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cre8toruk

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142 posts

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Hi all,

Apart from ripping out the seats and spending 300gbp + on a new set of seats is there any way that anyone knows of of improving the standard seats? Some sort of cushion or something ?

Any cheaper /better seats available ?

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cre8toruk

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http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0040GR274/ref=...

Anyone tried one of these ? I'd be interested to know if they're any good or not...

kambites

39,998 posts

105 months

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Better in what way? What do you find bad about the current ones and which seats do you have?

Thorburn

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cre8toruk said:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0040GR274/ref=...

Anyone tried one of these ? I'd be interested to know if they're any good or not...
Doesn't actually look like it's designed to fit an Elise seat, they've just added it to the description. The side bolster bits would be folded in on the sides of the seats against your ribs.

Same item is also advertised for the Rover 25, Saab 9-3, Peugeot 308, etc.

cre8toruk

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kambites said:
Better in what way? What do you find bad about the current ones and which seats do you have?
Well ha ha.. good question... I'm pretty sure they're the standard S2 seats with the old pumpy up thingy (lumbar support)... just could do with a bit more padding for my old bones :-)

It could of course just be a question of getting used to it.

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cre8toruk

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Thorburn said:
Doesn't actually look like it's designed to fit an Elise seat, they've just added it to the description. The side bolster bits would be folded in on the sides of the seats against your ribs.

Same item is also advertised for the Rover 25, Saab 9-3, Peugeot 308, etc.
Yeah all true, but I guess they mention it because you "Can" use it in an elise....

Digger

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I noticed one advert had mention of an air pump lumbar option. It that common? Which seats is it available for?

Thorburn

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cre8toruk said:
Yeah all true, but I guess they mention it because you "Can" use it in an elise....
I much the same way that you 'can' use a frog in a blender.

cre8toruk

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Thorburn said:
I much the same way that you 'can' use a frog in a blender.
hehehehe :-)

Captain Muppet

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Digger said:
I noticed one advert had mention of an air pump lumbar option. It that common? Which seats is it available for?
The pump up lumbar support is in a lot of S1 and S2 seats, but not in the later S2 "Probax" seats. I find the inflatable lumbar support really uncomfortable unless deflated, but then I have a knackered back.

My S1 came with S2 seats, and I've replaced them with Probax ones. I didn't have a problem with the normal S2 seats, but the Probax ones are more comfortable.

Digger

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Another noobe question answered thanks. smile I sat in a 2012 SC last night & certainly seemed a comfy place . . . on a warm day at least.

Thorburn

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Digger said:
Another noobe question answered thanks. smile I sat in a 2012 SC last night & certainly seemed a comfy place . . . on a warm day at least.
Which dealers car was it?

It would most likely be a Pro-bax seat, so Elise SCs fitted with the Touring Pack should be the same in terms of comfort.

Digger

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Thorburn said:
Which dealers car was it?
It was this little critter. . .

http://classifieds.pistonheads.com/classifieds/use...

cre8toruk

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So where do you buy Probax seats from ? Dealer only ? No self fit ?

pthelazyjourno

1,622 posts

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They'll be more than your £300 budget.

Most options will be TBH.

How about a retrim (even just on the driver's side if your pax one is OK and you stick to the same colour) with a little more padding in the base?

Personally I find the Elise seats ergonomically spot on, I wouldn't swap them for something just because it's cheap, and have knackered my spine as well. Then again I've always preferred a harder chair to overly soft option offering poorer support.

Captain Muppet

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cre8toruk said:
So where do you buy Probax seats from ? Dealer only ? No self fit ?
I'm not sure on prices, but you should look at the cost to swap - there is a good demand for standard Elise seats so you will be able to sell your old ones.

The factory/dealers used to be able to do a retrim, which might be the cheapest option - you may only want the seat cusion updating on your driver's seat (you can swap the subframes around and use the passenger one on the driver's side while you wait for the seat to get trimmed).

Fitting the seats is a doddle - five minutes to do a driver's seat, and the same for the passenger side plus the time trying to find a hex key that'll reach. Slightly longer if you try it with the roof on (very annoying if you try fitting some VX220 seats only to find they don't fit your subframe and have to put it all back again).

The good news is that there is always a few quid in coins under the seats when you take them out...

Thorburn

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Digger said:
Lovely. Had a look round that when I was there last to drive the new Exige, the new Elise S is superb.

cre8toruk said:
So where do you buy Probax seats from ? Dealer only ? No self fit ?
They typically go for about £1000 or so for a pair without runners second hand. You might still be able to get them new from Lotus (they were £800+ each) or Allon White can retrim a seat with Pro-bax for around £995 for a pair - http://www.allonwhite.co.uk/Lotus-Coach-Trimming/L...

Have the S2 Sport Pack Pro-bax seats in mine and they're fantastic. Ideally wanted some 2-11 Launch Edition ones in Yellow and Black, but missed out on a couple sets that came up for sale and then got a very good deal on these.


Digger

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Ooh how much do they go for!? I guess you can't quench your thirst or stick Radio 4 on whilst ensconced in them? smile

Thorburn

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Digger said:
Ooh how much do they go for!? I guess you can't quench your thirst or stick Radio 4 on whilst ensconced in them? smile
I don't have a stereo fitted and you aren't allowed to eat or drink in the car. nono

You can JUST about reach the light switches and the heater controls, and the shoulder straps have quick releases to slacken them off at junctions so you can lean forwards.

Details from my car blog here: http://www.pistonheads.com/members/showServiceHist...

Thorburn said:
I've been after a set of S2 Exige Sports Pack seats for a while and have missed out twice on second hand ones by a matter of minutes, so when Robbieduncan unfortunately wrote off his car I had to ask the question of if he was willing to sell on his seats....

Of course the car had to be left complete, hence the cheap set of seats I picked up the other week to fit in there place.

So in total the costs were:
£500 for the new seats.
£150 for the 'old' seats to go back in the car.
£72 to Essex Autosport for changing over the seats.
About £70-80 in petrol for the Forester.
1 day of holiday from work.

All in all looking at about £800 spent to make the change - sold my Sport 160 seats for £400.

pthelazyjourno

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Thorburn said:
They typically go for about £1000 or so for a pair without runners second hand. You might still be able to get them new from Lotus (they were £800+ each) or Allon White can retrim a seat with Pro-bax for around £995 for a pair - http://www.allonwhite.co.uk/Lotus-Coach-Trimming/L...

Have the S2 Sport Pack Pro-bax seats in mine and they're fantastic. Ideally wanted some 2-11 Launch Edition ones in Yellow and Black, but missed out on a couple sets that came up for sale and then got a very good deal on these.

Don't forget you can get non-harness probax seats shaped like the regular S2 seats - it's the name of the material rather than a specific seat, isn't it? Have seen plenty of those go for the £600 mark - it only seems to be the ones with harness holes in massive demand that go for a grand+.
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