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Old 10-24-2012, 08:15 PM   #1
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this is my first time posting in the maic forum. I have a 2011 wrx and I'm going to purchase some bride seats just wondering I anyone knows any shops that sell bride seats in md/de/pa area. I'd like to sit in some before spending a bunch of money. thanks alot
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:38 PM   #2
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Now....before spending a bunch of money on seats......why do you need new seats?

are your shot? Are the springs busted?

Are you going to do anything with your car other than think about racing in an actual environment that will require you to need such seats?

or is this all bench racing to show your swag to a bunch of bros who want to suck your dick because you have leather wrapped racing buckets....that recline....
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:43 PM   #3
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:05 PM   #4
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Now....before spending a bunch of money on seats......why do you need new seats?

are your shot? Are the springs busted?

Are you going to do anything with your car other than think about racing in an actual environment that will require you to need such seats?

or is this all bench racing to show your swag to a bunch of bros who want to suck your dick because you have leather wrapped racing buckets....that recline....
Drinking started early this evening
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:07 PM   #5
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now if u dont wanna spend the money on authentic brides, you can always get the bride replicas that are made from taiwan. Much cheaper. Just a thought :P
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:12 PM   #6
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my seats are in good condition. I have no bros and don't hang out with anyone who is into cars and don't care for anyone's opinion on my car. this is my dd and I'm looking to get into autocross, drag racing and possibly a few track days. just really looking for a more supportive seat since I slide around in my factory seat. if you have any other opinions on seats I would appreciate your help. I do like the look of bride seats but have never sat in any which is why i was asking, i have also been looking at recaro speed seats
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:15 PM   #7
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bride is a registered trade mark in Taiwan.
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:39 PM   #8
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And apple is trademarked and made in China. Sure didn't stop them from trademark infringement.
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:51 PM   #9
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my seats are in good condition. I have no bros and don't hang out with anyone who is into cars and don't care for anyone's opinion on my car. this is my dd and I'm looking to get into autocross, drag racing and possibly a few track days. just really looking for a more supportive seat since I slide around in my factory seat. if you have any other opinions on seats I would appreciate your help. I do like the look of bride seats but have never sat in any which is why i was asking, i have also been looking at recaro speed seats
Be 100% honest here...how many track days.....TT, HPDE, Lapping, etc will you do yearly.

Do you live near a Strip to go to the Drags?

Where is your local Auto-X chapter. Have you thought about what class you want to run? Seats do not modify your Class, but you need to be selective of your modifications.
http://scca.cdn.racersites.com/prod/..._Rules_May.pdf

Is it really your seats that is not giving you the best experience in driving? Or do you think that once you get some maddad seats you will become Speed Racer and your car will transform into the Mach 5?
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:14 PM   #10
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my seats are in good condition. I have no bros and don't hang out with anyone who is into cars and don't care for anyone's opinion on my car. this is my dd and I'm looking to get into autocross, drag racing and possibly a few track days. just really looking for a more supportive seat since I slide around in my factory seat. if you have any other opinions on seats I would appreciate your help. I do like the look of bride seats but have never sat in any which is why i was asking, i have also been looking at recaro speed seats
Not sure where you are, but if you're in NoVa, go out to OG racing and "try on" the seats there. Not sure if they have Bride, but they have the full range of Sparcos in the showroom, and some others as well.

Not sure why everyone is up in your **** about wanting the seats though.....if you want track seats and are willing to deal with the reduced comfort vs. stockers, I don't see what the problem is. Nothing wrong with upgrading to a seat with less flex. In autocross vids in my WRX, it's pretty clear that the driver's stock seat moves around a LOT. I mean, surprisingly so. Just make sure you find a seat that will be comfortable for the drive to the track and daily duty. I'd stay away from fixed-back or a true "hardcore" track seat and lean toward one that has some adjustability and a more conventional style.

I would look at Sparco, Corbeau, Recaro, Tenzo, and a few other brands besides Bride though - race seats vary greatly in comfort, fit, and stiffness (and price). And most of them it's beneficial to have a rollbar so you can mount a back brace to stiffen them up well (and then you can run a 6-point harness as well). Don't run a harness if you don't put a rollbar in, though. Some race seats are pretty flimsy without a back brace, especially lower-end ones - so make sure you check the flex, especially if you're a bigger guy.

Also keep in mind that with many race seats (depending on what design you get), you may have to do some improvisation with your seatbelts (you don't want to run a full harness on the streets).

Either way, it's your car.....and there's nothing ricey about putting a good seat into a car that's going to see track duty. Just make sure you check with your ass before you buy. I've been in race seats that felt comfortable at first, but after 30 minutes in them my ass was sore and my legs were going numb....

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Old 10-24-2012, 10:38 PM   #11
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Maybe invest in a harness to hold you in the seat better, it'd be cheaper, but its your money in the long run.
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:46 PM   #12
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Maybe invest in a harness to hold you in the seat better, it'd be cheaper, but its your money in the long run.
1. running a harness on the street in a car without a roll bar is dangerous (and illegal in most cases). Unless you like broken necks in the event of a rollover. Yeah, Subarus have strong b-pillars, but they can still crush in. Harness on = you can't duck.

2. most trackday organizations won't let you run a harness with a stock seat, unless your seat is track spec'd (aka, you have a Porsche GT3 or something). Pretty sure Subaru seats are not harness-spec, except maybe for the Schroth ones (check their site). But before you get a Schroth, read below:

3. If you're going to run a harness, run a 5- or 6-point. 4-point harness is much more dangerous than your stock seatbelt is in a frontal collision, due to submarining. Unless you don't like your lower internal organs.

4. You can't easily run a 5- or 6-point with an OEM seat, unless you slit it. And running a harness on the street sucks anyhow....Can't even reach the radio easily
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:49 PM   #13
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you could, however, get a CG-Lock, which is safe, legal, and will help hold you in the seat.

But again, if you have the money and want to do it, there's nothign wrong with buying a stiffer seat that holds you better......
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:10 PM   #14
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putting a good seat into a car that's going to see track duty.

this is my point.....

I dont think he will see track time. Maybe one or so Auto-X, but I highly doubt this driver/car combo will debut any tracks near him
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:19 PM   #15
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this is my point.....

I dont think he will see track time. Maybe one or so Auto-X, but I highly doubt this driver/car combo will debut any tracks near him
you could be right. Or you could be wrong (do you know the OP?). I don't know him, so if he says he plans to do autocross and trackdays, I have no reason to doubt him.....

Either way, there's nothing wrong with putting a good-fitting seat into a daily driver either.... If they guy wants a better-boltered seat to make his general driving experience more enjoyable......whatever. For his sake, I hope he can find one that is comfortable enough for DD duty. There are some out there that are pretty comfortable....At least he's not bolting on some big wing or body kit or bling wheels......

There are a ton of guys on here who put coilovers and turbo upgrades and volks on their car who never take their cars to the track either....
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:55 PM   #16
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Understandable on the harness, you're clearly more well informed on the point. Many things I did not know, specifically that they are illegal in some places. (Seeing as the brolos meeting at McDs on Friday and revving their engines seem to run them) regardless.

The silver lining to someone with the disposable income that wants track dedicated seats is, IF they don't track them and don't like the fit they will sell them, probably at a reduced price, THEREFOREEEEE leaving nice track duty seats up for grabs by those who have a track dedicated vehicle.

Good in my book, let OP buy em, whether he needs them or not is moot.
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agreed.....but when you blanket statement I want to Track and Drag and Auto-X....well thats just a red flag right there.

And to address the modification of the car.....I dont disagree with you....I did it...I was one hell of a sport racers.....I went from stoplight to stoplight, school zones, Deaf Child Areas.....it was amazin.....My best time Trial was in a School Zone. I had to get under 3:08....that bastard in the Civic was at 3:09. I caught the red light. I was so Pissed...then I remembered the short cut. I popped the clutch and was gone around the loading zone behind the school. I damn near hit the marching band, but it was worth it...Once my EWG opened up, they played a Symphony for my people. I just let it go and tore off through the parking lot and came out on the other side. I was still down though. So I blasted it sideways through a Yield sign, putting my bumper right at the crossing guards chair. Luckily she wasnt sitting there and was stopping Traffic for me. Ill never forget the look on the civic owners face when I came out of the school zone at 3:07. The Civic CAN lose.
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:03 AM   #18
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that got out of hand quickly, thanks for the help
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You guys scared away another new member.
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Understandable on the harness, you're clearly more well informed on the point. Many things I did not know, specifically that they are illegal in some places. (Seeing as the brolos meeting at McDs on Friday and revving their engines seem to run them) regardless.
Yeah, I don't care so much about the legal aspect personally. I just like to not have my spine compressed (happens when you get in a front-ender with no rollbar/harness bar as many guys put a hard down-angle on the harness with stock seats), nor have my neck broken if someone t-bones me and the car rolls and roof caves (seen that happen multiple times, it's not pretty)

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, IF they don't track them and don't like the fit they will sell them, probably at a reduced price, THEREFOREEEEE leaving nice track duty seats up for grabs by those who have a track dedicated vehicle.
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totally agree there. I'm currently looking for a pair for my rallycross beater. And I need to find them at "beater" prices!

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agreed.....but when you blanket statement I want to Track and Drag and Auto-X....well thats just a red flag right there.
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I did a couple track days, drag days, and about 50 autocrosses in a previous car.....a Nissan Maxima Some people actually are wierd like that.

I plan to do auto-x and trackdays with my rallycross car next year too
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:48 AM   #21
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Remember Schroth claiming they sold the only street legal harnesses because theirs released by pushing a red button which was a NHTSA requirement for car manufacturers.

I have 3 vehicles I drive on street that have racing seats and harnesses. Irish44J, would be interested in any laws regarding harnesses with out without cages. Doubtful there are any that say you must have a cage to have harnesses. But wouldn't surprise me if most states have statutes stating any non-OEM seatbelt is unlawful.

Who cares if OP goes racing or not? Its just a seat.

Every Bride I've sat in were too narrow for fat American spec-asses. +1 for going to OG Racing and trying them on for size.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:15 AM   #22
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:00 AM   #23
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who gives a **** if he's going to ACTUALLY track it or not? It's his money. Jesus.

+another one for OG racing. OP, what's your waist size? Bride seats run super narrow in the ass and hips.
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:07 AM   #24
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Seriously let the guy make his onw choice in seats, I put Brides in mine and love them. For the OP if you really do want the seats for track use make sure you pick ones that are FIA certified or that meet the requirements for what ever event you plan on using the car for. No sense in spending major money on seats that aren't allowed for your safety in your event.
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:19 AM   #25
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No one in the area that I know has Bride seats in stock. Probably going to be easier to find people with Bride seats in their car and try them out. OG racing has seats in their showroom. I've had bride low max(adjustable back), Brix, and Vios. They were all pretty comfortable but for a DD the adjustable back is nice. Recaro pole positions are super nice also. Good luck! ravspec in NY can get Bride's for you.

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