love the car hate the seats

love the car hate the seats

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bunghole

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11 posts

223 months

Sunday 18th March 2001
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i have had my V8s for 6 weeks now and have loved every minute of it. but the seats are the first modification that i need to do , does anyone know if any company does aftermarket seats for the V8S of if any other TVR seats fit into a V8S. If you can help let me know.

GingaNinga

390 posts

216 months

Monday 19th March 2001
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I would also be interested in better seats for the V6 if any one knows of a good replacement

Paul V

4,489 posts

216 months

Monday 19th March 2001
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When I was looking for to buy a s, I spoke to someone who had the seats replace with Chimaera seat through a TVR main dealer, he had paid about £1000 or that’s what he told me, I didn't view the car though as it was in Lancaster.

GreenV8S

26,825 posts

223 months

Monday 19th March 2001
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Yes they are cr*ap. I replaced the driver's seat with a bucket seat, easily the biggest handling improvement I've made to the car. Now I can concentrate on driving instead of struggling to stay on my side of the car. I've tried a couple of different seats. Fitting within the cockpit isn't a problem, there's loads of space. The problem is that different tyres of seat need different positions for the mounting bolts. It takes a bit of work to find the right position and drill the mounting holes. I also did away with the runners and mounted the seat straight to the floor to save an inch or so of height. This gives more headroom so I can get in with a crash helmet on but makes it harder for other people to drive the car. (Do I care?) If you're doing this much work it would be worth considering adding a set of Tower View seat mounting bars to brace the seat to the chassis. Peter Humphries (and a green V8S)
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i have had my V8s for 6 weeks now and have loved every minute of it. but the seats are the first modification that i need to do , does anyone know if any company does aftermarket seats for the V8S of if any other TVR seats fit into a V8S. If you can help let me know.

graham

16,288 posts

223 months

Monday 19th March 2001
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1000 quid for some chim seats you can have mine for half that, but i think they are quite crap as well
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LeeBee

773 posts

223 months

Tuesday 20th March 2001
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Chimaera seats are about £600 per pair.I know because I bought a brand new pair about a year ago and they fit straight in an S Cheers Lee

bunghole

Original Poster:

11 posts

223 months

Wednesday 21st March 2001
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leebee where did you get the chim seats from!!!, what griff seats does anyone know if they fit !

graham

16,288 posts

223 months

Wednesday 21st March 2001
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Im sure you can get better seats than chim seats for that money. They offer no lateral support at all. ALthough the new chim seats look good, and maybe offer some support. i would look else where i believe Zertec do some for the chim/griff and will match the leather.. if you are convinced by chim seats mine are a stone colour <VBG> GW

LeeBee

773 posts

223 months

Wednesday 21st March 2001
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I bought mine from Christopher Neil (01606 41481), Paul McStein in parts will sort you out a price (tell him Lee sent you!).I think the later Chim seats are the same as the Griff ones (the latest seats have more support on the base) Cheers Lee

GreenV8S

26,825 posts

223 months

Thursday 22nd March 2001
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The bucket seats cost around £150 each and offer far better lateral support than any of the TVR ones. Disadvantage is you can't tilt the back rest to give your rear passengers more leg room. Yeah right. (If you want adjustable competition seats they cost roughly twice as much). Peter Humphries (and a green V8S)
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Im sure you can get better seats than chim seats for that money. They offer no lateral support at all. ALthough the new chim seats look good, and maybe offer some support. i would look else where i believe Zertec do some for the chim/griff and will match the leather.. if you are convinced by chim seats mine are a stone colour <VBG> GW

s3 bob

74 posts

223 months

Thursday 29th March 2001
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I agree that the seats don't really offer enough support for track / airfield days but find them fine for normal road use. After the initial fitting hassle, would it be feasable to swap over the drivers seat for occasional trackdays but retaining the original seats for normal use so as not to spoil the look of the car? Alternatively, would fitting a 3 point harness have the desired effect? Edited by s3 bob on Thursday 29th March 16:51

GreenV8S

26,825 posts

223 months

Friday 30th March 2001
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This was what I was originally planning to do - once you've got the mounting holes positioned, swapping seats over is a ten minute job. But I found I liked the competition seat so much I wanted one in permanently so I got a new seat trimmed to match the car and fitted it permanently. Another approach which looks like a good idea for accasional track day use is a 'U' shaped thing that slips down behind the seat back with two panels sticking forward round the outside of your shoulders. I some one somebody had made up (forget who) and it looked pretty simple to make and probably fairly effective. Three point harness on its own is better than nothing but you need a seat with decent lateral support to make the most of it. I'd also advise against fitting a harness unless you have some roll-over protection. The harness stops you ducking out the way during a roll, which could be fatal. Peter Humphries
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I agree that the seats don't really offer enough support for track / airfield days but find them fine for normal road use. After the initial fitting hassle, would it be feasable to swap over the drivers seat for occasional trackdays but retaining the original seats for normal use so as not to spoil the look of the car? Alternatively, would fitting a 3 point harness have the desired effect? Edited by s3 bob on Thursday 29th March 16:51

s3 bob

74 posts

223 months

Friday 30th March 2001
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Thanks for the tip about the harnesses, I hadn't thought of that Which seats have you tried and how do you rate them?
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This was what I was originally planning to do - once you've got the mounting holes positioned, swapping seats over is a ten minute job. But I found I liked the competition seat so much I wanted one in permanently so I got a new seat trimmed to match the car and fitted it permanently. Another approach which looks like a good idea for accasional track day use is a 'U' shaped thing that slips down behind the seat back with two panels sticking forward round the outside of your shoulders. I some one somebody had made up (forget who) and it looked pretty simple to make and probably fairly effective. Three point harness on its own is better than nothing but you need a seat with decent lateral support to make the most of it. I'd also advise against fitting a harness unless you have some roll-over protection. The harness stops you ducking out the way during a roll, which could be fatal. Peter Humphries

GreenV8S

26,825 posts

223 months

Monday 2nd April 2001
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First seat I got was a (Cobra?) Sprint. Nice and comfy, good support, fitted me well (I'm a skinny git). Cost me about £100. The replacement I got was a Cobra Monarco seat (£150 ish). This has slightly better shoulder support but less comfy padding. It also has the hole for a crutch strap, which wasn't why I bought it (it was the cheapest seat Demon Tweaks would re-trim for me!) but is worth having as it means you can do the harness up far tighter without pulling the lap strap up into your stomach. Peter Humphries (and a green V8S)
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Thanks for the tip about the harnesses, I hadn't thought of that Which seats have you tried and how do you rate them?