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Recaro Pole Position and BuddyClub Super Low Rails on 2006 AP2 DYI

#1 User is online   termigni 

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 12:52 PM

I just installed recaro PPs on buddyclub seat rails.
I wanted the PPs for the longest time after sitting in a Porsche GT3 six years ago. Finally found the PP with the perfect material (red, jersey, and alcantara) from GT Motoring, Tim. I wanted to thank Tim for following up with me and great communication despite some bad reviews.

Anyhow I wanted to write up a DYI for S2000 because none of existing ones tell you what exactly you need.

First, you need an S2000
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And a Recaro seat
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And a BC rail
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And seat belt extension: http://www.4extender.com/
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And 4 size M8 bolts. You need to buy these extra since these aren't supplied. Also don't forget 2 washers.
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You need one of these star shaped head for the air bag sensor removal from under the OEM seat
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Now just to verify the authenticity
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I put some painters tape around the holes to protect the seat
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Take out the original seat by unscrewing 4 bolts.
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Make sure you Unplug the seat belt sensor and air bag sensor before taking it out all the way.

Take out the air bag sensor from the OEM seat and plug it back in and leave it on the floor.
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It's the one on the left side in this picture. Don't pay attention to the seat belt receiver in this picture as I put it on the BC rail.

Mount the BC rail like below. Notice how I ran the seat belt extension on the side. It brings the seat belt receiver all the way through the hole and be in a perfect position.
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Like so:
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Now is the hard part. Aligning the seat into place. I must have took out the seat like 20 times to adjust the BC mounts to fit the holes on the floor. Once you finally align it correctly, unscrew the bottom seat belt screw and run it through the left side hole on the seat
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And then screw it back in.
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Don't forget to plug in the 2 connectors. Seat belt sensor and air bag sensor.
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I used a towel to protect the back of the seat
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A wrench extension was very helpful
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Use the 2 washers for 2 front bolts since BC has large holes
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Rear ones are ok with using existing bolts.

And... You are done.
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Disclaimer: I'm not responsible for any damages on you or your car while following this DYI. Always have a professional shop do the work if you aren't sure on what you are doing.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 01:04 PM

wish my pole position had that type of date stamping. mine is just a paper with double-sided tape :suspect: got from gtm as well.

looks great in red!
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 01:23 PM

that is a pretty seat!
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 01:30 PM

Love that seat, hopefully I'll be able to order myself one next year!
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 01:49 PM

Very nice seat. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 06:02 PM

Thanks a lot for posting this. I will use this as future reference.
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 06:53 PM

Good post! How do you find headroom compared to stock?

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 06:57 PM

looks really good! About how many inches lower do you think you sit compared to your stock passenger seat?

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 08:36 PM

 eremoy, on 22 June 2012 - 06:57 PM, said:

looks really good! About how many inches lower do you think you sit compared to your stock passenger seat?


In the lowest setting, I thought it was way too low for me to be able to drive around. I think it was about 2 inches lower than stock.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 09:03 PM

 clio, on 22 June 2012 - 06:53 PM, said:

Good post! How do you find headroom compared to stock?


Depends on how high or low you set your seat. I'm 5'10" 160 athletic fit and I have hard time driving at lowered position because I'm sitting too low. You need to do keep adjusting until you find your own fit.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 10:52 PM

It's not just your height but your proportions. I'm 6 feet, 175 but have a long torso so I would love to have a lowered seat.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 01:49 PM

Damn, I was hoping that this would also cover the passenger seat as well. I know several people have been able to bypass or re-install the passenger airbag weight sensor, but no one has actually done a DIY. Thanks for the thorough guide for the drivers side though! Bookmarked for future use ;)
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Posted 23 June 2012 - 04:05 PM

Congrats on the purchase, it's beautiful.

Quick question: have you sat in the spg? How do these fit at the shoulders/lats compared to the spy?
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Posted 23 June 2012 - 08:02 PM

 S2k007, on 22 June 2012 - 10:52 PM, said:

It's not just your height but your proportions. I'm 6 feet, 175 but have a long torso so I would love to have a lowered seat.

Awesome seats.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 08:26 PM

love that seat, never liked the stock pp material, hope to get one in black

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 09:12 PM

Love the red soft top! :thumbup:

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 06:33 AM

 circuitclub, on 23 June 2012 - 04:05 PM, said:

Congrats on the purchase, it's beautiful.

Quick question: have you sat in the spg? How do these fit at the shoulders/lats compared to the spy?


No. But these are THE seat for me. Love it.

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 06:35 AM

 sillyboybmxer, on 23 June 2012 - 08:26 PM, said:

love that seat, never liked the stock pp material, hope to get one in black


Yea recaro's standard fabric was okay, and I never liked leather seats. Once I saw this jersey/alcantara, it was done deal for me. Fit and finish on this seat is 10/10

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 06:35 AM

 Boricua, on 23 June 2012 - 09:12 PM, said:

Love the red soft top! :thumbup:


Thx!

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 01:22 PM

How much were the seat and rails if you don't mind me asking?

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 04:31 PM

I just installed my leather pp a few weeks ago and LOVE it. One thing that helped me though was to measure the max and min distance between the rails as they were loosely bolted into the car. There is room to give left to right. I took this into consideration when putting the rails onto the seat and once I had it all bolted up (seat to the rail) made some fine adjustments to get it w/in the measurements I took before. I had to make a small adjustment when I got the seat into the car and ran into zero headaches when installing it.

The red jersey seats look lovely but I hope they hold up over time. They look similar to the material used in EP3 civic si seats, except instead of putting it on the seat itself Recaro put the jersey material onto the sides it looks like.

Are you going to install a passenger seat?

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 11:42 AM

Thanks for the DIY! I have been working on installing two Pole Positions on Buddy Club Super Low rails as well in my AP2.

I also had to pull the seats in and out of the cars a number of times to get the rails adjusted properly and the mounting holes lined up. Unfortunately, I scratched some of my interior panels and seats in the process so I would definitely recommend covering the sides of the seats in painters tape and putting your soft top down (or removing your hardtop) to make pulling the seats in and out of the car easier. Tightening the side mount brackets on the Buddy Club rails is a PITA because they tend to slide while tightening but if I could do it all over again I would have made a template from my OEM seat mounting holes and lined the Buddy Club rails up with that to get the position right the first time.

I currently have my OEM seats back in the car while I try to figure out seat belt extenders so thanks for sharing the link on the ones you are using.

One question for you... I'm not sure how tall you are or how far back you have tried to slide your seat, but do your rails hit one of the rear mounting bolts preventing the rails from going back any further?
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Posted 27 June 2012 - 12:29 PM

^That will definitely happen if the rail isn't pushed in the right place. I can't remember but when tightening the rear bolt on the side towards the passenger you either need to push the seat on the rail as far towards the passenger side as possible or pull....don't remember but I definitely had to do both so that the rail could slide over the bolt head. At first I thought something was wrong but it was just running into the bolt head.

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 03:24 PM

So you are still able to move the seat forward and back?

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 11:51 PM

did the seat belt extension .. work with the seat belt receiver? any seat belt light issues?

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