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Old 10-08-2006, 07:30 PM   #1
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Default About to install Evo Recaros in my '06 STI

Picked them up today, they're from an '05 Evo. Also have a set of sparco brackets to fit the STI. Interestingly enough, the holes on the sparco bracket line up with the mounting holes on the sliders on the recaros, so I won't have to drill any holes like other people have mentioned...

I hope to get them installed in the car tonite once I put my 18 month old daughter to bed.

Pics to come once I've installed them!
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Old 10-09-2006, 02:24 AM   #2
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Intrested in this install as I want to go to a black interior in my 06. Pics and write up would be good...
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Old 10-09-2006, 02:30 AM   #3
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Great seats, it's the only thing the STi is missing. Can't wait to see how this turns out.
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Old 10-09-2006, 02:37 AM   #4
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PICS! PICS! PICS! I sure wish I could afford to put some nice recaros into my car. Hope you have zero issues. Did you get your 3 ohm resistors from a fellow member on this forum?

Edit: here is the link to the resistors just in case
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=698984

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Old 10-09-2006, 09:43 AM   #5
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Yep, I have the resistors sitting on my desk. I need to get some hardware today and maybe some spacers and I'll install them later today. I'll do pics then!
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Old 10-09-2006, 09:56 AM   #6
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subscribed - like to see some details on your resistor install. I followed other's instructions to the letter and it didn't work.
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Old 10-09-2006, 03:08 PM   #7
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I'm jealous....I love the Evo Recaros.
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Old 10-09-2006, 10:46 PM   #8
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Just got done with the install. Probably a 3 wrencher out of 5 scale just due to the amount of tools you need and the PITA factor.

You need a 3/8" drive socket set with 6 point sockets, a 6mm allen wrench, a drill and drill bits, 3 ohm resistors, electrical tape, dykes, channel locks, torx sockets, hardware, hammer, pry bar/large flat head screwdriver and maybe a cut off wheel.

I bought a set of Recaros from an '05 Evo and picked up a set of Sparco Impreza seat brackets. If you use Wedge brackets you won't need to use spacers. I got the sparco ones cause I found a set used locally for a good price. With the Sparco brackets you don't need to drill any holes, they line up perfectly with the recaro slider rails. Expect to pay anywhere from $500-700 for a set of used cloth Evo recaros.

First start by disconnecting the negative lead off the battery.

Now take a 14mm socket and undue the 4 bolts holding each factory seat in place. Tilt each seat back and disconnect the wiring harnesses. There are 4 on the drivers side mounted to a bracket and (I think) 4 on the passengers side seat.

Lift both seats out of the car carefully and turn them upside down.



You need to remove both seat belt receptacles with harnesses from the stock seats. Use a 14mm socket for these.

Here's a shot showing the harnesses underneath the drivers seat. These are a PITA, you may need to use a small flat head screwdriver to release the clips that hold them in place. That little black plastic module underneath all the yellow harnesses is the '06 seat rail position sensor. If you have an '06, you need that, take it too.



Take off both seat belt receptacles, the seat rail sensor from the drivers seat (if you have an '06) and the seat occupancy sensor and module from the passengers seat.

There are two rivets you need to drill out to get the passengers airbag module out. To get the bladder out from the seat, use the channel locks to unclip the harnesses on the back of the seat. Then you can just slide it right out.

This is a shot showing the module and occupancy bladder on the stock seat. You need to use the dykes to cut those two green pegs, they're holding the bladder in place. Drill out the two rivets to release the module.



On the recaro, again use the channel locks to remove the hooks from the bottom of the seat, then slide the bladder in underneath the spring bed. Make sure you have the harness where you want it, then reattach the hooks. I ended up moving the module from where it's pictured, it was interfering with the bracket, I ended up ziptieing it to the seat frame directly.

Here's a shot showing the module and bladder installed in the recaro.



On the drivers seat, the rail position sensor just needs to be plugged in, I zip tied it towards the rear of the bracket.

I had to space out the bracket from the rails, as the grab handle would hit the bracket otherwise. I used washers and ended up with 9/16" being the correct height. I then bolted the brackets to the sliders with the spacers in place. You need to trim the excess length off the two front bolts, otherwise the bracket won't seat. This is where I used my air driven cut off wheel. A dremel will work too, but will take considerably longer. You want the head of the front screws to be going in from the bottom up! Otherwise the nut is too large and the brackets won't seat in the car properly.

Make sure everything is neatly ziptied in place and place the seats in the car. Plug in all the harnesses and place a 3 ohm resistor in the airbag plug.

Here's a shot showing the resistor installed in the harness plug. I used electrical tape to secure it in place.



Loosely start each bolt, you may need to use a large screwdriver to get the holes to align. Now tighten all the bolts down.

Reconnect your battery, cross your fingers and start your car. The airbag light should go out in a few seconds and when you sit in the passenger seat, the light should switch from "off" to "on".

This took my about 4 hours to do, much of that was messing around with figuring out how large a spacer I needed and how all the bolts needed to go. The seats do sit a little bit lower than the lowest position on the stock drivers seat. You may be able to get away with a smaller spacer, but I didn't want the adjuster bracket to be under tension at all.

They are much more comfortable and they match the interior quite well. The only bummer is the loss of the side airbags.

I'm too tired to take a money shot right now and it's too dark for it to show up well. That and my cameras memory card is full. I'll take one tomorrow.

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Old 10-09-2006, 10:55 PM   #9
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^ jeebus.. NICE.

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Old 10-09-2006, 11:21 PM   #10
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interesting. I am putting the same seats in my 02 wagon. I got one in so far.

Kinda surprised you did not use Wedge brackets. Then you would have up and down adjustments. With my brackets set at max I am nearly at the same height as a 02 seat slammed. I can't wait to get my adaptor to finish my install.
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Old 10-09-2006, 11:36 PM   #11
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The wedge brackets aren't really height adjustable. If you want them at their lowest setting, you have to cut off the other two welded nuts, so you can't change the height again.

I went with the sparco brackets because I got a set used locally for a really good price.
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Old 10-09-2006, 11:52 PM   #12
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Old 10-09-2006, 11:52 PM   #13
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Was too tired to vacuum them...
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Old 10-10-2006, 12:03 AM   #14
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does it feel any different then the stock seat, besides being lower?
if it does then I might want to swap my spg for evo recaro's.
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Old 10-10-2006, 01:13 AM   #15
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does it feel any different then the stock seat, besides being lower?
if it does then I might want to swap my spg for evo recaro's.
they are called the sport sportline and you can buy them at any recaro dealer.



the brackets have 4 total mounting holes drilled in them...yes? its because the company i work for produces those for sparco.
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Old 10-10-2006, 01:15 AM   #16
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Yes, it feels much different from stock. Like sc00by4life said, they're recaro sport sportline seats. Way more supportive than stock and they hug you much more. Alot more thigh support too.

The sparco bracket actually has 8 holes in it, 4 are set inboard to the other 4 you use the outboard 4 holes to bolt to the sliders.
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Old 10-10-2006, 01:18 AM   #17
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Yes, it feels much different from stock. Like sc00by4life said, they're recaro sport sportline seats. Way more supportive than stock and they hug you much more. Alot more thigh support too.

The sparco bracket actually has 8 holes in it, 4 are set inboard to the other 4 you use the outboard 4 holes to bolt to the sliders.
thats what i ment .

the speedware bracket > all.
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Old 10-10-2006, 01:30 AM   #18
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thats sick i wish i had more money! ive never seen this done and it matches quite well.
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Old 10-10-2006, 01:44 AM   #19
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I LOVE those seats, just not a huge fan of the "waffle" pattern...but props for nice install!
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Old 10-10-2006, 02:34 AM   #20
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I personally don't think Evo thigh bolsters are better than STI ones, but the seat backs are LEAGUES better. I always ask why subaru didn't put seat backs more like that in the STI. Its the only thing that I feel I wish was different from the factory as a stock car.
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Old 10-10-2006, 12:03 PM   #21
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I like the EVO seats better than the STi seats. They seem to hold me better. Seeing that I drive a MY04 WRX anything holds better.
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Old 10-10-2006, 12:50 PM   #22
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You just need black door cards now. Nice job!!!
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Old 10-10-2006, 12:58 PM   #23
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evo recaros/ sportline > any daily driven racing seat. They're way more comfortable and supportive than STi seats, you can't ask for more. I also like how the recaro symbol kinda has a low profile in this line..
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Old 10-10-2006, 03:27 PM   #24
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The thigh bolsters don't seem that high, but they do a surprisingly good job of keeping you planted in the seats. I had a set of Recaro Speed/SRD's in my last car and the thigh bolsters on those were so aggressive they'd make my right leg go to sleep. For a daily driver, these are perfect. For a dedicated track car, a little more thigh bolstering would be ok.

Yeah, the waffle pattern is a little weird, but at least the colors don't clash too much with the rest of the interior.

I love the seats, they're very comfortable and by far this is the cheapest way to get better seats in the car.

I've driven a bit more today and the seat is alot lower than I initially thought. It's maybe an inch lower than the lowest position of the stock drivers seat.
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Old 10-10-2006, 03:31 PM   #25
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evo recaros/ sportline > any daily driven racing seat. They're way more comfortable and supportive than STi seats, you can't ask for more. I also like how the recaro symbol kinda has a low profile in this line..
you havent sat in V4 STi seats then my friend, my brothers hold better than all 3 of my friends evos, and theyre even more comfortable to boot! its nearly the perfect racing/road-trip seat ive sat in
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