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#1 kyle.horton16

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 06:30 PM

Hi there,

I am looking for a bit more support and a nicer look in my interior of my 02 Liberty BE5. I was wondering how easy/hard it is to fit aftermarket seats such as some recaros. I would even maybe like to go with a nice pair of STi seats from an Impreza. So has anyone fitted different seats to this model yet?

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 07:44 AM

Plenty of people have put different seats in. Any seat for an impreza from 94-07, liberty from 89-03 will swap over. Likewise with aftermarket seats and rails for those cars


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Posted 22 February 2019 - 11:31 AM

The best seats to put in are  BE/BH GTB/RSK.

 

Supportive, hugging, look the goods (leather + cloth, or full leather), comfortable, bolt straight in with no height differences like some WRX seats. Even electric if you want it.

 

 

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 12:18 PM

What he said ^


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Posted 27 February 2019 - 11:27 PM

Thank you all for the feedback. The GTB/RSK seats look amazing but I can imagine I'd have a rough time sourcing some. Probably will eventually settle for some STi blues as it would match my colour scheme. Either that or Recaros as they look super supportive.

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Posted 28 February 2019 - 07:50 AM

Those bottom recaros dont bolt in and GD seats sit taller.

Heaps of those seats on yahoo japan and someone like Import Monster can bring them in. They do pop up locally from time to time as well


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Posted 28 February 2019 - 09:36 AM

Those Recaros are also well over $1-2k when they do pop up.


 


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Posted 28 February 2019 - 11:58 AM

Quick search on Importmonster has (sea) freight and charges at about $350-$400 for a set of seats.  Those cloth/leather GTB seats go for about $200 the pair.

 

Another option would be to try to source some B4 seats from a wrecker - though I don't know if they're as good as the JDM ones - and you'd have to like the purple (or retrim them).



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Posted 28 February 2019 - 04:15 PM

99% sure B4 seats are the same shape as RSK/GTB seats just full leather.

The top light blue Sti seats are the worst seats I've had in any of my cars.
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Posted 28 February 2019 - 07:52 PM

I have the GTB seats in my outback.

They are the best seats, great support and good for long trips.



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Posted 28 February 2019 - 10:19 PM

I have the GTB seats in my outback.

They are the best seats, great support and good for long trips.

 

++ wot he says.

 

I recently did a Syd/Melb and return a week or so later -- much more comfortable than my old poo Outback seats ever were.



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Posted 01 March 2019 - 08:15 PM

Cheers guys. Any advice then for a more bucket-like seat. Not talking a full bride lowmax or anything but maybe something you would use on a track/street setup?


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Posted 01 March 2019 - 09:08 PM

Guys on here track in all sorts of OEM seats, inc the GTB style. You really don't need a full setup bucket style seat for light track work, and your body will thank you during commutes.


 


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Posted 19 May 2019 - 07:18 PM

So as mentioned earlier in the thread, wrx seats will have the same rails as whats on my car correct?


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Posted 21 May 2019 - 01:23 PM

GC & GD bolt in.

Will sit a bit higher depending on the seat too.


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Posted 24 May 2019 - 09:47 PM

Just found out how high they sit. So technically speaking, If I was to get some aftermarket recaros or brides for example, with GD rails, they'd fit?


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Posted 27 May 2019 - 12:47 AM

I've got Evo 9 MR Recaro's for my gen 3. They're being fitted using brackets by Wedge Engineering. If you're set on a bucket seat, I highly recommend either OEM or aftermarket genuine Recaro seats, by far the most comfortable. I might also suggest Sparco or Corbeau. Bride seats feel like shit to sit in and Edirb is $$$$. 

These blokes do any and all brackets. https://wedgebracket...-brackets-home/

However, prepare to pay up if you venture outside of OEM applications. :)
 

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