Aftermarket Front Seats

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I've been thinking about the replacing the front seats in my aging GU Patrol for some time, but it really hasnt really been a priority until now. Aerotech, Stratos and Recaro come to mind as common replacements, I'm looking for a little more legroom in the drivers side and a little more comfort. If you have replaced your seats, maybe you can comment on the good and the bad and the brand and model and cost of your choice. regards, Michael.
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Sep 05, 2015 at 17:57

Saturday, Sep 05, 2015 at 17:57
Also are suspension seats worthwhile or are they a bit over the top? Michael
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Reply By: TomH - Saturday, Sep 05, 2015 at 18:03

Saturday, Sep 05, 2015 at 18:03
A read of this may helphttp://www.exploroz.com/Forum/Topic/130111/Landcruiser_200_series_-_uncomfortable_seats.aspx?ky=&sn=&p=%2fForum%2fDefault.aspx%3fpn%3d3

And this one

http://caravanersforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=60165
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Sep 05, 2015 at 20:18

Saturday, Sep 05, 2015 at 20:18
Thanks Tom,
I did see that post, I wanted to start another post to appeal directly to people who have actually bought aftermarket seats and to ask for their comments on their particular choice. regards, Michael
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Reply By: GG7777 - Saturday, Sep 05, 2015 at 18:36

Saturday, Sep 05, 2015 at 18:36
Michael
We have put Stratos seats in our GU coil-cab ute and are very happy. Had them in a previous 75 series Troopy but were toooooooooo stupid to remove them at trade-in on current ute. Lashed out 12/18 months ago and bought them at approx $2500 from memory. My wife has very bad back ( crushed vertebrae in car accident ) and we travelled Melb to Bungles and home via CSR/Rudall River and Anne Beadell without any problems. Very Good at a cost.
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Sep 05, 2015 at 20:24

Saturday, Sep 05, 2015 at 20:24
Hi Murray, Stratos is my initial consideration due to cost, much cheaper than Recaro. Good to hear that they work for you. Im looking for more legroom and comfort from a crumbling seat of 400,000ks travelled. Did you buy the suspension option? Im also looking for the good , the bad and the ugly of all aftermarket seats. regards, Michael
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Follow Up By: duck - Saturday, Sep 05, 2015 at 20:51

Saturday, Sep 05, 2015 at 20:51
Michael
Had the stratos in my 6 wheeler you might remember them when we met at kangaroo valley & was very happy with them got the commercial one's with out the seat base wings/bolsters as it makes it easier getting in & out, I now have the stratos suspension seat with the mechanism up the back in my isuzu 300 nps
If you go for a suspension model for the patrol look at an issirhausen brand they have a better made suspension system both issirhausen, stratos,kab are about 50mtrs from each other in Victoria rd Smithfield
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Follow Up By: GG7777 - Saturday, Sep 05, 2015 at 21:02

Saturday, Sep 05, 2015 at 21:02
Michael
Didn't go the extra cost of suspension but bought the rails and mounts to suit the GU. Only complaint, but being picky, is that the seat bases are a tad short for anyone with long legs, but that would help your request for more space
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Sep 05, 2015 at 21:38

Saturday, Sep 05, 2015 at 21:38
Haven't had any experience with suspension seats in 4wds, Michael, but have in relation to trucks.

Recall driving a light truck that had suspension seating, and if you hit a dip at speed, the seat belt would almost cut you in half, just below the groin. Not good, and probably even worse if one was amply endowed. :-)

The trucks I drive, in my now casual capacity, have the ISRI seats mentioned by Duck above. A multitude of adjustments in all directions, seat length and tilt, 2 lumbar adjustments plus upper chest support, rake and suspension. I find if I set it up right immediately, 14 hours and 1100 clicks later, I'm feeling pretty comfortable, if a little weary.

These are a big seat Michael, and come with, I'm told, a $4,500 price tag. Just did a google on ISRI, but didn't investigate if they have 4wd type seating, at a cheaper price.

Hope you find a suitable choice, at a comfortable price,
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Sunday, Sep 06, 2015 at 00:23

Sunday, Sep 06, 2015 at 00:23
Bob - Wow, your info makes me feel good! I just bought a fully reconditioned ISRI drivers seat (privately) for my Isuzu truck - for $150!
It even came with a full set of canvas seat covers!

The old one was well and truly porked, the scissor mechanism had about 10mm gap in the pivot points, and half the squab was gone!
I don't know how the previous drivers even managed to drive that truck, it would definitely have been unroadworthy! - let alone the drama of trying to hold the wheel, with a seat wobbling all over the place!

You are right on the ISRI seat comfort - they are nice seats. They seem to have every adjustment you need, and both the seat and back cushions are very comfortable.
We have a local bunch of motor trimmers (Modern Motor Trimmers) who are the agent for ISRI, and they also recondition the ISRI seats.

Cheers, Ron.
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Follow Up By: duck - Monday, Sep 07, 2015 at 07:50

Monday, Sep 07, 2015 at 07:50
Bob we fit a lot of isri seats in maritime craft & i have never paid anything like the price you mention & that's with high back, arm rests, & they have a heavier shock than std
Your RIGHT about the seat belts, on old ones, but on most good suspension seats now the seat belt is part of the seat
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Sep 07, 2015 at 15:31

Monday, Sep 07, 2015 at 15:31
You would be right, Duck. Was only told that price.....haven't confirmed it.

Arm rests! Yeah, forgot arm rests too. :-)
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Reply By: Member - John - Saturday, Sep 05, 2015 at 20:22

Saturday, Sep 05, 2015 at 20:22
G'day, have had a pair of Aerotech seats for many years, MQ, GQ, two GU's. Drove 1370k's the other day, Goondiwindi to Pakenham in a tad over 14 hours and could still walk when I arrived. Pity they don't make them any more, if you can find some second hand can recommend them greatly. I have modified the outer rail a smidge, had it bent over for better egress and ingress. Good luck finding some.
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Sep 05, 2015 at 20:26

Saturday, Sep 05, 2015 at 20:26
Thanks John for the comments. regards Michael
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Reply By: Australian Landscape Jewellery - Sunday, Sep 06, 2015 at 07:36

Sunday, Sep 06, 2015 at 07:36
Not quite sure that this comes within your definition of aftermarket seats or not. We had similar thoughts re seats for our Toyota 60 series. We decided it might be worth looking at seats from other vehicles at wreckers first. Finished up with a pair from a Honda that proved to be extremely comfortable both on and off road. Cost of seats almost nothing but of course needed instalation and engineering approval.
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Reply By: Member - Ross N (NSW) - Sunday, Sep 06, 2015 at 09:26

Sunday, Sep 06, 2015 at 09:26
Michael
I have had Stratos suspension seats in my 79 Series ute for over 10 years.
They are a big improvement over standard but are a little short in the base length
for me. I also had to have stronger springs in mine to stop bouncing around so much but
I"m no lightweight.
I can"t compare them with other aftermarket seats but found the Stratos worth the money
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Reply By: Ian H1 - Sunday, Sep 06, 2015 at 10:15

Sunday, Sep 06, 2015 at 10:15
Michael
I had a statos seat in my 75 series troopy and loved it! Having a bad back too I'm sure your wife would benefit from it as well. I had suspension as well as air operated lumbar support. Both made the ride so much more comfortable and all the components are at the back of the seat not underneath. And it is a adjustable as well so don't be put off thinking that you will bounce all over the place. On a rough stretch it just smooths out the bumps.
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Reply By: axle - Sunday, Sep 06, 2015 at 15:34

Sunday, Sep 06, 2015 at 15:34
Michael , have a sit in a Defender!!, you will then think your GU seats are so comfy and plenty of room!.....Lol.


Cheers Axle.
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Reply By: Matthew G3 - Sunday, Sep 06, 2015 at 18:57

Sunday, Sep 06, 2015 at 18:57
Hi Michael
When I had my 80 series DX model I changed the front seats with seats out of an Suzuki GTI a sports bucket recliner with wing supports top and bottom. $400 for the two seats and $200 to fit. In VIC all I had to do was use the original adjusting slides to be compliant. I still have not found another seat more comfortable, and it had 400kg above standard springs front and rear of car. And I do have a bad back and knee, I did have inch tailored made lambs wool seat covers for the long trips.
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Reply By: mack c - Sunday, Sep 06, 2015 at 21:33

Sunday, Sep 06, 2015 at 21:33
Hi.
GU '02. Cat bleep on drivers seat (open window). No avail seats in Aust.
Insurance said buy anything under $3200 (cost of original seat.) We'll cover it.
Stratos orthopaedic on Spring not Piston suspension unit $2350 installed.
That car took us all round and over Aust with a 6.5mtr Off road van over the following 12+ yrs. Often doing 1000/1100 km days getting from A to B.
Got out as flexible as I got in that morning. and on corrugations. Nearest to AIr susp you'll find.

Best thing you can fit in a car.
I'm thinking either one, or maybe a Subaru seat. they have good rep and are avail from around $250 ea on E'Bay. for my D-Max which does need one.
We just done a quick trip 2 1\2 days Yeppoon to Melb. and 4 days back with caravan on back with half day stopover at sons place.
They BADLY need Lumbar support and better base cushioning.

With very few exceptions ALL cars will improve with them. and the only people that say different. Are the ones that have never had one. Believe me.
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Monday, Sep 07, 2015 at 08:37

Monday, Sep 07, 2015 at 08:37
Thank you everyone for your replies, a lot of good imformation in the post. I might continue in the Stratos direction and see how i go! One think about an aftermarket seat is that the hard work is already done in regard to safety regs etc. Thanks again, Michael
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Follow Up By: mack c - Monday, Sep 07, 2015 at 09:22

Monday, Sep 07, 2015 at 09:22
Micheal.
One addendum with the "spring", over the piston suspension unit in Patrol.
You lose most of the legroom from seating area behind it.
But I only fitted driver seat, and seat behind was removed to carry Waeco 80ltr plus some tools under .
so not a problem.
I've had both types and for long regular trips "I" Prefer the spring units.
Oiled of course. (they can develop a squeak over time).
They also have a L/H arm rest.
That price was install and compliance plate incl.
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