Recaro Seat Installation 8G lancer

Discussion in 'DIY' started by Sinestra, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. Sinestra

    Sinestra Well-Known Member

    Tools needed:
    Socket Wrench
    10mm socket
    14mm socket
    17mm socket
    Wire Cutters

    First thing is to dissconnect the (-) side of the battery

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    Second thing is to take the 4 plastic covers on each side of the stock seats off. All you need to do if pull them off.

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    Now I started with the passanger side, because 1st you have more room to work with, and 2ed just in case anything went wrong.

    Third you need to take your 14mm socket and remove the 4 bolts. To remove the passanger right side rear you will need to take your 17mm socket and remove the seat belt.

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    Here is the seat belt bolt

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    Fourth, now you have to disconnect the airbag, and seat belt sensors under the stock seat. Now you will remove the stock seat. Just tilt it sideways an pull out. It is really light.

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    Fith, now you are at the biggest pain on installing these seats. Removing the seat belt clip on the stock seat and replacing it to the RECAROs. You will need to cut the white clip holding the sensor to the seat. The black sensor is the seat belt 1. You need to cut the wire ties that are holding the other wires together. Where the wire goes through the seat there is going to be a white piece of plastic. Take a pair of needle nose pliers and pull it out. It will break, but its okay, you do not need to use it on the RECAROs The black selt belt sensor is near the yellow plug

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    Sixth, take the 14mm socket and remove the seat belt clip from the stock seat to the RECARO. When putting it on the RECARO just run the wire in between the rail.

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    Seventh place the RECARO seat in the car, attach the sensors and bolt it back down. Remember you have to place all 4 bolts own then you can take your 17mm socket and put back the seat belt bracket.

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    Proceed to do the same excact thing on the drivers side, but there will be no seat belt bracket to take off, you will just need to run the wires for the seat belt clip. Reconnect the (-) side of the battery and you are done.

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    Note: Your airbag light will come on, you just need to take it to the dealer and have it reset
     
  2. Jogenmaru

    Jogenmaru Well-Known Member

    Not to object with you, but why are you taking the negative side off. I've always been told to take the positive off since that is where the power comes from and the negative is where it returns. Im sure that's the direction the circuit goes. If you take the negative off there is still power flowing through the car. Which is what you don't want. It will eventually discharge after a while of it not being returned to the battery but I would suggest taking the power start off and not the power return off from now on. But that's just the way I install anything that has to do with the electrical system. Also, what is the length of your brackets. I'm thinking the 8th gen lancers and evo x can use the same seats as 7th gen lancer owners and 8th/9th gen evo owners. Why anyone would do it i dont know. Upgrade for previous generations.
     
  3. Sinestra

    Sinestra Well-Known Member

    Not my DIY got it from Evloution X MR on PL he did this install in his Lancer before he bought the Evo. I do know that all new Lancer and Evo's have knee airbags and that the sensor the airbags and the knee airbags are tied into the seat. Which is why you dont see very many new Lancers and Evo's with other racing seats like Bride or Sparco. Our seats have too many sensors in them with no way to disable them and if you did there is not guarantee that the pre-safe functions in the vehicle would still operate properly.

    If i get a chance i will ask him iv never done a seat install before so you guys would know more than i would.
     
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2010
  4. Jogenmaru

    Jogenmaru Well-Known Member

    LOL. The most I've done was remove the seat to shampoo my carpets. No aftermarket seats yet.
     
  5. jdmSTIG

    jdmSTIG Guest

    How much $ did you spend on the seats? I got quoted $ 6,000-7,000 for each (due to the side airbags). You sure the dealership can or will reset the SRS? smh lol.
     
  6. Jogenmaru

    Jogenmaru Well-Known Member

    Never go to a dealer for recaros. Nuff said. Look on ebay or other forums for those recaros. You can get them for much cheaper than that. Around 1500 or less.

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  7. jdmSTIG

    jdmSTIG Guest

    thanks bro. btw: looks good! big ups