spyder seats

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spyder seats

Postby Haveabug » Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:46 pm

hello everybody,
I'm in the process of making my drivers seat more comfortable, my butt doesn't fit the confines of the bolsters anymore .the car is a beck #150 i guess
the seats are original to the kit. these buckets look like ordinary fiberglass so i was wondering if a person cut it down the middle and opened it up
2 inches and filled it with new matting and resin whether that would work? any thoughts,suggestions?
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Re: spyder seats

Postby EEricson » Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:35 am

Working on my Spyder seats lately, I have a couple thoughts:

1. you could definitely section your existing seats but it's a process & probably not worth your time.

2. The seats that came with my car are different widths—12.5 inches on one side and 11 on the other. If I were you I'd check to see if they're the same size on yours.

3. They need to be narrow to fit. My car could probably take two 12.5-inch wide seats; they'd probably just touch in the middle, like they did on the originals. But a 14.5 driver's seat would need the 11-inch passenger side to fit, and so on.

So, if your seats are the same size (or you don't have the smaller seat on the driver's side), the way forward is probably to look at new seat shells. Cheapest are the Empi roadster seats & some guys like them a lot. You know you can spend a lot of money on seats and I suspect you mostly get what you pay for.

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Re: spyder seats

Postby TSchommer » Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:54 pm

Just a thought here, but what you are suggesting sounds pretty labor intensive and it would require reupholstering the seat. What if you just made a series of cuts into the side bolsters, then heated them up and flattened them out, then just glass fill the V shapes left in the bolsters. You would not be widening the seats themselves, but rather just relaxing the angle of the side bolsters. I think there is a good chance that you would not have to reupholster either.
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Re: spyder seats

Postby DannyP » Sun Feb 25, 2018 5:11 am

Haveabug, it's all going to come down to if you end up with enough room to install them after you widen them. You may be able to reupholster then with thinner foam on the bolsters to fit you, but these cars really benefit from the user going on a diet instead LOL,
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Re: spyder seats

Postby RBP » Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:00 am

I have an extra set of seats that I purchased from Thunder Ranch. They are both 15" wide and made to fit in the Spyder. I paid 450 for the shells, plus freight then paid about 900 to have them covered. If someone wants to pay me the 450 I paid for the shells plus the shipping, they are yours. I say bolt them right to the floor in the location that best suits you.

I have a Vintage and these fit perfectly side by side in the car. They were made to fit in these cars and provide the maximum room possible.
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Re: spyder seats

Postby Haveabug » Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:00 am

dannyp,
you're right of course i'll fit better and the car will go faster but summer is around the corner and i'm too busy taking care of the little niggly bits
that cropped up last summer. Probably if i fired my assistant molson that would help. I like tsshommers' idea tho'. rbp is that 15 inches measured across
the top of the bolsters?
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Re: spyder seats

Postby RBP » Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:49 am

I measured to be sure. If you measure the bottom it is 12.5" wide, then the sides rise up about 1.5" at an angle to become 15.5" wide about 1 - 1.5" from the bottom. On the inside the foam fills the bottom inch so where your butt is 15.5. These are the outside measurements.
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