seats kill me. I drove from South Carolina to Phoenix AZ in 2 days with the Corbeaus and had no problems. They are also really comfy off road. The side bolsters hold you in better and you seem to get less shaken around and beat up on a long run over rough tracks.

Only problem is access to the under seat boxes and battery as with any non-LR seat set up.
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if you want to save money, you might look for some used LR seats from an LR3, Freelander or Disco. typically $200-500per set and you get back seat and they r comfy. I was thinking about buying a set on ebay for $300, like new and black leather with heaters. I held off but if i go on some long road trips this summer i may go for it. i also have a kawasaki 4x4 mule with no bench in the back and i was gonna use the LR rear seat and get a bracket made so i can have additinal seating in the rear of the mule. mule rear seats are $800 and this seamed like a nobrainer for me.
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Old January 1st, 2010, 12:09 PM
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I've got the Exmoor with heating elements as well with the G4 trim. I love em !
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I have Corbeau GTS IIs in mine and I love them [no really, I love them.. ]. Seriously, I am 6' 3" and regular Defender seats kill me. I drove from South Carolina to Phoenix AZ in 2 days with the Corbeaus and had no problems. They are also really comfy off road. The side bolsters hold you in better and you seem to get less shaken around and beat up on a long run over rough tracks.

Only problem is access to the under seat boxes and battery as with any non-LR seat set up.
I have the Corbeau Sport Seats and at 6', 220# they are also comfy. Agree about the off road comfort and the under seat access. But I just keep a 13mm spanner in the truck and they'll pop off in a few minutes.

I just need to add that with the side bolster and a mild lift they are a mild pain to get in and out. I use my sliders as a little step and that helps a bit.
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Recaro make great seats ... you can find them in many german made cars, all my Golf GTIs and Audi TT had them in the UK ... a quick search of ebay can normally find a large selection, the only challenge is getting the seat base removal for access to battery etc. Standard fitment on the Captain seat of the Starship Enterprise but can't recall which series though!


I've just re-trimmed my standard seats with an exmoor kit and fitted heat seaters and that worked out pretty well. The new foam makes a huge difference and it's not difficult to do.

I guess the question is why do you want to change the seats? What is it about the current seats you are trying to remedy?
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Recaro make great seats ... you can find them in many german made cars, all my Golf GTIs and Audi TT had them in the UK ... a quick search of ebay can normally find a large selection, the only challenge is getting the seat base removal for access to battery etc. Standard fitment on the Captain seat of the Starship Enterprise but can't recall which series though!


I've just re-trimmed my standard seats with an exmoor kit and fitted heat seaters and that worked out pretty well. The new foam makes a huge difference and it's not difficult to do.

I guess the question is why do you want to change the seats? What is it about the current seats you are trying to remedy?
Original seats have just gotten to that point that I need to do something. Recover or replace? I leaning towards just recovering or going with badger. Sounds like new exmoor foam may be a good call as well.
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Robert,

Mine were a special order through Rover's North. As far as I know they're the only licensed distributor in the US. If you can wait they can put it on their monthly container you only pay shipping within the US. I have attached a couple of pictures.

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carl - can you provide details on your canvas and outlast seats? plus where you sourced them from.
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I installed heated leather power seats out of a Bravada great seats great price

down side, it was harder to get to the battery.
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I ordered my exmoor covers direct from the UK John Craddocks .. it was very competitive price compared to RN even with their US only shipping charge.

A few hours work made my seats look and feel new.
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I bought/installed used Hyundai Tiberon sport seats...love them. Paid $150 for both, the fit is excellent, only had to drill and relocate one side of the stock mounting holes. Seats are blk/gry cloth with plastic backs & map pockets...very durable. Height matches closely to stock with a longer seat bottom, lumbar support, and side bolsters. I added 2 stage seat heaters...
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