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After nearly six weeks of waiting, I finally got my Recaro Specialists in and they are fantastic. I have my Wedge brackets ready to go when all of a sudden I realized, the Wedge brackets are way too wide to mount on the stock holes. Because the Recaros mount wider than my Corbeaus the brackets themselves won't fit with the tunnel so now I need to figure something else out. Anyone else run into this issue or mount their Recaros differently? I'm thinking of using the stock sliders and then bolting a custom adapter on top. I need to keep the mounting as low as possible though. Any help is appreciated.
 

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Just saw this. Thanks for the information. I was afraid I'd have to make something custom but so be it, that comes with the restomod territory. I have a couple options, just need to figure out which one is best for me.
 

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I had my seat pans lowered but they’re not level. I don’t want to pull the carpet and get them leveled again so I have to use spacers on the outboard mounts. I think I have an idea on how to tackle the seat though and will explore tomorrow.
 

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Very cool. Any photographs. I am in the process of installing Recaro from a 2017 GT into a 1965 Fastback. I have removed the seat risers, and have added reinforcements under the car. It is a tight fit, but it looks like it will work.
Did you use the convertible braces on the underside?
No bracing at all inside?



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I put old school recaros in my '65. If you look about 2/3 the way down this thread you can find pictures of the adapter plates I made to mount between a set of modified-aftermarket sliders and the stock floor pan.

If you have the stock recaro sliders, that would be even better.

https://forums.vintage-mustang.com/vintage-mustang-forum/983770-complete-craigslist-recaro-install-65-convertible.html

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You did an outstanding job Phil, and you've got the same emotional attachment to Recaros that I had as a kid, my dream seat! They look like a good fit in your car too, although can't see the roof clearance. Is it tight near the top when the convertible is closed?

I ended up going with Procar Scat Sportsman Pro XL's, what I could find on craigslist. Wish they were smaller. Wish I could afford the Cobra brand Misano. I'm still keeping an eye out for classic old recaros....
 

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After giving it another look, the Wedge brackets actually do fit which is nice since I don't have to make custom brackets. The overall package from Wedge is pretty slim with a bracket bolted to a pair of sliders. I have the same set up with my Corbeaus and was pretty happy with them.


For some background, I'm 6' but my torso is longer so I have a higher sitting height. First and formost, the car has to be enjoyable to drive and comfortable so I've been on a quest to get there. I had Scat ProCar Rallys and I don't think they really fit with the car (figuratively and literally, they're wide and sit really high). Then I went to Corbeau GTS IIs and liked them but I could never get fully comfortable. They had a 1" shaved base option so you could sit lower and of course I sprung for that. I had sat in Recaros before and they were supreme but very expensive. I decided to pony up the money for a set because I wanted the infinite seat back adjustability and the overall ergonomics of them.


The first pic is of the brackets in the car. I bought four 5/16-18 x 2" bolts and threaded them through the bracket. I then put nuts on the other side and tightened them so the bolts were fixed like on stock seats and I could use the stock seat flanged washers underneath. One issue I dealt with was that the bolt heads were too big and the holes are really close to the brackets so that impeded movement of the sliders. I took an angle grinder to them and it fixed them but what a pain and a long time figuring out what the hell the issue was.


I also had the seat pans lowered 1.5" and because of that when the seat goes back the bracket hits the tunnel. To account for that I took my angle grinder to the back corner of the inboard brack (second pic) and I was able to get another inch or so in rearward movement. Score.


The third pic is the seat installed and next to the Corbeau for comparison. I must say, totally worth the price of admission as the seat is a huge upgrade. Nothing against the Corbeaus but the quality of the Recaros are phenomenal (very similar to the seats in my Mercedes) and the ergonomics are great. I can fully adjust the seat and it's not as boxy as the Corbeau so it fits in the car better (plus I have more leg room in the rear of the car). The side bolsters on the seat are lower making getting in and out easier, too. It does get tight near the tunnel with the seat and the adjustment knobs but not terrible. I don't like RECARO on the seat in white so I may get it dyed black in the future but I'll deal with it for now.


The best part though? I sit lower, almost another inch lower than the Corbeaus. My seat position is more comfortable and I have more clearance with the stock wheel (I also have an Ididit column). Now, keep in mind I haven't driven in this configuration yet so over time things could come up, but for now I'm happy.


The final pic is of the brack and sliders from Wedge. Until they're fully bolted to the seats, the sliders are EXTREMELY susceptible to racking and its incredibly frustrating. I fought these damn things all day and it lead to a lot of shouting, tears, pleading, and swearing and then my neighbors saw me and it got awkward so just be careful (joking, but not really). Have a rubber mallet and needle nose plyers nearby to help realign the sliders and the lever.
 

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Did you use the convertible braces on the underside?
No bracing at all inside?



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Spintech Subframe Connectors welded to the floor pans. I also doubled up on the floor pan sheet metal. Torque boxes, gussets, and MTF frame rail stiffeners added. The car also has a Heidts Pro G K member up front reinforcing the front frame rails, transmission crossmember ties the floor supports together, and the IRS has reinforcement bracing. I have been considering modifying convertible reinforcement pans to go between the Spintech subframe connectors and rocker panels for additional strength, but I think I have added enough metal. A work in progress.





 

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You did an outstanding job Phil, and you've got the same emotional attachment to Recaros that I had as a kid, my dream seat! They look like a good fit in your car too, although can't see the roof clearance. Is it tight near the top when the convertible is closed?

I ended up going with Procar Scat Sportsman Pro XL's, what I could find on craigslist. Wish they were smaller. Wish I could afford the Cobra brand Misano. I'm still keeping an eye out for classic old recaros....
No. Not tight at all.

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