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Old 01-23-2012, 11:55 PM   #1
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Hey, guys
Just trying to put the finishing touches on my new 328ti. Iíve got the original grey cloth interior and itís not very sexy not to mention my butt sliding around too much when cornering. My type of driving is spirited daily & auto-x. Iíd like to upgrade my seats and color of interior (dash & panels) to black. I really like the look and feel of the e46 M3 sports seats in either blk lthr or blk clth & lthr. If I find a pair of these, Iíd just eventually find a ti rear seat in black leather. I really donít think I need proper racing seats because I wonít see track time for a while not to mention the comfort factor. In searching around I found a lot of JDM seats on Ebay in many different colors and styles as well as the Recaro, Bride and Sparco ďReplicasĒ.
My questions are:
1. Has anyone had any success fitting e46 sport seats in our tiís? Do our tiís have the same seat dimensions as other e36ís? I did search here and found a few short threads but no install info. I did see cooljess76ís post about removing BOTH sensors before removing seats and how the holes need to be drilled out slightly bigger.
2. Has anyone purchased any of the JDM or ďReplicaĒ Ebay seats?
3. Has anyone had success respraying the dash and plastic panels? Seems pretty straight forward and easy. I did find this how to video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yD1Qq...eature=related

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make sure your front seats come from a coupe or some convertibles. you need to be able to fold the seats forward.
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get some sparco or recaro buckets!
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I did see cooljess76ís post about removing BOTH sensors before removing seats and how the holes need to be drilled out slightly bigger.
huh? I don't remember saying any of that. You need to get seats from a coupe or convertible. Sedan seats don't tilt forward to allow access to the rear. You need to disconnect the battery PRIOR to unplugging the SRS connectors under the seats and only reconnect the battery AFTER everything is properly reconnected or you'll end up with an airbag light that will require a special tool or a trip to the dealer to reset. As far as I know, any e36 seats will bolt right up, no need to enlarge holes or anything like that. But like I said, make sure you get seats out of a coupe or vert if you want to maintain the tilt feature. The only thing that you may need to swap is the lower belt tensioners: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...20&hg=72&fg=05

If your car was built before 03/97, you need the older "mechanical" style tensioners. If your car was built on or after 03/97, you need the newer "pyrotechnic" tensioners. So if you get seats from a car that has different style tensioners than what your car was originally equipped with, you'll need to swap them out as they're attached to the seats.
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2. Has anyone purchased any of the JDM or ďReplicaĒ Ebay seats?
I'd stay away from those, seats are an important safety part on a car and it's not something you want to cheap out on

I'd recommend getting this if he still has it
http://www.318ti.org/forum/showthread.php?t=34973

you can always pick up the matching passenger seat later on
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If I end up getting a Recaro or Sparco type seat that doesn't recline, can it move forward enough to let a passenger in the back?
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Uh yea. I have two sparco buckets that don't recline and it's near to impossible to get passengers in the back. But then again. I never give more than one person a ride cause my rear tires will rub and I hate have back seat passengers haha
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I hate have back seat passengers haha
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Really depends who it is haha.
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Stay away from the ebay ones they are so flimsy they are scarey. The do save a but load of wt., I had some and they felt OK but I'm glad i was never in an accident. I had to get custom brackets too, so figure in that cost as well.
Get these instead:
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