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Old 12-25-2016, 11:57 AM   #1
pt326bc
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Default Uncomfortable stock cloth seats

So on my premium 2017 WRX I have about 600 miles now and the standard cloth seats are quite uncomfortable with little support. My 2006 Honda V6 with 142000 miles with leather have much more supportive and comfortable seats.
So options include change to leather with padding and lumbar support or a new seat!!
Opinions and experiences with same?
Thanks.
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Old 12-25-2016, 07:41 PM   #2
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You may be able to swap seats from a similar year but different trim model if you find those more comfortable. That would be (in theory) the easiest option because it many cases it can be a direct swap.
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Old 12-26-2016, 09:54 AM   #3
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I have a 2017 Base, and I had similar opinions in regards to the seats. I'm about 1500 miles into it now and I feel that the seats have broken in nicely. I don't really think about them anymore on my daily drives.

One thing that does still bother me tho, is that the seat is entirely too tall for me at the lowest setting. Still considering aftermarket bucket seat options for that reason alone.

One thing I discovered about a month or two into ownership, is that the head rest can click a couple times forward unlike my previous Honda. This helped too, because it was set at the furthest "click" and that was too far back for me. So that helped.
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Old 12-27-2016, 05:25 PM   #4
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I feel the same way about wanting the seat to have lower settings. The seats are much more comfortable in my 17 premium and have better support with bolstering compared to my 09 WRX base that had cloth seats. I have about 1700 miles on the clock, and only drive 100 miles a day, though.

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I have a 2017 Base, and I had similar opinions in regards to the seats. I'm about 1500 miles into it now and I feel that the seats have broken in nicely. I don't really think about them anymore on my daily drives.

One thing that does still bother me tho, is that the seat is entirely too tall for me at the lowest setting. Still considering aftermarket bucket seat options for that reason alone.

One thing I discovered about a month or two into ownership, is that the head rest can click a couple times forward unlike my previous Honda. This helped too, because it was set at the furthest "click" and that was too far back for me. So that helped.
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Old 01-04-2017, 09:46 AM   #5
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I was debating on making a similar post regarding the older STi seats (04-07). Ya ya, I've seen the "seat mod" threads all over, but I'm coming up empty handed when attempting to find anyone who has actually modified the padding.

Please share a photo or info if anyone has experience with this, it would be greatly appreciated, it will certainly save me a ton of money...and it might even save me from back problems in the future and some serious correspondence to Subaru regarding their "fatty" version seats here in the US. Personally I don't think Subaru or manufacturers should appeal to obesity, those people are going to develop back problems anyway. But now, thanks to the US seats, skinny follks have the displeasure of the same future (-1000 points) (end Rant)

FWIW- this is the most helpful, similar thread, to what I was looking for. Unfortunately they never take off the seat cover so I don't know what I'd be dealing with http://www.rs25.com/forums/f105/t119...djustment.html
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Old 01-04-2017, 04:40 PM   #6
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I drive quite a bit ... 19500 on my 17 wrx Limited in just over 6 months. I have had lower back pain for the first time ever for the last few months and the only thing I could contribute it to is this car. Everything else I had driven in the past few years has had an adjustable lumbar support. This car even in the leather trim has very little lumbar support.

I tried this

however this was too wide and was way too much lumbar support, especially because the side bolsters pinched them the whole thing together and made it even larger and it gave you too little seat to sit on.

Today I opened the back of the seat, unzip the sides from the bottom, and release the tongue and groove plastic retainer which secures the front leather to the back.

I then took the foam out of the bolster I bought and placed it in between the factory metal springs and the factory cushion. I did need to release the bottom left and right retaining springs on the factory metal support to get it in, then they popped back into place easily. Then I buttoned it all back together, 30 minutes tops.

My initial impression is a huge improvement in lumbar support. a little more towards too much then too little but I have a feeling that will settle down a bit. I did lose a bit of side bolstering as the center of then cushion is pushed forward more but I can live with that if I am not in agony. Ill post an update once I drive some more and see if it helps.
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