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Old 04-04-2014, 02:39 PM
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Seat tilt mod

I did the seat tilt mod today and didn't think it would make that much of a difference.I was wrong! I'm amazed at the difference a little lift can make.It feels like a different car!
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Old 04-05-2014, 06:16 PM
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Bought the kit today. Looking forward to installing it.

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Old 04-11-2014, 09:29 AM
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Where did you buy the kit?
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Old 04-11-2014, 09:32 AM
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Old 04-11-2014, 09:47 AM
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:13 PM
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Purchase my car 3rd hand... can someone who has the mod take a picture of what it looks like installed? I'd like to take a peek and see if it has already been done.

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Old 04-15-2014, 08:47 PM
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Just positioned the seat all the way back. If you see some coupling nut on the front rails then it has it. You would also feel it as the seat should be tilted back.
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Old 04-16-2014, 05:47 AM
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Pictures here about halfway down
http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=31825
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Old 09-16-2015, 01:47 PM
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Wow I am shocked that these seats don't recline!! Just 10 more degrees would do it... and it would be way better than carrying around an ol' timer looking back support pillow.
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Old 09-16-2015, 08:05 PM
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Wow I am shocked that these seats don't recline!! Just 10 more degrees would do it... and it would be way better than carrying around an ol' timer looking back support pillow.
These seats do recline. I don't know where you got the idea that they have a fixed back. The modification under discussion here raises the front edge of the seat base to provide a few more degrees of angle on the base which, in turn, generates a few additional degrees of angle to the seatback.
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Old 09-17-2015, 07:12 AM
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These seats do recline. I don't know where you got the idea that they have a fixed back. The modification under discussion here raises the front edge of the seat base to provide a few more degrees of angle on the base which, in turn, generates a few additional degrees of angle to the seatback.
What myself and many others are referring to and not pleased about is the fact that the seat angles forward and reclines back barely past the 90 degree mark. Most seats can recline until flat or they hit something. The M has a built in stopper that is unnecessary and inhibits many drivers and passengers comfort.

Other overly complicated modifications to squeeze a degree or two is taxing when it was a simple and nearly null expense for BMW to engineer in the production.
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Old 09-17-2015, 09:01 AM
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... the seat angles forward and reclines back barely past the 90 degree mark. Most seats can recline until flat or they hit something. The M has a built in stopper that is unnecessary and inhibits many drivers and passengers comfort....
Maybe BMW thought the seat could be damaged by reclining it and then powering it rearward so that the back of the seat met the body before the end of the tracks.
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Old 09-19-2015, 08:18 AM
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I did the seat tilt mod today and didn't think it would make that much of a difference.I was wrong! I'm amazed at the difference a little lift can make.It feels like a different car!
I have devised a means of raising the entire seat 2" higher. If anyone is interested, send me a post and I'll forward design.
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Old 09-19-2015, 09:23 AM
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Maybe BMW thought the seat could be damaged by reclining it and then powering it rearward so that the back of the seat met the body before the end of the tracks.
You can increase the seat back recline angle by a few degrees by removing the big foam hump under the carpet behind each seat. You have to pull back the carpet to reveal a big glued-in piece of foam rubber back there, then cut or pull it out leaving the thinner foam that covers the entire area. It's something to consider with the seats removed for the seat-slide fix and/or seat tilt mod.
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Old 09-19-2015, 05:45 PM
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i am interested please send me the instructions
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Old 03-06-2016, 04:44 PM
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I have devised a means of raising the entire seat 2" higher. If anyone is interested, send me a post and I'll forward design.
can you please send me the information you have on the seat tilt mod
I have a X3 LCI with M Pack (M-powered seats)
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Old 03-06-2016, 08:32 PM
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can you please send me the information you have on the seat tilt mod
I have a X3 LCI with M Pack (M-powered seats)
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I have no info on seat tilt mod. My idea merely raised the entire seat 2" by putting blocks under the seat rails front and back.
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Old 03-07-2016, 05:39 AM
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I have no info on seat tilt mod. My idea merely raised the entire seat 2" by putting blocks under the seat rails front and back.

Here is the mod in these two threads.

http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=36364

http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/sh...-excellent-mod

Done both Z3's and one of the easiest mods ever, and makes a huge difference.
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Old 03-07-2016, 06:23 AM
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I installed the Thayer Motorsports lift kit on both seats of my 98 Z3 M a few weeks ago and am also pleased with the results. The seats are more comfortable and the driving position is much improved.
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Old 03-15-2016, 01:57 PM
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Does anyone have instructions for the Thayer Motorsports seat tilt mod? Thanks.
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Old 03-15-2016, 02:00 PM
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Does anyone have instructions for the Thayer Motorsports seat tilt mod? Thanks.
You can email them at [email protected] and they will send you a pdf copy.
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Old 03-15-2016, 02:21 PM
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Thank you so much for the quick reply!
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Old 03-16-2016, 06:48 AM
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Thayer seat tilt guide instructions:

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/07...14087368276212
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Old 03-16-2016, 10:52 AM
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Thank you very much. I'm going to try this next week.
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Old 06-26-2019, 08:18 PM
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Seat tilt mod

I did the seat tilt mod last weekend......and it gives the car a whole new feel because of the leg support.
Iím kicking myself for not doing it 1-1/2 yrs ago when I got the car!
Looking at removing the hump behind the seat now....


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