GU Front seats?

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 01:19
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Hi, I've done a fairly comprehensive search of the archives but couldn't find anything specifically relating to GU's.

My question is this, does anyone know of a good drivers seat that will bolt straight into a GU? I'm not keen on spending big bucks on a SAAS or similar, just chasing a common garden variety of comfy replacement seat eg: Fairlane, Statesman, Maxima, Volvo, Range Rover etc.

If there isn't a direct bolt-in replacement, what is the best common seat you've sat in that offers some lateral support which I could adapt to fit?

My factory GU seat is terrible. It's far too low (I'm 5'10"), all the shape has gone out of it and I'm sick of packing it up with wedges of foam which get me up to the right level, but offer no support, meaning I roll around when on rough ground and get a sore arse into the bargain.

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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 06:40

Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 06:40

After market seats are not cheap, but if you do any amount of driving and suffer at all from a crook back, they are worth it.

When I brought the Troopie it started out as an ambulance. The front seats where change to Paratus. ARB stock them. The seats are not cheap, I think mine cost $1500 each.

The fact that I have started a trip with a crook back, so bad that I had trouble getting in the vehicle, and 4 hours latter when I stopped for fuel, jumped out of the vehicle and didn't notice any discomfort at all.

I will not go so far to say that the seats are a cure for all back pain but in tis case it sure did help me.

Stratos seats are the bottom end of the market (no pun intended) price wise,throughto Recaro and Paratus.

For what it is worth if you only spend a short time travelling to and from work any seat will do , but spend a few hours driving and good seats will be worth every dollar.

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Reply By: rolande- Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 11:29

Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 11:29
Don't know about fitting into the GU, but my old G60 had a pair of XE Fairlane bucket seats, very comfy and good support where you mentioned. May be worth a look
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Reply By: AdrianLR - Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 12:17

Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 12:17
In terms of height, I had the same problem in our GU. The solution Rex Gorrell Nissan had was to fit 40mm spacers and longer bolts. Very simple and very effective. They also fitted an inflatable lumbar support into both seats which improved comfort significantly. Perhaps an auto upholsterer can rebuild your existing seats which may not be too much cheaper but at least there isn't an issue with making something else fit.


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Follow Up By: member-Diamond(vic) - Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 18:19

Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 18:19
i also hope rex gorrell suplied an engineers report for the seat alterations.
just be carefull.
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Follow Up By: AdrianLR - Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 19:55

Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 19:55
It was a long time ago (98 2.8td) but I vaguely remember them saying that they couldn't go any higher because it would not be compliant with ADRs. It might have been less than 40mm but this number sticks in my memory.
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Follow Up By: member-Diamond(vic) - Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 20:28

Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 20:28
any alteration what so ever needs a report.
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Reply By: Utemad - Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 16:54

Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 16:54
The seats in my 1991 Nissan Pintara Ti (sold years ago) were brilliant. I could do 8 hrs in the drivers seat and have no back pain etc at all. They were a grey velour though so maybe not much chop for a 4x4 for durability.

Everyone who drove that car raved about the seats.
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Reply By: Member - Rick (S.A.) - Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 18:37

Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 18:37
My GU 's seat died at about 70,000 km. I could discern the metal framework under the thigh & cheeks of you-know-what. Quite uncomfortable after a few hours.

Got it re - amed/stuffed at a local motor trimmer in Norwood, Adelaide. OK now - cost about $ 180, I recall.

Better solution for ME than an aftermarket seat.
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Reply By: desert - Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 21:03

Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 21:03
You could try a later model GU, ST that has the height adjuster on the side. It has the ability to raise the seat squab by approx. 25mm. That may not sound much, but does make a significant difference to position and driver control. Trouble is, they are like hens teeth from a wrecker so you do need to scrounge around. The Pintara seats, being Nissan also, may be worth a closer look too.
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Reply By: V8Diesel - Sunday, Feb 13, 2005 at 15:07

Sunday, Feb 13, 2005 at 15:07
Thanks folks.
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Reply By: Peter 2 - Sunday, Feb 13, 2005 at 21:14

Sunday, Feb 13, 2005 at 21:14
Any money you spend on good quality seats will be worth it.
we bought a pair of Scheel 201's in 1979, seven 4wd's later and 25 years they are still comfortable , have been rewebbed once and had new side cushions once but otherwise are original.
They are similar to Recaro's, people said we were mad to spend so much ($260 each from memory, but was a lot in 79) on seats but they have been worth every cent.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 10:31

Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 10:31
Finding one that will just "bolt in" out of another car will be almost needle in a haystack.

Your best bet is some form of aftermarket seat.

Check Autobarn, they have the Autotechnia seats for about $220each new. They arent bad, but they are NO Recaro..

Buy some second hand Recaros, or similar. Or just get some out of a Jap import, and fit them up, I did that with my rodeo yrs back.

Or maybe goto a Honda/BMW wrecker and buy some Recaros(thats what BMW use on lots of their models) and buy a base kit from Autobarn etc to mount them up,
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