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#1 Gurglar

  • Joined:24-December 06
  • Location:Australia QLD
  • Car:S15

Posted 29 February 2012 - 07:17 PM

I'm chasing a cheap bucket seat for my s13 and wondering how many other people have used copy versions and how they found them I really don't care about the genuine ones aslong as it holds me its good enough :) More concerned about height wise i'm short so if it sits about the same as stock s13 seats it will be perfect to low and I won't be able to see :P

What did you get? where did you get it? How much did you pay? How have you found it? Did it come with rails?

#2 (Locky)

  • Joined:23-July 07
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:kouki s14

Posted 29 February 2012 - 07:22 PM

dont go copy

GTR stockies I recon the way to go id the way, helps you dont want to sit low

#3 Big Mitch

  • Joined:04-August 10
  • Location:Australia QLD
  • Car:JDM S47

Posted 29 February 2012 - 09:40 PM

Holford Motors. Dom will be more than happy to help you out.

http://holfordmotors...ategory&path=71

Or if you want something closer, hit up Option 1 Garage on Kingsford Smith Driver.

#4 harris.

  • Joined:01-June 04
  • Location:Australia QLD
  • Car:180sx SR POWWAAAHH

Posted 29 February 2012 - 09:44 PM

dont go a copy.. there are heaps of photos of them snapped in half, and the person in them suffering serious spinal injuries..

just get one real one, like i have.. dont worry about being too short.. all the seats sit higher up anyways..

#5 blingcommander

  • Joined:05-October 06
  • Location:Japan
  • Car:Scooty-Puff Jr.

Posted 29 February 2012 - 10:03 PM

cheap: GTR seats.
baller recliners: recaro
fixed back: velo

#6 djhatzigiannis

  • Joined:11-October 08
  • Location:Australia VIC
  • Car:s13

Posted 29 February 2012 - 10:07 PM

cut springs out of ca seats should hold u in, depends how short u r but.

#7 (Locky)

  • Joined:23-July 07
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:kouki s14

Posted 29 February 2012 - 10:07 PM

View Postblingcommander, on 29 February 2012 - 10:03 PM, said:

cheap: GTR seats.
baller recliners: recaro
fixed back: velo
inernet money= genuine bride

#8 Dale91

  • Joined:29-March 11
  • Location:Australia SA
  • Car:S13 Silvia

Posted 29 February 2012 - 10:08 PM

I have a recaro sr3 reclinable in my 180, sits in pretty much the stock position height wise. Pretty comfy and holds you in well. Got it for like 400 with rail off a mate. As most people would probably say don't go cheap on stuff like seats.

Edited by Dale91, 29 February 2012 - 10:10 PM.


#9 blingcommander

  • Joined:05-October 06
  • Location:Japan
  • Car:Scooty-Puff Jr.

Posted 29 February 2012 - 10:17 PM

View Post(Locky), on 29 February 2012 - 10:07 PM, said:

View Postblingcommander, on 29 February 2012 - 10:03 PM, said:

cheap: GTR seats.
baller recliners: recaro
fixed back: velo
inernet money= genuine bride
if only they were adr approved...

#10 -**wHiStLe**-

  • Joined:02-November 06
  • Location:Australia VIC
  • Car:S15, R32, R33

Posted 29 February 2012 - 10:19 PM

SAU was doing group buys on two copy brides without rails for $500.
Pretty cheap if they're any good.

#11 (Locky)

  • Joined:23-July 07
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:kouki s14

Posted 29 February 2012 - 10:22 PM

View Postblingcommander, on 29 February 2012 - 10:17 PM, said:

View Post(Locky), on 29 February 2012 - 10:07 PM, said:

View Postblingcommander, on 29 February 2012 - 10:03 PM, said:

cheap: GTR seats.
baller recliners: recaro
fixed back: velo
inernet money= genuine bride
if only they were adr approved...

dont need ADR for track :lol:
but going to run GTR in the laurel for track+street+stealth

#12 saadn

  • Joined:11-February 11
  • Location:Australia SA
  • Car:JDM s15

Posted 29 February 2012 - 11:28 PM

i got a pair of 33gtr seats for 500 and +1 for them being awesome

#13 ziptie

  • Joined:14-January 09
  • Location:Australia VIC
  • Car:sil80 + a few

Posted 01 March 2012 - 12:46 AM

probs only get a seat thats been through relevent testing, have seen a fake bend in a crash. Not worth it.

#14 Slippery Gypsy

  • Joined:01-October 03
  • Location:Australia VIC

Posted 01 March 2012 - 04:33 AM

Thank god some of you have a brain; no to copy seats :P

You can pick up secondhand brides or velo fixed back for cheap.

#15 harris.

  • Joined:01-June 04
  • Location:Australia QLD
  • Car:180sx SR POWWAAAHH

Posted 01 March 2012 - 05:00 AM

View PostSlippery Gypsy, on 01 March 2012 - 04:33 AM, said:

Thank god some of you have a brain; no to copy seats Posted Image

You can pick up secondhand brides or velo fixed back for cheap.

yeah, you can get single Velo's for cheap cheap.. def's gonna go one of those next when i get sick of my gigantic one..

#16 pmod

  • Joined:13-May 10
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:180sx, 4G Prelude

Posted 01 March 2012 - 09:10 AM

Check the classifieds, importers, etc. As all have said, genuine should be considered the only safe option; whether it be genuine aftermarket or factory Nissan/Toyota/Mazda/etc.

I run Recaro SR4s and highly recommend them, although they weren't cheap, despite being a forum purchase. Too many legit-looking fake Brides on the market, so I'd steer clear of the brand unless sourcing it from Japan yourself.
Whatever you get, just make sure you test them first, as base size varies greatly. This is particularly relevant to girls (wider hips) so when measuring the seat, keep in mind the dimensions of your chick or the kind of girls you usually go for.

#17 gulrez

  • Joined:31-January 11
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:1996 180sx Type x

Posted 01 March 2012 - 09:31 AM

i dont know why people are gooing on about bride, recaro, oem being the only safe options...if a seat is adr approved then its jst as safe...

#18 xMKYDx

  • Joined:11-March 10
  • Location:Australia VIC
  • Car:s15

Posted 01 March 2012 - 10:34 AM

i got a genuine brix 1.5, and its super comfy/holds snug, but it was quite expensive, ive got one of the holford brides in my track car, and its not bad, however i was using a no name seat that came from japan in a friends car, and it felt stronger than the bride replica, and appears to have a big X shape reinforcing the back.
i have a cobra recliner seat too, but its like some terrible cross between arm chair and bucket seat.
i find the brides slots/holes for harness are a little low for me, and the recaros in my girlfriends evo feel better, but arent bolstered enough.

#19 pmod

  • Joined:13-May 10
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:180sx, 4G Prelude

Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:22 AM

View Postgulrez, on 01 March 2012 - 09:31 AM, said:

i dont know why people are gooing on about bride, recaro, oem being the only safe options...if a seat is adr approved then its jst as safe...

You're correct in saying that there exist other ADR approved seats, however of the ones that are ADR approved and would presumably hold up, all have failed to impress me in terms of quality of fit, finish and durability.

The overwhelming majority of copies, particularly the genuine-looking replicas, are not ADR approved.
Copies have proven to collapse on impact, and if the seat can't hold you the belt is rendered useless, so you're just generally f**ked.
I would sooner retrofit the buckets from an MA70 Supra, in complete 80s velour trim, than fit fake Brides.

My perspective is this; if a seat is used on a production car (e.g. Recaro SR3 on the Honda Integra, Recaro SR4 on the EVO, GTR buckets, etc) you know how it will perform in a crash based on crash footage and independant safety ratings. Not just in this country either, which could be more relaxed than others.
ADR approval requires a bank of tests, and I did look into this once, but I'd always be left wondering about the full extent of the testing. Not to mention, crash testing products is seriously expensive, so how many $250 seats do you have to sell to overcome the overhead... makes you wonder how many are being misrepresented.

With genuine seats that are used in production cars, you have no such worry, because you have a fair understanding of their performance.
Furthermore, if they were acquired from a production car, rails and all, then you also know their authenticity.

Edited by pmod, 01 March 2012 - 11:33 AM.


#20 gulrez

  • Joined:31-January 11
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:1996 180sx Type x

Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:38 AM

yeah like i know most fakes arent sturdy at all, but what i meant was there are other options out there that are fairly rigid...but you make a good point i guess the cheaper brands could possibly be misrepresenting what sort of approval they have...

personally a cheap alternative for seats are companies like velo, sparco and the such have good quality mid range seats...

#21 pmod

  • Joined:13-May 10
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:180sx, 4G Prelude

Posted 01 March 2012 - 12:57 PM

If you have rear seats in a coupe, the front must recline. Velo are basically fixed back only.

From what I gather, Sparco aren't ADR approved (they hold only FIA approval) and judging by the prices of their fixed back seats, they're just as expensive.
Both make nice seats though.

#22 gulrez

  • Joined:31-January 11
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:1996 180sx Type x

Posted 01 March 2012 - 01:01 PM

View Postpmod, on 01 March 2012 - 12:57 PM, said:

If you have rear seats in a coupe, the front must recline. Velo are basically fixed back only.


is that lieka requirement?

#23 STR8E180

  • Joined:30-April 03
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:GTR R34 V-SPEC

Posted 01 March 2012 - 01:07 PM

View Postgulrez, on 01 March 2012 - 01:01 PM, said:

View Postpmod, on 01 March 2012 - 12:57 PM, said:

If you have rear seats in a coupe, the front must recline. Velo are basically fixed back only.


is that lieka requirement?

U can't have a fix back bucket seat in a 2 door car unless it's registered as a 2 seater

#24 (Locky)

  • Joined:23-July 07
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:kouki s14

Posted 01 March 2012 - 01:09 PM

yep in nsw

#25 gulrez

  • Joined:31-January 11
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:1996 180sx Type x

Posted 01 March 2012 - 01:15 PM

thats homo...

#26 (Locky)

  • Joined:23-July 07
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:kouki s14

Posted 01 March 2012 - 01:26 PM

hows the people ment to get out :lol:

#27 LISTEN_180SX

  • Joined:11-January 03
  • Location:Australia NSW

Posted 01 March 2012 - 01:38 PM

they can't get into the back in the first place, so no need for them to get out! :)


FWIW, i'll be getting a pair of 33GTR seats in my 180. I loved how they felt in my GTR, so i figure they'll be the goods in the 180. Although, comparing them to the recaros in my evo won't be fair.

Edited by LISTEN_180SX, 01 March 2012 - 01:41 PM.


#28 gulrez

  • Joined:31-January 11
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:1996 180sx Type x

Posted 01 March 2012 - 02:08 PM

i really only have my rear seats cos i dont want a messy looking empty space in the back...i dont actually ever use the rear seats...

#29 LISTEN_180SX

  • Joined:11-January 03
  • Location:Australia NSW

Posted 01 March 2012 - 02:16 PM

I'm with you mate - i want to remove my rear seats/trim altogether but don't want defects. Might look into the 2-seat rego..

#30 harris.

  • Joined:01-June 04
  • Location:Australia QLD
  • Car:180sx SR POWWAAAHH

Posted 01 March 2012 - 03:23 PM

on the topic of saffety though, if a seat is fia approved, wouldnt it be just as good, if not better than being adr approved?? Surely the fia would have stricter/more thorough testing than adr..





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