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Old 08-01-2012, 03:30 PM   #1
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Has anyone put seats in yet?

Last week I spent the day racing on an open track day and had a blast. The only problem is I also spent the day holding myself in the car. I was wondering if anyone has installed recaro or any other type of seat yet. I talked to my buddys at GM and the floor is completly different from the CTS-v.
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Old 08-01-2012, 03:43 PM   #2
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I was just wondering the same thing. Maybe the seat brackets could be changed from the SS seat to the CTS-V seat. I will be watching this thread for peoples ideas.
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Old 08-01-2012, 04:31 PM   #3
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What about the air bags? . . . Just asking . .
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:06 PM   #4
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I would purchase and have the Recaro seats installed from the CTS-V in a heartbeat if it was possible.
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:25 PM   #5
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It's possible and has been done on an SS. I forgot who did it, but is was really expensive to order all the individual parts and install them. If you do a search it may come up.
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:15 AM   #6
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I may put in some manual racing seats. Saves a ton of weight also.
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:38 AM   #7
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I would purchase and have the Recaro seats installed from the CTS-V in a heartbeat if it was possible.
I had the same thought, but the email from my buddy at GM said the floor pans are completly different and won't work. I was hoping maybe GM parts performance would be coming out with seats for the car. I would much rather have some bad#ss seats in my car, than just have some race seats that I fabbed to be in it.
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:13 AM   #8
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If you do a search you'll find a post that says Hess Motorsports installed the CTS-V recaros in a Camaro and the seat fame was modified to get them to fit. The cost was about $7k, so it is cost prohibitive for most owners. The seats can be changed, but it isn't going to be a straightforward swap with the airbags, etc.
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:50 AM   #9
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Depends what you are after with seats. Comfort and appearance...or...function and performance.
I am leaning towards racing seats for function and performance but the ctsv recaros may be good for comfort and appearance. They are far too heavy for performance use.
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:00 PM   #10
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I'm trying to remember, but I think all the early tests of the ZL1 showed it with fixed back Cobra racing seats installed.
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Old 08-02-2012, 01:10 PM   #11
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ah yes...I think you are right
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Old 08-02-2012, 02:06 PM   #12
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I'm trying to remember, but I think all the early tests of the ZL1 showed it with fixed back Cobra racing seats installed.
The problem is, Cobra doesn't list one for the Camaro.
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Old 08-02-2012, 03:02 PM   #13
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I've come to the conclusion in order to gain enough headroom to wear a helmet i will have to use a racing seat on the drivers side. I will make my own mounts and mount it fixed to the floor. I think I would sit at least 3" lower wich would make the car a lot easier to handle. A local shop told me there are wiring harnesses available to rid of the airbag light. Downside, side airbag gone and more difficult to get in and out. If you have a seat that fits you it's very comfortable once you get seated. I will also mount harnesses at the same time.
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:10 PM   #14
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I spoke with Sparco today and they have a seat bracket for the camaro 2010 which I assume will be the same for the zl1. Then you can pick any seat you want. It gets expensive though: brackets and sliders are 700 for both seats and then a pair of good seats are from 500 to 2000.....I saw a nice one that,s adjustable for 700, so I'll be at 1400+ work if everything fits. I'm not sure if I want to lose the side airbags but at 1g the stock seats are horrible. I have to push with my knee against the door to stay in place. Its ridiculous that there's no optional sport seats for such a high performance car.
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:55 AM   #15
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I also wonder if I remove the factory seat are there sensers mounted in or under the drivers seat?
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:39 AM   #16
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I spoke with Sparco today and they have a seat bracket for the camaro 2010 which I assume will be the same for the zl1. Then you can pick any seat you want. It gets expensive though: brackets and sliders are 700 for both seats and then a pair of good seats are from 500 to 2000.....I saw a nice one that,s adjustable for 700, so I'll be at 1400+ work if everything fits. I'm not sure if I want to lose the side airbags but at 1g the stock seats are horrible. I have to push with my knee against the door to stay in place. Its ridiculous that there's no optional sport seats for such a high performance car.
http://www.sparcousa.com/product/r505
That's funny, my left knee was rubbed raw by the end of the day. I told a buddy I worked just as hard keeping myself in the car as I did driving.
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Old 08-03-2012, 11:57 AM   #17
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I also wonder if I remove the factory seat are there sensers mounted in or under the drivers seat?
When you disconnect the airbags, you'll get an SRS light on the dash. There is a company on the Internet that sells a kit which uses a resister to trick the computer into thinking the airbag is still functional. You also have to make sure the passenger seat weight sensor is still functional.
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:12 PM   #18
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I have sparcos in my car, both driver and passenger. My shop Blu808 tabbed up the tracks and brackets. They fit perfectly and do not wiggle at all. I think his price was better than Sparcos. I would try PMing him. They are setup on tracks so I can slide forward and backward. The mounting plate also provides points for installing a 6-point harness.

The airbag light will come on, but you can add a resistor so the system doesn't trip.

I would have went with CTS-V seats, but just waaaaay to expensive!
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:59 PM   #19
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can you post a picture, please?
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Old 08-03-2012, 01:09 PM   #20
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We do Recaro in them all the time and let me tell you they are a blast to drive. These are the power Recaro seats in a 2011 Camaro with a matching back seat.





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Old 08-03-2012, 02:22 PM   #21
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Wow! You,re the best. Thanks a lot - they look awesome!
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Old 08-04-2012, 08:52 AM   #24
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I like that sparco set up. It looks LIGHT.
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