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#1 Minladtom

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 11:39 PM

Ideas please. Im after some bucket seats but I use my mini daily and for fairly long trips so I need something comfy and isnt gunna cause me to ache after an hour or so. The reason im going bucket seats is im going to be using it foe trackdays when its all sorted

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 11:41 PM

Sparco Sprint bucket seats are very comfy and are very reasonably priced.



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Posted 17 March 2014 - 11:43 PM

From experience, no, but would i swap em, no  :D



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Posted 17 March 2014 - 11:52 PM

Sparco sprints suitable for long drives ? I know how bad long drives can in a bucket seat haha

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 12:42 AM

Put a cushion in a bucket. Nice? 



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 01:42 AM

I would go for a fibreglass shell one over a steel framed one. Heard bad stories about steel framed ones both comfort and safety.

 

I picked up a racetech seat from New Zealand cheap and it is the comfiest thing I've ever sat it. It's the same shape basically as a cobra suzuka. When they fit right they are awesome. Really are the kind of thing you should try before you buy though.

 

Feels like sitting in a baby seat!



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 06:56 AM

The steel framed sparco/cobras you see in minis don't strike me as all that comfortable

The fibreglass ones tend to be wider across the shoulders (hence not seeing them in road minis so often)

The corbeau classis buckets seemed really comfortable, but very low headrest IMO

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 07:10 AM

Must be honest and say once in, my mamba seats are extremely comfy even for my ancient frame over two hours. Getting in and out is a different matter and the sole reason I've changed them

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 08:38 AM

I would go for a fibreglass shell one over a steel framed one. Heard bad stories about steel framed ones both comfort and safety.

 

100% agree. Go for the ones which have a grp/carbon/kevlar shell rather than the steel frames one (eg Cobra Monaco etc). 10 times more supportive and comfy.


Edited by james962, 18 March 2014 - 08:39 AM.


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 10:14 AM

My classic cobra's from huddersfield comfwwy

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 10:52 AM

+1 for the cushion

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 01:50 PM

I would buy some some MPI seats if its your daily then just swap them for a bucket seats when you go on track days. When I was 17 I fitted bucket seats as I thought it was cool. As I got older I realised how nice it is to still have the feeling in your ass when you get out the car haha. Hence me fitting some standard retrimmed seats back in the clubby. I do have a bucket seat in the loft incase I do a track day but I have not been on track in my mini for about 3 years now.



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 02:57 PM

Sparco sprints suitable for long drives ? I know how bad long drives can in a bucket seat haha

 

Yes, I think so, they're not as hard as most bucket seats. 



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Posted 20 March 2014 - 09:09 AM

Personally I don't believe there is such thing as a comfy bucket seat - my daily is a EP3 type R and if I ever do long runs (motorway) I borrow something else.

The nearest you will get is something that is bucket like in appearance, but not actually a bucket - so something out of a luxurious sports model (R32, Audio S range etc.), but I don't think they would fit in a Classic Mini.


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Posted 20 March 2014 - 09:45 AM

I have buckets in my mini and find them really comfy. I used to get lower back ache when on long journeys with the standard seats and I don't get any aches at all with the buckets and I am comfortable all the time. One of the best purchases I've made.

 

I've got to be honest though, they are a pain to get in and out of.


Edited by Brad_Raybould, 20 March 2014 - 09:46 AM.





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