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Old 02-19-2008, 09:10 PM   #1
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Impreza WRX STi EVO IX MR Recaros in a STi w/ black WRX interior

I really wasnt a fan of the blue STi interior from the beginning so I swapped it out with all black WRX interior last year, with the plan of putting in black Recaros sometime in the future. Ran across a good deal on some EVO IV MR Recaros last week, bought some used Recaro bases for a Impreza from a NASIOC member, and... enjoy











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Old 02-19-2008, 09:14 PM   #2
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very sexayyyyy nice job. how much were the recaros?
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Old 02-19-2008, 09:16 PM   #3
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Looks awesome!
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Old 02-19-2008, 09:17 PM   #4
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looks sooooo hot in person... pics dont do either justice..
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Old 02-19-2008, 09:20 PM   #5
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clearly those are the seats that should have come with the car originally...great job looks great
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Old 02-19-2008, 09:37 PM   #6
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That looks terrible. Please leave your keys in the lock and forward me your address.
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Old 02-19-2008, 09:39 PM   #7
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jealous .....
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Old 02-19-2008, 09:45 PM   #8
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what did you have to do to the brackets to make them fit?
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Old 02-19-2008, 09:57 PM   #9
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Looks amazing! I too would like to know what you have to do to the brackets and sliders to get the seats to fit. Is it easy to do, or does it require some custom fabbed brackets? Thanks for any more info...
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Old 02-19-2008, 10:01 PM   #10
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Those look pimp.

I'm pretty sure Recaro makes sliders for the Impreza. Just bolt em on the seat and then bolt em in your car.

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Old 02-19-2008, 10:27 PM   #11
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Thanks fellas, I too was very satisfied that it turned out even better than I envisioned in my brain. I'll be at the SRP BBQ come check it out its OOOOSOME

The seller told me the seats had 2000mi on it before he swapped it out for Sparco's, but they look and feel brand spankin new. I paid $900 delivered to my door, + used Recaro/Speedware bases for Impreza/WRX's from another NASIOC member.

The seats don't bolt straight in obviously because the EVO has different base mount hole locations, but if you buy the Recaros complete with Seat/Rails/Sliders/Base in tact like I did, all you have to do is undo four hex bolts to take the EVO bases off, then swap em out with Speedware/Recaro bases for your Impreza/WRX. Misc things I also used for the install are:

8 nuts and washers to mount the custom bases to your Recaro rails (I forgot what size thread but I can find out if you need).

2 - 3ohm resistors for the airbag light (I sent some guy off NASIOC a 41cent stamped return address envelope and he sent me 4 resistors for free, he apprently had couple hundred resistors lying around or something and was giving them out to NASIOC members, I still have two extra if anyone needs them, or you can search), and some elec tape to cover it up after.


Tools I used were:

Short 6mm allen wrech socket with a socket wrench (I recommend a longer/breaker bar, if the rails and the mitsubishi base isnt separated already its on there ridiculously tight)

A phillips screw driver to undo the 4 gold screws on the front of the rails so the base sits flush against the rails. The other 4 rear gold screws are okay, but the front four sticks out on the surface of the rails. They wont change the performance, they just hold on a small black plastic trim piece.

Needle nose pliers to undo the wiring clips from the bottom of the seat

And I think it was either a 17mm,18mm, or 19mm socket if you need to take off the mitsubishi seatbelt clips. Then your subaru seat belt clips bolt right on to the Recaros. My Speedware bases came with custom seat belt clip mounting locations so I just used a long screw driver to bend them out about 4mm (towards the middle of the car) so they don't interfere with the seat when you slide them front to back.

The swap was pretty easy overall, the hardest part for me was taking my heavy a$$ subaru seats out of the car and putting the new ones in because I was doing it by my self, you kinda have to man handle the seats in there without scratching your interior. I took the driver side seat out/in through the driver side rear door (roll your window down), and the passenger side just pops out/in through the front door.
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Old 02-19-2008, 11:04 PM   #12
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Loooooove my Evo Recaro.

Looks fantastic with your black interior conversion.
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Old 02-20-2008, 08:30 AM   #13
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Pure sex! as a fellow 05 member im JEALOUS!!!!
Those seats are soo nice in there. Way to go. keep up the awesome work amigo
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Old 02-20-2008, 08:34 AM   #14
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Looks very nice!

Quick question, how's the volume on that Greddy evo 2? Love the way it looks, but if it really is pretty much the quietest exhaust out there, I'm going to have to look elsewhere...
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Old 02-20-2008, 09:41 AM   #15
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wonder if i could put the heating element in those from my current seats.
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Old 02-20-2008, 10:57 AM   #16
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that looks amazing.. my next mod, i am now on the hunt for EVO recaros!
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Old 02-20-2008, 11:28 AM   #17
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nice seats
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Old 02-20-2008, 11:56 AM   #18
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Looks very nice!

Quick question, how's the volume on that Greddy evo 2? Love the way it looks, but if it really is pretty much the quietest exhaust out there, I'm going to have to look elsewhere...
The Greddy EVO2 is pretty quiet, especially when you are just cruising around. Mines mated to a Invidia catless DP right now, and I still don't feel like it is loud, but I haven't had the chance to get on WOT yet I am gonna clamp down my turbo oil return hose better tomorrow so I will let you know after how it sounds at WOT/full boost. I decided to get the Greddy EVO2 more for looks, I really liked how the Spec C RA-R's titanium exhausts looked under there so I wanted something similar. Also, if you are going for the performance factor, Greddy EVO2 isn't your best bet because it does taper to I think 2.75in right at the beginning of the midpipe for a few inches then opens up to 3in again. And you know how they say "a pipe is only as wide as it's narrowest point", kinda like "a chain is only strong as its weakest link". From what I've seen on youtube it has a decent rumble/growl, but if you specifically want a louder exhaust I'd say go another route.
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Old 02-20-2008, 11:59 AM   #19
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See I don't want an exhaust that is obnoxiously loud, like a Blitz Nur Spec-R or an Invida N1 race, but I don't want something that is almost as quiet as stock either. Guess I'm searching for a middle ground, and it's really hard to tell comparative volumes from videos.

I too really like the way the Greddy looks. Canister exhausts aren't my thing.
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Old 02-20-2008, 12:06 PM   #20
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I've been getting a couple PM's about those free resistors, if you're in a hurry you can go down to radio shack or something and buy some, but if you have a week to spare here is the link to the free resistors. Last month, he said he still had over a 100 left, so I'm sure he still has over a hundred

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=698984

"I bought 500 3 Ohm resistors on Ebay for $7.99 for my airbag system. (I went with EDM STI seats) If any one needs any, send a self addressed stamped envelope to:
Flying Leaf Aviation LLC
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I'll throw a few in your envelope and your on your way, untill I run out"



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See I don't want an exhaust that is obnoxiously loud, like a Blitz Nur Spec-R or an Invida N1 race, but I don't want something that is almost as quiet as stock either. Guess I'm searching for a middle ground, and it's really hard to tell comparative volumes from videos.

I too really like the way the Greddy looks. Canister exhausts aren't my thing.
You should also consider the fact that I am comparing the Greddy EVO2 to a STi OEM catback. If you are going from a WRX oem catback I think you'll be satisfied with the Greddy EVO2.

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Old 02-20-2008, 12:33 PM   #21
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looks sooooo hot in person... pics dont do either justice..

+1. Thanks for letting me have a seat in them last night Sang. Those seats are t3e shiz and look awesome in your car with the black interior. I also love your lower driving position with those seats & rails. I should have been that way from the factory.


Thanks again for the turbo & injectors.


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Old 02-20-2008, 12:37 PM   #22
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You should also consider the fact that I am comparing the Greddy EVO2 to a STi OEM catback. If you are going from a WRX oem catback I think you'll be satisfied with the Greddy EVO2.
Hmm ok, thanks.

Again, nice seats
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Old 02-20-2008, 12:46 PM   #23
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WOW, looks great...so damn clean looking. Thats how the STi should have came. You got a pretty killer deal on those seats too, do they have adjustable height?
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Old 02-20-2008, 01:12 PM   #24
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Evo Recaros >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Anything Subaru calls a seat.

It's funny, STi seats have more padding and yet are less comfortable for long distances They also hold a heck of a lot less.

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Old 02-20-2008, 01:19 PM   #25
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amazing. best/cleanest interior setup ive seen.

:edit: also love the wingless. you have some TASTE.
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