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Thanks to MotorDrive's Allan & Melanie, I finally got their Cayman racing seat plus the sliding rail. I'll try to install it tomorrow if it's not raining, but the construction is top rate, service was excellent, and totally worth the wait.

For those who are a bit more, shall we say plump, this seat certainly fits the bill well. I'm 6', 215lbs with a 38" waist on a good day, and I fit snugly (exactly what I was looking for) without discomfort. I'll have to see how I actually feel once the seat is in, and how it feels on long trips (3~4 hours), but this may be the most economical (and I believe meets FIA specs) alternative to Porsche GT3 seats.
 

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Thanks to MotorDrive's Allan & Melanie, I finally got their Cayman racing seat plus the sliding rail. I'll try to install it tomorrow if it's not raining, but the construction is top rate, service was excellent, and totally worth the wait.

For those who are a bit more, shall we say plump, this seat certainly fits the bill well. I'm 6', 215lbs with a 38" waist on a good day, and I fit snugly (exactly what I was looking for) without discomfort. I'll have to see how I actually feel once the seat is in, and how it feels on long trips (3~4 hours), but this may be the most economical (and I believe meets FIA specs) alternative to Porsche GT3 seats.
I've got a Recaro Profi XL which looks very similar to this. Install is scheduled soon.
 

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OK, so I've hit a snag with installation: thanks to K-Man and Slatfatf I was able to remove the seat pretty quickly & painlessly. The issue now is the seat belt latch & the wiring: I don't want to cut anything up from my old seat based on K-Man's comments, so looks like I'll be ordering a set of the seatbelt latch & wiring and bolt for the new seat from Suncoast tomorrow.
 

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BTW does anyone know how you can "thread" the seatbelt through like K-Man did?

Very simple. just trace the belt to the lower attachment point. There should be a black plastic cap. It simply pops off with your fingernails or a flathead screwdriver. The bolt that the belt attaches to will be exposed. Simply unscrew that bolt. re-thread the seatbelt. Then secure the bolt again and put the black plastic cap back on.
 

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Richard,
Sorry I've been out of the loop, (I'm in Greece).....the easy way to do it is slide the gray plastic cover from the large yellow electrical main connector under the original seat, pop out the seat belt wire. Then using the round Brass machined washer that I supplied with your seat put the inside rear seat mounting bolt through the washer (this will bring the seat belt connector to the exact correct height) put the single wire back into the main plug in the loom (under the seat) and everything works....chime an all.
You may also want to use the slightly smaller front cushion that I supplied in the packaging as the one on the seat now, will, I think get a little obtrusive under the back of you legs. (hence the option to change, as I've found the smaller one better) :)

As far as threading the belt through the seat.....a small piece of advice try it first over the seat, as in my opinion it's a PITA when threaded through and should you decide at some point in the future to put 5 or 6 point belts in the car it becomes impossible with all the different belts going through the holes (The shoulder holes are after all for shoulder straps, not diagonal straps)

allan
 

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The seat latch assembly arrived today so I'll be installing the latch on the seat when I go home. However, does anyone know if the car would do anything weird (like chime all the time) with the airbag warning light on? Also, should I wait and ask someone's help in using the PIWIS to disable the driver's seat airbag code beforehand or is it OK to drive with the warning light until someone can clear it?

Thanks!
 

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The seat latch assembly arrived today so I'll be installing the latch on the seat when I go home. However, does anyone know if the car would do anything weird (like chime all the time) with the airbag warning light on? Also, should I wait and ask someone's help in using the PIWIS to disable the driver's seat airbag code beforehand or is it OK to drive with the warning light until someone can clear it?

Thanks!
There's no chiming with the airbag warning light - you will get a message on the info center which you can clear with the left control stalk, but the little red airbag icon light stays lit. There's no problem driving with it on.
 

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The seat has been installed :banana:

Some thoughts:
- The seat height is higher than I thought. I had assumed I'd sit closer to the floor but compared with my stock seat I don't think it's much lower - maybe an inch or so.
- Fitment is EXCELLENT - simple bolt in process. I can see people swapping these seats out very quickly (within 20 minutes) with their stock seat if needed.
- I did not star the car up or drive it because it's raining, and I may hold off driving it until I get the PIWIS adjusted so it doesn't throw the airbag warning light.
- Get a small strip of velcro - it would help keep the latch in place though after installation it's snug.
- As Allan had warned me before I ordered the seat, it is pretty difficult getting in and out. I basically "fall in" to the seat and struggle a bit to get out. Best way is to take the key out, make sure your steering wheel is locked and pull yourself out.

Some suggestion for Allan if he ever comes up with a more daily driver friendly version of the seat:
- I could use another inch around my buttocks area :) but that's a good reason for me to lose some weight. We yanks are statistically speaking, ahem, larger in girth.
- The depth/height of the sides of the seat can be lowered by 2 inches from mid-thigh going towards the knee without losing much in terms of the seat's holding power while providing an easier way to get out of the seat (or a sharper drop angle for the sides that support the thighs).
- Is it possible for the rail to add 25~30% more teeth count for finer adjustment?
- Need a way to lower the front of the seat by another inch and half - the reason I wanted this seat was so my upper thigh won't hit the steering wheel. While the Motordrive seat is an improvement I'm still hitting the steering wheel a bit despite adjustments and using the smaller cushion.

I'm highly satisfied with the fitment, the look, and losing a good 20lbs vs. stock seat. If a few people want to buy this, I highly recommend a group buy and using a freight forwarder/ocean freight to a single location and then ship via UPS/FedEx ground. My shipping cost via FedEx for this seat was half of the cost of the seat :eek: :eek: :eek:
 
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