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Old 04-07-2014, 02:19 AM   #1
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Default Which seats can you swap into an 08-14 WRX that will keep the side airbag?

Hey guys,

I've got an 11 WRX with seats that I absolutely hate. I've tried the mod with removing the brackets, I've tried leaving only part of them in, and other various combinations but the seats are just pretty terrible on my back. I've been wanting aftermarket Recaro's for a long time but really don't want to give up the side airbag that's in the stock seat.

I've done research about people fitting Evo X seats into our cars but none tried wiring up the side airbag up. They just used the airbag bypass mod and bolted the seats in.

There are also some seats made by Recaro that have side airbags but again couldn't find anything about people who have them or got them working with their car.

With the arrival of the 2015 WRX I'm hoping the seats (which I've sat in and think are much much better/supportive than the previous gen) will be an easy swap into our cars.

If anyone has any experience with this any input would be appreciated.
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Old 06-10-2014, 05:39 PM   #2
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I wish I knew this answer as well.
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Old 06-10-2014, 08:37 PM   #3
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Subbing in the hopes of learning if the 15 sti seats can be easily setup in my 13 sti.
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Old 06-11-2014, 03:12 AM   #4
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+1 on 2015 seat swaping into 08-14.
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Old 06-11-2014, 12:45 PM   #5
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There was also someone here that swapped in the BRZ seats as well.. let me look for the link. It needed some additional work though so its probably off your radar as far as a true "plug and play" situation.
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Old 06-11-2014, 12:50 PM   #6
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The FXT seats from 09-13 will bolt in and are loads more comfortable than the WRX seat. They only downfall is they will seat you higher in the cabin by a few inches.
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Old 06-11-2014, 02:38 PM   #7
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They only sit higher because of the seat rails. If you swap the WRX seat rails onto the Forester seats, it'll sit at the same height.
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Old 06-11-2014, 04:59 PM   #8
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Hmm if I could swap BRZ seats in that would be amazing. I just hope the side airbags wire up the same way.
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Old 06-14-2014, 12:40 PM   #9
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BRZ swap into the wrx is NOT an easy task lol
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Old 06-28-2014, 05:29 AM   #10
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Anyone try swapping 15 seats into 08-14's yet?
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Old 07-14-2014, 12:17 AM   #11
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Bump to see if the 2015 seats fit
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Old 07-18-2014, 07:52 PM   #12
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If anyone is looking for BRZ seat that's ready to be dropped in their WRX/STi, here's mine for sale:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2647284
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Old 09-22-2014, 12:17 AM   #13
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Anyone try the 2015 WRX seats yet?
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Old 09-22-2014, 06:31 AM   #14
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Anyone try the 2015 WRX seats yet?
I don't think so. I'm waiting to see if anyone can figure out if the airbag and passenger detection sensor is plug and play into the 08-14.
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Old 10-18-2014, 06:06 PM   #15
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Any update on the 2015 seats?
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Old 10-18-2014, 08:21 PM   #16
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If you are looking for more/adjustable lumbar support, the 15 seats are not for you
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Old 10-21-2014, 09:52 PM   #17
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If you are looking for more/adjustable lumbar support, the 15 seats are not for you
Is the lumbar support in the 15 seats even adjustable?
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Old 10-21-2014, 10:16 PM   #18
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I would go aftermarket, I did with my GR hatch and I really dont like my '15 seats at all.
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Old 10-21-2014, 10:17 PM   #19
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I would go aftermarket, I did with my GR hatch and I really dont like my '15 seats at all.
Yeah I definitely would but I want to keep my side airbag
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Old 11-01-2014, 10:53 PM   #20
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Same here. Want to keep the airbag.
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Old 11-01-2014, 11:01 PM   #21
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It's only a matter of time before someone attempts this. After a bit of tweaking my 11 seats are bearable now.
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Old 11-02-2014, 02:35 PM   #22
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for me i only needed some lower back support and the seats are okay.
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Old 11-30-2014, 10:50 PM   #23
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Any updates?
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Old 12-01-2014, 12:09 AM   #24
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Not that I have heard.
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Old 12-04-2014, 11:22 AM   #25
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I'm about to pull the trigger on some Recaros for my 11'... but am also having second thoughts due to losing side airbags.

Initially I was thinking, how important can side airbags be? All the others will be intact with the resistor mod... but then I started wondering if I am in an accident, would there be insurance issues due to the aftermarket seats/missing side airbags? Hmmmm
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