aftermarket seating

Submitted: Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 09:06
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Hi all,

Looking at aftermarket seating for our GQ Patrol. Like to get two so need to keep budget in mind.

Range is quite large and the difference in prices is surprising so keen to get feedback on what is good value for money. Due to getting two I would be looking at the lower end in prices so no point telling me about fantastic seats but they cost $5000 :)

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Reply By: GT Campers - Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 09:11

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 09:11
Have you thought about some second hand Recaros?
I have one in my car with a Black Duck cover on it. Seat owes me $150 cover $250 and the Recaro base frame about $250

Leave the Repco/Supercheapies to the P-platers lads as they sag, only have one-side lock mecanism
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Reply By: Mr Pointyhead - Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 09:34

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 09:34
Hi
I have a recaro that I purchased 2nd hand for about $800 including the base. One thing to be very vary of when purchasing brand products like Recaro 2nd hand is to watch out for fake copies.

As for the seat, it gives very good back and shoulder support. However, I do find the seat base is a bit narrow for my err big bum.

You can get aftermarket seats with flat seat bases. I have used them, but find that they lack thigh and leg support and are uncomfortable for that reason

So the ideal seat for me would be the same recaro I have, but with a wider seat base.

Hence, when choosing your seat it is important to have a look at the various options around to make sure the one you choose fits your body well. Different brands and models of seats will fit different people ....

A good place to look are some of the 4x4 shows where a number of manfacturers may have different product on display that you can try to see what best suites you.



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Reply By: Member - John - Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 11:39

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 11:39
I have used Aerotech seats in four Patrols now, MK, GQ, and two GU's, very very comfortble and supportive. I had them modified slightly to allow easy entry . If you would like to try one out for size, if you are in Melbourne of course, give me a bell. (I may possibly have one for sale very soon, with a GQ base.) Cheers. John
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Follow Up By: Gossy - Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 12:25

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 12:25
in Adelaide but thanks for the offer.
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Reply By: Caravan & RV World - Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 15:25

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 15:25
Gossy, Once you have tracked down your seats you should check our 12v massage seat covers... They are un-real and work a treat! Plugs straight into your cigarette lighter/12v socket.
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Reply By: rumpig - Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 17:00

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 17:00
best to go sit in the seats and see what feels comfortable and what you like the feel of. there were some cheapish ones at one of the local auto shops i tried out a few years back, they felt very uncomfortable once i sat in them and i couldn't understand why anyone would put one in their vehicle other then for looks.
i ended up with secondhand SAAS pump up lumbar support seats (advertised on aebay but didn't sell, so i went around and sat in them and they felt great), cost me $500 for the both of them, i then made new bases and paid about another $100 to get them engineered.
plenty of nice seats in late model sedans these days, so consider some of them aswell. make sure you get something with very low or no side bolsters where your legs are, you don't want to try and be climbing over them each time you enter and exit the vehicle, and they'll wear through pretty quickly aswell.
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Reply By: TH - Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 17:37

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 17:37
I have a Stratos drivers suspension seat that just came out of my old GQ.
It will bolt straight in to another GQ. It won't fit in my new vehicle I have had it for 3 years. I wish I had bought it years ago, its very comfortable and far superior to standard seat. It's for sale if you are interested.
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Follow Up By: Gossy - Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 18:13

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 18:13
I would need to see and sit in them before committing. You in Adelaide?

Cheers,
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Reply By: TH - Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 18:16

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 18:16
Only got the drivers seat.
I'm in Victor
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Reply By: Gossy - Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 18:22

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 18:22
is the 3000LTSS?

Definately interested. What price are you asking?

Cheers,
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Reply By: TH - Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 19:09

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 19:09
I'm pretty sure thats it. It's got the lumbar pump thing.It cost about$1800.00 fitted if I remember rightly.
You can ring me about it 0428270804.
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Reply By: TH - Friday, May 18, 2012 at 11:22

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 11:22
Didn't read your last post properly.
$750.00
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Reply By: Member - Markthemilko - Friday, May 18, 2012 at 23:58

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 23:58
Went to Tonys Wreckers in Midland WA wanting a pair of seats for our 2007 Toyo cruiser ute and they offered me a pair from a BA Falcon ute for $660. I made mounting brackets for them. They're very comfortable!

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Reply By: Gossy - Monday, May 21, 2012 at 08:31

Monday, May 21, 2012 at 08:31
just bought the seat from TH on the weekend and installed. Thanks all.
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Reply By: Member - Jason B (NSW) - Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 16:02

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 16:02
I have stratos in my 80 series and find them OK but I wouldn't rave about them (they are about $1100 each fitted). My missus says she is uncomfortable. I have had recaros also but found them a bit narrow around the hips for me.

The best seats I have had are Scheels. These came standard in RS2000 escorts and XD Falcons. They are similar to recaro in appearance but are a bit wider and much more on the comfort side.

You can still purchase them new. Alternatively they turn up on ebay fairly often at around the $600 to $800 a pair mark. Add to this a freshen up and a retrim and you would get out of a refurbished pair for about $1500. Mine always bolted to he factory seat runners in whatever I fitted them to also.


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