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More side-support for narrower people?

Post by Techathy » Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:21 pm

I'm finding the seats in my RX-8 don't really offer any support when cornering with any kind of gusto. It's not so much that they lack side-support it's that I slide so far before getting to any meaningful support I fear I'll end up in the passenger's lap. So is there any sensible way to reduce the effective width of the seats or anyone who is fairly narrow set recommend alternatives?

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Re: More side-support for narrower people?

Post by PaulAV » Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:23 pm

Eat loads of cakes, bigger bum less slide, the cloth seats give a bit more grip or maybe an alcantera cover, might be worth speaking with an automotive upholstery company
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Re: More side-support for narrower people?

Post by Nickp47 » Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:40 pm

Try the R3 Recaros?
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Re: More side-support for narrower people?

Post by warpc0il » Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:48 pm

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Re: More side-support for narrower people?

Post by Conan » Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:36 pm

I think I fall into the category of narrower people.
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I’m used to driving like this and just wedge left knee against tunnel, right knee against door, right elbow against window. Left elbow in the passenger...where depends on the noise there making
You can just buy an out of date 3” race harness cheap and just use the lap belt part from left to right
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Re: More side-support for narrower people?

Post by 350matt » Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:50 pm

I'd go with Dave's suggestion of the CG lock
I've had one for years and moved it from TVR's, to cappuccino, Mr2 to RX8 its wihout a doubt one of the best automotive gizmos i've bought

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Re: More side-support for narrower people?

Post by 13Black » Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:55 pm

Being a degenerate who likes to drive sideways, I've found the current combo to be plenty good enough:

- CG Lock
- Hobo-spec cloth seats instead the fancy leather / pleather / teflon / whatever they make it out of
- Peel back the cover on the bottom cushion and literally cut some of the foam out, crafting yourself a little hobo-bucket seat for your little hobo butt
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Re: More side-support for narrower people?

Post by Yorindesarin » Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:27 pm

13Black wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:55 pm
Being a degenerate who likes to drive sideways, I've found the current combo to be plenty good enough:

- CG Lock
- Hobo-spec cloth seats instead the fancy leather / pleather / teflon / whatever they make it out of
- Peel back the cover on the bottom cushion and literally cut some of the foam out, crafting yourself a little hobo-bucket seat for your little hobo butt
I wish step 3 were viable for me... But I fail the "little hobo butt" aspect.

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Re: More side-support for narrower people?

Post by warpc0il » Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:28 pm

Steps 1 & 2 work for me.

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Re: More side-support for narrower people?

Post by shroom » Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:04 pm

Yeah I dont fit in those R3 bucket seats way too tight.

I have a CG lock in my S1 and it does the job around track although you have to fit it backwards so it's a bit clunky hanging about. I dont use the car daily so not a major issue and dont have it enabled unless on track but I'm large and with a helmet on I'm wedged in anyway

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Re: More side-support for narrower people?

Post by V8 Power » Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:10 pm

Drive naked
Your bum cheeks will stick to the leather :lol:
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Re: More side-support for narrower people?

Post by Bullet5 » Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:33 pm

CG lock gets another recommendation from myself. It really locks you into the seat. I'm a 30" waist and even so I'm pinned into my leather seat with one fitted backwards as per Shroom's comment. Superb invention, and I would hate to drive even a little spiritedly without it.

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Re: More side-support for narrower people?

Post by shroom » Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:56 pm

V8 Power wrote:Drive naked
Your bum cheeks will stick to the leather Image
Is that from Nigels 101 tips for track days.

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Re: More side-support for narrower people?

Post by warpc0il » Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:23 pm

"101"?

Surely 0!0 ???
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Re: More side-support for narrower people?

Post by ChrisHolmes » Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:30 pm

shroom wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:04 pm
Yeah I dont fit in those R3 bucket seats way too tight.

I have a CG lock in my S1 and it does the job around track although you have to fit it backwards so it's a bit clunky hanging about. I dont use the car daily so not a major issue and dont have it enabled unless on track but I'm large and with a helmet on I'm wedged in anyway

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Can confirm Tom is a big boy :lol:

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Re: More side-support for narrower people?

Post by shroom » Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:38 pm

ChrisHolmes wrote:
shroom wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:04 pm
Yeah I dont fit in those R3 bucket seats way too tight.

I have a CG lock in my S1 and it does the job around track although you have to fit it backwards so it's a bit clunky hanging about. I dont use the car daily so not a major issue and dont have it enabled unless on track but I'm large and with a helmet on I'm wedged in anyway

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You don’t have to fit the CG lock backwards if you cut the top loop off the buckle which is just plastic with no metal inside and has no purpose other than to stop the buckle sliding down to the floor when released.
Yeah I just didnt really want to cut it off even if its not needed.

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Re: More side-support for narrower people?

Post by Padge » Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:51 pm

It's not just on track you will get skid marks :)

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Re: More side-support for narrower people?

Post by Techathy » Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:01 pm

Thanks for the replies. I'll try a CG lock (had one for a previous car but it didn't work so well due to the shape of the seat) if that doesn't work I'll see if I can find some R3 seats because they look great!

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Re: More side-support for narrower people?

Post by warpc0il » Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:31 pm

The CG-Lock works very well in any RX-8.

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Re: More side-support for narrower people?

Post by Techathy » Sun Feb 23, 2020 3:23 pm

I dug out my CG lock and started using it. While it's a great improvement but the seat still isn't offering the side support I'd like - with sudden unexpected changes in side load and I'm still getting unwanted steering input. So I guess its find some R3 seats or look at aftermarket options.

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Re: More side-support for narrower people?

Post by warpc0il » Sun Feb 23, 2020 3:36 pm

If you've got "leather" seats try a sheet of grip mat as used in the boot to stop stuff sliding about.

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