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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 12-02-2010, 06:29 PM
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Recaro LS Build

Was asked to post up this Recaro LS build. This is relevant to E30's as the european recaros from e30's were indeed LS variants. If you guys have any questions or comments feel free to post them up.

  • Recaro LS Build
These will be going in a black mk3 vw cabrio that currently has tan leather interior. We will be replacing the front seats with a pair of Recaro LS's and re-wrapping everything in a high quality red synthetic leather. We plan to cover both front seats, rear, panels, pillars, and wrap the dash in black suede. I will post more pics as the build progresses

Recaro LS's originally in grey leather


Starting on the pattern



Black french seam. The material is much closer to a blood red then the pics show, the lighting just sucks where i have been taking the pics.


Here is a picture of the jacket 90% complete prior to install


This is the old jacket that we removed from the back of the seat. Recaro actually used good leather for these but you can see where they are starting to wear on the bolster.


The back with good foam, it looks like the leather actually did a very good job of preserving the foam.


Applying the new jacket..

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Old 12-02-2010, 06:30 PM
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Im going to put this in bold so i know people read it...This is a good example of why we recommend professional installation on our jackets. At this point the average joe would be left with some wrinkles and bunches like you see here in the pics.



These next steps seem simple but you could damage the material fairly easily if you didnt know what you were doing. Its a mix of massaging the material into place and steaming it to obtain the perfect fit. (also an example of how perfect our patterns are which you wont find with most shops)



And here is the final product (for this bolster)..


Throwing in a few inserts in to see if anything really caught my eye.



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Old 12-02-2010, 06:30 PM
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Putting the lower covers on..



Complete seat with temporary insert no headrest


Might actually end up using these headrest but they would be rewrapped first. Just think the netted headrest might be kind of cool in a convertible.


We did a regular headrest for now that way we can have both to compare.


Starting on the insert. Going to be doubling up the stitching on the diamonds



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Old 12-02-2010, 06:31 PM
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single stitch diamonds or double??



Test fit to check on clearance and fitment of bases..


..More to come soon

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Old 12-02-2010, 07:13 PM
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do you sell ls kits ? how much for a kit in lets say .. grey leather ?
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Old 12-02-2010, 09:38 PM
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yes we do, can make them out of just about anything you like
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Old 12-02-2010, 09:44 PM
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how much for a grey leather kit ? it would need to be a match to my factory grey leather rear seats.
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Old 12-02-2010, 10:27 PM
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Well first thing first i would suggest against using real leather as most high end synthetics have a similar if not higher uv and rub rating then your average leather at about 1/4 the cost. Also most companies havent even made "real" leather seats since the 60's... you only get about 20% leather and 80% vinyl... most people never know the difference.

Our average kits in synthetic run between 350-600 for a pair of front jackets either installed or shipped. Inserts are 1-200. A tad more if you want embroidery work done..
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Old 12-03-2010, 06:39 PM
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should have a build for a set of recaro srd/speeds within the next week
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:32 AM
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Very nice. It's good to have recovering options.
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:43 AM
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This e30 is now being parted out. NO body panels are for sale, bumpers/fenders/hood/mirrors/valance or front turn signals. Everything else is up for grabs. Euro grills/cluster are sold, suspension/brakes/LSD/rear tails are already spoken for.
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Old 12-06-2010, 08:45 AM
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Sorry that was the r3v side talking...but seriously..
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This e30 is now being parted out. NO body panels are for sale, bumpers/fenders/hood/mirrors/valance or front turn signals. Everything else is up for grabs. Euro grills/cluster are sold, suspension/brakes/LSD/rear tails are already spoken for.
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Old 12-06-2010, 08:33 PM
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Seats look amazing
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Old 12-10-2010, 11:11 PM
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Old 12-11-2010, 10:39 AM
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where can i buy some?
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Old 12-11-2010, 07:27 PM
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some?? covers? seats? I dont want to post in here and get this off track but if you want to IM me im sure i could help you out.
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