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Aftermarket seats, looking for some experienced opinons

Having been described as the "round mound of rebound" in my younger days, things haven't gotten anymore svelte. And, my dimensions certainly don't fit the stock seats with any degree of accuracy. I'm basically sitting on the seat bolsters and the back digs into my shoulder blades. I love driving this car, but my shoulder blades still feel the impression seven hours later.

I've been looking at aftermarket seats, and have landed on these: https://corbeau.com/reclining-seats/gts-ii.html

Anyone have any experience with them...or another seat that fits those of us with a bit of girth? Looking for a recliner with some resemblance to the stock Maratona seat. I'd have them make the Corbeau's without the stitching label.

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I've thought about sticking the seats from my '91 164s in the car. But I'd rather not.

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There are definite qualitive differences in seats. I have some early 911 Recaro sport seats in my Super which are nicely made and look period correct. Recaro seats have, of course, maintained their quality over the years. Mine, however, are made by BF Torino in Italy:

https://shop.bf-torino.com/

This company in Italy makes a similar line of seats, including their own version of the early 911 Recaro sport seat.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/categ...4152175352119/

And then there's Stefan at GTS Classics in Austin. He at first appears to be more expensive but when you factor in all the costs his seats are price competitive. Although his seats resemble the European seats, he actually makes them in Austin. I've seen examples of the Porsche/Recaro replicas and they are very nice.

I don't think much of Corbeau.
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The stock GTV6 seats have the recline knob mounted high enough to clear the sill but some other seats have it mounted lower so that they will not fit. I found this when I bought a Sparco Torino.
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I also found that the "Giulia" seat mounts supplied with my BF Torino seats didn't fit the mounting holes of my Super. They also put the seat too low for my taste. I bought some 2in x 3 in tubing and made my own mounts which put the seat height where I wanted it. Seat mounts are a bit of a crap-shoot. Only Recaro had a comprehensive list of mounts, including period Alfas. Don't know if they still do or not.
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Make sure you measure carefully. The GTV6 is very narrow...difficult to mount any other seats and retain full function. I seem to recall someone mounting Miata seats nicely which are flatter than the GTV6 ones.
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Anyone have experience with the sport seats Centerline sells? Also, are seat rails and mounting the same for Alfetta as GTV6?
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Will the oem Alfa Recaros from a Milano fit a GTV6? There's a reasonable chance that both the seats and seat frames will bolt in. Maybe. If my hunch is right, picking up a pair of Milano Recaros and having them rebuilt-reupholstered would probably be your best bet.

An additional word about the D'esser and BF Torino seats. While the seats themselves are well made, obtaining them proved to be a vexing experience because the vendors proved to be impossibly hard to deal with. Neither of these companies are good at answering emails---even when repeatedly sent. This was a puzzlement since I was obviously prepared to send them money for a pair of seats . . . I got the impression that both companies were probably a one-man-band kind of operation with not a lot of time to answer emails from the States. Or something. While I purchased a pair of BF seats for a good price from a vendor in NL, he went silent when I told him the seat rails I purchased didn't fit my Super. For this reason, I recommend Stefan at GTS Seats in Austin. I've met him, he's a nice guy and a real enthusiast. Since he makes the seats himself, he can make what you want.
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I talked to Stefan, and his workmanship is beyond belief. However, I'd have real trouble justifying that sort of expense for a car that isn't headed for concours. We're talking an estimate almost as high as my car is worth.
I'm looking at nabbing a pair of Recaros from a mkIV GTI and buying a cloth kit to recover them. All in less than $500. They look right and are IMO more comfortable, probably because they're a smidge wider across the shoulders. Miata seats are also dimensionally appropriate and look a lot like old 911 seats. Comfy and easy/cheap to recover, as well.
That said, have you considered going with a pair of seats from the '81-'82 GTV6? They're the same dimensions as the old GTV and Alfetta so they bolt right in, but are far less aggressively bolstered.
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I have the Corbeau Forza seats in my 76 Alfetta and they fit very well. Now that being said, you'll need to get Corbeau to make you some "lower" seat rails. Corbeau stock rails for the Alfa are too high and your head seems to hit the roof. I got them to make seat rails for me that are about 1" in height. Extra $100 for the Corbeau rails but the fit is very nice.


I have a Milano I'm getting ready for SCCA Rallycross in October, and I'm putting the Summit Racing recliners w/brackets for $525. Since I live in Reno, I pick up at warehouse.
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Corbeau will also shave 2" from the bottom seat cushion as a $49 factory option. They also offer a direct fit Alfetta rail kit. For the prices, a pretty great deal.
The GTS2 seats look the most "right," almost Recaro-like, although the Sport design looks OK and are a couple hundred bucks less.
They also sell as pairs.

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Only ‘experienced opinions’ ?
That’s not fair, there are lots of us out here with tons of uninformed opinions, and you’re shutting us out? Just like that?
Who do I write to to complain?
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A few years ago i bought a pair of Corbeau seats for my Mustang GT. Although the workmanship is likely not up to Recaro standards they were of very good quality and the price was terrific. I ordered direct from Corbeau in Utah and the salesman was very good to deal with, offered informed opinions, and even gave me a sizeable break on shipping.

The support and adjustments suited me perfectly and they looked great too. When I sold the 'Stang I kept the seats. One is my office chair and the other is part of my sim-racing rig and they've held up well, still look new.

I would not hesitate to consider Corbeau if they offer a suitable style.
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Only Ďexperienced opinionsí ?
Thatís not fair, there are lots of us out here with tons of uninformed opinions, and youíre shutting us out? Just like that?
Who do I write to to complain?



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I was looking for an inexpensive seat for my Super during the restoration and found a sport seat at Jegs for about $300. It looks nice and seems well made, but it hasnít had much use.


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