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Old 11-01-2006, 11:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Cheap aftermarket racing/off-road seats?

Anyone seen these from JC Whitney? they *look* like suspension seats, but that may just be their intention... $139 each...


http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/P...003386/c-10101


or these for $159

http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/P...003386/c-10101



Also plenty on ebay as well...


I know some of you will say to drop the coin on the real high dollar ones - but I just can't bring myself to do it, especially since the factory SR5 buckets are working fine, and I'm only sitting in the trail rig 1-2 times per month, a day or half day at a time.

So, anyone have any experience with any of these?
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Used to work part time at Advanceauto and ordered 3 sets for a few folks. They fade real bad, and the recline brackets were kinda cheesy. Wouldn't stop me from running them if I didn't already have 3000gt seats.
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Bread/Red Art seats are really cheap from what I've seen plus comfortable.

I've looked at some of the seats pictured and they are pretty crap quality wise.
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Old 11-01-2006, 12:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Bread/Red Art seats are really cheap from what I've seen plus comfortable.
$500+ a pair, plus shipping is what you consider "cheap"?
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check that thread out same seats
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Old 11-01-2006, 12:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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$500+ a pair, plus shipping is what you consider "cheap"?
I can get them for $300 each a seat from a local shop. That's the funny money us canucks use btw.
EDIT: I could knock like $50 off that price if they are tweed not vynil.
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I got a pair of seats for my 1st gen from the junk yard. They came out of like a late 90's or so Toyota Celica. It wasn't a direct bolt in, but they look pretty racy. Hug you real tight. Even have provisions for a harness. Black leather/vinyl. Mud comes right off. I had my half doors on and they had puddles of water on them. But no water in them. I paid like $50 for them in really good shape.

Just something else to consider.
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$500+ a pair, plus shipping is what you consider "cheap"?

Advanced auto carries the same brand for $149 a piece free shipping. Cheaper if you can work a shady crack deal and get the 20% employee discount
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Advanced Auto carries Beard seats? Or the cheapo brand-x seats?
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Advanced Auto carries Beard seats? Or the cheapo brand-x seats?
Brand X. APC brand
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The $159 are not suspension seats.

The "wings" make it impossible to sit in the seat back if you have broad, wide shoulders.

They fad badly.

They fall apart when shaken badly.

They ride better than the plastic racing seats, but your tail bone will still hurt after a while.

I've got a set (all black, now grayish black) that I need to dump.. I had to weld up one adjuster, it broke. On the other seat the bolts holding the reclining adjuster on fell out..
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Thanks for the links to the other threads... I may check with one of our vendors about some seats, since their prices on the name brand ones are not too bad at all.
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Old 11-01-2006, 07:37 PM   #13 (permalink)
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im pretty sure you can get beard (read: REAL suspension seats) for around 170-200 a pop. Check out dezertrangers.com or race-dezert.com classifieds. My roomate picked up some used Corbeaus for 200 (100 each).

Most junkyard seats are better than those APC's. 90's jeep cherokees have similar shaped seats, i found a set at Pick and Pull for 60 bucks. Theres nothing like wheeling and feeling like your on your couch with a beer watching the ball game.
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Old 11-01-2006, 08:23 PM   #14 (permalink)
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DRM. check with Alex of PORC, i bought Corbeau suspnesion seats for $140 each. Have only had them about 4 months and love them so far. Talked to several others that had them and they all realy liked them. stan..
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i priced 2 prp daily driver seats with a mounting bracket for my tacoma and it was sub $500

def give them a look. if you dont mind used check out the classifieds at www.race-dezert.com. shipping might kill it but you never know
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i think that those "lookalike" suspension seats from jcwhitney may be RDI seats, if so, they arent total junk. i think it said RCI in the part number or something. you know sooner or later someone is going to try these, just buy one, and tell me how it is
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early 90's volskwagen GLi's have recarro racing seats in them stock. I got my nice supsension seats of race-deert for 150 for the pair, not faded, no rips or anything.
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i think that those "lookalike" suspension seats from jcwhitney may be RDI seats, if so, they arent total junk. i think it said RCI in the part number or something. you know sooner or later someone is going to try these, just buy one, and tell me how it is
IMO, those are junk. I ran them for about a year and all I got was a pain in the ass and bitching passengers every time I hit the trails. I even tried the padded seat covers. I finally got rid of them and found some 96 4Runner buckets. Much better now.

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DRM, the second ones in your pic are uncomfortable as ever. Stick with the SR5's. the tops ones "look" a lot better in teh comfort department.
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IMO, those are junk. I ran them for about a year and all I got was a pain in the ass and bitching passengers every time I hit the trails. I even tried the padded seat covers. I finally got rid of them and found some 96 4Runner buckets. Much better now.
are you talking about the ones in the first picture? those are the ones im talking about. it sounds like your talking about the ones in the second picture.
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Well, I thought those were the same ones I had. I guess not. Mine were the hard plastic RCI buckets. Those are the ones that suck balls.
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Been pretty happy with mine.....decent seat for the money.
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check out hunsaker seats they're reasonable
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