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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 12-08-2014, 06:50 PM
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Couple of questions about Summit racing sport seats

So I would like to know if anyone reading this has any experience with Summit racing seats as I would like to invest in some. The reason for this is because my current factory leather seats are cracked and ripped and have cheap seat covers on them (nasty 1980s pattern). So I would like to know how do these seats fit in place of the factory ones and what will I need to purchase in orders for the seat to retain the function of moving forward and backward and up and down as decking is already covered as the seat has a side dial. If it helps to know I have manual seats that are heated and I am aware that I will not be able to keep the luxury of seat heater that takes 15 minutes to heat up when my daily commute is only 20. Will I need to buy a seat bracket adapter or can I just fit it onto my factory rails?

Here's the seat itself http://www.summitracing.com/parts/sum-g1159g-1
And here is a seat bracket adapter http://www.summitracing.com/parts/sum-g1154/overview/
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I think you'd be better off finding a set of used factory seats. You'd spend less money and would have no fitment issues. And honestly, I wouldn't trust he Summit seat or mount in an accident. It looks extremely cheap, and I don't believe that seat has any sort of safety rating or certification. Factory seats, of course, are crash tested and are an integral safety component in a car. Also, having just installed aftermarket seats in my own car a few weeks ago, that bottom mount looks like it would be way too high off the floor of the car. It's hard to really know, though.
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Old 12-11-2014, 12:18 AM
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Plus 1, if you get used bmw seats they may have good seat heaters that plug right up. As mine i can feel heat in 30 seconds and are Very hot in 3 min. I must say i appreciate them quite a bit. On the other hand you won't find new racing seats much cheaper than that, tho i can't speak for the quality. I picked up a nice pair of used bride suede seats on Craigslist for 250$ and they will go in my m3 in the autocross months. So I'm not sure of fitment yet but ebay has many universal mounting plates, if i don't fab something up myself.
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Another thing about using non-OEM seats is that you'll have to do some custom wiring/soldering to install a home-made resistor to prevent the airbag warning light from illuminating (caused by removal of the passenger seat, which has an occupancy sensor). It isn't particularly hard to do, but is just something to be aware of.
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Thanks guys for your help it looks like I will be looking into getting the seats redone for 625 dollars so that they are O.E.M. and proper or I could look on ebay for ones that are in good shape. They need to be heated seats with manual rails. I reckon that they shouldn't be too hard to find.
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Keep an eye out for part-out ads and grab some newish leather? That's what I've been doing, my drivers seat is in pretty poor condition.
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The exact seats you need, in near mint condition could definitely be found on Craigslist. In the 2-300 dollar range, if you're willing to drive or wait for the deal. And unless that's for Alcantara, no way I'd spend 625 to redo my oem seats.

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