| ⋅ 5mm allen head socket driver
⋅ 6mm allen head socket driver
⋅ 6mm allen head wrench
⋅ stubby #2 phillips head screwdriver
⋅ large slotted screwdriver
⋅ 17mm socket
⋅ 3/8 drive ratchet
⋅ trouble light/drop light
⋅ hacksaw (optional)
Accessories required or desirable:
p/n 9001 - their
website doesnt explicitly list this part, but it exists, believe me. Its a bracket that bolts onto the inboard seatbelt buckle
mounting point (it coexists with the original stock 3-point buckle), allowing you to clip the waist belt of a 4/5 point harness
in place for use during DE, then remove it during street use. Since the Recaro is so much fun to install, you dont want to have to
pull it back out to add this piece in later.
⋅Stock seatbelt buckle
mounting point: The SRD I installed came used from another 993 owner. He had this
mount welded on;
I conclude that Recaro doesnt ship the SRD
with any accommodation for the stock seatbelt buckle. Unless you already have
arrangements to bolt the waistbelt of a 4/5/6 point
harness to a freshly-drilled hole in the center tunnel of your car, youll need
this mounting point attached.
IMPORTANT: when this mount is attached to the
frame of your seat, ensure it hugs the side of the seat as tightly as possible.
This mount and associated hardware will be
your major headache in clearing the center tunnel in the car.
⋅Crotch belt of the 5-point
harness: plan ahead how youre going to attach the crotch strap to your car. Racing
rules (as I
understand it) require you to drill through the
floorpan. Im not racing, just DE; so I opted to run a strap between the two front
bolts holding the seat to the floorpan, and attach the
crotch strap to it. This had the added advantage of slightly tilting the seat
bottom backwards for better thigh support. Fish the
crotch belt through the seat bottom hole now; its harder to do once youve
bolted the seat in place
difficulty (1-10): 3
Aggravation factor: 7
(changing the spark plugs ranks a 10;
pumping gas at Chevron is a 1)
1. Stock seat removal: this parts easy, just to make
you think youll be finished w. the whole job before lunch.
|a. Remove the rear floor mats, set them
b. Raise the seatbottom as high as itll go, and
shift it all the way forward.
c. Use the ratchet and 6mm allen head socket to remove
the rear four bolts holding the seat rails to the floor of the car.
d. Slide the seat all the way to the rear, and remove
the two bolts securing the front of the seat rails to the floor.
e. Dont heave the seat out of the car yet;
youve got two wires to loosen (if youve got power lumbar support, etc, maybe
your car has > 2 wires). Tilt the seatback all the way forward, then tilt the entire
seat backwards to get well underneath the seat bottom. Unplug the power wire that drives
the seat motors; and the smaller wire that runs to the seatbelt buckle (it illuminates the
seat belt nag light on the dash if you havent buckled up).
f. Wrestle the seat out of your car.
2. Maintenance window
|a. Do all the stuff you cant normally do,
like rescue 4 years of loose change, pens, trash, etc out from under the seat. Vacuum, etc
|a. MEASURE the distance between the holes on the
lower rail assembly. The mounting points on the floor of the car offer three different
threaded holes in front, two in the rear. (Or is that two front, three rear? Anyway,)
Youll only have one combination of Recaro rail holes and floorpan holes
thatll work note this now!
b. My Recaro mounting rails came attached to the seat
youll probably have to get out your ratchet and 5mm allen head socket &
attach the rails on your seat. Apparently, there are two flavors of rails:
flat rails and some other kind. Everyone I know wants more headroom with the
new seat; you want the flat rails to mount the seat as low as possible.
c. The knobs on either side of the seatback wont
clear the sill & center tunnel remove those now. My seat came w. these knobs
already removed, so cant help you here on the procedure.
d. Cut off the plastic tie-wraps holding the seatbelt
buckle wire from the stock seat frame, and use a 17mm socket to remove the buckle/wire
e. Assemble the buckle (and Brey-Krause bracket, if
you choose) to the Recaro, using that stock buckle mounting bracket that youve had
welded on, or otherwise acquired. Brey-Krause includes a diagram of the pieces & how
they fit together. If youre not using the extra bracket, just assemble the buckle
same as stock
f. Slide the rails all the way forward to expose the
5mm allen bolt holding the rail to the seat. Loosen this rear bolt enough to slip the wire
between the rail & seat, then tighten back down. It won't squeeze the wire (you just
have to loosen to get the connector through), and you won't have to worry about damaging
the wire on the seat rails when sliding the seat. No tie-wraps required.
g. Thread the crotch belt of your 5-point harness
through the hole in the seat bottom (assuming you have opted to get each of these items)
h. Take a deep breath
|a. Tilt the SRD onto its face; raise the slide
release and move the seat rails to the front (IOW, such that the seat would be slide as
far to the rear of the car as possible). Let go of the release to latch the rails into
b. Set aside the washers that were used with the six
6mm allen head bolts that held the stock seats in place; while youre at it, set
aside two of the six bolts. Youll only be able to use 4.
c. Place the seat in position on the floorpan. I
tilted the seatback all the way forward to make it easier to get through the door.
d. If youre going to take my approach, and
secure the crotch belt via another belt strung between the two front bolts, then slip the
buckles for said belt underneath the front end of the rails now.
e. Line up the hole on the front end of each rail (and
optionally the belt buckles of #4d) to the appropriate hole in the floor bottom (see step
3a you DID measure the hole spacing & pick the right holes to use, right?).
Insert & tighten these two bolts about 90% of the way. You may have to use the 6mm
allen wrench instead of the socket to tighten these; the Recaro doesnt give you
nearly as much room as the stock seat did.
f. Slide the seat ALL the way to the front
g. Get the rear two bolts inserted. What makes this
fun is the seat belt buckle mounting bracket & Brey-Krause bracket pressing against
the center tunnel, making it hard to line up the holes here. Sweat & curse a lot.
h. When you get the rear bolts tightened down, go back
& tighten up the front bolts as well. Get out a hacksaw & chop 1/2 of the allen
wrench off to clear the Recaro, since you may not be able to slide the seat all the way
forward now (same obstruction w. the buckle mounting bracket against the tunnel)
i. Go have that beer now.
|a. Im pleasantly surprised at the extra
headroom I gained. The people I had talked to beforehand had been dismissive of how much
headroom you get out of the SRD & flat rails versus stock. What I havent had
much time to adapt to yet is some loss of forward vision (dashboard, windshield wipers
obstructing near-forward view). I might be willing to try re-orienting the wipers
parked position from drivers to passengers side; but from the looks of the DIY, Ill have to want to pretty bad!
b. Got to use pliers to adjust the seatback angle L
with the knob gone.