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Thread: Recaro rebuild with L-seat and Mustang Foam

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    Recaro rebuild with L-seat and Mustang Foam

    Hi all,

    Iíve decided to pull the trigger and reupholster my e21 recaros and replace my e30 ones. And I was wondering if anyone has experience with using the foam for the mustangs like these:


    I would them couple them with covers from L-seat.
    Guess Iím just curious on what peoples experiences are with both the foam and the covers. My e30 recaros are starting to tear after 6 almost 7 years of daily use and sitting in the California sun. So Iím wondering what challenges (if any) you came across with going this route.

    Thanks!


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    The e30 sport seats are not Recaro. Double check, BMW did offer Recaros for the e30 though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by svn2002s View Post
    The e30 sport seats are not Recaro. Double check, BMW did offer Recaros for the e30 though.
    The ones I have arenít the sport seats. These have supports for a racing harness


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    Curious if this was done? Trying to figure out what do with my e21 Baur seats

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    I'm not done with any of my interior projects, but I have started to assemble pieces.
    First thought was to rebuild and reupholster the original comfort seats, but the padding alone is nearly impossible to find, and costs as much as a used set of Recaros.
    So, I purchased a used set of Recaros, new seat webbing from Aardvark, and ordered the foam pads from CJ Pony Parts.
    The foam pads look like a perfect match, they have the cut-outs on top for the headrests, and the foam leg extension is attached to a wooden backer with screw inserts to reattach to the frames.

    That's been the easy part. I've ordered multiple material samples from L Seat, Relicate, Sailrite, yourautotrim, etc. but so far, I haven't found anything I want to use.
    I've started getting quotes locally to reupholster but haven't settled on anything there either.

    I'm being particular about color matching the original Pergament/Parchment interior. It's a strange beige/tan that's hard to match.
    I started trying to match with vinyl backs and cloth fronts like the original Recaros, but everything is either too brown or too grey.
    I may end up with leather bolsters and perforated leather inserts.

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    I had a shop re-do my seats with these foams, they worked out perfectly.

    The shop was able to save my original vinyl on the sides, and I went with a generic tweed in the centers. The result looked great!
    Last edited by cgifool; 02-13-2024 at 10:55 AM.

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