The factory NB seats are reasonably comfortable, but sit rather high, and don't have much for bolstering. The "foamectomy" to sit lower in the seat seems to be one cheap approach some people take. But I got thinking whether I'd be happier overall with something aftermarket. So I'm looking for ideas and recommendations from those with more familiarity with aftermarket seats.
- Cost has to be reasonable. I'm not looking to dump thousands into a 13 year old Miata. I'd like to find a pair of seats for several hundred dollars. I might go up to $1000 for something really sweet. Used is okay (assuming I can find any).
They have to actually fit in a Miata. I do run a hardtop, and I will be adding a roll bar.
This is a daily driver, so comfort and reasonable ease of entry/exit are important.
I'm not a small guy, so they can't be overly narrow. I don't mind fitting snug, but too tight is likely to become uncomfortable on my hips and/or shoulders.
Whatever mounting solution I end up with needs to sit me lower than the factory seats (2" is my goal, more is better).
OEM seat belts should still be usable for the street.
Nice to haves:
- Certification for track would be nice should I decide to try some track days at some point. This would probably also make things safer in the event of a street crash.
Harness routing holes would be great for autocross days and the above theoretical track days.
Use of factory (or aftermarket) seat sliders would be nice to accommodate other drivers.
Some minor bracket customization/fabrication is fine, but I'd prefer to avoid having to weld if possible.
Low weight is always a plus!
A couple of options I'm looking at so far:
Corbeau Forza Sport (note these are different that the regular Forza)
The price seems great for an FIA-certified seat. I've read conflicting reports how much lower than stock these end up once installed in a Miata.
Nice and low, but a little pricey (though slider hardware is available). I've read conflicting reports on comfort level. Disappointed that price doesn't get a track certified seat.