This is a fairly easy, though time-consuming do-it-yourself project... it'll take ~4 hours working slowly. This procedure is for the driver’s seat only. I also installed a Vetteworks-Hardbar lap belt bar and a Six-point harness, those steps are included below.
*** Standard disclaimers apply. I assume no responsibility for any damage. Please be careful - the consequences of a mistake or improper install could be disastrous ***
Pics below are from a 2007 Z06 and a 2007 Service Manual was used.
* 13mm and 15mm sockets
* Blunt tool ~1/8" in diameter - I used the back of a drill bit
* Tin Snips
* Wire strippers/cutters
* Tools to join wires: solder gun / butt connectors / heat shrink tubing / electrical tape / etc.
* Blue Loctite (#242)
* Suitable wrenches and screwdrivers
Step 1) Unbolt stock seat
Remove pushpins from plastic covers on front bolts; slide cover forward to remove.
Use 15mm socket and remove front bolts.
Slide seat forward and remove rear bolts
Step 2) Unbolt seatbelt anchor bolt
Tilt seat forward, lift rear of seat and support it. Use 15mm socket and remove bolt.
Step 3) Disconnect battery
Slide seat to middle of track. Disconnect Battery.
Step 4) Disconnect seat wiring connectors
My car has 3 connectors: 2 are accessed from the front of the seat; one from the rear.
All 3 connectors disconnected
Step 5) Remove seat
Step 6) Remove recline handle
Lay seat right side down. Push blunt tool into recline handle to snap "U" clip off stud. And remove recline handle
Position of clip
Recline handle removed with clip reattached to show orientation
Step 7) Remove seat control cover
Remove screw next to recline handle
Insert small screwdriver and snap off seat adjuster ****. I used a paper towel to prevent scratching the ****. (The tip of the screwdriver in obscured by the paper towel... it is under the ****.)
Pull up here to snap cover off
Step 8) Remove seat control
Remove 3 screws and pull off silver plate
Step 9) Remove leather covering around base of seat.
Twist or Cut 3 metal clips from rear, bottom of seat (I was not able to twist these, I cut them)
Untie black string
Twist or Cut 2 more metal clips from right and left sides of the 'back' of the seat (I was able to twist these off).
Left side clip:
Right side clip:
Unplug this connector:
Step 10) Remove seat bottom cushion
Loosen leather around seat base
Lift off seat bottom cushion
Step 11) Locate and cut the 2 side-airbag wires
The 2 airbag wires are in the rear yellow connector
Unzip the left rear of seat back
Note color of wires running into side airbag
Cut wires a few inches above connector on seat. NOTE: the Caravaggio instructions say to cut the harness coming out of the seat floor. I think it would be easier to fix a mistake on the "seat-side" harness vs. the "car-side" harness.
Step 12) Remove everything connected to the seat rail
Disconnect this green connector
Disconnect this black connector
Unhook this black box
Unclip this brown box
Step 13) Remove Seat from rail
Use 13mm socket and remove 4 bolts
Admire your seat rail
Step 14) Install Caravaggio 'airbag light' wiring harness
Strip and connect wires (doesn't matter which Caravaggio harness wire connects to which seat wire). I used butt connectors; soldering would be better.
Step 15) Adjust seat rail wiring and place rail in car
As the Caravaggio seat has less space under it than to the stock seat, I moved this connector out of the way (from on top of the metal bar to the bottom) to make more room for the black box.
Step 16) Attach seat rail in car
Place rail in car, reconnect wirings, reconnect battery and check clearances. You can place the seat on the rail without tightening any bolts and check fitment. This is where everything ended up for me. I tried to tie wrap the black and brown boxes to the track, but they got in the way of the seat. So I left them loose, and the seat holds them in place. Position Lap Belt bar in place per its instructions.
Use 15mm socket attach seat belt anchor, torque to 31 lb-ft.
Use 15mm socket and tighten 4 seat bolts, torque to 37 lb-ft.
Step 17) Attach seat control
Attached seat control. Peel off sticky-tape paper, press fit control to panel, and snap on control ****.
Step 18) Attach seat to rails
Use 13mm socket and loctite. Tighten until firm.
Step 19) Admire your new seat!
Finally, adjust your harness for a nice, tight fit...
Hey Dreamin', I had to do a double take (actually about a 20X take) looking at that test fit picture. That really is your car, your seatbelts, your seat; etc. There has to be a story behind that--so bust out (so to speak).
Great write up, by the way, but it kind of got overshadowed by, um, a couple of other things.
2011 D Sports Racer Champion
San Francisco Region SCCA
2012 D Sports Racer Champion
Northern Pacific National Division SCCA
I attached the seat to the rails outside of the car (actually, on my dining room table). The advantage was that I was able to place and remount all of the electronic boxes (using cable ties) to the underside of the carriage so they don't flop around on the floor. Also, I kept thinking what a bitch of a job it would be to remount the stock seat cushions to the carriage if I were ever crazy enough to want to do that . . .