Aftermarket seats for a Miata

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Aftermarket seats for a Miata

Postby jd42 » Wed Mar 02, 2016 1:09 pm

I finally got myself a "proper" autocross car and looking forward to resuming activity with the club this season. My new-to-me 2003 Miata has a long list of upgrades and improvements I plan to add over the next few years. One of those items are seats.

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.

Must haves:
    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)
http://corbeau.com/forza-sport.html
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.

Marrad LX1
http://www.arizenracingsports.com/proddetail.asp?prod=MLX1
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.
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Re: Aftermarket seats for a Miata

Postby eg8tuner » Thu Mar 03, 2016 9:10 pm

you know my opinion..... you dont need race buckets
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Re: Aftermarket seats for a Miata

Postby pdool09 » Fri Mar 04, 2016 6:21 pm

I find the Sparco R100 to be a good option for its price. There are nicer options but for ~$300 it's hard to beat.
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Re: Aftermarket seats for a Miata

Postby DM » Sat Mar 05, 2016 8:45 am

Miata seats don't provide much lateral support and NB seats are the worst of the lot. Cheap... cut up and re contour the Miata seats. I hate every Miata seat I own and that's 10 of em! :lol:

I have a nice extra set of the Recaro buckets for my 1991 E30... Those seats can put me into a "nirvana" state!

Best bet: try seats at a dealer or in other people's cars. Your body shape makes a huge diff. What fits you might not (won't) fit someone else
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Re: Aftermarket seats for a Miata

Postby jd42 » Sun Mar 06, 2016 11:53 am

eg8tuner wrote:you know my opinion..... you dont need race buckets

Sure I don't NEED them, but there a number of advantages aftermarket seats can offer (bolstering, harness compatibility, weight, height, etc.) for which the factory seats are a challenge.

pdool09 wrote:I find the Sparco R100 to be a good option for its price. There are nicer options but for ~$300 it's hard to beat.

I have to agree that is a good looking seat, and the price is certainly attractive. Does anyone have any experience whether these can yield a lower seating position than factory in an NB Miata? A little internet searching on these suggests conflicting results about height.

DM wrote:Best bet: try seats at a dealer or in other people's cars. Your body shape makes a huge diff. What fits you might not (won't) fit someone else

Are there any seat dealers around? The northeast is a challenge for performance parts. I even inquired directly with Corbeau about where I could try seats in person, and their response was basically "let us know if you are ever traveling to other parts of the country".
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Re: Aftermarket seats for a Miata

Postby DM » Sun Mar 06, 2016 12:42 pm

There was a speed shop in Portland on Forest Avenue years ago. I have a set of seats I bought years ago from CA but I was out on business and got to sit in them first. Cerullo SC http://www.cerullo.com/sports-seats/

Your best bet is to try other people's soln to seats... Your size and body type makes a huge difference

Being old and plump most stock Japanese seats are too small for my torso :shock:
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