Has anyone replaced their seats with modern electric sears from a late model car

7173Mustangs.com

Help Support 7173Mustangs.com:

Animal Lawyer

Well-known member
Joined
Sep 3, 2020
Messages
228
Reaction score
28
I mis the comford of infinitely adjustable seats with bolsters etc. Has anyone replaced their seats with modern electric sears from a late model car? Is so, what seats did you  use and how did you attach them (what brackets did you use)? I also understand one of the foxbody stangs had recaros as oe, anyone know which one and are they easily swapped in?

 
Joined
Dec 4, 2017
Messages
302
Reaction score
163
Location
Florida
My Car
1971 Convertible
Lots of seats out there that fit your requirements, but unfortunately 99 percent of them are way too tall and leave no room for your legs. The only seats I found that are comfortable, fit in the car,  and are practically unlimited as far as adjustability are mid to late 90's BMW M3 seats. More commonly  known as "Vader" seats. You do not want the power ones,  too many headaches to install and wire with modules. Look for the manual version where everything adjusts with levers. Pretty cool looking too.

62747e548b_1280_overlay.jpg

1bf4a26eef0b0299f2094dd79fa91698.jpg

R.jpg

 

Animal Lawyer

Well-known member
Joined
Sep 3, 2020
Messages
228
Reaction score
28
the vader seats are beautiful, but they are rare and few available are expensive. Any thoughts on either the 2001-4 mustang seats (looks like the rear vert seat might be made to work, too) or the focus recaro seats?

 
Joined
Aug 14, 2014
Messages
3,632
Reaction score
569
Location
Madison, WI
My Car
1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/408C stroker
Depending on what you are looking for check Sparco seats. Not electric, but they have multiple adjustments and you don't need to deal with the extra weight of the electric motors.

 
Joined
Jan 17, 2015
Messages
1,538
Reaction score
231
Location
California
My Car
71' Grande project.
I would go sit in some seats.  The fiesta / focus Recaro seats are pretty small (If you are over 180 pounds you may find them uncomfortable).  My daily is a Fiesta ST and I had to find one without the Recaro seats.  The Recaro expert M seats I have in my mustang are totally different than the OEM ones out of the ST cars.  The M base does not have crazy bolsters and the seat back bolsters are adjustable width.  Much more comfortable for my 200 pound self.

 
Joined
Apr 19, 2017
Messages
50
Reaction score
0
Location
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
My Car
I have just acquired a 1971 Mach 1 and setting out on a restomod to make this vehicle something different and special.
This forum is my choice as 71-73 models are not popular in Australia and information is difficult to find.
My VIN: 1F05M218422
It will be along the lines of one in Japan.
(http://www.speedhunters.com/author/2281434115/)
I mis the comford of infinitely adjustable seats with bolsters etc. Has anyone replaced their seats with modern electric sears from a late model car? Is so, what seats did you use and how did you attach them (what brackets did you use)? I also understand one of the foxbody stangs had recaros as oe, anyone know which one and are they easily swapped in?
I have been down a similar path but found out as some of your replies have stated - electric seats are too high.
I tried BMW M3 from my M3 but my head touches the roof liner on low setting.
I have finally purchased a pair of Recaro seats that are perfect as they sit so low - I have to create new mounting brackets
to fit the Recaro frames but easily done for a great result.
As mine is a restomod, I used black seats with red stiching and had the rear original seats covered to match the Recaro's, they
would look good in an original build.
Regards,
Mel
 
Joined
May 31, 2020
Messages
257
Reaction score
125
Location
Alberta, Canada
My Car
1972 Mach 1
351C 4V - C6
Blue with Blue interior
I looked at a few options but wanted to find something that sat as low as possible. I ended up getting a set of the factory Recaros out of a 82 Mustang GT. They were a bit rough so I ended up getting them recovered to look like the originals. Im thrilled with how it all turned out.
 
Joined
Jul 27, 2021
Messages
825
Reaction score
601
Location
East Texas
My Car
1971 Mustang Mach 1 M code 351 4 speed
You could cut out the factory seat mount that is on the floor and gain a couple of inches, which would make mounting seats from another car a lot easier. You may need to reinforce the floor pan where the seats will be bolting down, but that should not be that difficult.

Check out Procar seats, they have modern comfortable seats, and they do sell a specific mount for 1971-1973 Mustangs to mount their seats.
 
Top