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Old 02-24-2009, 01:50 PM   #1
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Which seats will fit?

I would like to know which aftermarket seats would fit in my 86 325e?

I'm not just to sure how that would work. Can you keep the existing rails and brakets and install a new seat over it or do you have to use new rails and brakets that fit with the seat?

Anybody did this before?

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Old 02-24-2009, 01:59 PM   #2
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i put racing seats in my old e30.. you can make any seat you want work aslong as the base isnt too wide to fit but most racing seats are a general size for this reason exactly. As for rails go, I had to get aftermarket sliders and make my own frame that mounted to rails and the 2 studs and 2 holes on the floor. It was a bit of work to fit them make sure they were both perfect but it was worth it in the end..
but if you have no welding/fab skills .. id say if that is the case just wait and try and find a sport interior out of another car.. they are alot more practical for daily driving and they hold pretty good. unless your wanting the aggressssive look haha
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Old 02-24-2009, 02:16 PM   #3
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Anything is possible with the right fab work.

unless you want 2 lazyboyz in your e30.
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Old 02-24-2009, 05:17 PM   #4
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lol the best way to go is to get the adjustable sliders that fit the aftermarket seat and make custom brackets to mount them in the stock e30 holes. IMO the factory sport recaros in leather look better than any aftermarket seat.
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:47 AM   #5
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I looked into this a lot, everything I read said that you have to fabricate and weld brackets to fit. Even E36 seats won't fit in unless you do this. I can't weld, but having said that, it didn't look to be too hard if you can. I agree with 86coupe30, in the end, I bought really nice sport seats for the front, leather Recaros from a 325is like mine, and just replaced the old seats with the exact same seats, only newer. If I remember right, I think that you can also use any other E30 seats (coupe into sedan and vice versa), as well, but double check it first as I'm not 100% sure about this. Also, I believe that as long as they come from an E30, they'll fit (ie-'89 seats into your '86).
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Old 02-27-2009, 10:28 AM   #6
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I looked into this a lot, everything I read said that you have to fabricate and weld brackets to fit. Even E36 seats won't fit in unless you do this. I can't weld, but having said that, it didn't look to be too hard if you can. I agree with 86coupe30, in the end, I bought really nice sport seats for the front, leather Recaros from a 325is like mine, and just replaced the old seats with the exact same seats, only newer. If I remember right, I think that you can also use any other E30 seats (coupe into sedan and vice versa), as well, but double check it first as I'm not 100% sure about this. Also, I believe that as long as they come from an E30, they'll fit (ie-'89 seats into your '86).
anything except ix seats
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Old 02-27-2009, 11:13 AM   #7
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I didnt know ix seats were different.. makes sense though alot is different.
As for sedan seats in a coupe they will fit they just wont go forward so you can get in your back seat.
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Old 02-27-2009, 11:29 AM   #8
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^ learned something new about iX seats.

I installed aftermarket seats in my car. I attached the seats to the factory sliders with custom brackets made out of angle metal and large bolts; no welding, looks awesome. Just make sure you use thick strong material.
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just the drivers seat on the IX is different if I remember correctly, due to bulge in tunnel for xfer case
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