Aftermarket seats

Has anybody installed aftermarket seats in their 4WD?
We have a 79 series L'cruiser ute and I'm considering installing aftermarket seats (Recaro,Stratos etc)can anybody offer any advice please.

Thanks.John
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Reply By: Member - Bruce and Di T (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012 at 21:51

Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012 at 21:51
We had a Recaro in our passenger seat and it was superb; so much better than the original. I had suffered a broken rib and vertebrae in China and so needed a better seat; expensive, but brilliant.

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Follow Up By: John & Pam- Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012 at 21:58

Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012 at 21:58
Thanks for the reply Di, could you tell me the type of seat, was it suspension, orthopeadic ??
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012 at 23:09

Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012 at 23:09
John, after our first trip in the Troopy we fitted a pair of Stratos suspension seats for the benefit of my wife's back. Of the many accessories fitted these have to be the tops! No matter what the condition of the terrain, we just float along. Even without the suspension feature, they are superb seats with good lateral restraint also. Not cheap, but worth the cost.



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Follow Up By: John & Pam- Thursday, Apr 26, 2012 at 08:58

Thursday, Apr 26, 2012 at 08:58
Thanks Allan, much appreciated
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Reply By: Mick O - Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012 at 23:20

Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012 at 23:20
John,

I have the 79 series and have just fitted the Recaro "Expert M" seat. It's bloody fantastic. I have a few lower back and neck issues and this seat has been fantastic to travel in. A huge difference over the standard seats. I got mine from the Ideal Seat Company in Moorabin and they have designed and manufactured seat bases for most 4x4 models including the 79 series. I specifically got one with a lower seat bolster to make it easier to get in and out of.

They are not cheap but to be able to walk after 8-10 gruelling hours in the drivers seat is well worth the money. I may even be able to buy one for Queen Vik some time in the future ;-).

Cheers Mick

P.S. Hit up the Recaro or seat dealers at the 4x4 shows. You can usually talk them into throwing in the base and fitting if you're a good at haggling!
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Follow Up By: John & Pam- Thursday, Apr 26, 2012 at 09:00

Thursday, Apr 26, 2012 at 09:00
Thanks Mick, we have a show coming up here in Rockhampton shortly, I'll give them a go

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 00:26

Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 00:26
I'm with Mick on this.
I have a pair of Recaro Expert 'L' in my Troopy, best thing ever.

I used to get out the yota seats after a few hours and it was hell until I walked around for awhile to straighten up.

Now long travel is no issue at all.
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Reply By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 08:37

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 08:37
Hello John
We have a pair of Stratos 3000LS seats. No suspension fitted.
We think they are great. After four hours I can get out stand up and walk about compared with the standard seats that was not possible for at least ten minutes because I was a stiff as a crutch.
My only complaint is that I have a console and the adjuster is difficult to get at. Stratos do not have an option to adjust on the opposite side, they are all on the left side.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 08:59

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 08:59
Stan, my Stratos 3000LTSS suspension seats are mirror-images with the back-tilt adjuster on the outside on each seat. The fore & aft controls are of course under the front and the lumbar control is on a flexible tube which can be positioned wherever you want. The suspension adjustment for body weight is however on the left side of each seat although high enough to clear any console I should think. In any case it is set-and-forget even when we swap seats.

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Follow Up By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 09:30

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 09:30
Allan
We have a cab/chassis LC To access stuff behind the seat it is easier for the passenger to wind the seat forward but for the driver's seat it is difficult to access the adjuster. The adjuster is low down behind the seat belt stalk and almost rubs on the console.
The comfort these seats give far outweighs any adjustment hassles.
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Follow Up By: John & Pam- Thursday, Apr 26, 2012 at 09:02

Thursday, Apr 26, 2012 at 09:02
Thanks gents, appreciate your comments.

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Reply By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 09:43

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 09:43
I've got a Recaro on the drivers side of the Troopy. Bloody brilliant.

Just about to upgrade the passengers as well.

I'll dig out the model and post that later.


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Follow Up By: John & Pam- Thursday, Apr 26, 2012 at 09:10

Thursday, Apr 26, 2012 at 09:10
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Follow Up By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Sunday, Apr 29, 2012 at 19:23

Sunday, Apr 29, 2012 at 19:23
Hello John & Pam,
The model of Recaro I have is the Expert M.

See: Recaro in Australia

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Reply By: Rick and Kerrie - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 11:27

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 11:27
Hi John,

I signed up for 2 Recaro Specialist L seats for our troopy at the show at Rose Hill yesterday. I got them for $2,000.00 each fitted thats a saving of $350.00 each on a previous quote. The price included adjustable lumber support and the height of the mounting base made to suit us. The recaro rep was with the ARB stand.

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Reply By: lizard - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 13:52

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 13:52
We got a patrol ute , so no problems with seats ...... sorry I couldn't help myself !
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Follow Up By: Inflataduck - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 18:53

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 18:53
I've got a patrol & you must be dreaming
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Follow Up By: lizard - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 20:12

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 20:12
We got a 2006 ST coil cab , when we were looking for a ute we checked out the Cruiser ute , but the seats put us off .... we find the patrol bucket seats comfortable .....
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Follow Up By: The Bantam - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 20:59

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 20:59
Yeh in all seriousness, the source of the problem in the landcruser utes is the driving position.

Unless you are under 5 foot 2, the driving position is atrocious, even in the lengthened cab in the latest models.

A good reason why many otherwise died in the wool toyota people will buy a patroll ute.

On the one hand you need all the help you can get on the other hand sitting bolt upright is not going to change no matter what seat you install.

This is the single biggest reason I baught a hilux instead of a landcruser ute.

Not so bad in a troopy because you have the room to use all the available fore and aft seat adjustment and recline.

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Reply By: Rod W - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 19:31

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 19:31
I've still got the originals and I find nothing wrong with them.
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