Go Back   Corvette Forum > C5 Corvettes, 1997 - 2004 > C5 General
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?
Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read FAQ Vendor Directory
Search
C5 General
General C5 Corvette Discussion not covered in Tech Sponsored by
Bud's Chevy

Reply
 
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-06-2013, 04:30 PM   #1
steven31371
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Jun 2012
Location: Orange County California
Default A new seat for us. Really good in Verts.

Hey guys,

I have a 98 Vert, and am a big guy, 6'2" 240 lbs.

I had a bear of a time finding a good seat that looked good from all angles with the top down, was big enough to fit me, and small enough to fit in my car. All while not spending several grand.

I took a risk in Bimarco Futura racing seats.

A was a risk well taken.

They look fantastic from all angles and in the car.

they have a great line that matches the curves of our cars, and the back is painted in a glossy piano black that is well finished.

The only hang up, is that they are side mount seats, so I had the choice of fabricating some brackets, or hard mounting them to the car. I didn't want to change the stock seat mounting bolts so I made a simple but very strong fixed bracket from some steel construction ties at home depot and some extra strong # 8 bolts and washers.

I was able to keep the seats very low even mounting the side mount brackets to my custom bracket in the car, and keep the original mounting points in the car. Cost about $30 and 2 hours to make the brackets.

I used a Simpson Strong Tie, ESR 2523, MST27. These are rated to hold over 10,000 lbs each so they are strong enough for the job when two are used for each seat.

Here is a teaser pic, more to come in a bit.

They fit very well in the car, and fit my body size with just the right amount of snugness.

Best of all, they are actually a FIA approved seat that is extra safe and can be used in HPDE's and Time Trial events etc.

My car is a daily driver, but I love the canyon runs, and this seat is perfect both visually and performance wise. Will be doing Autox and HPDE's and some Corvette Challenge runs.

Don't know if I would recommend them for coupes unless you are flexible, as ingress and egress in is a bit tight with my roof up because of the higher side bolsters at the hips, but then again I'm big.

Only real problem is that I'm gunna have to spring for coilovers and even stiffer sways than my Hotchkis now, as I can feel everything that the car is doing in curves much better now lol

Click the image to open in full size.
Click the image to open in full size.

These seats start at $300!

I think I paid an extra $100 for the leather option.

They are better quality than the comparable Corbeue or Sparco's I looked at, and look better too.





more pics to follow

Last edited by steven31371; 02-06-2013 at 05:13 PM.
steven31371 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2013, 04:35 PM   #2
ToplessBlonde
CF Senior Member
 
ToplessBlonde's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 2006
Location: Pasadena California
Default

Looking forward to seeing a picture of them in the car.
ToplessBlonde is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2013, 04:42 PM   #3
steven31371
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Jun 2012
Location: Orange County California
Default

I've been driving around with just the one seat in to make sure I liked them as a DD seat.

I do, the other seat will go in in a bit and will post pics this afternoon ;-)

Last edited by steven31371; 02-06-2013 at 08:59 PM.
steven31371 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2013, 05:54 PM   #4
madmatster
CF Senior Member
St. Jude Donor '10
 
madmatster's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 2009
Location: old bridge nj
Default

In for more pics
madmatster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2013, 06:27 PM   #5
91LSMAN
CF Senior Member
 
91LSMAN's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 2004
Location: Puyallup WA
Default

Not Bad.
__________________
91LSMAN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2013, 07:00 PM   #6
K-Spaz
CF Senior Member
I believe in the Beer Fairy
 
K-Spaz's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 2012
Location: PA, as far from civilization as I can get.
Default

That front looks really high. Does that move down to make the seat more flat on the bottom? Cause if that's not adjustable, I can see that just killing you with pressure on your sciatic nerve. It looks really deep.
K-Spaz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2013, 07:20 PM   #7
Mr.Bill
We Miss You Frank...
St. Jude Donor '12-'13-'14
Support Corvetteforum!
 
Mr.Bill's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 2007
Location: Reno is so close to Hell you can see Sparks , State Of Confusion
Send a message via ICQ to Mr.Bill
Default

In my opinion that seat looks very uncomfortable. I don't think I would like it at all.
Mr.Bill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2013, 07:27 PM   #8
JaxEagle
CF Senior Member
 
JaxEagle's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 2011
Location: Jacksonville FL
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr.Bill View Post
In my opinion that seat looks very uncomfortable. I don't think I would like it at all.
Here's the owner's opinion:


I've driving around with just the one seat in to make sure I liked them as a DD seat.

I do, the other seat will go in in a bit and will post pics this afternoon ;-)
JaxEagle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2013, 07:30 PM   #9
Vetteman Jack
CF Senior Member
MO Events Coordinator
CI 5, 8 & 11 Veteran
St. Jude Donor '03-'04-'05-'06-'07-'08-'09-'10-'11-'12-'13-'14-'15
NCM Sinkhole Donor
 
Vetteman Jack's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2001
Location: Jefferson City, MO Currently Own: 2003 Milestone Edition. Previously Owned: '79, '79, '84, '89, '94, '95, '99 and '00

Default

Not sure I would be comfortable with that high front lip to the seat - seems like your legs would never be able to be stretched out. After you've had them for a while and have driven a bit, let us know your feelings then.
Vetteman Jack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2013, 08:05 PM   #10
oldC5
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
 
oldC5's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 2011
Location: Chino Hills Ca
Default

My poor back hurts looking at them, I am happy that you like them but not my style . I need to stretch out . They are probably good for the track . Keep us informed .
oldC5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2013, 08:16 PM   #11
Crosis
CF Senior Member
 
Crosis's Avatar
 
Member Since: Feb 2010
Location: Tampa Bay Fl
Default

The fixed seat is not an option and frankly I dont want the hassle.
I want a bolt in option.
Crosis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2013, 08:21 PM   #12
steven31371
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Jun 2012
Location: Orange County California
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Crosis View Post
The fixed seat is not an option and frankly I dont want the hassle.
I want a bolt in option.
I made it a bolt in option by fabing some brackets, cost $30, and two hours with nothing but a saw, a drill, a grinder, and some paint....and will hold about 20,000 lbs so is strong
steven31371 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2013, 08:22 PM   #13
steven31371
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Jun 2012
Location: Orange County California
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Vetteman Jack View Post
Not sure I would be comfortable with that high front lip to the seat - seems like your legs would never be able to be stretched out. After you've had them for a while and have driven a bit, let us know your feelings then.
that high front section is all medium density foam and squishes down when sitting on it.

Click the image to open in full size.
Click the image to open in full size.

Last edited by steven31371; 02-06-2013 at 11:09 PM.
steven31371 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2013, 08:24 PM   #14
steven31371
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Jun 2012
Location: Orange County California
Default

I like the way the line of the seat flows with the lines of the car:

Click the image to open in full size.
steven31371 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2013, 08:27 PM   #15
steven31371
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Jun 2012
Location: Orange County California
Default

Click the image to open in full size.
Click the image to open in full size.
Click the image to open in full size.
Click the image to open in full size.
Click the image to open in full size.
Click the image to open in full size.
Click the image to open in full size.
Click the image to open in full size.
steven31371 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2013, 08:30 PM   #16
damilleniumboy
CF Senior Member
 
damilleniumboy's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jun 2007
Location: LAND OF OZ Kansas
Default

They look good and match your car perfectly!
damilleniumboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2013, 08:34 PM   #17
steven31371
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Jun 2012
Location: Orange County California
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Vetteman Jack View Post
Not sure I would be comfortable with that high front lip to the seat - seems like your legs would never be able to be stretched out. After you've had them for a while and have driven a bit, let us know your feelings then.
Yeah...only been a couple days

if I had a Coupe or Z/FRC I'd probably get sick of them quick, as getting in and out with the top is like getting into a Lotus Elise...gotta fold yourself lol

took about an hour to get use to them because they conform to your body so well and hold you firm, ya kinda naturally hold yourself stiff in response which is uncomforatable, but then when you learn to relax in the seat its very comfortable for a performance seat.

Last edited by steven31371; 02-06-2013 at 08:56 PM.
steven31371 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2013, 08:46 PM   #18
steven31371
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Jun 2012
Location: Orange County California
Default

my interior is a work in progress....I'll have that torch red welt cord around the radio bezel going around all the air vents and the seam in the door below the grab handle....and my instrument bezel behind the steering wheel will be torch red soon as well.

Will all tie in nicely I think....and is kinda unique, not a lot of other vettes with interiors quite like mine will be, with the chrome bits, torch red stuff, and black it ties in with the exterior theme hopefully:

Last edited by steven31371; 02-06-2013 at 08:57 PM.
steven31371 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2013, 08:51 PM   #19
steven31371
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Jun 2012
Location: Orange County California
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by oldC5 View Post
My poor back hurts looking at them, I am happy that you like them but not my style . I need to stretch out . They are probably good for the track . Keep us informed .
Yeah, they are a FIA approved racing seat, so good for track, very solid and rigid with a good fit for my body size.

Not for everyone....but I like curvy roads, so they are good for me....and are suprisingly comfortable once you learn to relax in them. They hold you in a great driving position with good padding and are nice and snug without being uncomfortable.

They kind of cocoon you and make you feel a part of the car.

not for everybody, but I thought I would present them because when I was searching for a good performance seat i found many threads on many forums including this one, where bigger guys were having trouble finding a seat that was big enough for them but small enough to fit in the car....thought I'd let folks know about this one.

Last edited by steven31371; 02-06-2013 at 08:54 PM.
steven31371 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2013, 08:55 PM   #20
racebum
CF Senior Member
 
racebum's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 2008
racebum
Default

did you sit in a recaro pole position before you got those? it's a very similar seat but ortho correct and fits your spine perfectly. to date i have not found a more comfy fixed back seat
racebum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2013, 08:55 PM
 
Go Back   Corvette Forum > C5 Corvettes, 1997 - 2004 > C5 General
Reload this Page A new seat for us. Really good in Verts.
 
 
 
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Upgrade C5 Vert for sale steven31371 Southern California 7 08-19-2013 02:28 AM
F/S Seats...2 power Sport Seats steven31371 C5 Parts for Sale/Wanted 8 11-11-2012 10:49 PM
Rarely available C5 Torch Red Vert under $20k steven31371 Southern California 4 08-29-2012 01:53 AM
Rarely Available Torch Red Convertable for under $20k steven31371 C5 Corvettes for Sale 1 08-28-2012 01:50 PM
Rarely Available Torch Red Convertable for under $20K steven31371 C5 General 2 08-27-2012 10:29 PM



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Click for Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump

Corvette Store
 
 
C7 Parts & Accessories
C6 Parts & Accessories
C5 Parts & Accessories
C4 Parts & Accessories
C3 Parts & Accessories
C2 Parts & Accessories
C1 Parts & Accessories
Wheels & Tires
Sponsored Ads
 
 
Vendor Directory
 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:02 AM.


Emails & Password Backup