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Recaro Racing Seats Installation
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Recaro Racing Seats Installation

Grego Gulik


2-3 hours






5mm, 6mm, 7mm Allen wrenches, zip-ties

Applicable Models:

Porsche 911 (1965-89)
Porsche 912 (1965-69)
Porsche 930 Turbo (1976-89)

Parts Required:

Recaro SRD seat, Recaro seat rails, Porsche emblem patch

Performance Gain:

A racing seat that will hold you in place for those autocross and track day events, also, a bit more headroom if you're a taller sort of person

Complementary Modification:

Install a Recaro SRD for your passenger/co-pilot

WARNING: This page is still a work in progress! The seat is installed but I'm still going to need to do a little fine tuning on it before my first track event.

I am not responsible for any problems you experience as a result of trying to do anything described here. The hack documented here worked fine for me but may not work for you far any number of reasons.

Please Note: If you plan on using Recaro SRD seats with a DAS rollbar in a pre-1990 911 I highly recommend you check out my DAS rollbar install page for some important information. The DAS rollbar and Recaro SRD seats don't work well together without a fair amount of work.

After doing several events with a 6-point harness with the standard seat I decided it's about time to move to a real racing seat. I looked at several seats and due to my "stature" I was limited to only a few seats. Since my wife wants to be able to drive the car once in a while I was leaning towards more of a sport seat versus a shell seat. I then ran across the Recaro SRD at Northstar Motorsports and found that it's SCCA and PCA approved for racing yet was adjustable for multiple drivers plus it was available with a sub-belt hole.

I also purchased a slider bracket for my '88 911. In the meantime I decided that I wanted a passenger side to match so I set out looking for a cheap used seat that would fit. I did manage to find one and I'm waiting for a decent day to install it. it now.

Before beginning this hack yourself, you will need the following items:

  • Recaro SRD Seat
  • Recaro Seat Rails
  • 6mm Allen Wrench
  • 5mm Allen Wrench

One tip I picked up from another shopper at Northstar Motorsports is to get a Porsche emblem patch, stick it to a sheet of Velcro hooks, then trim off the excess. I learned that the material covering these seats is very similar to the loops part of Velcro. I did that and stuck the emblem on and I was amazed how well it stuck!

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Pulled the seat out of the box.

The boring looking seat without the emblem.

The emblem makes the car go faster.

Now I'm getting ready to do the installation. One of my goals with installing this seat was to get a little bit more headroom. The bottom of the seat isn't very thick and the rails themselves are pretty thin as well.

Removing the old seat was very simple. First, take the 7mm allen wrench and remove the bolts holding the original seat rails to the seat frame. On my car there were two bolts in front and 4 in the back. Recline the seat back as far forward as possible then tilt the seat back. If you're lucky, all the bolts came out ok. In my case, one of the soft brass bolts stripped so I ended up having to drill it out.

There were two wires connected to the seat, one for power to the motorized seats and one for the seat belt receptacle. Remove those and carefully pull the seat out. I then put electrical tape over the ends of the wires to prevent a short in the future then zip tied them down so they wouldn't come loose.

Don't lose the bolts and other hardware when removing the old seat. You'll need it to install the new seat. I would highly recommend buying new bolts to replace the ones that were removed. I found I couldn't get them to tighten all the way with the new seat rails as they are thinner.

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Seat rails for my '88 911.

Seat ready to install.

'Before' picture.

Using the allen wrench to remove one of the front bolts.

My friend Mark taping off the wires.

The wires are taped off and I was trying the new rails on for size.

Bolt the rails to the new seat. It's pretty obvious how they attach.

I think I put the washers in the right way.

The seat bolts in using the same hardware as the original seat.
And now for a couple before and after shots. I did seem to gain a little bit of headroom but less that I was hoping for. The lateral support is FAR better than the stock seat. The supports are very stuff and really hold you in the car.
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Comments and Suggestions:
Trailhead Comments: Hello

Do Evo seats fit in a 1979 Porsche 911 SC
January 13, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
Porsche 85' Comments: Can someone know if the sport seats of a 1999 Porsche 911 fit in a 85? Thanks in advance.
July 17, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
Chip Comments: Ok, I just figured out that one of the wiring harnesses was unplugged - it must have gotten snagged when the seat was moved forward. Whew! Everything back to normal!
January 2, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the follow up. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
Chip Comments: I have a 1994 C2, electric seats. After moving the seat all the way forward to vacuum underneath, the mechanism quit working! The emergency allen wrench technique did not work, it may be that the servo itself is broken; the wrench just turns making some pretty awful sounds but the seat doesn't move. Any alternative ideas? Please!
January 1, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It sounds like a gear stripped or something similar to that. I am going to copy this question to our 911 Technical Forums, and perhaps someone there can have some suggestions that will work for you. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Gbullr Comments: Anyone know how to move the seat back when the motor or mechanism is broken?
July 31, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There are different ways depending upon the year of the car. There are cables underneath the seat that can be disconnected from the motors and manually turned. This is probably the biggest pain in the neck of any job, but almost all the seats are designed to have at least one emergency removal method. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Rob Comments: Great looking seat. That's kind of what I'm considering. I don't want a deep bucket for everyday driving. A couple questions. How much was the seat? How long did it take to install? I'm new to de school and would like a better seat for my car also. Thanks for any advice
January 24, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not sure on the cost, but I would set aside 3 hours for the install. The seat rails transfer over to the new seat.- Nick at Pelican Parts  

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